Pigeons Playing Ping Pong was in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Thursday night for the first of two shows in the oceanside town to kick off their 2019 winter tour. The show on Thursday had initially been scheduled to take place at The Stone Pony, but was re-routed with an announcement earlier this week stating they were forced to move the two shows on Thursday and Friday over to the nearby Paramount Theatre. The band’s loyal following, “The Flock,” didn’t seem to mind the change in destination, as the tour got off to an energizing start with a 19-song performance on the shores of the Garden State.
The band pulled out go-to jam vehicle “Funk E Zekiel” from their 2010 Funk – EP to get the show moving. They continued with “The Liquid” and “Pop Off” before charging into a jam sandwich that saw them take “Whoopie” into a cover of Prince‘s “1999” and back again. The first set continued with “Sail On”, followed by another non-stop flow of songs in “Somethin’ For Ya”, “Havana”, and “Julia” > “Beanstalk” > “Julia” to take the audience into set break.
The show’s second set kept the fun going strong with more originals (and a sing-along Disney cover) starting with a three-song combination of “Henrietta”, “Offshoot”, and “King Kong”. “Sunny Day” came next, followed by and anthemic rendition of “The Hop” > “F.U.”. Next came “Zydeko”, which carried over into cover of “Tale As Old As Time” from Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and, finally, back to “Zydeko” to cap the set. Finally, a “Too Long” encore sent the Asbury Park fans home happy and excited for what’s to come tonight—and throughout what’s sure to be an eventful 2019.
Below, you can check out a gallery of photos courtesy of photographer Chris Capaci. You can also watch the fan-shot video below to hear/see the band jam into “F.U.” halfway through the second set.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “F.U.” – 1/24/2019
[Video: Don Felice]
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will return to the Paramount Theatre on Friday evening before continuing their touring schedule into the weekend with a sold-out show at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday. Fans and Flock-ers who couldn’t snag a ticket to Saturday’s show can watch the entire performance from home with the free webcast courtesy of The Relix Channel beginning at 8 pm ET. For a full list of upcoming Pigeons shows, head to the band’s website.
Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Paramount Theatre | Asbury Park, NJ | 1/24/2019
Set One: Funk E Zekiel, The Liquid, Pop Off > Whoopie > 1999 (Prince cover) > Whoopie, Sail On, Somethin’ For Ya > Havana > Julia > Beanstalk > Julia
Set Two: Henrietta > Offshoot > King Kong, Sunny Day > The Hop > F.U., Zydeko > Tale As Old As Time (Howard Ashman & Alan Menken cover) > Zydeko
Encore: Too Long