Recap / Video / Setlists | Drive-By Truckers @ Thalia Hall 11/13/15 and 11/14/15

Photo From @ThaliaHallChicago
Photo From @ThaliaHallChicago

Drive-By Truckers performed two consecutive nights at Thalia Hall this weekend, playing massive sets. The band played 22 songs on Friday and 23 on Saturday, yet only repeated four tracks between the two nights.

For fans of any band, 41 distinct songs performed between two sets is about all you can ask for.

It almost needs to be mentioned that the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan music venue in Paris occurred mere hours before the band took stage on Friday, a fact that didn’t seem lost on the band.

Closing their monstrous set with “Angels And Fueselage” and “Shut Up And Get On The Plane” feels deliberate, the two songs closers from Southern Rock Opera, both addressing the death of Lynyrd Skynyrd members in a 1977 plane crash. The band then broke into Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died,” a less-than-coincidental choice, given the scenario.

Otherwise, Friday’s performance showed a broad diversity, pulling from eight of the band’s ten studio albums and focusing primarily on older material from Southern Rock Opera and A Blessing And A Curse.

Saturday’s set seems slightly more tame, yet no less epic.

Though still pulling largely from Southern Rock Opera, the band focused more on newer material from Brighter Than Creation’s Dark and English Oceans.

The band covered Warren Zevon’s “Play It All Night Long,” a fittingly South-based song, and closed the main set with the always raucous “Hell No I Ain’t Happy.”

Saturday’s encore combined five of the band’s most energetic live tracks, beginning with the classic “Let There Be Rock” and matching it with the equally rocking “Shit Shots Count” and “Lookout Mountain.” They then closed with the old and rowdy “Zip City” and the newer “Grand Canyon,” the latter’s introspective feel an appropriately deep ending to the ambitious two-night run.

Watch the band discuss Thalia Hall and play “Birthday Boy” and then read both set lists below.


Friday, November 13 Setlist:

  1. Tornadoes
  2. Get Downtown
  3. Feb 14
  4. Where The Devil Don’t Stay
  5. Sink Hole
  6. First Air Of Autumn
  7. Ramon Casiano
  8. Gravity’s Gone
  9. Wednesday
  10. Shit Shots Count
  11. Steve McQueen
  12. A Ghost To Most
  13. Sandwiches For The Road
  14. Women Without Whiskey
  15. Dead, Drunk, And Naked
  16. Guitar Man Upstairs
  17. Puttin’ People On The Moon


  1. Birthday Boy
  2. Girls Who Smoke
  3. Zip City
  4. Angels And Fuselage
  5. Shut Up And Get On The Plane
  6. People Who Died (Jim Carroll Band Cover)


Saturday, November 14 Setlist:

  1. 72 (This Highway’s Mean)
  2. Ronnie And Neil
  3. Made Up English Oceans
  4. Darkened Flags On The Cusp Of Dawn
  5. The Righteous Path
  6. 3 Dimes Down
  7. Play It All Night Long (Warren Zevon cover)
  8. Women Without Whiskey
  9. The Living Bubba
  10. A Ghost To Most
  11. Goode’s Field Road
  12. Where The Devil Don’t Stay
  13. The Company I Keep
  14. Love Like This
  15. The Night G.G. Allin Came To Town
  16. Marry Me
  17. Hell No, I Ain’t Happy


  1. Let There Be Rock
  2. Shit Shots Count
  3. Lookout Mountain
  4. Zip City
  5. Grand Canyon

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