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Where’s the Band? Tour Review and Thrice 2015 reunion

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The 2014 edition of the “Where’s the Band?” Tour concluded at the Glass House in Pomona on Sunday.

The short five-date tour had singers singing songs from their respected band or original material acoustically.

The lineup featured: Dustin Kensrue from ThriceDan Andriano from Alkaline TrioCasey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter and Andy Jackson from Hot Rod Circuit.

Andy Jackson started things out and set the tone for the evening.  The audience even set the tone by staying absolutely quiet during his acoustic renditions of Hot Rod Circuit songs.  Jackson acknowledged and respected this.  He even performed an original song that he wrote with his wife for his side project.

Casey Crescenzo upped the ante with his stage presence.  Not only with his music, but with his banter as well.

Crescenzo sang songs from The Dear Hunter beautifully, and to much audience delight.  He “argued” with the hecklers in the crowd many times.

He even stopped mid-song when an audience member laughed for an unknown reason.  Crescenzo stopped and said, “What the fuck is so funny?”  He laughed as he said it.  The audience member kindly apologized and Crescenzo continued right where he left off.

Dan Andriano was next to the stage and played music from Alkaline Trio and his side project Dan Andriano in The Emergency Room.

He tried to compete with Cresceno’s witty remarks to the crowd, but it was difficult to surpass.  The audience still enjoyed what he said though and were kindly silent throughout his performance.

Dustin Kensrue closed out the evening and tour playing for 40 minutes.  Ten minutes longer than each of his tour mates.

He started out with an original song, “Pistol,” off of his first solo album, “Please come Home.”  He played two other songs off of this album as well as one new song that he said would be featured on his next solo album, released in Spring.  Kensrue said he thought it would take two or three years to make his second solo album.  He said he didn’t think it would take eight years.

The crowd forgave Kensrue when he forgot the words to one of his own original songs.  He laughed it off, the crowd quickly cheered and Kensrue recovered, to audience approval.

Kensrue was the only artist during the evening to add another instrument to his performance, a harmonica, that he played very well for a few songs.

For those lucky enough to attend these shows, they got to witness Kensrue sing two Thrice songs acoustically, including “A Song for Milly Michaelson” and “Words in the Water.”

Kensrue spoke plenty in between songs, talking about the song he just played or was about to play.  He said he had a difficult time writing lyrics for “Words in the Water,” but did so after he heard his Thrice bandmates play their parts.

Probably the most surprising song he sang was from a more recent artist in Lorde.  He sang his own version of her song, “Buzzcut Season.”

Kensrue addressed the crowd and said they had an interesting dynamic, staying quiet during songs, and heckling when songs weren’t playing.  The crowd and artist had a mutual respect towards each other this evening and it was wonderful.

The engagement was finalized by having all four artists play one final song together.  Each played their acoustic guitars and chimed in on the song “The Weight” by The Band.  It was a perfect way to end the show and tour.

Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids also was on the tour but did not play for this show.

Did you attend any of these shows? How was it? Comment below.

  1. Pistol
  2. A Song for Milly Michaelson (Thrice)
  3. Fairytale of New York (The Pogues cover)
  4. I Knew You Before
  5. Round Here (Counting Crows cover)
  6. Buzzcut Season (Lorde cover)
  7. There’s Something Dark Inside Me
  8. Blood & Wine
  9. Words in the Water (Thrice)
  10. I Want You (Tom Waits cover)
  11. The Weight (The Band cover w/Dan Andriano, Casey Crescenzo and Andy Jackson)

Concluding this show, and shown on Thrice’s website the next morning, was a black-and-white picture of a recording studio and in large letters “Thrice 2015,” signifying that Thrice will reunite in 2015.  This will end their hiatus that they went on in 2012.

Is a new album in the works?  A tour?  Possibly both?

Comment below with your thoughts.

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