Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Maine Bring 8123 To Anaheim

Friday night brought The 8123 Tour to House of Blues Anaheim, and packed the venue with a sold out crowd. Headlined by The Maine and featuring A Rocket To The Moon, This Century and Brighten this may be the most brilliantly organized tour of the year in terms of appeal. If you love one of these bands, you probably love all of them, well evidenced by the level of hysteria among the almost entirely female crowd. This was a fact not lost on The Maine frontman John O'Callaghan who made reference to the girl heavy crowd during their cover of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", which appeared on one of the Punk Goes Pop records.

On tour in support of their brand new release FOREVER HALLOWEEN, The Maine, nevertheless ran through a nice long set that ran the gamut of their entire career and featured sing-a-longs of their biggest more pop-flavored hits. It was intriguing watching the band trying to introduce the newer, more adult leaning material to their crowd who have expressed some trepidation about the new direction for the band. Perhaps most impressive was the decision to include the new ballad, "These Four Words", in the set with John alone on the piano. A major slowdown moment, akin to the shows where Jimmy Eats World  plays "Hear You Me", it was quite well received by the crowd and will hopefully remain a standard for their live shows.

Direct support act A Rocket To The Moon may be a huge draw for many to come out to this tour as the
band have announced it will be their last. Frontman Nick Santino seemed to get genuinely emotional when he mentioned that fact a one point during the set. It seems it may still be setting in that they aren't going to be doing this anymore. Not that they won't still be in music in some new capacity, but it is still a bittersweet goodbye to this particular incarnation. The biggest sing-a-long moment was 2011's "Baby Blue Eyes" but much of the crowd sang along for the entire set, as has been the case at pretty much every A Rocket To The Moon show I've ever been to.

If you are coming to one of these shows, be sure not to duck out early, whether to beat traffic or just beat the crowd to the merch table. You want to hold your place for the final number. I'm not going to give away why, but believe that you will kick yourself if you miss it. While last night's show was sold out, there are still tickets available for most of the rest of the tour. Get details on dates, venues, tickets, etc HERE!

The Maine's Set List for HOB Anaheim:
Love and Drugs
Inside Of You
We All Roll
Into Your Arms
Kennedy Curse
My Heroine
These Four Words
Whoever She Is
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Count 'Em 1,2,3
Like We Did
We'll All Be


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