The man is undiluted awesomeness. I have seen many, many great live performances in my relatively short years and he topped them all. The staging was fairly simple, the lighting well coordinated, and the band was clearly having a good time. Mr. Rice himself would chat with the audience between sets, giving insights into the songs and how they came to be. The highlights for me were: “Cannonball” which was a completely accoustic rendition and so the crowd went utterly silent to hear every last note, “Coconut Skins” and “Older Chests” before each song he explained how it percolated into being and his feelings about the world in general, and finally he closed with “Cheers Darlin”.
He acted it out. Complete with a roadie dressed as a barkeep serving him wine to drown his sorrows. The band was offstage and the music would pipe in at appropriate times. It was half monologue, half song, and in the end Damien went his dejected, rejected way off-stage by a street lamp light in the snow. Genius stuff, that.
So, yeah, I had a reasonable time.