Setting the stage: I don't think I've ever mentioned this but I live Reno, which basically means when I tell someone where I'm from they automatically say, "oh, is that near Vegas?" No. No, it's not. But, we do have our own casinos and lots of gambling, though we're kind of working to get away from being known for that. Why does this matter? Because, basically every good band we get here plays at one of the casinos. So, the concert hall, is actually one we hadn't been to before, because they renovated since the last time we were there, they used to have one of those fancy show rooms, that have full on booths and tables that you sit at to see the show...kind of a let down when you're going to a rock concert. Now, it's just a giant room, with no seats. Standing room only. Which if you're a concert goer you might agree is like the coolest thing ever. The whole floor is a moshpit without the fighting, you can stand and thrash and dance and pump your fists. So, that's the scene.
My brother and I started about halfway back from the stage and steadily made our way forward so that by the end of the last band we were right up against the fence, mere feet from the stage... That was epic.
Cage The Elephants lead singer, up close and slightly personal
First, there were two opening bands that we didn't know about: Meg Myers and then Big Data.. Not to bad mouth them...but they sucked. It's not even that they were super bad live or anything but that I did not like they're music at all.
Then Fall Out Boy comes out...and I'm confused because I know that Cage The Elephant is there and should be their opening act, Fall Out Boy is headlining! So, they start talking and because of snow storms and the fact that Reno's airport was closed because of the wind...their drummer was stuck in Portland(I think?).... So, they were going to be playing an acoustic show... Now if you know anything about Fall Out Boy you know they aren't exactly the kind of band known for playing acoustic songs. Don't get me wrong, they were awesome. I loved every minute of their set, they played most my favorites(I Don't Care, Immortals, My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark). But, they only played like 7 or 8 songs.... It wasn't enough! And, because it was acoustic they had to just sit there the whole time, no running around on stage, no jumping up and down, they just sat there.
I admit once they left stage I was pretty disappointed.
Cage The Elephant...again. They were the easiest ones to take pictures of!
Then, Cage The Elephant toke over as Headliner playing the most songs...and they rocked. They literally saved the show. At this point, I was right against the fence and could perfectly see the stage and they were definitely the best part of the whole concert. The lead singer(I'm blanking on his name) was stage diving and at one point a couple of guys in the audience were holding him up(standing up straight) while he sang. He also ran down right in front of us, that was badass. They also kept talking about how long it had taken them to get here, through snow and everything, it started at like 4 hours, then 8 hours, 4 weeks. At one point, the lead singer was talking about how it'd taken them weeks to get here and they'd been stuck in an avalanche for days with no food...it was hilarious. The best bands to see live are the ones that can really work the crowd and that was definitely Cage The Elephant.
(Cage The Elephant's lead singer standing on the crowd)
Tell me, have you been to any concerts? Who would you most want to see live?