Welcome back to The Rock Show, where it’s all about the music! Incubus played the Susquehanna Bank Center tonight with opener Young the Giant. Now, I’m not familiar at all with Young the Giant, so I can’t provide an accurate set list for them. When I do find one, though, I will post it separately. However, this was my first time seeing Incubus since the Crow Left of the Murder tour back in 2004. It was an amazing show with a great set list (though it snubbed Morning View and A Crow Left of the Murder pretty hard). Here’s the set from tonight’s show:
- Wish You Were Here
- Anna Molly
- Promises, Promises
- The Original
- A Certain Shade of Green
- In the Company of Wolves
- Punch Drunk
- A Kiss to Send Us Off
- Nice to Know You
- Pardon Me
- Are You In?
- Tomorrow’s Food
Before getting into the review, I’d like to point out that Incubus was my first concert back in 2004, so they’ll always have that special distinction. This was my first Incubus show since then, as I missed their tour for Light Grenades. The Susquehanna Bank Center is always a good venue to see a show – the sound is great, the venue itself is really nice; the only problem is getting there, which was remedied by using the ferry at Penn’s Landing. I got there pretty early, so there was a lot of waiting around for the show to start. Young the Giant took the stage ten minutes early, which was nice, and they played quite a good set. I’m not very familiar with their work aside from “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” (both of which were played), but they definitely exceeded my expectations and rocked harder than I thought they would.
After Young the Giant was finished there was quite a long intermission before the headlining act took the stage. The time eventually came, however, and the band broke into the extremely effective opener that is “Megalomaniac.” Unfortunately for fans of A Crow Left of the Murder, this was the only representation that the album got all night. The classic “Wish You Were Here” followed with “Adolescents” finishing out the opening run of three. Brandon Boyd addressed the crowd quite a few times throughout the show, mostly to say thank you. “Anna Molly” was next, and then “Promises, Promises.” For the record, the light show at this concert was one of the best I’ve ever seen – it’s amazing how much a great light show adds to the enjoyment of a concert.
What came next was one of my favorite cuts from the new album, “The Original.” As much as I love that somg on the record, live it was a whole new animal. The spacey, beachy sound of the song really came across great live. Also, I’d like to take this moment to comment on the thickness of the pot smoke tonight. I thought Rush and Yes were pot bands, but aparently Incubus is in a whole ‘nother league. Anyway, next were two really cool cuts from Make Yourself (a very heavily represented album tonight): “Privilege” and “Consequence.” Both were really good and really cool to hear live, as I’ve been listening to that album a lot recently. Next came some old Incubus – “A Certain Shade of Green” from SCIENCE. That’s one of the better songs on the album for me, so I enjoyed it quite a bit.
The scene got a bit trippy as “In the Company of Wolves” began and, as I predicted in my album review, they jammed that one out pretty good at the end. “Defiance” came next – a bit backward, since the two songs are in the reverse order on the album, but the reason became clear afterward. “Defiance” is an acoustic song, and they kept the sound going into the next song – “Stellar.” I saw them do “Stellar” back in 2004, but this time was a lot different. The song definitely works well as an acoustic tune. “Punch Drunk” came next – a B-side from Light Grenades, if I’m not mistaken. It sounded pretty good and worked well as a transition from the acoustic stuff back to the harder stuff. A double-shot of Light Grenades followed with “A Kiss to Send Us Off” and “Dig.” “Dig” was quite a memorable tune as the band did a really cool remix of it. The guitar was a bit low in the mix under a really awesome drum and bass rhythm part. It was essentially unrecognizable at first until Brandon Boyd began singing. At the end, though, it became the song that we all know.
Next the crowd exploded as the band played the opening chords of “Drive.” The song sounded really great, and in the last chorus the band stopped playing entirely while the crowd sang all the words. “Switchblade” was next and, I must say, one of the highlights of the show. I liked the song a bit from the beginning, but hearing it live gave me quite the appreciation for it. After a trippy extended introduction, the band closed out the set with “Nice to Know You,” only the second tune of the night from the legendary Morning View album.
The break between the main set and the encore, however, was so short I barely noticed it – literally, I think it was only a couple of minutes. The lighters came out and the band almost immediately took the stage again. After tooling around a bit they broke into “Pardon Me,” which was really cool since they didn’t play it the last time I saw them. “Are You In?” was next, which was nice since it gave a bit more representation to Morning View. In the middle of the song there was a quick snippet of The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm.” The final song of the night was “Tomorrow’s Food,” which I thought was a total momentum killer and not a strong way to close out at all. The song sounded great, but honestly it was a weak closing tune. But hey, sometimes experiments don’t work – it didn’t take away from the other twenty songs of the night.
With that, the show was over. As expected, the show was amazing, and I can’t wait for a new album and a new reason to see them again. Hopefully next time they’ll play some stuff from Crow Left of the Murder! Maybe.
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