Liquid Sol Music Festival - Sportsman's Park - 3/15/14
Emo-pop quartet The All-American Rejects tried and admittedly failed to properly duplicate the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind" and it was merely a hiccup in a strong set, which is something of a comeback for lead singer and bassist Tyson Ritter as the band's 2009 tour was cut short because of his knee surgery.
The band powered triumphantly through their anthems "Move Along," "It Ends Tonight," and "Swing, Swing." Ritter even attempted to recreate the piano scene from "Big" with his keyboardist, a movie that came out four years after he was born.
Pat Monahan of Train.
Train ended Liquid Sol and the San Francisco-based trio was joined by a bevy of brass and backup singers for the song "50 Ways to Save a Life." Lead singer Pat Monahan then took pictures of the crowd with his cell phone for the band's Twitter feed while acknowledging that band did not have the hour and a half that they were originally allotted to play and wouldn't be able to talk much as a result.
The crowd sang along to the sugary-sweet lyrics of "Hey Virginia" and "Calling All Angels" until the nostalgia bug bit Monahan. He then switched things from their usual adult contemporary stylings to Monohan's Led Zeppelin cover band days by busting out a medley of "Black Dog" and "Ramble On," which he actually had the vocal chops to pull it off.
Monahan attributed his sudden change in behavior to the full moon that shone over the Main Stage, but the nostalgia of the 90's and bad cover songs that seemed to be uniting theme for the festival's diverse lineup.
Last Night: Liquid Sol Music Festival at Sportman's Park in Glendale
Personal Bias: I was knee deep in puberty when most of the bands I saw were in their heyday. I've never liked Train. I did not see Fuel, Vertical Horizon, Buckcherry, Kelley James, and Ed Kowalcyzk of Live fame on purpose. This had a little to do with my personal taste and more with the fact that no one on the main stage started on time.
The Crowd: Mullets! X-Files tattoos! Emo kids! And their parents!
Overheard: "Long Wongs!" shouted by middle-aged hipster guy during the Gin Blossoms set to demonstrate his cred.
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