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- The Daily Nebraskan September advertisement article
- The Daily Nebraskan October advertisement article
- The Daily Nebraskan show review
Setlist: (incomplete and possibly out of order)
Fan Recaps and Comments:
Tickets went on sale on September 21st and they costed $28 plus service charge.
"Hootie tour makes stop in Omaha" by Cliff Hicks
The Daily Nebraskan, Sep. 16, 1996:
They Might Be Giants, who've enjoyed underground success for many years with singles like "Particle Man," "Ana Ng," "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" and "Birdhouse In Your Soul" will open for them (Hootie And The Blowfish). Tickets go on sale Sept. 21 for $28 plus service charge.
"Band opts to splash into Omaha" by Cliff Hicks
The Daily Nebraskan, Oct. 25, 1996:
Opening for the band Saturday is They Might Be Giants, who have achieved relative underground success. Their best-known singles are "Particle Man" and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)." Omaha's Civic Auditorium is a change of pace for Hootie & The Blowfish, who have been used to filling much larger auditoriums. Still, the Civic is a far cry from the small clubs the band played at the beginning of their career.
"They both have their good things," Rucker said. "Small clubs where everyone's up in your face are great, but we do that so rarely these days. They're both fun." Even after six years of touring, Rucker said the band still savors playing live. "We just want to have fun," he said. "We always do." Saturday's show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $28.
"Hootie jams with Giants at concert" by Cliff Hicks
The Daily Nebraskan, Oct. 28, 1996:
The thing that sets Hootie & The Blowfish in a category of its own is Darius Rucker's voice. At the show Saturday night, while Rucker's voice was a little poorly amplified, it still rang through Civic Auditorium.
Fans seemed extremely enthusiastic and continued to trickle in to the awkward seating while They Might Be Giants played its opening set. TMBG snuck on as a tape of "Lady Is A Tramp" played over the speakers. Without warning, the band broke into "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)." John Flansburgh, one of the two founding members, said to the audience, "If every one of you buys our record, I'm talking total life changes here."One of the high points of the set was when Mark Bryan, lead guitarist from Hootie & The Blowfish, came out and played mandolin on "Spy," a giant improvisation conducted by John Linnell, the other founding member of TMBG.
TMBG kept its set tight, clocking in under 45 minutes, a little shorter than a lot of the audience would have liked. Only three of the 10 songs played were not off the new album, which was also a bit disappointing, but the new material was great and the fans loved it.