After a somewhat rainy weekend, what better way to start off the than to hear some good bands? I must admit this was my first time hearing Candlebox, but I was not disappointed with the show. Before I share my review Candlebox’s portion of the show, I’d like to talk about the opening acts.
The show started with the band “Acidic,” which consists of lead singer/guitarist Michael Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski, guitarist/backup vocalist Michael Thompson, and drummer Matt Whitaker. In my opinion “Acidic” gave the most energetic set of the night. Usually with performances like this there is one standout member that sticks out more than the others. Fortunately the entire group cohesively added to the quality of the performances. I look forward to hearing more from the self proclaimed “hardest working, hottest young rock band in Southern California” in the future.
Next up was Honor by August which consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Michael Pearsall; lead guitarist, backing vocalist, piano Evan Field; bass, backing vocalist, piano Chris Rafetto; and on drums, percussion Brian Shanley. Their set was more subdued than the first act, but nonetheless a good band as well. Their sound reminded me of the alternative rock bands of the 90s, which I found myself enjoying more now than I did back when I was in that era.
After Honor by August finished, Candlebox began their set with some of their greatest hits, as well as music from their new album, “Love and Other Musings.” For a band that has been performing since 1990, they didn’t miss a beat and gave a great performance all throughout their set. As I stated at the intro this was my first time hearing Candlebox and the opening acts for that matter, but I will say that after what I saw at the Fillmore yesterday I am more than interested in hearing more of their music.
FINAL GRADE: A
TRR Concert Revue and Pictures by Mark Mahoney