Photo: Walt Atkins
Morris Day & The Time
August 7, 2014
Yoshi’s San Francisco
Mr. Day asked “What time is it? ” And it immediately became time to party with the irrepressible Morris Day & The Time at Yoshi’s San Francisco. Yoshi’s restaurant and club was absolutely packed for the Thursday night second show. The only thing louder than the booming funky rhythms in front of me were the screaming fans behind me. Morris and the fellas have aged well, and the power of the band and his prancing showmanship were in top form. According to the ultra cool Morris, he doesn’t perspire–he “condensates.”
When his valet brought out Morris’s long white coat, it was reminiscent of the classic James Brown cape routine with Bobby Byrd (of the Famous Flames band). I’m sure the Godfather of Soul was probably smiling wherever he may be. Mr. Day’s infectious soulful energy propelled the band through the set like it was still 1984. That same year, Morris, as frontman for The Time, burst onto the national scene with the hit single “Jungle Love” and a key role in Prince’s movie, Purple Rain.
Yoshi’s full house started rocking immediately from the first notes of “Showtime” to the super hot encore,” The Bird,” their biggest hit to date. The set list also included the classic “Cool,” with automatic audience participation spelling out the letters C-O-O-L with hand signs. It brought back great party memories.
Thursday’s show was like a comfortable, fun house party where Morris Day is the host and the audience is his welcomed friends. Morris Day & The Time invited you to come onstage and party with them like it’s 1984.
Set List: Showtime | Get It Up | Cool | Pandemonium | Chocolate | Wild and Loose | The Stick | Fishnet | Oak Tree | Jerk Out | 777-9311 | Gigolos | The Kid | Ice Cream Castles | The Walk | Tricky | Jungle Love | Good Night! | The Bird (encore)