Ghost Light was back in action last night with a performance at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C.. The Saturday night performance marked the latest stop on their 2019 spring tour as they continue to promote the new tunes on their recent debut album. The performance on Saturday also marked just the fourth show back after the band was forced to postpone a small handful of dates after guitarist Tom Hamilton was sent to the E.R. from a back injury.
The band’s first of two sets only included four songs, but the band made sure to get the most out of each tune, as none found a playing time shorter than 10-minutes. The show opened up with a 16-minute “Diamond Eyes” with guitarist Raina Mullen leading the way on vocals, and continued right into a cover of Derek and the Dominos‘ “Keep On Growing”. Hamilton then revisited his American Babies and Brothers Past songbooks for his new band’s rendition of “Winter War Games” and “State Police”, before wrapping the set by returning to “Diamond Eyes”.
The second half of the show didn’t hear as many extended jams, but certainly made up for it with some stand-out alt-rock covers spread throughout the set. Hamilton got the band going with a steady group intro into another American Babies tune in “This Thing Ain’t Going Nowhere”. Next came another Glost Light original to start a five-song, eight-part segue beginning with “Best Kept Secret”. The music continued right into their cover of The Shins‘ “Simple Song”, to a Raina Mullen original in “Afraid”, then Ghost Lights’ “Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear”. The energy kept going as they briefly revisited “Simple Song” before continuing with reprises of “Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear”, “Best Kept Secret”, and finally back into “Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear” to close the set.
The band would come back out to close the show with a cover of Radiohead‘s “Black Star” and a brief reprise of “Winter War Games”. Fans can listen to the player below to hear the full audio from Saturday’s show (sans encore).
Ghost Light – The Hamilton – 5/18/2019
The band continues its 2019 campaign on Sunday with their appearance at Virginia’s Rooster Walk 11 Music & Arts Festival. From there, Ghost Light’s June tour schedule will see them making upcoming festival appearances at New York’s Disc Jam and Michigan’s Camp Greensky and Electric Forest festivals
Fans should head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.
Setlist: Ghost Light | The Hamilton | Washington, D.C. | 5/18/2019
Set One: Diamond Eyes > Keep On Growing (Derek and the Dominos cover), Winter War Games > State Police (Brothers Past cover) > Diamond Eyes
Set Two: This Thing Ain’t Going Nowhere (American Babies cover), Best Kept Secret > Simple Song (The Shins cover) > Afraid > Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear > Simple Song > Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear > Best Kept Secret > Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear
Encore: Black Star (Radiohead cover) > Winter War Games
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