I've twice flown a 6000 mile round trip to see them so 4 hours seems like small beans. the 2015 solo set was a misstep alright but a minor one. last gig was brilliant, even though it was just the duo. young thousands isn't one of my favourite songs but was maybe the highlight of the gig. in short, go. or come.Another Button Factory gig - Nov 20th 2019.
I saw them in Whelans in 2011 & 2015. Even though I had a far better spot at the 2015 gig, I found it a bit underwhelming because a) For his solo acoustic bit mid set he played the exact same "songs for the hardcore fans" as he did in 2011 and b) He played "The Boys Are Back In Town" *again* as he had done in 2011 at the end of the set... just seemed like a wasted opportunity with lots of the same songs played again, especially given the size of The Mountain Goats' back catalogue.
So I decided to give the 2017 Button Factory gig a miss. Then I saw he played 'Store' and 'Masher' in the solo acoustic bit... gah! Played The Young Thousands elsewhere that night too.
So I'm torn as to whether to go to this latest one. Would involve me driving for 4+ hours.
Did anyone go to The Button Factory 2017 gig? How'd it compare to the Whelan's ones? Because I think this new gig is the same setup as 2017 (a duo)