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James Mercer and his current incarnation of the Shins threw a pandemic-delayed party on Monday night at the Orpheum Theatre, celebrating the 21st anniversary of their debut album, “Oh, Inverted World.”
Such festivities are usually reserved for milestone birthdays, but COVID-19 dinged any plans to tour in support of last year’s release of the “Oh, Inverted World” 20th Anniversary Remaster.
The Shins, who performed just three songs from the album when they played the Just Like Heaven Festival in May in Pasadena, got down to business immediately Monday, playing “Oh, Inverted World” front to back. The, the band followed with eight more favorites, including “Phantom Limb,” “Kissing the Lipless” and “Australia,” pausing in advance of the two-song encore, “Simple Song” and “Sleeping Lessons.”
Portland trio Joseph (minus Allison Closner, who is ill and expected to join the tour later this week) opened the night, performing favorites such as “White Flag,” “Green Eyes” and “Revolving Door.”
The Shins setlist: Caring Is Creepy, One by One All Day, Weird Divide, Know Your Onion!, Girl Inform Me, New Slang, The Celibate Life, Girl on the Wing, Your Algebra, Pressed in a Book, The Past and Pending (Intermission) Pam Berry, Phantom Limb, Australia, Turn a Square, Saint Simon, The Fear. Encore: Mine’s Not a High Horse, Kissing the Lipless