I am rarely at a concert covering the opening band
when I hear people around me during the band's set saying "Wow,
these guys are great. What's their name?" Such was the case
when I went to cover one of my new favoritist bands, matchbox 20.
Lucky for the people around me I knew who they were, I hipped them
to their name, but for the rest of the crowd, they might still be
wondering. Why? Because although the show was great, they never said
who they were.
A Concert Review
In all honesty, I kind of got exactly what I expected after
hearing the high energy, great melodies, and harmonies of this band
from their latest CD "Yourself or Someone Like You." Only
this was better because it was exciting to see a crowd who had no
idea who these guys were totally get into songs they probably never
heard, but they were dancing, trying to sing along, and between
every song, yep, every song, the people around me kept saying how
good this band was. And they were right, I just hope it keeps up for
Led by Rob Thomas on vocals, matchbox 20 blasted through around
40 minutes of a rock and roll ride that took the crowd from calm,
cool, and collected during a song like "3 am" to a utter
blast of energy during "Girl Like That" And when they
thought it was safe to not think about what they were singing but
just enjoying the music you get a song like "Push" with
the line "I wanna push you around, I will, I will" and now
the girls around me are saying "Did he say 'I wanna push you
around?'" They start to wonder exactly what these guys are
about, but their ride wasn't done yet, oh no, because as the band is
heading to the end of its set they start a deceiving song called
"Busted." Why deceiving? Well, it starts kinda slow, kinda
like an old rock anthem, but then about halfway through the guitars
kick in, the drums start flailing and this crowd is just blown away
by who? matchbox 20, that's who.
I guess this review will be kinda short because there isn't much
to say without rambling. I will say this though, it's good to hear a
band with energy, a band connecting with the crowd, and just great
rock/pop type music with lyrics you can understand because even as
matchbox 20's intensity level grew, you could still tell what the
band was singing about. Here's a band that has the potential to go
far, as long as they are left to build their fans over time and not
like your "here today - gone tomorrow" one-hit wonders
that seem to be abundant on radio these days. They've got more than
one hit, and if their CD is any indication, much more than one CD in
them. So, if you find yourself at a show and the opening band just
blows you away, there's a chance that band is matchbox 20, although
if they keep things up I doubt they'll be the opening band much
longer. It's TWO HUGEMONGOUS THUMBS UP for matchbox 20. Any band
that can have the crowd saying "these guys are great"
between each song deserves that.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!!! L8R!!