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Hold Steady

Grog Shop

Dec. 11, 2006 

The Hold Steady had performed in Cleveland a few times before this rapturous show in support of their third album, Boys and Girls in America. But not too many people saw them. "Where were you the first 4,000 times I played your city?" asked boozed and bearded frontman Craig Finn. Between swigs from an ever-present bottle of beer, he shared stories about growing up in Shaker Heights, recalled his first baseball game at the old stadium, and dedicated a song to former Browns Gregg Pruitt, Ozzie Newsome, and Brian Sipe. The set included cuts from the Hold Steady's three albums, including "Stuck Between Stations," "Your Little Hoodrat Friend," and "The Swish." By the time the show wound down with a woozy "Killer Parties," a couple dozen audience members were onstage with the band, caressing instruments and hugging a smiling Finn, who looked like he finally got the Cleveland welcome he'd been hoping for. (Gallucci) 

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