Butch Walker And The-Lets-Go-Out-Tonites [7/28/06]

August 7, 2006 by  
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Butch Walker & The-Let's-Go-Out-Tonites 7/28/06"Too Famous To Get Fully Dressed Tour"

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Boston, MA – July 28, 2006

Taking the stage, the band kicked off their set with "Hot Girls in Good Moods," the lively opener from The Rise And Fall of… Butch Walker And The-Lets-Go-Out-Tonites, the album that inspired this tour. The tempo remained the same early on with performances of older songs such as "Maybe It’s Just Me" and "#1 Summer Jam," as well as a plethora of newer songs, such as "Ladies And Gentleman… ‘The-Lets-Go-Out-Tonites’," "Bethamphetine (Pretty Pretty)," and "Too Famous To Get Fully Dressed." While these early, high-powered performances gave the crowd plenty reason to dance and party, there were incredibly heartfelt renditions of The Rise And Fall of…’s grim "We’re All Going Down" and two anthemic ballads from Letters, "Mixtape" and "Don’t Move," that were incredible despite the change of pace.

Towards the end of the set, The-Lets-Go-Out-Tonites left the stage and Butch Walker took to the piano to perform a couple of songs solo. First was a very emotional performance of Letters‘ "Joan." The crowd was split by those who sang along passionately and those who stood still, brooding over the deep concepts touched upon in the melancholic song. Following this performance, Walker asked the crowd if they would mind if he played one more on the piano before having the band rejoin him on stage, to which a resounding "yes" was delivered in response. He then went on to tell the story that inspired "Dominoes" from the new album. He told of an elderly couple he knew, Willie and Grace, who were together from childhood and stayed with each other into their old age even after Willie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The beauty of this story was that after Grace had passed away, the Alzheimer’s disease allowed Willie to not only forget that Grace had passed, but firmly believe she was still around as words she said would often linger in his mind. While there were those in the crowd who were having their own conversations during this, for those who were attentive, this story allowed them to be deeply moved by the performance. Definitely a highlight of the night, and Butch proved more than capable of controlling the aura as only a great artist can in the way he seemlessly transitioned from hard rocking with his band to performing such conscious solo ballads.

Next up was a memorable performance of "The Best Thing That You Never Had" which closed out the show, only to have the band return moments later for an encore which had Butch demand that the crowd dance like they’ve "never danced before" during his final two songs, first a cover of Gnarles Barkley’s "Crazy" and finally "Lights Out." While "Crazy" was a fun song to hear covered, "Lights Out" was exhilarating, and a fun and entertaining way to cap off the night. With a displayed diversity in tempo and a healthy mix of songs both new and old, this was truly a surreal performance. It’s unfortunate that Butch Walker is not really well known as an artist since he is such an awesome act and everything he’s released thus far has been incredible.

- Christopher Griffin

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