May 29, 2024

The Hold Steady @ Stay Gold Melbourne

Two years ago The Hold Steady brought their Weekender to Melbourne and I was happy to fly down and attend one of the three shows. It was totally worth it. In 2024 they did it all over again and I flew to Melbourne to attend the third night of the Weekender. It was at the intimate Stay Gold in Brunswick. And what a wonderful night it was. The Hold Steady have been around for 21 years and thus have a large catalogue to draw on. Interestingly they are happy to play many old favourites. But I really love their latest two albums and I would have loved to hear more from those albums. But I’m certain the enthusiastic crowd loved every minute, as I did. We sang our hearts out to ‘Stuck Between Stations’ ‘Chips Ahoy’ and ‘Stay Positive’. It’s a dedicated fanbase, The Unified Scene. It’s real and not fake. If you hadn’t seen front man Craig Finn before you might think it’s a bit of an act. But it’s not, it’s all genuine. Finn speaks about the unique connection between band and fan. It’s truly unique. Long may The Hold Steady reign. 

Set List
Hornets! Hornets!
Constructive Summer
Same Kooks
Family Farm
Party Pit
Don’t Let Me Explode
Sequestered in Memphis 
Carlos is Crying
Girls Like Status
We Can Get Together 
Yeah Sapphire
Chips Ahoy!
Modesto Is Not That Sweet
Denver Haircut
T-Shirt Tux
Stuck Between Stations 
Massive Nights
Unpleasant Breakfast 
Your Little Hoodrat Friend
Most People Are DJs

Certain Songs
Entitlement Crew
Stay Positive 
Killer Parties


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