Despite seeing four of the six members of the Minus 5 in exactly the same place (Philly’s Johnny Brenda’s) five weeks ago as Filthy Friends, there was a totally different energy tonight as Scott McCaughey took center stage. The outpouring of love, support and joy was palpable as the hearty McCaughey—joined by Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Linda Pitmon, Kurt Bloch and Joe Adragna—ripped through a clutch of rockers from the recent Stroke Manor and older albums.
Highlights: “My Collection,” “Ghost Tarts Of Stockholm,” “Bleach Boys & Beach Girls,” “I’m Not Bitter” and a cover of Big Star’s “Jesus Christ” with Mills on lead vocals.
—M.J. Fine; photos by Chris Sikich