Some three-quarters of the way into the band's set, which already saw the Spree covering The Who and, later, Paul McCartney, the band covered Thunderclap Newman's "Something In The
Air" twice in a row. And, actually, that was fewer times than DeLaughter promised before launching into the cover, when he threatened to have the band cover the song four times in a row. Seems he was the only one in on the bit, too: After covering the song the first time, the band was prepared to move on in the set list--only to have DeLaughter halt to proceedings and have the band start the same song up again. Perhaps mercifully, he only halfway fulfilled his promise.
Well, during that part of the show, at least. At the Spree's set's end, the covered the song a third time. Because, according to DeLaughter, that "song is more important now than ever."
It was either the greatest cover ploy we've seen in a live setting or the worst. We're still undecided. Either way, it was memorable. That's for sure.
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Kind of beautiful, too, what with the massive stage and video screen set up that Carrollton had set up for the affair. Good thing photographer Stephen Masker was there to cover the visual end of things for us that night.
After the jump, check out a few more choice pics of the Spree, and also of the 97's, as seen through Masker's lens.