The Buzz Stage was done - no more running back and forth, it was
time to rest and relax in the pavilion area and next up came The
Verve Pipe, another band I was really curious in seeing past their
"The Freshman" radio hit. Boy am I impressed.
"The Freshman" is a cool song, and from that I was just
expecting The Verve Pipe would be a generic pop-style band. Let me
just say that "The Freshman" is to The Verve Pipe what
"Lovefool" is to The Cardigans - not a representation of
the band at all. Nope, busting out with screaming guitars and a
totally pumped up energy level,
Brian Vander Ark let the band through 40ish minutes of high energy
rock and roll with some great harmonies and guitar.
Yep, another band where I know one song, well, two songs, but
what impressed me was the fact that even though most of the crowd
was probably only familiar with "The Freshman" (the
version they did was great by the way), the band brought the entire
crowd into a show spotlighted by excellent guitar driven music over
great lyrics by a band as tight as the best of them.
surprise of this show, at least from the many comments around me,
was their awesome cover of The Beatles' classic "Lucy in the
Sky With Diamonds."
The crowd loved it, I was duly impressed,
and it's TWO BIG OL' THUMBS UP for The Verve Pipe.