I’m starting to work on a tour diary that I’ll post periodically on this tour, but for the time being I figured I’d get a public thread going & say hello to everyone who’s coming to shows. Feel free to slide in to the chat below & introduce yourself to fellow show-goers and perhaps throw out a judicious song request. ONWARD!
Hey Colin! I am beyond excited for the show at the Rhyman!
My sister and I have VIP and are so excited to see you guys after so long. Show number 8 for me! We are making some hand made embroidered themed overalls and super excited to meet more fans!
I would love to hear Shiny again, one of my favorites to hear you play live!
Hey! We'll see you at edgefield (will you please play June Hymn and Grace Cathedral Hill???) Looking forward to you being our first live show since covid hit! <3
I haven't gotten a ticket yet but plan on going to the Boston show.
On a Sad note my mom passed last week and this'll be one of the first joyous things I'm doing since her passing.
She's a NYer and I've been living in Boston forever so Oh New England from the bridesmaids would be amazing
Every song is great! My favorite one is whichever one is being played! Yay Decemberists Tour.
More importantly, what can we do for you? Choreographed dances, Cosplay of favorite Decemberist song characters? Whole audience skits? Sing-a-long? Tears? Immeasurable enthusiasm? As you know, we belong to you. We've built our life around you!
ILL BE SEEING YOU AUG 6 OMG AIDJJDHDHDHDH ITS MY FIRST CONCERT 💃🕺💃🕺🕺💃🕺
Also, I've met you at a book signing with Jon Klassen and Carson Ellis at Merci Milo; it was the best day of my life :D
I know this is a tall order, but this LA transplant in Seattle would DIE to hear California One tomorrow night! I’m so excited for the show :)
My name is Crystal and I will be at Marymoor show tomorrow! If you could please play anything off "What a Terrible, What a Beautiful World" that album is my favorite.
I’ll be at the Edgefield show this weekend, and attending the pre-show event. Our babysitter fell through, so I may end up having to go it alone. I told my husband the “no man left behind” rule doesn’t apply for Decemberists shows 😇
I’ll be in Seattle tomorrow and Portland Saturday for my 52 and 53rd shows! We’re all just excited to have you touring again! Trying to think of a song you haven’t played in a while… how about Shanty for the Arethusa? I don’t think I’ve heard that in a minute. Safe journeys, and stay healthy!
See you in a few hours. Missoula is beautiful! Thank you for this epic opportunity!
Also, please see aforementioned birthday song requests.
I am beyond excited to see you at Wolf Trap, VA. I’m seeing you on my birthday for my 11th show (combining Decemberists and your solo tour!). I’ll be sitting in the VIP section and would be over the moon if you said hi to me :)
Hey! So excited to see you guys live again here in Seattle after so long! The virtual tour helped get our kids, 3 and 6, interested in you guys and I can’t wait for my youngest to finally attend his first concert! My husband and I went to your first show back at the Wilma after years of not playing Montana and we haven’t missed you in Seattle since we moved here 11 years ago.
For song requests, I would cry happy tears hearing “Rise to Me,” since my 6 year old is also autistic and it was the first time it felt like someone understood us. For a happier request, my 3 year old loves “Down by the Water” so much that he hears your songs and goes “it’s the water song!” regardless of what song it actually is.
Can’t wait to see you at Edgefield! The Tain would be so cool to hear live! Loved your recent solo show in Beaverton as well :D
Hi Colin! I’m so glad you guys are touring again and I can’t wait to see you all at Beak & Skiff in Lafayette, NY.
We’re staying at a BNB and the room is called “The Shiraz Room” which I feel like is the most Decemberist thing I could do to prepare for this concert.
I think if you played Apology Song it would be the most hilarious thing ever because my boyfriend (who will also be attending) has a brother named Stephen whose bicycle was stolen recently.
Hi Colin, v much excited to see you & the full band at Edgefield, Sat & I'm bringing the rest of the fam to experience their first Decemberist show. "The Bus Mall" is a personal fav, but would be super cool to have y'all bust out some Smiths &/or Replacement covers to shake things up a bit. Best, J
Coming tomorrow (WA) for my 2 year old and 4 month old’s FIRST concert! Been seeing y’all live for 20 years, and now the next generation gets to experience the magic. My 4 month old’s middle name is “Colin” and he and his bro are ready to rock.
I’ll be at Edgefield this Saturday - all the way from Ohio! Cannot wait!
