The Hold Steady: Milwaukee
When they've been on the road in the last six months, The Hold Steady have gathered nightly in the back of their tour bus with a list of their 90-song catalog in an attempt to diversify their setlists. "We've been trying to maximize the live experience," says frontman Craig Finn. "When you see the same kid in the front row twice, you can't give him the same show." The band has been playing unreleased tracks like the new, spacey "Criminal Fingers" and heavy midlife crisis anthem "Separate Vacations," both unreleased outtakes off this year's Heaven is Whenever.
Finn still isn't sure what they'll play to ring in the New Year when they perform at Milwaukee's Riverside Theater. "It's that big moment you want to bring people into 2011 in the right way," he says. "Whatever song it is, I hope we play it well. That's an omen for the new year."
But he does have a plan for New Year's Day. "Down the street, there's a hotel that has incredible Bloody Mary's, so I already have my eye on one."
The Riverside Theater, Milwaukee. 9 p.m. $29.50, Tickets.com