Goose Dusts Off Bill Withers Covers ‘Use Me’ in Cleveland

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By Nate Todd March 11, 2022 11:44 a.m. PST

Goose stopped by the Agora Theater in Cleveland on Thursday night. The quintet released a cover of the Bill Withers classic, “Use Me”, during the second set.

Goose started the gig by taking “Tumble” deep, clocking in at nearly 30 minutes. A cover of Father John Misty’s “I’m Writing A Novel” followed a nearly 15-minute excursion to “Turned Clouds,” the opener to the band’s 2016 debut studio album. Moon Cabin. After “Bob Don”, the quintet went back to exploring on a vast “Rockdale” to conclude the first set of five songs.

The band kept the jams going for the second set, kicking off the frame with a pairing of “Echo Of A Rose” and “Into The Myst” which together ran for 33 minutes. The quintet then conducted “The Old Man’s Boat” which led to the cover of “Use Me”. Goose’s Bandcamp noted that the song was last played on October 5, 2019 at road manager Jon “Coach” Lombardi’s wedding.

It appears “Use Me” was last performed live on July 17, 2017, in Fletcher, North Carolina, according to Phantasy Tour. Although the song has been in Goose’s repertoire for a long time, they’ve only performed it a handful of times since 2014. Guitarist Rick Mitarotonda sang the lead on the late Bill Withers’ 1972 album, Always chargelaced clavinet by Peter Anspach.

Rick would deliver a fiery solo to drive “Use Me” home before a big “Dripfield”, the title track from the band’s upcoming studio album, closed out the second set. Goose returned as an encore with a cover of Devo’s “Whip It”, which saw Coach break out the rain stick and head to ‘Jive Lee’ to top off the evening.

Watch Goose dust off “Use Me” below:

Setlist (via Goose Bandcamp)

Series 1: Tumble > Write a Novel {1}, Turned Clouds, Bob Don, Rockdale

Series 2: Echo of a Rose > In Mystery, The Old Man’s Boat > Use Me {2}, Dripfield

Again: Whip It {3} {4} > Jive Lee {4}

Coach Notes:

  • {1} Father John Misty

  • {2} Bill Withers, LTP 10.5.19 Coach Wedding

  • {3} Devo

  • {4} Jon L on the rain stick

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  • Firefly Distillery

  • Recovery station (outdoor stage)

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