Kurt Onstad (speedball) wrote,
Kurt Onstad

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I'm surprised I can talk today...

I went to go see Lit in concert last night at the House of Blues in Anaheim. This was my second time seeing them in concert, the first being a couple of years ago at the House of Blues in Hollywood, double billed with Eve 6.

I bought two tickets to the concert, because 1) They were only $25 each, 2) I thought I'd have no problems finding someone to go with, and 3) I knew it would sell out quickly. I was definitely right on #3, but #2 was a little bit more of a struggle than I had thought it would be. I ended up going to the concert with Fran, who works at the comic book store that I shop at (actually, she works more at the music store that shares the same space, but if you work at one, you work at the other...). Fran wasn't really familiar with Lit, other than their two biggest hits, but by the end of the night, she was really glad she had gone.

The opening acts were two other bands on Lit's "Dirty Martini" sub-label of RCA. Both of them were...ok...I enjoyed the music of the first band, but their vocalist had next to no talent. The second band had a lot of charisma, but their music for the most part wasn't very interesting.

Finally, around 9:30 or 10, Lit hit the stage. As I mentioned, I've seen them in concert before, which is why I was looking forward so much to seeing them again. I'm not a big concert-goer, for the most part, but these guys kick ass live. They make it very obvious that they love making music, and that enthusiasm spreads to the audience like wildfire. The lead singer, A.Jay Popoff, really knows how to work an audience up. Songs like "Miserable" and "Addicted" have perfect opportunities for the audience to join in, and A.Jay played those moments to perfection. A.Jay and Jeremy's mom and grandmother were in attendance at the show (Jeremy is A.Jay's brother, and the guitar player), and he dedicated one of the songs to the two of them, which was really cool.

All of the songs except for one were songs that were on their latest two albums, and the one exception to that was a song that was written for their most recent album, Atomic, but wasn't put on it. So, I still haven't heard a single song from Tripping the Light Fantastic, which is why I still haven't bought it yet. One of these days I probably will, though...

The final encore brought out all three bands for a free for all on "My Own Worst Enemy," which is Lit's biggest hit. It was obviously something that they had rehearsed and/or played together before, but at the same time, it had a very spontaneous feeling to it. For some reason, the bass player came out wearing a bra for the encore, and it was a very strange site to see this bra-wearing bass player standing on top of the bass drum, rocking out, and jumping off...

If you can't tell yet, if you're at all a fan of Lit's music, or you're not familiar with them, but you like some good straight rock and are looking for a fun show, I highly recommend going to see them in concert at your first opportunity.


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