HOUSTON TEXAS (JUNE 24, 2017) House Of Blues
Story: Waraporn Bollenbacher
Photos: Jason Bollenbacher
Still Got It
If the calling of 20-year reunion makes you feel old, it shouldn’t. Having front man Art Alexakis saying “Uh Oh grandpa got a whammy bar”. Well, stay tuned for that in a bit. For the starter, one of the best things about today is to see the bands that usually filled up concert hall or stadium not only in the late 90’s/early 20’s but also tonight at House of Blues right in the heart of downtown Houston, Texas. In fact, this was one of the most pleasant and appropriate venues to host the Everclear 20th anniversary tour “So Much for the Afterglow’ featuring Vertical Horizon, and Fastball.
Fastball, two time Grammy nominated Austenite’s opening in front of a big crowd. During the middle, the band began to play the most enduring hits “Out of My Head” and “The Way”. Then, the thrill of excitement was in the air as old memories started coming out of the woodwork. They sounded just like they were in 1997 and put on a great opening show.
Vertical Horizon is an American alternative rock band formed at Georgetown University in 1991. The band is best known for their late 90’s hits “Everything You Want”, “Best I ever Had”, and You’re A God”. Not only did the band played their biggest hits back to back as the momentum was not lost, but they ripped apart the stage with amazing performance of range and delivery.
Continuing the third part of Afterglow, Everclear came on and took positions in front of the stage 5. They opened immediately with “So much for the Afterglow” and kept going with “Everything to Everyone” and “Father of mine”. Art commented on why they wrote one hit wonder and the ideas behind. Letting everyone know they were not to be labeled. While you began to feel young, Alexakis then started the intro of El stated “Uh Oh Grandpa got a whammy bar” making a few audience check their watches as they have sitters. Near the end of their set, they asked if they could show off some of their songs from the new album. Everclear mainly focused on the music, packing in as much material as possible while crunching alternative rock. Yes, THEY still got it!