The 25th anniversary of Amherst rock legends Dinosaur Jr.’s cult classic, You’re Living All Over Me, was celebrated spectacularly at a sold-out Terminal 5 show last Saturday night. Special guests included Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Frank Black (Pixies) and Johnny Marr (the Smiths) among other indie rock icons. The cavern-like atmosphere of Terminal 5 was easily overcome by J Mascis’ wall of amps. The all-ages venue was heavy with pot smoke and palpable excitement, hosting its typical set of rowdy teenagers who crowd-surfed and moshed near the stage as well as old school punks singing along from the balconies.
After a fantastic rendition of “Thumb” from 1991’s Green Mind, featuring flautist Suzanne Thorpe from Mercury Rev, the first half of Dino Jr.’s set was dedicated to a full performance of You’re Living All Over Me. The album may have been originally released back in December 1987, but it sounded as vital and urgent as ever, with tracks like “Sludgefeast” and “In A Jar” remaining harrowing highlights.
This was followed by a series of hits including new songs off of their latest LP, I Bet On Sky, a cover of “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” with Johnny Marr on vocals and a ferocious version of “Tame” growled by Frank Black (who threw a poster into the crowd). The band closed with the highlight of the set, “Don’t” from Bug, with Kim Gordon rolling around the stage like a wounded banshee, shrieking the only lyric, “Whyyyy don’t you like me?”
The encore songs were equally incredible, with Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) and Fred Armisen (Portlandia) assisting on a cover of Stooges’ “TV Eye” and finally ending with “Freak Scene.”