On July 30, 2010, THE ELMS performed together for the final time in front of a sold-out, wildly enthusiastic and gracious audience at Indianapolis rock club Radio Radio. The show was the most expansive and ambitious of the band’s entire career, lasting an incredible four-plus hours and culling songs from every corner of THE ELMS’ catalog.
The reciprocal energy from band to audience was intensely palpable all night long, beginning with the five-minute ovation that the crowd offered as THE ELMS took the stage to an orchestral recording of David Bowie’s “Changes.” From there, the band launched into “Promises,” the beloved b-side track that opens the brand-new retrospective collection, Stoppin’ On A Dime: Live & Rare 2000-2010.
Fans and press alike have already described the show as THE ELMS’ finest ever – from the ear-splitting sing-alongs, to the tearful quiet moments, to the sweat-drenched, barnburning finale. Stories and candid reflective banter from the band abounded throughout the show, which even included an impromptu singing of “Happy Birthday” by the audience to Owen Thomas, who celebrated his birthday the day before the show.
The extraordinary event was filmed in HD and will be released at a date to be announced soon. Indianapolis’ premiere entertainment magazine, NUVO Newsweekly, offered a stellar review of the show, calling the event “…epic, anthemic… [The Elms] went out on their own terms.” A reviewer from InReview.net has also posted a glowing take on the show, calling it “…one of the most amazing live sessions I had ever heard and seen.”