Tonight is day one of the first acoustic tour by The Expendables. The City Winery is a great venue that is intimate enough for this type of performance. All four members of the band are lined up across the front of the stage. The lineup is two acoustic guitars, hand drums, and an acoustic bass. “Let’s start off positive” says the lead singer and then they launch into “Positive Mind”. They go on playing many songs from their catalogue which translate very well into this acoustic setup creating a very chill vibe.
Then they ask, “What would you like to hear next? We didn’t really put together a set.” Everyone starts yelling song titles. The people in the back yell extra loud to be heard. It’s fine to ask for requests one or two times. But then the band should say no more. This doesn’t happen and thus each song is followed by people yelling their requests. It ruins the chill vibe for a while.
To close out the night, they play “Bowl for Two” as everyone sings along. It’s a joyful moment that is then heightened by them adding “Because I Got High” by Afroman in the middle. It’s such a fun tune to sing along to and a great cover choice. It’s an excellent way to close out the night.
See The Expendables tour schedule here.