New York rockers moe. gave Knoxville, Tennessee a real treat this past Tuesday night, digging deep into their catalog and leaving the Bijou Theatre filled with smiling faces. Opening with a hot “Tailspin,” it was clear that it was going to be a great night. The highlight of the first set may have been the band busting out the crowd favorite “Nebraska,” which was complete with the talk box solo. Moe. kept the heat coming with Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey trading guitar solos on “Where Does the Time Go?” and then ended their first set with an impressive “Calyphornya,” a track from their most recent studio album, No Guts, No Glory, which featured the signature xylophone solo from Jim Loughlin that the crowd had been craving. Schnier cleaned it up on guitar, as he tends to do, and then the band went into an extended “Head” which left the audience in awe.
Moe. truly tore the roof off the joint during the second set. Opening with a hardcore “Rainshine,” Al and Chuck both exhibited a couple of nasty solos, which took the energy of the room to a whole new level. Then they played another song from No Guts, No Glory, “Same Old Story” that went directly into another crowd favorite, “Gone.” Rob Derhak then took over with a new song, “Prestige Worldwide” and the band delivered some fire with a “Shoot First<Rise<Kids” to end the set. The ending was almost too much, with a nasty cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla,” arguably an appropriate ending for an unbelievable night at The Bijou Theatre.
Article and photo by Tyler Hurd