The Mavericks didn't even take the stage yet, and I
knew that at worst they would get one thumb up. Why? How could base
my judgment without even hearing the band? What could sway me so
much that it didn't matter what the band sounded like or if the
crowd liked them? It was a lava lamp, and not just a lava lamp, but
four lava lamps around the keyboardist's set-up. I knew this band
had to be good because they had lava lamps, and lava lamps are a
great start Anyway, there was a show, and that's what I'm here for.
A Concert Review
One thing I like about my job is that I take a little while to
get a review written. This gives me some time to think about the
show a little more, not to be so wrapped up in the moment so I can
be objective, and to read other people's reviews before I write
mine. No, it's not to copy them, but to wonder if that guy or girl
was at the same show I was. I read this one review that started
kinda nice, but by the end just wailed on The Mavericks, how the
show was over-done, he didn't like the jokes the band made that the
crowd liked, he didn't appreciate the Neil Diamond cover tune, and
he didn't seem to like the lava lamps either. Why review the show if
you can't say if the crowd liked it or not? Sure, give your own
opinion, but who gives a shit about your opinion if you're not a
fan, or can't at least pretend to be a fan? If the fans enjoyed it,
isn't that what matters, and isn't that what will matter to the
other fans that will go to see the show. I'm sorry, I just hate
reading reviewers that don't like a style of music, go to see the
show, and just blast a band who put on a great show for the fans.
Alright, enough editorial comments, but I think you can tell I liked
The Mavericks show here in Chicago, even though I'm not a big
Mavericks fan, and I think anyone who reads this one guys review
that I read will get the totally wrong impression of the Mavericks,
and that impression should be that if you like country, rock, a
little blues, and a sound that kinda reminds me of Elvis, you'll
like the Mavericks too.
The Mavericks are a band that kinda sound like Elvis, but a
little bit more country, and a little bit more '90s. Live, they
kinda sounds like the CD, but they add a bit more showmanship, have
fun, work with the crowd, and just all-in-all put on a good show.
With an opening of thunder and rain effects, "Here Comes the
Rain" got the crowd knowing who they came to see. They played
their hits, you've might have heard them, "Missing You,"
"All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down," "Oh What a
Thrill," they played other people's hits, "Okie from
Muskogee," "All That Heaven Will Allow," and even
some Neil Diamond, they had fun when some guy yelled a request for
"Freebird" to which the band gave the reply "Shut Up.
Can't you see I'm telling a story?" and basically jammed for
over an hour.
The band is talented, and knows how to have a good time, and more
importantly, knows how to make the crowd have a good time - which
they did. Without getting to goofy and flashy, I'll just say The
Mavericks put on a great show. They mix up their hits with other
people's hits, do what they do and do it well, and have a sound that
is refreshing over some of the "commercial" country that
is hitting the airwaves. Good showmen, a lot of fun, a Neil Diamond
cover, and lava lamps - there's only one rating The Mavericks can
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