August 4, 2009
It was definitely cool to see Chester French perform in Milwaukee last Tuesday where the duo was first in a line of top-notch openers for Blink-182. First of all, I had never seen Chester French play for such a large crowd. This was an outdoor amphitheater for crying out loud! Not the House of Blues or Metro where I have seen D.A. and Max play before in Chicago. But I suppose when you are opening for Blink-182, playing in front of 15,000 to 20,000 people every night on tour becomes the norm. Second of all, lead singer, lyricist, and tambourine master D.A. Wallach is from Milwaukee, so I got to see one half of Chester French play a hometown show! D.A. still resides in Milwaukee when not traveling the world with songwriting partner and multi-instrumentalist Maxwell Drummey.
More photos of the boys in Chester French after the jump…
The only issue/complaint I had with this particular Chester French show was that the band did not have nearly enough time in their set. I wanted them to play more songs than the chosen five (see below) from their debut record Love The Future. But when the other two openers for Blink-182 are Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy, getting 20 minutes to perform five and half songs is a pretty good deal. Also, normally Chester French boys D.A. and Max fit an awesome cover of No Doubt’s “Hella Good” into their live performances. However, this time around their set ended with a brief cover of Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight.” It just wasn’t the same! Oh well, the Chester French guys are changing it up and catching me off guard. And PS Max is noticeably more adept at playing guitar. I was impressed with his mad skills! If you didn’t know, Max studied jazz guitar for a bit at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Go figure. Can’t wait to see D.A. and Max play their 20 minutes worth of music this Saturday in Chicago!
Set List / Milwaukee
The Jimmy Choos
She Loves Everybody
C’mon (On My Own)
(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight (Cutting Crew cover)
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