The only time Al played Albuquerque live was in
Albuquerque on his one stop there during the Running With Scissors Tour. Since the song was brand new (and since the show was in Albuquerque, after all), everyone was wondering if he would actually do it - all of the fans were speculating on whether or not he'd actually tackle such an enormously complex song live. Of course, Al didn't dissapoint. Instead of just coming out and performing it at the end of the show, however, he taunted the audience with a 30-minute encore that consisted of a lot of "teaser" songs before actually performing the number. He'd say things like "I know what you really
want to hear!" and then perform a silly song that had nothing to do with Albuquerque. It was hilarious, and some of the audience was even getting frustrated with how he'd trick them! Near the end, he said, "I don't know if you're aware of this or not, but I wrote a little song about your city." The crowd goes wild. He continues, "The song's called Albuquerque and we'd like to play it for you now." And then, amongst the deafening screams of the entire theater, he proceded to sing the following song, backed only by a lone banjo:
The people here are kinda quirky
The drinkin' water's kinda murky
That's why I love it so...
I'm glad to be in Albuquerque
You might think it's kinda jerky,
But it's my favorite place to go...
When I'm in New Mexico!
This, of course, left the half of the audience with a sense of humor rolling around on the ground in hysterics, while the rest either had no idea what was going on or honestly thought that's how he was going to end the show and started going nuts.
He then proceeded to play the real
Albuquerque, in its entirety, to the delight of everyone.
Definitely one of those amazing "one time" moments and a real treat for the fans.