O Valencia! would be amazing as would Ruskala, Ruskala. And The Rake Song!
We will be seeing you at Edgefield this Saturday. This will be our 8th show! Looking forward to it sooooo much
Will you be giving a shout out to your Machinists? That would really bring us together... As well as some sweet merch.
Hi all! I'll be at Vienna for my 20th show! I was really excited originally when my 20th show would have coincided with the 20th anniversary tour in 2020...but we all know what happened then. Excited to finally see everyone again this summer! I'm super hoping to hear After the Bombs, as I've never caught it live and it feels very apropos for this tour.
So excited to see you at Edgefield Saturday! It always feels like such a nice homecoming/summer tradition show to see y'all otu there.
It'll be my 6th Edgefield show, my 25th or 26th D's show and my wife's 4th, but most importantly it will be my 3 year old daughter's first one!
In the 25+ shows I have seen I have never once seen you play On the Bus Mall. It's my favorite song of yours and a top 3 favorite of all time. I was front row on the stage at the Crystal once when it was on the printed setlist and got skipped. I cried. PLEASE PLAY IT FOR ME!
Hi folks! I'm Meredith, I'll be at the Chicago show with my husband and sister. I was born and raised in east Tennessee, so naturally I've always wanted to hear a Decemberists cover of Jolene (or any Dolly Parton song).
The Tain! The Island! Annan Water! How many requests is too many? See you tomorrow!
Hello Colin! We’ll be on Saturday’s show in Portland, and it’s my kids’ first time coming to a show! My daughter requests “I’ll Be Your Girl” and my son requests “June Hymn” which he sang as a baby even before he could talk. We’re so excited!
Looking forward to Central Park SummerStage. Always love to hear The Rake Song -- how we all drum, and laugh, and laugh.
Can’t wait to see you in The City of the Fallen Angels. Last saw y’all at Capitol Records show a Covid ago.
Please play Sons and Daughters ❤️🤗🤗
I live in PDX but I’m seeing you guys at The Ryman bc…well, it’s the Ryman (and I also got into a songwriting class that same weekend).
Let me know if you need an SMM in PDX. I’m sure fans have been dying for deets all day. You guys touring again is a VERY BIG DEAL!!!! ❤️
YAS!!!! Cannot wait. I’ll be at Edgefield and would love to hear anything from Hazards I’d Love. My friend is seeing you for the first time and she’s OBSESSED with Hazards :) It’s part of the reason we’re friends because we both love that album so much. Decemberists magic for the win!!
I’m very excited for the Chicago show! Fun fact, the last time I saw you guys in Chicago was in 2017/2018 with my then girlfriend. This time, we’re seeing you guys as a married couple!
I think it would be amazing to hear “Bandit Queen” in the Chicago Theatre!
See you in Boston! The Roadrunner is a very cool new venue, excited to see a Decemberists show where everyone will be Standing and Dancing instead of Sitting and Mildly Head Bobbing!
Heading up to Oregon from Sacramento for a wedding and catching the show at Edgefield on Saturday! Can’t wait!
My partner and I just moved across the country from Bethlehem, PA to Seattle. This morning I realized you were gonna be in Seattle tonight and bought last minute tickets. I’m thrilled!! Especially because I got Philly tickets months ago but now probably can’t go unless I find a miraculous cheap flight. Can’t wait for later! Would love to hear The Island, Oceanside, and/or Carolina Low. Can’t express enough how excited I am to see y’all again after four years.
I'll be at the Seattle area Marymoor show tonight, as well as the Edgefield show (vip!) on Saturday!
No song preferences, just happy to be along for the ride. I've been to numerous shows over the last 15 yrs. So pleased to have this part of my life back! All of Collins work has consistently held in my #1 spot since I found him on a random mix cd in high-school.
I'm flying solo to both shows since I somehow still don't have fan-friends; so come say hi! I will be that random redhead dancing very poorly with zero F*x. ;)
i know i’m late to this post, but on the off-chance you’ll see my comment, i’d love to hear “shiny” in philadelphia. i’ve been a faithful decemberists concert-goer since 2004 and have yet to catch it live. thanks! hope everything goes smoothly on tour, everyone has tasty food to eat, & consistent good night sleeps for all.
Hi! I am so excited to be seeing you in NYC! I live in South Florida - couldn't miss this tour so making the trip to New York!
