Our first gig as the Drop Daddies was at Norm’s Bar and Grill in Danville on March 16, 2013.
We were still short one Daddy- Xeno had long since booked a skiing trip and was unable to join us. So we shelved all of our songs featuring the X Man, and came up with an additional hour or so of music. So many good tunes, so little time!
At Norm’s, we were expecting to be crammed into a tiny corner of the bar, but instead there was a huge stage platform set up in the back parking lot. Mixed blessing- it was a gloriously sunny and hot March afternoon, and the stage was out under the sun. The guitars were floating out of tune in the heat. Fingers were slippery with sweat. John was cutting up beer cups trying to make sunshields for the guitar pedals so he could see the on/off lights (no luck).
Other highlights- Gary crooning Happy Birthday to our friend Laura (happy 30th), inviting up our friend Yolanda to sing a Taylor Swift tune (Yo rocked), and managing to hit all the words in REM’s “end of the world” to great cheers from the crowd.
There were 100 or so revelers out for the event wearing green beads, drinking green beer, eating corned beef and cabbage, and a bunch of kids enjoying the bouncy houses and face painting.
We were cranked up loud, the drinks were flowing, the kids were alright- it was a beautiful day in suburbia, and a good time was had by all
Our set list:
- The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
- John Cougar Mellencamp – Pink Houses
- Weezer – Island in the Sun
- Green Day – When I Come Around
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge
- 311 – Amber
- The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday
- Oasis – Wonderwall
- REM – It’s the end of the world as we know it
- OAR – Shattered (Turn the Car Around)
- Modern English – Melt With You
- Ben Kweller – Penny On The Train Track
- Neon Trees – Animal
- Incubus – Drive
- Eve 6 – Inside Out
- James Gang – Funk #49
- Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
- Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
- Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
- Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
- Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
- Jimmy Eat World – The Middle