STS9 Brings the Heat to Chicago for Two Nights of Old Favorites and New Sounds to Help Ward Off the Cold. By: Michael Wallentin Photos by: Aaron Bradley
Encore : Havona Ascent, Sun Moon Stars.
The first night was definitely a preparation for the second, however it wasn’t short of energy, or highlights. The band proved right off the bat that they could still bring the heat to any crowd, in any room. Opening with a jaw dropping ‘Supercluster‘ the rockets were primed for orbit. The lift-off was clean, and smooth through both ‘Tap In‘ and ‘Metameme’. Between the two songs, was an excellent segue that built a very strong collective tie to bring them together. A beautiful ‘Crystal Instrument’ was setting a romantic pace for that bit of the set. ‘Mischief of a Sleepwalker‘ arose as a surprise to me, and held that spot for much of the show. For the first set ‘Arigato‘ had the crowd in awe, the set had definitely reached a peak at that moment, especially through ‘Kamuy‘. The first set was definitely a crowd pleasing tease to say the least. We were all wondering what would the band bring to the table for the following set.