I cannot wait! Would love to hear Myla Goldberg, On the Bus Mall, Lake Song - I won't be disappointed whatever the set list is!
Hope you are having fun being back on tour again! Any highlights so far?
Hi Colin! I know it’s a huge ask, but my significant other and I have always wanted to see the Tain live! We (along with some newly minted Decemberists fans) will be at the Marymoor Park in Redmond tonight. Hope your tour kicked off well and we’ll see you soon!
Hey! I’m Shelby, and I’ll be seeing you all real soon in LA! First time seeing you live, and I’ll go absolutely feral if you do the Mariners Revenge Song, it’s my all time favorite and I want nothing more than to scream like I’m being eaten by a whale <3
You will be ours next Tues at the lovely Wiltern in Los Angeleees
Hey Colin! Seeing you tomorrow up in Seattle and super excited! Can i make a request for Summersong? Pretty please! Thank you!
I was at the Troutdale show last night. It was amazing and so great to see you all. ❤️ Thank you. I almost cried during the first few songs because I was just so happy to be able to go out and do stuff like this in general, but especially to see you live. You guys have been consistently there for me through many hard times and I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate it.
hey Colin! *so* excited to see you and the crew at Surly. know there’s a lot of exhaustion around The Mariner’s Revenge Song, but if you do come around to it during the tour, would absolutely die to hear it in MN, as I’ve never been able to hear it live and that song holds a special place in my heart as my introduction to The Decemberists. (I also would love to scream “whale” louder than I ever have while singing along).
Hey Colin! Excited to see the band FOR THE FIRST TIME. Will be at the Minneapolis show—excited to see the setup at Surly.
Would love it if you could play Engine Driver and June Hymn. Can’t wait!
Excited to see y'all tonight at Marymoor Park. Visiting from south Louisiana.
Hi Colin! We are going to Marymoor tonight and will be in VIP, SO EXCITED!!! All your songs are perfect, but if you get a hankering to play Red Right Ankle or The Sporting Life, that would be especially fun 💙
I’ll be there tonight at Marymoor. I think it’s about my seventh show, but the first time since I think the Hollywood Bowl show around 2008. I’ve had a lot happen in my life then.
I’m most looking forward to hearing your touring member. When Rachel left, the band missed her voice on Picaresque-era and earlier songs.
My request would be The Bagman’s Gambit. That one note under the first line of the second chorus literally brings me to tears.
Hello! So looking forward to the show tonight at Marymoor (and so glad the show wasn’t last week when it was close to 100° - well done!) Would love to hear Everything is Awful, please. So cathartic to sing along! That song sure came out when we needed it - thank you! Unfortunately we haven’t stopped needing it, but still :)
Hello! So excited for the show tonight in Redmond! It will be a family affair since we are bringing the 5 year old for her first concert. Not sure if this is the place to request songs but I’m going to give it a shot with a rhyming request. Lake Song for me (it just gives me all the summer vibes) and Rake Song for my daughter (it’s her favorite.. nothing like hearing a child sing about..child murder 😐)
Words cannot describe my excitement for this month!!
Hope to make some friends on the northeast leg of the tour. My girlfriend will be attending with me and it's her FIRST EVER time seeing the Decemberists (she's coming all 4 times, what a patient woman).
Come say hi and let's chat about the greatest band ever!
VIP @ Syracuse
Would love to hear my favorite deep cuts, I'm Sticking With You (Lou Reed + Colin Meloy = Heaven), and After The Bombs (my first Decemberists tattoo)
My wife and I are super stoked to see you all in Toronto on the 19th. Any chance Red Right Ankle might get a little love? I've been to nearly a dozen Decemberists shows over the years and have never had the pleasure of hearing it - one of my all time favs!
See you all at Edgefield Saturday! Making a little birthday trip to kick around Portland with dear old friends & see the show, couldn’t ask for a dreamier way to spend it.
(Judiciously) this 30 year old kid who was lucky enough to see their first Decemberists show at 14 (& who will be sentimentally sporting their appallingly well-worn tour shirt from said show) would be over the moon if you played Wanting Comes in Waves Reprise & Hazards 4! Would also enthusiastically settle for Bus Mall, (which I’ve always hoped you might just play at all Portland shows as you often so wonderfully do Grace Cathedral for us in the Bay).
Can’t wait for it. Thank you for all of these incredible years of music & stories & fortification.