Palace Shows

1992 - 1995


By Maurice Maes & Leo Meijer.
Here is a list of known live dates with the known setlists that Will Oldham played under different names.
If you know more dates or setlists then let me know so I can add them.
Thanks to Jonathan Moore.
Latest revision: 03/01/15

1994     1995     1996     1997     1998     1999     2000     2001     2002     2003     2004     2005     2006     2007     2008     2009     2010

1992
Early shows:

Really early on Todd Brashear, Grant Barger and Will Oldham did an open mic show in Bloomington, IN and called themselves "Grant's Tomb".
They each played a couple of solo coversongs apiece.

The first pre Palace show was played on an open mic night at a place called Uncle Pleasant's in Louisville.
The band was called "Birdie Num Nums" which is from the Peter Seller's movie "The Party". The MC then introduced the band as "Burning Num Nums". 

Before the band was called Palace Flophouse they did a show at the Highland House.
They played Bob Dylan's "New Pony", Patti Smith's "Rock n Roll Nigger", the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" and a few more.
The band was called "Wing It". It was for a Derby party.

After that Palace Flophouse played in bars etc. with this band.

1993
The April show was played with Todd Brashear, Britt Walford, Brian McMahan and maybe Grant Barger

25/04/93  Columbia, MO, University of Missouri (opening for Big Star)
01/05/93  Louisville, KY, 1311 Highland House
26/07/93  Columbus, OH, Stache's

Month                        May
Day                           1
Total # of songs             11

horses
idle hands are the devil's playthings
merida
king me
(i was drunk at the) pulpit
the butcher
ohio river boat song
i tried to stay healthy for you
for the mekons et al
there is no-one what will take care of you
o lord are you in need?

The Drag City Invitational. With Silver Jews, Smog, King Kong, Pavement and Palace Brothers.

29/07/93  Chicago, Lounge Ax
30/07/93  Chicago, Lounge Ax
31/07/93  Chicago, Lounge Ax

Palace Show played more gigs in Belgium, England and Germany, who knows more ?
The band is here.

24/10/93  Dublin, Baggot Inn
25/10/93  Cork, UCC (?)
26/10/93  Dublin, University College
27/10/93  Dublin, Trinity College
28/10/93  Belfast, Queen's University Speakeasy
29/10/93  Aberdeen, Cafe Drummond
30/10/93  Greenock, Venue
31/10/93  Edinburgh, Cas Rock
01/11/93  Glasgow, 13th Note
03/11/93  Nottingham, Narrowboat
06/11/93  London, Covent Garden, Rough Trade shop
06/11/93  London, The Garage
08/11/93  Norwich, Arts Centre
09/11/93  Louvain-la-Neuve, La Casa
10/11/93  Nijmegen, Doornroosje
11/11/93  Den Haag, Paard
12/11/93  Berlin, Huxley's Junior Club, Berlin Independent Days Festival
13/11/93  Hamburg, Knust
14/11/93  Cologne, Dingle Dangle


Month                       October  November
Day                              24  6  9 13
Total # of songs                 13  5 13 15

ohio river boat song              1  4  4  7
trudy dies                        2  1
merida                            3     6 10
stable will                       4        8
king me                           5  5  7
i had a good mother and father    6     2
o lord are you in need?           7        2
come in                           8    13  3
the cellar song                   9        1
there is no-one what will take.. 10       14
(i was drunk at the) pulpit      11  2  8 12
long before                      12    11  4
o paul                           13    12 15
drinking woman                       3  5 13
the spider's dude is often there        1
idle hands are the devil's...           3  5
water                                   9  9
instrumental                           10
horses                                     6
little blue eyes                          11

1994
Probably the same band as in late 1993.

08/01/94  New York City, Thread Waxing Space
12/04/94  Phoenix, AZ, Hollywood Alley

Month                       January
Day                              08
Total # of songs                 10

the ephant                        1
i had a good mother and father    2
o how i enjoy the light           3
fiddle solo                       4
merida                            5
come in                           6
ohio river boat song              7
for the mekons et al              8
(i was drunk at the) pulpit       9
stable will                      10

Will played solo.

07/06/94  Nottingham, Narrowboat
09/06/94  London, Borderline
??/06/94  London, Camden Underworld
24/06/94  New York City, Thread Waxing Space

Month                             June
Day                               7  9 24
Total # of songs                 17 14 13

i am a cinematographer            1  1
long before                       2  2
trudy dies                        3  3
you will miss me when i burn      4  4  1
pushkin                           5  5  2
idle hands are the devil's...     6  6  4
come in                           7    11
stable will                       8  9  9
horses                            9 10  6
no more workhorse blues          10  7  7
riding                           11 11  8
drinking woman                   12    12
the cross                        13 12 10
o lord are you in need           14 14
new pony                         15  8  5
ohio river boat song             16
i send my love to you            17 13
o how i enjoy the light                 3
the butcher                            13

The Lollapaloosa tour. They started the day on a small side stage. The band is here.

