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Is anything Everclear?

Tonight I ushered Everclear at the Fillmore. It had originally been schedule for the Warfield. The Warfield holds 2400, the Fillmore about 1000. Only 600 tickets were sold as of 7PM this evening. This easily explains why the show was moved two weeks ago.

Opening bands were some band I really liked but whose name escapes me and The Exies, who I also liked. Neither were good enough to make me rush out and see them in concert, unless of course I can usher it and go for free!

Everclear was ok for most of the show. Art Alexakis is not a very good live vocalist. He has fairly bad pitch control. However, as the show went on, and they started playing more of their “hits,” the crowd became more engaged, and the energy level increased noticably.

It reached its peak when, right before the last song in the regular set, Art asked if anyone in the audience could play some Everclear on the guitar. A large group of people up front all pointed to one guy, so Art called him up to take his guitar and play Santa Monica. The kid was great. He played it perfectly and jumped around the stage like a seasoned veteran.

Then the encore got dumb as Art went into the crowd and picked out out 4 girls to come dance on stage, and they played some surf number. Then he went into the crowd again to get about 30 people, 25 of them girls, to dance on stage. Yay. And did they play my favorite Everlcear song to close the show? (AM Radio) No, they gave the mike to the bass player and they did a ripping cover of Surrender. And I am sure the teenagers on stage were wondering what Everlcear album the song was from.

So Everclear didn’t play my favorite Everclear song, but they did play my favorite Cheap Trick song. (Oh no they didn’t. My favorite Cheap Trick song is She’s Tight. So much for small favors). The show was good, but not great, and if this is typical of their stage performance, I can see why they don’t have the reputation necessary to sell the Warfield.

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