Photo gallery of Kentucky-born musician Jim James of My Morning Jacket fame + American psych-rockers The Lennon Claypool Delirium + New York rock outfit Uni performing at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on June 25th, 2019.
It has been 8 long years since My Morning Jacket last played in Vancouver. When it was announced that the bands lead singer would be stopping in at The Commodore Ballroom as part of a solo tour, I rushed to the internet to by my ticket.
Tuesday night started out with Uni taking to the stage. Their theatrical display and haunting harmonies caught my attention. A refreshing, creative sound that most psych-rock lovers would enjoy.
Sean Lennon and Les Claypool brought their joint band to the stage next. The lights were much dimmer and they bathed themselves in rich lights.
It was a surreal set. Hearing Sean sing, you can hear his dad, John Lennon of The Beatles, in his voice somewhere.
Les stood stoically at his post, his vocals twisting through his gear morphing his voice into many characters within the story contained in each song.
The entire set kept the crowd completely captivated, rarely was a word spoken.
We were all in awe.
The crowd thinned out after this second set. Many appeared to have come only to see The Lennon Claypool Delirium. They missed out on a monster of a headlining set from Jim James.
The Lennon Claypool Delirium setlist:
Cricket and the Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)
Cricket and the Genie (Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket)
South of Reality
Blood and Rockets: Movement I, Saga of Jack Parsons – Movement II Too the Moon
The Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson cover)
Breath of a Salesman
Easily Charmed by Fools
Cricket Chronicles Revisited: Part 1, Ask Your Doctor – Part 2, Psyde Effects
Tomorrow Never Knows
Jim took up residence at the front of the stage with his barrage of supporting talent behind him.
His sweet voice filtered through the air. He has this commanding presence up under those stage lights.
He was consumed in each moment. Taking to the center of the stage to rip through guitar solos, his body contorting and his hair whipping about.
The sound was pure, just raw emotion pouring out into the ether. It was spectacular to take in.
I walked around the venue and experienced it from different angles; up close, from the back, off to the side. I just wanted to remember every bit of it.
The crowd was loving everything. They sang along and danced around and professed their love.
By the end I was just sweaty and content.
A beautiful night of heart and soul.
Thank you to all the musicians and their teams for a unforgettable night out.