I think I've written enough reviews of Blue October. If I wrote another it would use the same glowing words that I always use to describe the band. So, instead, I'll add this: after watching the show on Monday at the Fillmore, it is clear that Blue October is not only one of the best acts I've seen, but they are the most consistent! Their show at the Fillmore was, as always, spot on! The sound was nearly perfect with wonderful separation and clarity- the music was artfully performed - and Justin Furstenfeld did such a perfect job selling them, you'd think he actually cared about his lyrics!!!! It was just fantastic!
My only complaint . . . .they didn't play "X Amount of Words." But, instead, they played a set full of fan favorites! Maybe 3 songs off the new album and all the good stuff from their old albums. It was a show for the true fan! They did a lengthy acoustic set that was magical and, perhaps, the best "Blue October" moment of all the shows I've attended!
Kudos to the Denver crowd. They gave Blue October its due by cheering like mad-men. It was an excellent crowd for the sometimes subdued Fillmore. They even rushed the front barrier as soon as Switchfoot left the stage, vying for a spot just a few feet closer to the action!
And Switchfoot, what an excellent band! I've been waiting to see them perform for many years -- not quite interested enough to purchase a ticket, but always admiring their tight hooks and sweet melodies. I'll say this . . . . next time they come to Denver under their own banner, I'll be one of the first ones in line to get a ticket! I talked to the lead guitar player at the merch counter after the show -- the guy was so humble and nice you wouldn't imagine he has toured the world under the guise of a rock-n-roll star! Hmm, wonder if that has something to do with their wholesome, Christian-rock roots. . . .either way, it was impressive!
$29 for the ticket . . .. you can't get better bang for the buck!