Performing live with my morning jacket at Red Rocks in 2016

Watch MMJ deliver rarities, welcome guests and pay tribute to Prince.

By Nate Todd April 27, 2022 3:07 p.m. PDT

Today marks the birthday of My Morning Jacket singer Jim James. Born James Edward Olliges Jr. on April 27, 1978 in Louiseville, Kentucky, the celebrated singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer went on to form MMJ in 1998 in Louisville. James also enjoyed a famous solo career.

Part of having an acclaimed and celebrated career is performing at acclaimed and famous venues and there is perhaps nowhere that fits that bill better than the Red Rocks Amphitheater. My Morning Jacket has played memorable gigs at the iconic Colorado venue over the years, including with The Black Keys in 2008 when both bands were on the rise. MMJ also ended its hiatus at the legendary venue in 2019.

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In 2016, Jim James and MMJ kicked off a two-night run with another memorable Red Rocks release that saw the band slot into rarities and host a pair of special guests, including a former member. The group also paid tribute to Prince just over a month after his untimely death.

Opening with “Victory Dance,” the first rarity dropped in the sixth installment of the nearly three-hour concert in the form of “Just One Thing.” Following this performance, MMJ hosted the opener Eric D. Johnson fruit bats for “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)”. Read a snippet of Jambase’s coverage of the show below focusing on the aforementioned bust, guest spot and more:

One of the biggest surprises of the evening came early, when MMJ dusted It’s still moving track “Just One Thing” for the first time in nearly three years. Jim James & Co. last played “Just One Thing” on July 18, 2013. Next up was a version of “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” featuring Eric Johnson of the Fruit Bats openers. Later in the set, My Morning Jacket offered the 2016 debut of “Picture Of You” from their debut album. The Tennessee Fire.

James’ solo cut “State of the Art (AEIOU)” was also among the top twelve songs. Jim’s cousin and former guitarist Johnny Quaid also joined for MMJ’s original “Steam Engine” from 2003 It’s still moving, the last album to which Quaid contributed. The guitarist stayed for a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” and reappeared on “Run Thru” as well as a closing rendition of “Purple Rain” as a tribute to The Purple One. MMJ then proceeds to deliver a five-song encore.

To celebrate Jim James’ birthday, watch MMJ’s full performance on May 28, 2016 at Red Rocks below:


set list

My morning jacket at Red Rocks Amphitheater

  • victory dance
  • heartbreaking man
  • Outta my system
  • Whenever
  • Bad impulses
  • In its beginnings (The waterfall)
  • Just one thing
  • Wonderful (how I feel)
  • Golden
  • State of the art (AEIOU)
  • Master plan
  • Believe (no one knows)
  • Photo of you
  • Steam machine
  • Knock on heaven’s door
  • Strangling!
  • Smoking to shoot
  • Run through
  • tyron
  • I’m amazed
  • Circuit
  • purple rain
  • very suspicious
  • Touch Me Im Gonna Scream Pt. 1
  • Touch Me Im Gonna Scream Pt. 2
  • Cobra
  • Mahgiatah

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