My wife and I took a trip up to Toronto in June and we were lucky enough to see Spoon twice while we were there, so when Spoon turned in one of the best shows I’ve ever seen them do, it wasn’t exactly a surprise. I’ve seen Spoon more than 15 times and shot them a bunch, and (respectfully) they can be hit or miss. That’s part of the fun. But they were definitely on during the first of their three night run at the Lincoln Theatre here in D.C.
Britt and Co. played some older gems for the long-time fans like “Utilitarian” and “Everything Hits at Once” and glided their way through newer tunes like “Do You” and “Inside Out.” Britt even asked for requests at one point and a guy two people away from me requested “Anything You Want,” which was amazing. I screamed out “30 Gallon Tank” for the next few minutes and Jim tried to do the drum intro but Britt admitted they hadn’t played that song in over 8 years and they didn’t know it. Oh well, at least they tried.
SHOOTING NOTES: Lights for this show were fairly brutal.The first song was in a deep red wash, the second in blue punctured with strobes before finally throwing us a bone with some even lighting in the third song. Also, since it was the Lincoln, which is a seated venue, there was no moving around from our aisle spot. That’s why all these photos are from the same perspective. I don’t mean to complain though, I stayed in my spot after I was done shooting and enjoyed the show from the front row.
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