Monday, April 8, 2013
I remember hearing the announcement on the radio that the band was breaking up when I was in high school and I was upset! But then luckily I got the pleasure to finally see them in concert at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach on their reunion tour during my early 20s. They played a 3 hour set nonstop, it was awesome.
I followed Glen's solo projects as well. Live at Largo was my favorite CD that he did, and the DVD for Abulum was my lullaby during a period of time when I had trouble falling asleep. His voice and acoustic guitar were so soothing to me. His lyrics are raw, heartfelt, twisted, clever and poetic, making him one of my favorite songwriters.
Glen Phillips is one of the few musicians I kept up with who were connecting to their fans online before all the social media sites came about. I remember him sending out emails to his mailing list that he had personally written. And I ordered his solo stuff directly from his website through an independent label. He was one of the first ones I remember doing that.
I've wanted to catch one of his solo shows live for years, and he's passed through this area a few times, but I never made it. So this time I finally got to see him play at Kirk Avenue Music Hall in Roanoke, Virginia. My friend conveniently lives there, so it worked out to go to the show and have a weekend visit.
We got seats front and center, it's a little hole in the wall kind of place, but considering he did a bookstore tour before, I knew it would be small and intimate. It was just Glen, his guitar, and a microphone. He is a very entertaining guy, even besides his music, his witty banter in between songs made the atmosphere that much better. He's got a different way of looking at things and a warped sense of humor, as all of the best artists should.
He played an even mix of solo material and Toad songs, going by his own setlist and then taking some requests as well. There were two solo songs I don't think I've heard before, that I now love, "Blue Sky" and "Blood Pressurize." You can listen to and download a lot of his solo stuff at glenphillips.com
I got videos of about 75% of his set. I wish I'd recorded them all, I regret missing a few of them. But I got the most popular ones and my favorites of his solo songs that he played. "Darkest Hour," "Sleep of the Blessed," and "Back On My Feet" are some I would have loved to hear too. But as he responded to a moment when several requests were shouted out from the audience, he said, "There are so many songs to play..." Which was so true haha, he couldn't play them ALL.
As with a few other favorite musicians of mine that I feel a special connection to, it's always a rush the first time you make direct eye contact during a performance. I was sitting right in front, so it was pretty inevitable haha, but I still felt that intensity when he looked right at me during the first song of the evening. According to my friend, I was smiling the whole time haha, and the best way I can describe how I felt, is what I posted in a comment to him later on facebook, "You made my heart happy."
I was also happy that he came out to mingle afterwards. I bought his most recent solo CD there for him to sign. And it's kind of funny that he wrote "be happy" on it. He's very mild mannered and kind of shy and sweet. I'm glad I got to finally meet him and get a picture with him. It was a heart warming experience.
And here are my videos of the show:
"Dam Would Break"
"Small Dark Movies"
"Walk on the Ocean"
A NEW Toad the Wet Sprocket song from their upcoming album!
"Whatever I Fear"
"Duck and Cover"
"Something's Always Wrong"
"All I Want"
Monday, March 25, 2013
Filter is going to be part of the Summerland Tour 2013 with Everclear, LIVE and Sponge.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 29th at www.summerlandtour.net
After a wildly successful trek last year, Art Alexakis, frontman for the alternative rock outfit Everclear, announced today that he's bringing Summerland back for 2013, hitting more than 35 U.S. cities. This time out, Everclear will share the stage with fellow rock bands; Filter, Live and Sponge, for a decidedly edgier Summerland trek.
And tune into Lunatic Radio tonight at 8 p.m. East/5 p.m. West to hear a call in from Richard Patrick! These guys are known for hosting quite entertaining radio shows with Richard as a guest.
There are also a handful of dates Filter is playing before Summerland as well:
Apr 18 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 21 Granada Theater Dallas, TX
Apr 23 Scout Bar Houston, TX
Apr 24 Varsity Theater Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Apr 28 Welcome to Rockville! Jacksonville, FL
May 25 Blazefest Niceville, Florida