Sunday, February 25, 2007

Pete Yorn Live, again.

Friday night with Pete Yorn at the Ogden. What? You can tell who that is in the amazingly detailed shot from my crappy camera in my Razr? Yeah that blurry thing in the center is Pete Yorn, who is really becoming one of my favorites these days. If you still don't know who he is, go to ITunes and give a listen. "Life on a Chain", "Crystal Village", and "Strange Condition" are among his best songs, but he has a lot of great songs. This is the 2nd time in about 6 months that we've seen him live, but the two performances couldn't have been any more different.

The first show was an acoustic performance with only a drummer and bass player for part of the show, where Friday's performance was a full electric setup with a backing band (4 guitars on stage at once). While I prefer the acoustic setting, this was still a great show. I've become more familiar with his music catalog, which helps enjoy the show even more.

Aqualung was the opener (well one of the openers I should say), and they were very impressive. In a similar manner as Coldplay, Aqualung live is a much more intense and upbeat show than one would expect. Their album releases are pretty mellow, and laid back but their music live is pretty impressive. They played 8 or 9 songs, including their radio releases. The lead singer looks more like your companies IT guy (hey wait a minute!) than a rock star, but regardless he has a good stage presence and sounds remarkably good live.

We were very close to the stage, which was cool. The Ogden Theater is a small, intimate venue which added to the show. I snapped another amazingly bad camera phone picture during "Brighter Than Sunshine".

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