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The War On Drugs Debut Tom Petty Cover & Welcome Tim Heidecker In Philadelphia

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The War On Drugs closed out their “Drug-Cember To Remember” run on Friday at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia. The psychedelic heartland rock act performed in three different sized venues over three nights with proceeds benefitting The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia. Last night the band once again welcomed Tim Heidecker along with debuting a cover of “Straight Into Darkness.”

The War On Drugs got their night going with “Holding On” from their most recent studio album A Deeper Understanding. From there, the band would lean heavily on 2014’s Lost In The Dream delivering seven tracks from the LP including takes on “Red Eyes,” “Under the Pressure,” “Eyes to the Wind” and “An Ocean in Between the Waves.” Midway through their 15-song set, the sextet welcomed Heidecker for the second time in three shows. On Thursday, the Tim & Eric star added harmonica to “Arms Like A Boulder.” Last night the comedian sang lead on “Hot Piss,” a tune from his band The Yellow River Boys, who issued their debut album Urinal St. Station earlier year.

Heidecker then strapped on an acoustic guitar as The War On Drugs were joined by Frances Quinlan of Hop Along and Paul Vile who’s better known around Philly as Jelloman. The augmented ensemble offered up their debut take on “Straight Into Darkness” from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 1982 release Long After Dark with Quinlan on tambourine and Vile on harmonica. Watch fan-shot video captured by markit aneight from last night below:

Straight Into Darkness

Hot Piss

Setlist

The War on Drugs at Tower Theatre

  • Holding On
  • Baby Missiles
  • Pain
  • An Ocean in Between the Waves
  • Disappearing
  • Strangest Thing
  • Arms Like Boulders
  • Hot Piss
  • Straight Into Darkness  
  • Red Eyes
  • Come to the City
  • In Reverse
  • Under the Pressure
  • Eyes to the Wind
  • Lost in the Dream