15/07/94  Chicago, Lounge Ax
16/07/94  Tinley Park, IL, World Music Theatre
17/07/94  Maryland Heights, MO, Riverport Amptheatre
19/07/94  Columbus, OH, Ploaris Amptheatre
20/07/94  Cinncinati, OH, Riverbend Music Amptheatre
22/07/94  Noblesville, IN, Deer Creek Center
23/07/94  Clarkston, MI, Pine Nob Amptheatre
24/07/94  Clarkston, MI, Pine Nob Amptheatre
25/07/94  Clarkston, MI, Pine Nob Amptheatre
27/07/94  Montreal, PQ, Le Parc des Iles
28/07/94  Toronto, ON, Molson Park
29/07/94  Clarkston, MI, Pine Nob Amptheatre
30/07/94  Burgettstown, PA, Starlake Amptheatre
01/08/94  Philadelphia, PA
02/08/94  Saratoga, NY, Raceway
03/08/94  Providence, RI, Quonset Park

The band is here.

04/08/94  Providence, RI, Last Call Saloon
07/08/94  Hoboken, NJ, Maxells
09/08/94  Durham, NC, Duke Coffee House
25/08/94  Kortrijk, Lintfabriek
26/08/94  Enger, Forum
27/08/94  Berlin, Huxleys
28/08/94  Hamburg, Markthalle
30/08/94  Köln, Underground
01/09/94  Nijmegen, Doornroosje
02/09/94  Haarlem, Patronaat
03/09/94  Amsterdam, Arena
04/09/94  Groningen, Vera
06/09/94  Paris, Arapaho
07/09/94  Heidelberg, Schwimmbad
08/09/94  Basel, KWK
09/09/94  Fribourg, Frimon
10/09/94  Ulm, Buchenstall
11/09/94  Regensburg, Alte Mälzerei
12/09/94  Stuttgart, Röhre
13/09/94  Graz, Theatro
14/09/94  Wien, Szene Wien
15/09/94  Salzburg, Argekultur
16/09/94  Dornbirn, Spielbuden
17/09/94  Zürich, Rote Fabrik
18/09/94  München, Kulturstation
19/09/94  Frankfurt, Cooky's
20/09/94  Fulda, Kreissaal
21/09/94  Hannover, Glocksee
22/09/94  Oldenburg, Cadillac
23/09/94  Krefeld, Kulturfabrik

Month                            August   September
Day                               7  9 28  2  3 15 18 19  8
Total # of songs                 16 16 15 15 14 18 16 20 17

gulf shores                       1                      13
ohio river boat song              2  1 12 12    18  1 19
idle hands are the devil's...     3  2  8 11    17  2   
o lord are you in need?           4  3 14 15     4 14 11  6
merida                            5  4 10  4  9 16     2 14
king me                           6  5       10    10 10
o how i enjoy the light           7  6  2    12  7     3  8
stable will                       8  7 13  8  5  5 12 12  5
new pony                          9  8     6  7    16 14 16
you will miss me when i burn     10  9  3  7    13    15  7
pushkin                          11 10  4 10  8 14  7 18 10
i send my love to you            12 11     5
meaulnes                         13 12 11  2     6 11 13 11
i am a cinematographer           14 16  7  1 13  2 13 17  3
come in                          15 15  5  9    11     1 15
(thou without) partner           16 14  9              4  4
werner's last blues to blokbuster   13    13 11        8
the cellar song                         1     2  1  8 16  1
horses                                  6     4        5 17
(i was drunk at the) pulpit            15    14     3
whither thou goest                         3  3 10  5  7  2
midnight rider                            14
drinking woman                                1 12 15    12
no more workhorse blues                       6  3  6
agnes, queen of sorrow                           8  9  9
all is grace                                     9  4  6
west palm beach                                 15
you're wondering now                                  20
i tried to stay healthy for you                           9

The band is here. 
The Drag City newsletter says "The long-promised Palace Revue and Motor Show is on the road in America".
Three songs from Chicago are released, two on the Palace Live 7", "Untitled" on Lost Blues And Other Songs.
The St.Louis show ended with a bunch of Elvis covers.

Palace Band Tour of the Midwest “It’s Good To Be The King!”

