Punk rock supergroup/cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes stopped by The Depot in Salt Lake City with their current worldwide tour. They were supported by together PANGEA and Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds.
The venue started to fill as Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds opened the night with their garage punk sound. Kid Congo Powers had the crowd’s attention with his stage presence. Los Angeles–based band together PANGEA played second, and by the time their set started, the venue was full.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes started off with some equipment issues when Bad Religion‘s Jay Bentley’s bass amp stopped working before their set began. The crowd tried to get Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape to play a couple of his songs during the equipment issues, but Cape let the crowd know that Me First and the Gimme Gimmes were a cover band. Turns out that they just needed to switch the amp on and off and it started working. The Gimme Gimmes started off their set with “Summertime” from the musical Porgy and Bess, followed by one of John Denver’s hits, “Leaving On a Jet Plane.” The Gimme Gimmes made sure to let everyone know that each song they were playing was a cover. The crowd was into their set throughout the night, and it was almost like it was a crowd karaoke set that everyone was participating in. Other cover songs in the Gimme Gimmes’ set were “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly and “Rocket Man” by Elton John, to name a few. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have themselves claimed to be the best cover band in the world. The punk supergroup brought the love to Salt Lake City.