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Road Diary
on tour with moe.
by John Derhak

Fall Tour, Entry II. Keene, New Hampster. Being the 27th of September, Year 2013
So It Begins: I'm really Keene on this place!

Keene is a funky little town. If you've ever been there, you know. If not, go. There's a great vibe. It's located in a picturesque valley over in the southwest corner of New Hampster, under the long shadow of Mount Monadnock, a muse of Emerson and Thoreau, and many others. There's a state college there, quaint shops, nice restaurants, bars, pubs, blah, blah, blah. A good portion of Jumanji, a favorite movie of mine, was filmed there. In one scene in the movie the animals--elephants, rhinos, giraffes, et al.--stampede down Main Street, Keene. The scene's kind of freakish and surreal, particularly because the stampede runs right in the direction of the Colonial Theater, where your fave band, moe., played Wednesday night.

I'm happy to report no exotic beasts stampeded by the Colonial, and the only elephant in the house was moe., but more than one freak arrived to watch moe. launch their fall tour, along with hundreds and hundreds of moe.rons and newbies.

I can't think of a better place to start the tour. Well, okay, maybe Prague or Paris, or Jackson Hole or Boulder. But in a pinch, Keene is a good start, and it's been over a decade since moe. played there--and that was at the college. Also, the Colonial's a gem of a theater. It opened in January of 1924, and thankfully, has survived. It's the kind of place that's special to see a band like moe. play in.

And play they did! What's amazing is it's been two and a half months since the machine has really been rolling, and it's like it never stopped. Sometime during the first set the band punched out "Puebla"--that caught my attention--and wind their way through a couple of other numbers before morphing into "George." I've always liked that song, and I'm not disappointed tonight. The second set opens with "Moth," and fills out with other standards, like "Happy Hour Hero," "All Roads," and "Plane Crash." The band crushes it. I'm astounded. Everyone's astounded. I overhear the theater's staff, the ushers, the door people, management, talking about how good this band is. I hear words like, "Unbelievable!" "Incredible!" "Amazing!" It's nice to hear. I think--if they really only knew how well they really are. The tour is just underway.