In Their Prime! Jukebox the Ghost at the House of Blues (May 10, 2018)

“We’ve just released an album about doing adult things” says the guitarist, Tommy Siegel. “Things besides concerts on weekday nights, that is.” They then launch into “Boring”, a fun love song about getting old. “So why don’t we get boring? Let’s get old and lame. Let’s get a house and kids and change your name.” It’s sentiment is reminiscent of the song “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler from the Wedding Singer. They’re both great tunes.

Their new album, Off To The Races, was only released on March 30, but the audience already knows all the words to the new songs. This isn’t a band coasting on their past albums, but instead they are a band in their prime time of making music and touring. For one song, they throw a rainbow colored stuffed horse into the crowd with the instructions to have him crowd surf! The crowd delightfully throws him around, and they even are able to get him up to the first balcony! At the end of the song, he is promptly returned to the stage.

“It was a great sunny today in Chicago, so we’d like to play a spring song.” They go on to play “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra. Everyone is delighted! Soon afterwards, the drummer, Jesse Kristen, comes to the front of the stage, and is met with great applause. He sings the beginning of the song, “Hollywood”. He draws out the words in a funny lackadaisical manner. “If all the world’s a stage, then you’re my favorite actress. If all of life’s a game, I sure could use the practice.” He then runs back to his kit and the song picks up the beat. Ben Thornewill (Piano) sings “It’s the kind of love that doesn’t exist anymore. You want Hollywood, this is real life!” It’s great lyrics like this that really describe what it’s like to be in the relationship that audiences strongly connect with.

Later on, Thornewill brings out a spinning wheel with songs names written on it. He has an audience member spin the wheel to determine the next song. It lands on “At Last”. “We haven’t played this one in over a month! Let’s see what happens!” They play it perfectly, like true pros. “We probably don’t need to say this, but we hope to see you soon” says Ben before playing the final song of the night, “See You Soon”. It’s a beautiful song and a great closer. And the entire audience walks out with a smile on their face hoping they will see this great band again soon.

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Quinn Delaney

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