The Mann Had Cake But It Was The Fans Who Ate It.

Cake Tour Poster

The weather did not disappoint at the Mann Center on Wednesday, September 15th as CAKE took the stage in front of a large crowd, however their new sound fell short. Early CAKE fans would have been disappointed at the mediocre twangy sound of the once funky rock n roll band. The atmosphere was also middle-of-the-road with the ambience of an eighth grade dance, disco ball included.


 John McCrea managed some good acoustics while inspiring back up vocals from the audience and even threw in a cover of Black Sabbath. Fan favorites, “Frank Sinatra”, Never There”, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”, and “Sheep Go To Heaven” were the highlights of the night and kept the crowd on their feet, singing along to every word.

Photo Credit: Jay Blakesburg

The concert goers overall reaction to CAKE’s performance was 50/50 with some fans dancing in the aisles, aroused by the bands interaction. This enthusiasm from the center of the crowd didn’t manage to reach out into the rest of the Mann Center however. The band’s next stop will be at the Rumsey Playfield in New York, New York on September 16 and hopefully they’ll make a better impression because as the evening came to an end, there was the feeling that Philadelphia missed the icing on the CAKE.

Cake Portrait


    1. Comfort Eagle
    2. Frank Sinatra
    3. Wheels
    4. Stickshifts and Safetybelts
    5. Sad Songs and Waltzes (willie nelson cover
    6. Sheep Go to Heaven
    7. Guitar
    8. Song of the Sea
    9. Arco Arena
    10. Jolene
    11. War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)
    12. Rock ‘N’ Roll Lifestyle
    13. It’s Been a Long Time
    14. Love You Madly
    15. Is This Love?
    16. Never There


  1. Short Skirt/Long Jacket
  2. Mexico
  3. The Distance

{Story by Independent Philly’s Bridgette Bonner}

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