PETALUMA — It’s sort of refreshing that The Dandy Warhols didn’t really have an agenda at their Tuesday night show at the Mystic Theater.
Kicking off the second leg of their Distortland tour in the small town seemed like an odd choice. The Dandys been around for more than 20 years, so they’re not playing for the fame. They didn’t pander to the crowd, and are not playing to their own egos. And they barely even mentioned latest album, Distortland, released earlier this year.
But no one at The Mystic Theater Tuesday, fans or the band, seemed to care why The Dandy Warhols were playing in their small town theater. It may have been the Dandy Warhols’ first-ever show in Petaluma, but it felt like friends reuniting.
Regardless, the band put on a high energy performance that showcased a spectrum of songs from their early days in the mid-nineties to a few samples off their latest, Distortland.
If lead vocalist Courtney Taylor-Taylor seemed disengaged during the first leg of the band’s U.S. tour, he rediscovered his desire and energy Tuesday, gleefully engaging the audience with his sarcastic commentary and colorful stories about recording with Trent Reznor. He even lead the audience on a solo, acoustic sing-a-long of “Every Day Should Be a Holiday.”
The Dandy Warhols capped off the night with their best-known songs, “We Used to Be Friends” and “Bohemian Like You,” ending with a solid take on “Little Drummer Boy” to spread holiday cheer. Maybe location was responsible for reinvigorating the Portland rockers; as keyboardist Zia McCabe proudly pointed out, this West Coast tour is “our first tour that pot is legal!”
Fans have a second chance to catch the Dandys in action Saturday at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
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