The Hold Steady Showcase New Tunes and Revisit Fan Favorites for ‘The Weekender’ Closer at Brooklyn Bowl
Photo by Andrew Scott Blackstein
On Mar. 6, The Hold Steady performed the second and final show of their virtual Weekender event.
The annual run of shows is typically held in the UK, but due to the COVID-19 crisis, The Hold Steady took the stage at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl instead of London’s Electric Ballroom. The show kicked off at 3 p.m. ET so fans across the pond could tune in at 8 p.m. GMT.
The Hold Steady kicked off the set with a selection of old classics, starting with “Hornets! Hornets!” (the opening track off 2005’s Separation Sunday) and then immediately diving into the anthemic fan-favorite “Stuck Between Stations.” The Brooklyn indie-rockers kept the momentum going with “You Can Make Him Like You” and “The Swish,” which saw some enthusiastic on-stage dancing from keyboardist Franz Nicolay and a face-melting solo from guitarist Tad Kubler.
The band switched gears as they went into “Lanyards,” a track from their new record Open Door Policy. Frontman Craig Finn gave an emotional vocal performance in an excellent display of showmanship before introducing The Horn Steady (the band’s resident horn section consisting of Jordan McLean, Peter Hess, and Stuart Bogie) and going into “Entitlement Crew.” The tune was followed by the catchy and energetic tunes “You Did Good Kid” and “Family Farm.”
“Sequestered in Memphis” was the next tune up before the band went into the piano-led “Don’t