09/11/94  Memphis, TN, Barrister’s 
10/11/94  Knoxville, TN, Mercury Theater 
11/11/94  Cincinnati, OH, Sudsy Malone’s 
12/11/94  Athens, OH, The Union 
13/11/94  Cleveland, OH, Euclid Tavern
14/11/94  Cincinnatti, OH, Sudsy's Malone
15/11/94  Columbus, OH, Stache's
16/11/94  Ann Arbor, MI, Blind Pig
17/11/94  Chicago, IL, The Lounge Ax
18/11/94  Iowa City, IA, Gabe’s Oasis 
19/11/94  Madison, WI, Club De Wash 
20/11/94  Minneapolis, MN, The Uptown 
21/11/94  Lawrence, KS, Bottleneck 
22/11/94  Columbia, MO, The Basement 
23/11/94  St. Louis, MO, Cicero’s 

Month                             November
Day                               15 17
Total # of songs                  15  ?
for the mekons et al               1  -
riding                             2
horses                             3
stable will                        4  -
meaulnes                           5
the cellar song                    6
minstrel boy                       7
agnes, queen of sorrow             8
untitled                           9  -
christmastime in the mountains    10
winter lady                       11
o how i enjoy the light           12
all gone, all gone                13
werner's last blues to blokbuster 14
gulf shores                       15

1995
The band is here for the April gigs and here for June & July.

15/04/95  Norman, OK, Cafe 96
19/04/95  Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
20/04/95  San Diego, CA, The Casbah
21/04/95  San Francisco, CA, Bottom Of The Hill
22/04/95  San Francisco, CA, Bottom Of The Hill
04/06/95  Burlington, VT, Club Toast
10/06/95  London, Highbury Garage
12/06/95  Bristol, Fleece & Firkin
13/06/95  Newcastle, Cumberland Arms
14/06/95  Aberdeen, Music Hall
15/06/95  Edinburgh, Queens Hall
16/06/95  Glasgow, The Plaza
17/06/95  Edinburgh, Cas Rock
18/06/95  Manchester, Roadhouse
19/06/95  Leeds, The Duchess
20/06/95  London, The Monarch
20/07/95  New York, Tramps

Month                            April    June     July
Day                              15 21 22 04 12 20 20
Total # of songs                 14 18 15 16 16 17 16

all gone, all gone                1  1  1  1  1  1  1
the mountain                         2  2  2  2  2  2
come in                           3  3  3  3  3  3
(thou without) partner            4  5  4  4  4  4  4
new partner                       5  6  5  5  5  5  5
more brother rides                6  7  6  6  6  6  6
you will miss me when i burn      7  8  7  7  7  7  7
o how i enjoy the light           8  9  8  8  8  8  8
i am a cinematographer            9 10  9 10 10 10 10
pushkin                          10 12 10 11 11 11 11
the brute choir                  11 13 11 12 12 12 12
untitled                         12 14 12 13 13 13 13
old jerusalem                    13 15    16
agnes, queen of sorrow           14 16    15 14    14
for the mekons et al              2
drinking woman                      11
the butcher                         17
merida                              18
west palm beach                      4 13  9  9  9  9
horses                                 14
stable will                            15
o street                                  14
o lord are you in need                       15 15
work hard/play hard                          16 16 16
idle hands are the devil's...                   14
o paul                                          17
every mother's son                                  3
no more rides                                      15

The band is here.

20/10/95  Toronto, ON, Lee's Palace
23/10/95  Burlington, VT, Club Toast
24/10/95  Boston, MA, Middle East
26/10/95  Hoboken, NJ, Maxwells
27/10/95  New York, Knitting Factory
29/10/95  Washington DC, Black Cat
02/11/95  Columbia, SC, Rockafellas
08/11/95  Tallahassee, FL, Grand Central
11/11/95  Nashville, TN, Exit In
14/11/95  Cincinnati, OH, Sudsy Malone's
17/11/95  Bloomington, IN, Second Story
18/11/95  Chicago, IL, Lounge Axe

Month                            October        November
Day                              23 24 26 27 29  2  8 11 14 17
Total # of songs                 17 15  ? 14 13 15 14 16 14 15

werner's last blues to blokbuster 1  1    12     1  1  3  2  3
long before                       2  2        6 12     1     4
more brother rides                3  3  - 13     5  5  4  1  2
viva ultra                        4  4  -  1 13              1
the brute choir                   5  5  -  5  8  2  4 12  4
pushkin                           6  6  -  6  9     3  8  5 14
the mountain                      7  7  -  4  2 11    10 11  6
i tried to stay healthy for you   8  8  - 10  7  6
no more workhorse blues           9  9  -    10  3 13        5
work hard/play hard              10 10     9 12  7  6  7  3  9
meaulnes                         11 11     2  3  9  2
the butcher                      12
come a little dog                13 12          13  7  9  6  7
cat's blues                      14 13  -  8 11 14  9 14 14 11
i had a good mother and father   15 14    11  1 15     5 12
tonight's decision(and hereafter)16                      13
gulf shores                      17 15     3       10 16  8  8
new pony                                        10     6
drinking woman                          - 14  4  8  8 13
idle hands are the devil's...           -  7  5  4 11  2  7 10
(i was drunk at the) pulpit                        12 11  9 12
every mother's son                                 14       15
you will miss me when i burn                          15 10 13

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