There is an unmistakable, uplifting feeling in the air anytime you walk into a Switchfoot show. Everyone from the band & crew to the fans in attendance show up with smiles on their faces and the same desire for a fun night. You don’t see the arguing for space or overly intoxicated patrons that you get at a lot of concerts. A Switchfoot show is a family friendly atmosphere, and Wednesday night’s Switchfoot / Lifehouse co-headliner was no different.
Early on, the show already had a different look with many of the folks lined up outside the venue before doors being there with their children. As folks began to pack in there was none of the typical ‘running for the barrier’ you see at a lot of shows, just a lot of people arriving and greeting familiar faces from past Switchfoot shows.
Tour opener Brynn Elliot took the stage at 7pm, Elliot is currently a student at Harvard University in nearby Cambridge, MA who just happens to be a nationally touring artist when she’s not in school. Playing in front of a large contingent of friends, Elliot played a beautiful 30 minute set, and didn’t stop smiling for any of it. Her first single “Might Not Like Me” got folks dancing and clapping along getting them in the mood for what would play out to be a very fun show.
On Wednesday night Switchfoot had the early time slot, going on just before 8pm. Early on in the set was focused on Switchfoot’s older material opening with “Hello Hurricane” from their 2009 album of the same name, and going back as far as 2005 on “Stars.” Switchfoot had a little fun with the local crowd during “Starts” fusing in a short snippet of the famous Boston Red Sox anthem “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman reminisced about the days when his family lived in Massachusetts and he would attend Red Sox games at Fenway Park.
Getting into the new material next, Switchfoot began “Bull in China Shop” by throwing oversized beach balls into the crowd. Following that up with their next single “If the House Burns Down Tonight” from the 2016 album Where the Light Shines Through. The happy and upbeat atmosphere continued all the way through the conclusion of the main set as Jon Foreman came into the crowd to sing on multiple occasions, even going crowd surfing during the first encore song “Float.” The band closed out with a stunning rendition of one of their most popular tracks, “Dare You to Move” which brought out a sea of cell phone lights in the audience.
Lifehouse’s set which followed, was equally as uplifting, though more centered around 2000’s nostalgia. From 2000 to 2010 Lifehouse was one of the most commercially successful rock acts in the country. Alt rock radio staples like “Halfway Gone,”“Spin,” and “Hanging by a Moment” complimented some of the deeper cuts like “Sick Cycle Carousel” and “Everything” and a cover of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)” which featured lead vocals by bassist Bryce Soderberg.
Frontman Jason Wade took the spotlight to himself for an emotional solo acoustic rendition of “Broken” leading into the first half of “Everything” during which the rest of the band would come back to the stage. The night’s biggest singalong belonged to Lifehouse during their encore capping play through of “Hanging by a Moment.” Lifehouse, who’s last proper headline show in Boston took place in 2010, gave their fans a wonderful taste of something I can only describe as “rare nostalgia.” In an era where more and more bands are celebrating their landmark albums and songs with anniversary tours, Lifehouse has kept a low profile in the last 7 years, and this summer’s tour is their first extended headline tour playing their “Greatest Hits” sets.
No matter which band you showed up for, or if you just showed up to hear some classic songs from the 00's, a good time was had by all for the folks who saw the Switchfoot / Lifehouse co-headline tour.
Remaining dates on the tour are as follows:
8/12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk 8/13 - Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap 8/15 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier 6 Pavilion 8/16 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre 8/18 - Nashville, TN @ Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel 8/19 - Williamsburg, VA @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg 8/22 - Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex 8/25 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater 8/26 - Orlando, FL @ Orlando Amphitheater 8/27 - Jacksonville, FL @ Daily's Place 8/29 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival 8/30 - Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park 9/1 - DuQuoin, IL @ DuQuoin State Fair 9/3 - Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater 9/4 - Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory 9/5 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues - Houston 9/8 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Beach 9/9 - Los Angeles, CA @Greek Theatre
Photos - Switchfoot, Lifehouse - Boston, MA - 8/9/17: