Thursday, April 19, 2007

Plain White T's

Wednesday, April 18th 2007: Avalon, Boston

The very first time I heard "Hey There Delilah" on FNX just a few weeks ago at the end of March, I fell in love with the Plain White T's, as did the rest of the radio-listening population, because that song just exploded all over the airwaves soon thereafter. And just prior to hearing it, I was perusing the upcoming acts at Avalon and saw that they would be performing in just a couple weeks. Being totally impulsive, I bought myself a ticket to the show right after hearing the song for the first time. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into, but I was excited to see the song performed live.

Fast forward to the concert:

Opening Acts:
Boys Night Out
Dear and the Headlights

The place was packed with a relatively good mix of people, girls, guys, young and old. I sat through the THREE opening acts - thank goodness I could sit - but there were a few songs among them that were pretty good. What happened afterward was almost expected. Most of the guys headed toward the exit as a ton of girls surged forward. As I could almost predict, PWT's fan base is similar to the All-American Rejects: tweens and teenage girls. And how aggressive and awful they can be. I was witness to an unpleasant riff between a girl and her mom and three foul-mouthed girls who all insisted that they were sitting where they were and clearly pushed their way up front and took up the one girl's space. Even a security guy had to settle it, saying that they all have to make room for one another or all leave. Ugh...

I was sitting right in front of them.

Anyways, PWT's performance was pretty high energy, with the lead singer being very open and playful with the crowd. I enjoyed it even though I felt like a teeny bopper. It's funny how this is a five-member band with some rather catchy songs, yet the one song getting played has just one member performing.

"Hey There Delilah"

I had a video of the performance, but unfortunately I deleted it accidentally.

Setlist - as close as I can recall:
Our Time Now
All That We Needed
Tearin Us Apart
A Lonely September
Sad Story
So Damn Clever
Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk
Making a Memory
Come Back to Me
You and Me

Hate (I Really Don't Like You)

Hey There Delilah
Figure It Out
Take Me Away

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