- Set 1:
Entire show with MikelParis on keys, percussion, and vocals.
$ with Matt Nathanson on vocals.
Reviews i didnt go, but this was only the second time this tour that this town was not played -brOAR August 13, 2009
Very nice place. Looks great, setup similar to PNC in Holmdel. The crowd was completely dead in the beginning of the show. 90% of them didn't even stand up when the band came out! After a song or two, Marc told everybody from the lawn seats to come down and take seats in the back half of reserved section that was completely empty... which everybody took as an invitation to fill up every empty seat near the front of the stage. People from the 10th row ended up in the first row. It was a bit chaotic for a couple minutes while people found their spot.
The band was really on. They were changing up the setlist while playing, talking with the crowd, doing more solos than normal. But just as they were tearing the place up and getting the crowd involved, they cut to the "acoustic" set (not completely acoustic). I felt like it just killed the entire mood of the show. People were just getting out of their seats and starting to get revved up, and then everybody sat down. I understand they gotta play slow songs at some point, but most people go to these shows to let it out. Playing Hey Girl during this set just completely sucked all the energy out of that song. Love and Memories actually sounded better acoustic and On My Way was absolutely amazing, but overall I think they lost a lot of people's interest with the abrupt setting change to go into the acoustic set.
Could've done without Lay Down (seems like they play it every time I see them), but they finished out the show with power and it sounded (and felt) great. Wasn't the best I've seen them, but it definitely got me ready for MSG on Saturday night. Can't wait. -Thinkdiff August 13, 2009
This was my 10th show but first in about 2 1/2 years. This was a great show. Not the best I've been too, that goes to the Hammerstein show back in 2002 with Matt Nathanson, but it was a very good show. I'm not a huge fan of the newer stuff (Love and Memories and Shattered), a little too poppy for me, so it was nice to see the older stuff still getting the majority of the play time.
Highlights for me was Night Shift, So Moved On, Poker, and especially the entire encore with City On Down into Delicate Few then About an Hour Ago.
First time I've ever seen ROYS and On My Way live and was pleasantly surprised with them.
Matt Nathanson was a great opener. He's great with the crowd and great performer. -mikev2210 August 14, 2009
I went up to beautiful Bethel on a whim, and with some help from Rick, one of the nicest guys ever. The venue was insanely beautiful, I pray O.A.R. comes back so I have an excuse to make the 3 hour trip back up here. The crowd started off being a little slow, but got more and more into it as the night went on. Matt Nathanson was a really fun and good opening act for the guys. The set list was great! Revisited followed by Night Shift was sick. Risen and Dareh Meyod before the acoustic break were really good too. I am a fan of the acoustic set during the show. It makes for a nice intimate set, and Marc sounds great during it. On My Way also makes for a killer transition. I still love the Lay Down 3 way drum solo. Love Is Worth The Fall isn't my favorite yet, but maybe over time it will grow on me. Poker was great as always, and A Little Help with Matt was a lot of fun, Marc and Matt have great chemistry up there. The encore was great, City into Delicate is something that has always been a favorite of mine, and About An Hour Ago was a strong finish.
Thanks to O.A.R., and Rick again, for making Bethel a truly fantastic experience. Thanks to Marc too for the set list at the end of the night! -CityOnDown1130 August 16, 2009