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[Giving Thanks / Live MP3s] RIDE in Boston 2015

Posted on November 26, 2015 at 7:46 pm | 4 Comments

It’s Thanksgiving here in the States, a day when many of us squash any lingering shame associated with long-past cultural genocide by eating, among many, many other things, actual squash. Along with over-indulgence, we use the occasion to reflect on our lives, or the year so far, then get grateful all over Facebook or Twitter. Some go for sincere, some for snark, some stay silent.

I’m going for sincere, but very specific: Today I’m giving thanks for Ride‘s decision to reunite and hit the road. It was almost exactly a year ago that the band announced their return and plans for a tour, one that eventually brought them back to the Paradise here in Boston. I’d been lucky enough to see them a few times during their original go-round, most memorably in that same room with the Pale Saints in June of 1992. It was the stuff from which the best musical memories are made.

To see them come back last month, more than 23 years later, with a stellar setlist (Sennen!), an adoring crowd, and such an obvious appreciation for being on stage, was a true gift. After all this time they seemed like even better players – Mark & Andy’s voices were stronger, the songs felt tighter, the energy amped-up. I’ve seen too many reunited bands go through the motions, and this was the total opposite. Four old friends, on the final day of a long tour leg, who may have been tired but never let it show on stage. They even took time to hang with fans at the after show party (so many photos, so many autographs) when they could have easily snuck off to the bus. Gentlemen, all.

And so, as they near the end of a whirlwind year and their final scheduled live dates, I offer my utmost thanks to Loz, Steve, Mark, & Andy of Ride. For giving us another taste. Thanks, guys.

live at the Paradise, Boston, MA
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

more photos here

[ Download the set as one .zip file ]

01. Intro
02. Leave Them All Behind
03. Like A Daydream
04. Chrome Waves
05. Seagull
06. Sennen
07. Ox4
08. Mouse Trap
09. Cool Your Boots
10. Black Nite Crash
11. Time Of Her Time
12. Dreams Burn Down
13. Taste
14. Vapour Trail
15. Drive Blind

16. Today
17. Chelsea Girl


4 Responses to “[Giving Thanks / Live MP3s] RIDE in Boston 2015”

  1. Debbie Willoughby
    November 28th, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for this! I am beyond excited to listen today! Did you tape it? If so, what mics / setup did you use? Just curious

  2. Brad Searles
    December 1st, 2015 @ 1:40 pm

    Hi Debbie – Just a clip-on Sony stereo mic and a minidisc recorder. Hope you dug it!

  3. earthdog70
    November 30th, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

    Thanks for this Brad! Great nice and appreciate all your work on the afterparty.

  4. Imgoinmad
    December 28th, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    Thanks for this, I caught the Seattle show in Nov. What a treat to be able to see these guys back together.

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