The Dandy Warhols give Chicago an evening of new wave they won’t forget

By Colette Custin

The Dandy Warhols stopped in Chicago for a Metro show on Thursday that offered plenty of surprises in the setlist and found the band in great spirits.

Opening with perhaps their biggest hit, “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth”, vocalist/ guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor sang through an effects-drenched mic, and over the course of the ninety minutes that followed, the band dug deep into their rich discography, throwing several tunes from new album Rockmaker into the mix, including “Summer of Hate,” which keyboardist/vocalist Zia McCabe noted as being something the band had thought about a lot lately, relating the ‘Summer of Love’ in the late ‘60s to our current political climate.

A sprawling cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s folk classic “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” served as a kind of centerpiece to the set, and Taylor-Taylor mentioned at one point that the band hadn’t played together for a bit.

“We’re getting our shit together up here,” he joked at one point before leading the quartet into “We Used to Be Friends,” one of the band’s more new-wave styled tracks, and despite the differences in style, it fit right in with tunes like “Minnesoter” from their 1998 breakthrough The Dandy Warhols Come Down. Effortlessly cool in both appearance and sound, the Dandys proved yet again that they do, in fact, rule, okay? The Dandy Warhols –

The Dandy Warhols – Metro, Chicago, 6/27/2024 – setlist

Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth Crack Cocaine Rager
We Used to Be Friends
I’d Like to Help You With Your Problem Ride

Summer of Hate
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot cover)

Arpeggio Adaggio
Catcher in the Rye
Be Alright
I Love You
Never Stop Loving You
You Were the Last High
Holden Me Up
Bohemian Like You

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