The Hold Steady took to the Brooklyn Bowl last night (December 1st), where they covered Counting Crows’ “A Long December.” They also brought Michael Imperioli out to play “Chillout Tent.”
The show marked The Hold Steady’s return to the iconic venue, where they played livestreamed shows during the pandemic. Last night’s set served as the first of four shows at the venue. While they released Open Door Policy earlier this year, last night’s show wasn’t dedicated to that album. In fact, The Hold Steady played 2006’s Boys And Girls In America in full.
They played some other tracks too, including a cover of Counting Crows’ 1996 hit, “A Long December.” The band truly transformed the tune into a triumphant singalong, honing in on their classic sound. Instead of Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, who guested on the original album, they brought out former Sopranos star Michael Imperioli during the set.
Watch clips of The Hold Steady’s performances of “A Long December” and “Chillout Tent” below.
Imperioli fronts a band called Zopa, and they actually opened the show. Later, Imperioli joined The Hold Steady to sing Priner’s parts in “Chillout Tent.” During that track, Gladie’s Augusta Koch sang the parts that Reputation’s Elizabeth Elmore sings on the album.
Back in June, the band took to NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) series, where they performed four tracks. That set was dedicated to Open Door Policy. Together, the band performed “Heavy Covenant,” “Unpleasant Breakfast,” “Riptown,” and “Parade Days.”