November 4, 2009
Embarking on an eight date tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 1999 recording, Lost and Gone Forever, Guster rolled into Covington, Kentucky’s Madison Theater with a double set list of favorites.
Playing "Satellite" from their 2006 long player Ganging Up on the Sun, Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner and Brian Rosenworcel excited the Madison’s packed floor in the first set with their harmonies and rollicking pop melodies. The keyboard influenced "Manifest Destiny" bounced along with an upbeat rhythm that made for easy pogo hopping and twirling.
Set two was all Lost and Gone Forever. Miller and Gardner teamed for the brooding opener, "What You Wish For," as Guster gained steam to roll into the locomotive rocker, "Barrel of a Gun." "Either Way" had the audience and band stretching to hit the high notes, and "Fa Fa" was an all out round robin sing a long. The introspective meanderings of "Center of Attention" proved to be just as captivating as when the song appeared ten years ago. And, "So Long" still has the ability to connect with it’s visceral, yet detached appeal.
But, Guster’s November 4 performance hit it’s high point withLost and Gone Forever‘s closer, the improvised dreamer "Rainy Day," which layered in falsetto singing chords, instrumental crescendos and peaks that the crowd boisterously took with themselves out into the busy city street on a cool, crisp fall November evening.