A hype man came on stage to introduce the band because.... why not. That's when the five musicians sprang on stage. The backdrop consisted of giant hands from their latest album Big Mess' cover art painted by Hannah Hooper. I guess the band brought the heat because drummer Ryan Rabin, son of former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin took off his shirt after only one song. A pink haired Hooper dressed in a belted black body suite never stopped smiling and dancing. A green haired Christian Zucconi dressed in his signature oversized t-shirt and ripped jeans lead the band through a fevered set.
Lead guitarist Andrew Wessen sang the fuzzy synth heavy song Cannonball. It could easily be mistaken for a noise pop Sleigh Bells record. The rest of the band joined in at the end while bouncing along to the infectious beat.
|Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi|
Things slowed down when Zucconi performed Enlighten Me with only his acoustic guitar. The song describes the passing of time. Let's call it quits and see what the future holds/I've been here before, yeah, we just went down this road/A long time to feel young, short time to get old. The band joined him near the end because they are a group of love after all.
Before the final song Colours, Hooper expressed her gratitude towards the females in the opening bands. Stating it's nice to tour with talented women so it's not just her and their daughter traveling with the guys. The house music played them off stage with the appropriate Beatles' All You Need is Love.
Despite being elderly shammed. I still feel lucky to be able to see so much live music. It's a celebration of life. GROUPLOVE summed it up best stating, "A long time to feel young, short time to get old." See you at the next show. I'll be the one proud to be the Old Guy at the Show.