Anberlin @ Vans Warped Tour
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
August 2, 2008
Anberlin played my favorite song of theirs, Adelaide, at Chicago’s Warped Tour! I cannot even tell you how HAPPY I was when lead singer Stephen Christian announced that the next song they would be performing was a little song called Adelaide!!! In case you are wondering why I was so pumped about this, it is because this was the first time I had ever seen Anberlin, one of my favorite bands, perform this song live. I have seen this band every time they’ve played Chicago since June 2006 and this was the first time I’ve gotten to hear and see them play Adelaide. PLEASE check out the song if you have never heard it. It is truly a gem of theirs. Keep reading to check out more photos from Anberlin’s set at Chicago Warped Tour…
Anberlin also announced to the crowd that they have a new record (their 4th) coming out on September 30 entitled New Surrender AND they will be headlining a U.S. tour this fall! I already looked up the Chicago date and marked my calendar. The band will be at our House of Blues on Tuesday, October 21 and you know I’ll be there. If you missed Anberlin on this summer’s Warped Tour, PLEASE check them out in a couple of months when they come back. They will be headlining, so their set should be an hour long! That gives the band plenty of time to play all of my favorites. So stoked!
One of the things I love about this band is that they have a lead singer, Stephen, who is CONSTANTLY moving around and trying to get the crowd riled up and dancing along. I hate it when a singer (who doesn’t have to play an instrument at the same time) just stands there doing nothing! It is so not entertaining and hardly any fun at all for an audience member. Without a hyper frontman, there is one less thing to look at besides the other band members who are playing their instruments. On the other hand, I wanted Stephen to just STAND STILL for five seconds so that I could get some good shots of him! I am amazed that not all of my photos turned out blurry from his movement. Anyway, some songs Anberlin played last weekend at Warped included:
A Day Late
The Feel Good Drag
Time & Confusion
The 2008 Vans Warped Tour would not have been possible without the help of Guitar Center, so thank you GC! Guitar Center hit the road with the Vans Warped Tour, activating two programs designed to provide the artists on the tour with support-based tools that improve their chances for success as pro musicians: theGC Web Lab and the GC Axe Smith.
The Guitar Center Web Lab, a custom 32? climate controlled internet trailer, provides bands and their crew exclusive access to a backstage wireless web center. Complete with top of the line Apple computers, satellite-based broadband internet connections, design based software and a knowledgeable rep, Guitar Center’s mission is to provide Warped Tour artists/bands with the tools they need to maintain their online worlds when they are on the road : a service that is especially needed since web access is severely restricted in many of the rural areas where the Warped Tour touches down.
Guitar Center is also proud to provide all bands on the Vans Warped Tour with an onsite professional guitar tech, a.k.a. the “GC Axe Smith”. The GC Axe Smith is where Vans Warped Tour guitarists and bassists come to get their instruments tuned, repaired and ready to rock. From complete set-ups and minor repairs to intonation and truss-rod adjustments, this service is 100% FREE to the artists, underscoring Guitar Center’s commitment to helping Warped bands make the best music possible.
In addition, Guitar Center will serve as the exclusive, presenting sponsor of the Vans Warped Tour video blog. Utilizing the Web Lab as the blogging home base, a GC video reporter will use and include the Web Lab in video content as well as conduct artist interviews within the lab’s “testimonial” set-up. Our onsite Warped rep will also produce weekly video content with artists, conducting musician-centric interviews, how-to videos and more.
Check out the GC Axe Smith and Web Lab @ Warped Tour: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Nkx7oI_DQ7A
Check out the GC Axe Smith on Austin TV: http://www.news8austin.com/content/sxsw/stories/?SecID=292&ArID=202608
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