"Lead man Craig Finn will frequently ignore his mic and shout into the first few rows of fans on the floor to stir them up," Geer explained before sharing the story of how the band got guitarist (and onetime Madisonian Tad Kubler to shotgun a beer. "To his credit, Kubler did take half a second to act like he was reluctant to do it because his mom was at the show," Geer continued. "I almost believed him."
This moment was actually captured on video by Minneapolitan Jake Mohan, who notes that Kubler took his big drink as the band performed "Killer Parties" from their 2004 album The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me. His brief mid-concert video clip follows below.
There are many other online video clips from the show ready to watch. Aaron Veenstra is in the midst of publishing a series of concert highlights. He started with "Stuck Between Stations" (here), the opener for both the set and the band's 2006 album Boys and Girls in America. "This song, their set and latest album opener, hits that nail pretty squarely on the head and set the sell-out crowd jumping for the next hour," notes Veenstra about the song. Other singles from his series include "The Swish" (here), "Party Pit" (here), and "Massive Nights" (here). Additionally, Ryan Matteson published a video of the band playing "Hot Soft Light" (here).
Matteson reviewed the concert too, declaring the experience nearly indescribable. "I felt like I was in the crowd for the very first time, seeing rock and roll in its infancy, and felt like I'd been given the keys to a secret society,' he explained. "I was up front, my calves are sore, my shirt completely drenched -- all the result of witnessing my current favorite band." Similar comments where shared by others, one describing the show as "amazing," and another concluding: "This was an awesome show, a wonderful and energetic audience, and a perfectly intimate setting for the occasion. Bravo, Hold Steady!"