Published on December 16th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin0
93.3’s Not So Silent Night – recap
It was a gorgeous night in Broomfield, Colorado on the night of December 5th 2014. Nice enough to not wear a coat from your car to the venue. Nice enough to have a smoke outside and not freeze to death in between acts. I was hanging out near backstage waiting to obtain my media pass at the 1st Bank Center when I hear Fitz and the Tantrums take the stage, WOWZA! I needed to get in the crowd, NOW.
Fitz and the Tantrums was one of the acts that I was beyond happy to witness live on 93.3 Not So Silent Night roster for the evening. “We do not accept you standing there like a wallflower, texting on your cellphones. It’s all about getting down and dirty with us right now,” Fitzpatrick said halfway through the show just before performing “Spark” that night. “Fools Gold,” “6AM,” “Break the Walls” and, “The Walker” were played that night as well. A funktastic cover Marilyn Manson’s “Sweet Dreams” seemed to be a crowd pleaser. Singer Noelle Scaggs, originally from Denver, dedicated “Out of My League” to the attendees in the crowd and in response the crowd put up hundreds of heart signs with their hands. To date, this is the largest crowd Fitz and the Tantrums have ever played for in Denver. Full of flattering energy, Fitzpatrick and Scaggs danced and jumped around the stage while saxophonist James King got in a few funky solos.
Brews, smokes, and bathroom break.
As we navigated through the crowd to find a good view, all the lights go dim, and a single soul is illuminated on the stage playing a guitar. That got the crowds’ attention fast! It was time to rage with Cage the Elephant and that is exactly what we did. It has been a minute since I have gone to an alternative rock show; I was excited for a twist of tune to my ears. After all, Cage the Elephant is known for their super energetic live performances!
Cage the Elephant took the stage around 10p and opened their set that night with “Spiderhead” which is off their newest album, Melophobia. Lead singer, Matt Schultz bounced and slid across the stage and even at one point jumped onto his guitarist’s back and performed a balancing act on his knees. Cage the Elephant played almost a full hour nonstop, and their set included songs “Aberdeen,” “In One Ear,” “Come a Little Closer” and “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” The crowd got a little soft and sentimental when “Cigarette Daydreams” began and flashlights were illuminated from the phones of the crowd.
My favorite part of the night had to be when mid show, Schultz breathing heavily announced a Grammy nomination they received that day and made a point to acknowledge the unnecessary oxygen tanks available backstage.
“You are all the air I need” he boasted to the crowd. We roared in approval.
Both bands performed flawlessly on the night of December 5th. All instruments were in sync and the vocals were superb! Both groups were high energy and did not hesitate to interact with the crowd. This was an all ages event, everyone from kids to older adults were thoroughly enjoying themselves. Rounds of applause and cheers were plentiful as most songs segued into the next. Both bands seem to play most of their newer content while throwing in a few oldies.
Cage the Elephant returned for an encore at the end of the night for a few songs, including “Shake Me Down” and “Sabertooth Tiger.”
Reviewed and written by: Jessica Frost