When I heard the Lemonheads were doing a 20 year celebration concert for Its A Shame About Ray, I was super excited. Surely this album was a standout amongst the many that defined my adolescence. When we arrived at Stage AE we thought that based on the amount of cars it would be empty, however this club was the most packed show I have seen there. After waiting an unnecessary long time after the opener, Evan Dando finally came out. He played a handful of songs solo and acoustic and I did not recognize any of them. I was fearing the old bait and switch, where was the promised album performance that undoubtedly all had come to see? The crowd of mostly 30-40 somethings did not seem to enthralled either.
Thankfully, soon the band appeared and they launched into 'Rockin Stroll' and the crowd perked up. Yep this is what we all anticipated seeing. Dando, who was a bit withdrawn in the beginning, began to ease up and seemed pretty happy to be playing. My personal favorite was 'My Drug Buddy', I always loved that tune. I have to admit that it definitely missed the added layer of Juliana Hatfields voice to complete the song. She was missed throughout, however the end result of the performance was still satisfying to me.