Words & Photos by Steve Cerf

August 30, 2022

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The Shins celebrated their 21st anniversary of their debut album, Oh, Inverted World, at the Franklin Music Hall. The indie-rock band performed the entire 2001 album front to back to a high energy audience that was not afraid to sing along. The band’s energy was contagious as front man, James Mercer & the band, all dressed in white, charged up the crowd. After running through the album, they ventured into later hits like “Turn a Square” and “Phantom Limb.” The Shins ended the show with two encore songs, “The Fear” with an interlude featuring Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and finishing the night with fan favorite “Sleeping Lessons”

Set List

1. Caring Is Creepy 2. One by One All Day 3. Weird Divide (with Joseph) 4. Know Your Onion! 5. Girl Inform Me 6. New Slang (with Joseph) 7. The Celibate Life (with Joseph) 8. Girl on the Wing 9. Your Algebra (with Joseph) 10. Pressed in a Book 11. The Past and Pending (with Joseph) 12. Pam Berry 13. Phantom Limb 14. Australia 15. Turn a Square 16. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart cover) (Briefly played around with this song.) 17. Saint Simon 18. Mine's Not a High Horse 19. Simple Song Encore 20. The Fear 21. Sleeping Lessons (with "American Girl" by Tom Petty interlude) "

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My name is Steve Cerf and concert photography is my passion. I got into concert photography after seeing a young Freddy Mercury mesmerize his audience at the Philadelphia Civic Center back in 1977. Since then, I have photographed countless live performances of all kinds. Located in Philadelphia, my ability to experience the show and a performer’s essence and “sweat” is what I incorporate into my images.

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