Emerging pop rock band One Republic performed their first headlining gig at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday, and the results were spectacular.
This is the second tour in support of their third studio release “Native”.
While the attendance was only just under 11,000 it still represented the most that had seen the band headline in the St. Louis area. Last year the band played to under a quarter that total at the Peabody Opera House and prior to that, 6 years ago, they played at Pop’s across the river in Sauget, IL to “50 people” lead singer Ryan Tedder said. Tedder made reference to the Pop’s show but couldn’t think of the name of the venue or the city it was in, until someone helped him out.
Even though the venue was just over half full the production was 100%. The band (Tedder, guitarists Zach Filkins and Drew Brown, bassist Brent Kutzle and drummer Eddie Fisher) came out in full silhouette mode behind a giant curtain with flashing backlighting projecting them out larger than life for the vast majority of the first song “Light it Up”.
After the curtain finally dropped the band went through a nice selection of rock and pop to slow love songs and mega hits like “Good Life”, “All the Right Moves” and “Counting Stars”. Tedder joked with the crowd and told stories along the way. Thus altering back and forth the feel of the show from large rock concert to small nightclub feel, especially so on a group of songs from their mega hit “Apologize” to “Come Home” where they sang in almost an acoustic setting (save for Kutzle who played an electric bass).
The lighting was spectacular most of the night and vibrant, setting the mood perfectly for most of the night, and Tedder’s vocals were magnificent. His range is superb as he had no problem going from a lower key to holding a high note with ease.
The only issue wasn’t even Tedder’s fault when a mic he was using went out just as he was starting in on “Apologize”. He took that advantage to work in ad lib verse about his mic not working into the beginning of the song.
Tedder is a very good front man as he hammed it up for the crowd, even filming them for “Something I Need” with the video camera in the pit that was projecting the show onto the large side screens. He talked of stories about being familiar with St. Louis, calling it “The big city” as he grew up in Tulsa, OK and would make trips here when he was growing up to experience the city.
He isn’t afraid of getting in with the crowd like some musicians are. During “Counting Stars he jumped offstage and headed straight back (security in tow) to the edge of the fixed seats, peered out over the people in the lawn section and proceeded to tell them “Hi.”
He mentioned that night was his son’s 4th birthday, so he grabbed a phone from the back and had the crowd sing Happy Birthday to Copeland. The whole show was certainly pleasing for all age groups and certainly one that an entire family can enjoy together.
Irish band The Script held the support slot, enticing the crowd with a solid set of their own. Lead Singer Danny O’Donoghue got into the crowd a couple times and even took the phone of one female fan and sang “Nothing” to her ex through her phone after he asked if anyone had an ex he could call. It was very funny and certainly got a great reaction from the crowd.
The Irish band (O’Donoghue on vocals and keyboard, guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power) previewed new material from their upcoming CD “No Sound Without Silence” (due to drop September 12, 2014) with selections like their current single “Superheros” and “Paint the Town Green”.
Of course they performed their hits “Breakeven”, “For the First Time” and “Hall of Fame” and seemed the perfect fit to be playing with One Republic.
Newcomers American Authors opened with a short set filled with catchy songs that included their hit “Best Day of My Life”.
It was a lineup that was strong top to bottom and if you are planning to go to a show on this tour get there early and check out the opening bands, you won’t be sorry.
One Republic Setlist:
Light it Up
All the Right Moves
What You Wanted
Stop and Stare
Something I Need
Stay With Me (Sam Smith cover)
Spanish Guitar Medley
Love Runs Out
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstong cover)
If I Lose myself_(Alesso cover)