The Big Wu

Radisson Hotel Metrodome

Minneapolis, MN

Dec 31, 2004

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  • Midnight Rudy through Texas Fireball with Jason Fladager

  • New Year's Countdown to the end with Dean Magraw

  • a whole Slew of new 80's covers for the Annual "Theme Set" including Roll with the Changes (REO Speedwagon)

  • Live Recording by Matt McCulloch and Joe Torbert
  • Reviews

    adam w. 1/6/2005 10:54:04 PM

    "this show was nuts. never seen so many good vibes in one room. i missed the first two songs, but thats what this is for. of all the wu i`ve seen, WYE04 has been the best, by far. dean and jason were both on fire, all night, no questions. the crowd was going crazy with the glowsticks, and everybody was having a blast. btw, the dvd released at the show is also sweet, get a copy of that too if you can."

    Adam Olson 1/5/2005 4:50:26 PM

    "Jason is introduced at the begining of the second set, and crazyness inssues. When i stepped in at the show, they had already got half way into Midnight Rudy and i turned to a guy next to me and asked who this guy was, he responded "Thats Jason, the guy who makes the Big Wu the Wu." i can see he was right. After a great midnight rudy they slip into a Pinnacle played like it was the gospel. Dancing with Lula starts off with an incredibly funky (yet short) keyboard solo from Alan. Jason passes the tourch to Dean Mcgraw at midnight and the Wu start into a crazy set of 80s covers mostly. Deans guitar was perfect for the Van Halen tunes. As the night wore down and we all got alittle tired, the Wu covers "Take the Long way home" which at the time was the perfect song to play, it just fits perfectly belive me. They encore starts with a great spontanious rap then hits Rock n Roll. The night was capped perfectly and left all of us drained of all energy in a beautiful way. The night gets two thumbs way up, totally rocked my new years eve. Thanks Wu!"

    Ryan B Good 1/4/2005 4:57:57 PM

    "It was a party from start to finish! Sold out and blissed out crowd, many friends new and old, past and present, on stage and off. Set one started fine with RIR to get warmed up, next a slow-and-slinky Sil got us ready for Jazz 88, a nice call (early in the show for my taste, but a great version) Al`s pedal steel solo reminding me of Steve Howe from Yes (did you notice the set break music was Yes?), slow down for Black Rain which morphed into 80`s classic (and theme-set hint) Steppin` Out by Joe Jackson and then back into finish Black Rain. A nice Steppin` Out sandwich on Black Rain bread. Andy gives us cheers to Summit beer? What about Old Style? Next up something new for the Wu: writing new Wu music for already penned original lyrics from Robert Hunter for tune "Kick in the Head." Andy up next with Got Me on a String, which already feels like an "Andy" tune if you know what I mean. A slow Puerto Rico which made me recognize how hot it really was in that room. Dogs Dead rounded off the set solid, funky, and left me wanting more, but alas, nope, next was the set break. Someone wanna take the 2nd set with Jason?"


    Setlist at Radisson Hotel Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN on Dec 31, 2004

    Set One

    Rhode Island Red 458


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    Silcanturnitova 331


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    Jazz88 629


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    Black Rain 460


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    Steppin' Out 287


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    Black Rain 162


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    Kick In The Head 439


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    Got Me On A String 200


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    Puerto Rico 410


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    Dog's Dead 268


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    Set Two

    Fladager's Intro 81


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    Midnight Rudy 373


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    Pinnacle 440


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    Minnesota Moon 473


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    Dancing With Lula 449


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    Half Past One 259


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    Could You Be Loved 488


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    Two Person Chair 487


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    Cold Rain And Snow 569


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    Texas Fireball 437


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    New Year's Countdown 492


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    Roll With The Changes 422


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    Same Old Song And Dance>Beautiful Girl 677


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    Look-Ka Py Py>867-5309 745


    All Night Long 316


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    Dance The Night Long 364


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    Take The Long Way Home 385


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    2005 Encore Rap 249


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    Rock And Roll Band 435


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