Monday, July 6, 2009

Live review: 311/Ziggy Marley

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2009 Unity Tour: 311 with Ziggy Marley

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

July 3, 2009


The Deal: 311 brings back it's annual Unity Tour, this time with Ziggy Marley.


The Good: Ziggy Marley followed The Expendables and packed his hour-long set with plenty of his own stuff — "Look Who's Dancing" and "Love is My Religion" among them, saving a couple of Bob Marley tunes for the end of the show, including "Is This Love?"


If you were looking for a greatest hits show from 311, this wasn't exactly it. While the band did play a handful of their more well-known songs, the setlist was heavy from the band's new album, Uplifter. They played nine songs from the new album, including one — "I Like the Way" — from the deluxe edition. The band sprinkled in some favorites, but saved a few of them for a medley during the encore that included "Do You Right," "Hive" and "Stay Home" sandwiched between full versions of "Omaha Stylee" and "Down."

The Bad: It looked a lot like the last tour — singer Nick Hexum once again wearing all white and resembling a milk man. And, on a related note, is it ever a good thing to wear your own band's shirt in concert? Hexum was seen wearing a 311 tank top for a good portion of the show. The band all joined in on Chad Sexton's drum solo, much like last year. The venue was about half-full which was not all that surprising considering the holiday weekend.


The Verdict: An entertaining show, but I wish they'd change it up a little more so it didn't look so similar to last year. Aside from a new lighting setup, it felt like deja vu with Hexum all in white and jumping around as usual.


311 Setlist

1. Never Ending Summer

2. Beautiful Disaster

3. All Mixed Up

4. Mix It Up

5. Come Original

6. It's Alright

7. Freeze Time

8. Daisy Cutter

9. Amber

10. Applied Science

11. Something Out of Nothing

12. Beyond the Gray Sky

13. I Like the Way

14. From Chaos

15. Hey You

16. India Ink

17. What Was I Thinking

18. Jackpot

19. Creatures (For a While)


20. Omaha Stylee

21. Do You Right/Stay Home/Hive Mash-up

22. Down

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