Fantastic! Young the Giant at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (September 9, 2017)

The house lights go off and a melody of songs about America plays. “Born in the USA” and “American Idiot” are on the playlist. Next, the large screen at the back of the stage starts to glow like a sunrise. And then, sure enough, a sun rises on the screen as the band takes the stage. They launch into their song that matches the theme, “Amerika”. The lead singer, Sameer Gadhia, struts around the stage like a rock star in an orange one piece jumpsuit. This was a fantastic opening to the show and set the stage for a great set.

When they return to the stage for an encore, the audience is very excited to hear more. Sameer says that since they are in Chicago, and it is the weekend, they have to play the following song. He sings Ignition (Remix) as the crowd dances enthusiastically as a tribute to R. Kelley, who is from Chicago. Finally, to close out the night, they play their biggest hit, “My Body”. It’s a rocking number that gets everyone jumping up and down as they shout “My Body tells me no, but I won’t quit, cause I want more!” It was an excellent finish to a great night of music!

Quinn Delaney


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