Recorded live on October 5th and 6th, 1990 in London and Kitchner, Ontario.
SHUT UP AND DIE LIKE AN AVIATOR was released after the incredible string of GUITAR TOWN, EXIT O, and COPPERHEAD ROAD. Steve Earle & The Dukes are a rarity in their field, in that they are equally commanding and at home both in the studio and on stage. With a fine catalog already under the band's belt, Steve Earl & The Dukes had plenty of strong material to draw from for this set.
Throughout, the selections are given all the room they need to properly flourish, helping create a masterfully paced set that is rife with riveting dramatic tensions. Toward the end, the band throws in a cover of the Sir Douglas Quintet's "She's About a Mover," then blows the roof off with "The Rain Came Down." Following in the long-standing tradition of pulling out a cover for an encore, the band wraps up the night with Jagger and Richards' "Dead Flowers." Exuberantly played and warmly rendered, SHUT UP AND DIE LIKE AN AVIATOR is a winner.