Maybe it’s Stockholm syndrome, filling Comerica Theatre Friday, July 26, and had the packed house moving the toes up 40 songs that have remained wavelengths within corporate hostage for nearly two decades.
Or maybe even the most experienced, Matchbox Twenty – dislike, avoid cynical radio ( confession: I ) have to admit that Matchbox Twenty just put on a damn good live show in Phoenix.
Singer Rob Thomas and crew made the value of those radio hits – happy two hours with a fresh house full of fans who sang along to every word material. Concerts are state co –
headlining the Goo Goo Dolls, for some reason the date of the joint tour of Phoenix (despite the signage in place that promoted both bands) skipped.
He Matchbox Twenty longer than usual to delve into his discography after a short opening set by singer-songwriter Kate Earl, and that seemed to satisfy the crowd well.
” We want to be the house band for good time , “ Thomas told the crowd , which seemed less like a rock star and more like I was running a therapy session Gen X group.
One benefit , however , of being one of the most well behaved , rock stars vanilla out of the alternative scene in the mid- 90s? His voice holds.
Thomas sounded great, launching the game with “Parade”, a highlight of 2012 album “North “then segueing into “Mad Season” success ” Bent “ .
He looked relaxed in jeans, a black shirt and denim overshirt unbuttoned , dancing like King Dork with his clumsy hands – palms and slaps turning – hip (to be fair , people are no better danced ) .
His performance was anything but relaxed, however. Passage between punches with abandon opened both in and outside food boundless enthusiasm of the crowd.
They sang along to everything – when Thomas came to the chorus of ” How far have we come ,” the first single from his 2007 retrospective collection ” Exile on Mainstream, ” well amplified voice of the singer was drowned by the sound of the audience .
If that song got fans excited, they almost went crazy when a screen of a digital countdown clock until 3 am appeared on the screens – precipitate, of course, the performance of “3 am , ” Thomas set point to sing, “I believe in this … God help me , Phoenix, I believe this . ”
Thomas believes that much and so enthusiastically on a sultry night in Phoenix Monsoon (the air conditioning, which did nothing) had to undergo two costume changes and their shirts drenched in sweat visibly. At one point, Thomas gathered a handful of his black shirt soaked, dripping sweat enough fat were visible in large video screens.
The effort was not lost on the crowd. Before Matchbox Twenty hit the stage, the seating arrangements at Comerica Theatre will carry ominous overtones.
The pit area , usually the bastion of the super fans eager to move their faces were as close to the action , carefully ordered in rows of folding chairs. It seemed a harbinger of a band and the fans past their prime.
It turns out that these chairs were totally unnecessary – Matchbox Twenty had the crowd on its feet all the time.
April. “She’s so bad”
May. “How far we’ve come”
6. ” 3am”
7. ” Real World”
8. “Girl Like That”
9. “All I Need”
10. “If you are wrong”
11. “Our Song”
12. ” Overjoyed”
13. “All their reasons”
14. “Long Day”
15. ” I Will”
16. ” Shabby”
18. “So Sad So Lonely”
19. “English town”
20. “Bright Lights”
21. “No Change” (INXS cover)
22. “You’re so real”
23. “The Way”
24. “Back 2 Good”