By Sara Morrell
Sleater-Kinney’s first Oklahoma show was fantastic. The band was high-energy and seemed to be getting comfortable with the arena thing.
If you care, Janet wore black, Carrie wore off-white bellbottoms and what I think was a western-style shirt while Corin was wearing a very lovely light-colored dress with pleats on the bottom. It almost looked like a flapper dress, which was perfect with her combat boots.
They came out to a fair amount of applause and screaming, and after a quick “We’re Sleater-Kinney,
we’re from Portland, Oregon,” they launched into O2. The crowd standing on the floor waiting for PJ were
facing the band and taking it in, which was a pleasant surprise to me after reading the Denver reviews. There were bouncing SK fans sprinkled throughout the audience.
Before “One beat” they invited “our friend Matt” out to play the tambourine. He’s Pearl Jam’s drummer. He was having a good time during the song, dancing when he wasn’t playing. When he left the stage he gave the tambourine to Carrie. Corin said “They really are the nicest guys,” or something to that effect.
The new song is upbeat and fun. Carrie sings “1974″ repeatedly during one part. I couldn’t make out too
many other words, though. Carrie was doing mad kicks and scissor movements during the entire show, which
blew the crowd away.
Corin asked the crowd, “Are you excited about seeing Pearl Jam?” and the crowd roared. They launched
directly into the chorus of a high-speed version of YNRNRF, then Joey and Step Aside. Corin was dancing
quite a bit.
Corin said that it’s important to stand behind your beliefs, and that she’s behind the peace movement. The crowd cheered. Then she introduced the next song as an appropriate anti-war theme, “Fortunate Son.”
That led into a jam with a mind-blowing solo from Janet, and the show ended with “Dig me out.” And I
went home a very satisfied SK fan, knowing that they just made a massive number of new fans.
The end of you
dig me out