The first band of the evening, which we thought would be Maroon 5, turned out to be American Hi-Fi, who Kero didn't remember. Their big song was "Flavor of the Week;" I think it came out in '01? Anyway, I'm actually a fan of theirs and was thrilled that they were replacing Maroon 5, a band I'm rather sick of. Anyway, the lead singer of American Hi-Fi is kinda cute (not that you can tell from where we were sitting -_-;) and full of energy. The band was shameless and self-promoting, and I loved it. They were funny as hell. After the show they were available to talk to, but Kero wanted to leave so I didn't get to go bug 'em. Darn...I am now seriously contemplating buying that CD, tho'. It's bumped up on my list from #200-something to #3, after matchbox twenty and audioslave. They have this new song called "Art of Losing;" I've been hearing it on the radio for months and didn't quite connect that it was them until they performed it as the last song of their set. I was like, "Wow! That song! Woo-hoo!"
I can't help but wonder, tho'...did they change vocalists? "Flavor of the Week"'s vocals sound so different from the performance...the sound sucked, naturally, because this is the HP Pavilion, so that could be why. I would really enjoy seeing this band in a small club, I think. That's probably where their strength would be.
The second to last song they sang was "The Break-up Song" and I was busting up because it's funny as can be. Slyly Kero asked, "Thinking of using that on someone?" "Ha-ha! Naw, I've got a matchbox twenty song in mind for that!" (And you know what sucked? Rob didn't even sing that song ;_; How could he not?)
Sugar Ray is a great band to see live. Unfortunately, they're a crappy band to see in HP Pavilion. Mark's voice got swallowed up and you could barely hear him singing. Since they were "only" an opening band, they had a short set and only played major hits. In my mind, that defeats the point of a concert. Since their hits are the same crap that gets rotation on the radio, they should take advantage of a concert to showcase the CD-only songs. I mean, I already know what "Fly" sounds like; it's been bouncing around since '95-'96? So sing a song from the new CD instead...pah! I know fans like what is familiar, tho', so he's probably just pleasing that crowd.
Mark was funny; he talked to the audience quite a bit, which is always fun in a concert. During one of the songs, (I think it was "Someday") the band actually ran out onto the floor, amongst the fans (unheard of at a huge concert like this) and chose a member of the audience to sing. Kero was so envious – the girl got to have Mark McGrath wrap his arm around her waist as she sang into his microphone. He was dressed in these atrocious pants – mariachi from the look – because their truck had gotten stuck in Vancouver. The driver'd been quarantined for SARS inspection, or something.
So why ya gotta stand there looking like the answer now? It seems to me you'd come around...I need you now. Do you think you can cope? You figured me out...I'm lost and I'm hopless. Bleeding and broken, though I've never spoken, I come undone in this mad season.
Matchbox Twenty was looking good tonight. ^_^ There was a new guy – local fellow – playing with them on keys and [insert instrument here, wasn't exactly paying attention to him]. Rob Thomas looked awesome; he was dressed in all black, leather pants and a leather jacket, if I remember correctly. (I wish we'd gotten pictures! But the jerks at the HP Pavilion confiscated Kero's camera.)
I don't know that Matchbox Twenty is more experienced than the other two bands performing, but Rob Thomas definitely knows how to work with arenas. Even though the Pavilion's sound is horrible, Rob somehow managed to come through loud and clear on every song he performed. And did he ever perform! ^_^ He has great stage presence, and was always*always moving. Most of the songs he sang were from the new album, More Than You Think You Are, but he also sang most of the hits from the earlier albums, like "Bent" and "If You're Gone" from Mad Season and "3 AM" and "Real World" from Yourself or Someone Like You. (At least, I thnk that's what that album's called. I'd have to actually look at it to be sure, and it's out in my car. ^^; )
The song I remember clearly is a cover they did of a Tears for Fears song. (I don't know the title, aack!) When Rob announced they were doing a Tears cover, Kero and I immediately assumed "Shout" and thought His voice isn't suited for that song. But of course he knows his limitations, and did a completely different song...the one that goes
Everybody wants to change the world
and it was good. ^_^
The band was obviously having a good time; everyone was hyper-enthusiastic. I think someone had told Rob off a few days earlier about using "f---" in concert, because he was using it gratutiously. (A bit of a shock – I never would've thought him to be such a fuck-lover from his music ^_~) "I was told I shouldn't use the fucking eff word; all I can say is you can take your fucking letter and fuck yourself with it!" That isn't verbatim; but he said something to that effect.
During the encore they were performing "Long Day" and Rob kept getting distracted by a pink pig he saw in the upper balcony. I mean, he kept pointing and asking, "Is it just me? There's a big pink pig up there? Don't you see it too?" Eventually he started singing for the pig to come up on stage, and it did, and it danced a bit for him, and he was pleased. One of the other band members commented it was from an animal protection group; I didn't catch which one.
But shyeah. Great concert; wish I could describe it better, but there ya go.