- Set 1:
* with Danny Chaimson of The Southland on keys.
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Reviews This was by far the best concert I have ever been to in my life. The crowd was into and O.A.R. played their ass off.. The best !!! -firefighterjp March 4, 2005
An incredible experience for my second O.A.R. show. This band is just so damn good, and I was surprised at how much the crowd was into it. The band was surprised to, and they sure showed it with their amazing musicianship. I can't wait until they come here again. -Vpk0718 March 7, 2005
(Originally posted 3/4/05 on oarfans.org.)
My first O.A.R. show. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and can't wait for my next opportunity to see the boys again.
First, I was surprised at the age of most of the attendees. I knew O.A.R. is considered a college band, but a majority of the kids there seemed to be in high school and there was a serious lack of grown ups (with the noticeable exception of parents chaperoning their kids.) I guess I'm just surprised that more people my age (40) haven't discovered this amazing band. On the other hand, when my kids are in high school, I sure hope they're grooving to bands like O.A.R. than some of that other shit out there. (Or the shit I listened to in high school.)
I have to admit that I desperately wanted the band to play No Woman No Cry. I consider it to be the greatest song ever written and O.A.R. to do the best cover of the song. That was the only disappointment of the night.
OARSA.org lists a "Real Networks" concert yesterday too. Anybody know what was up with that??? I'm wondering if two performances in the day didn't lead to a shorter show than the night before in Vancouver. We got 15 songs, Vancouver the previous night got 17.
There was a roadie on stage that I found really distracting. Fat, bald guy smoking a cigar who regularly came out from behind the curtain and seemed to be sizing up the audience. Dude, stay behind the curtain. We're there to see the band, not your bald head.
The only song I didn't know was Windy City Man. I thought it was really phenomenal. Can’t wait to d/l a copy.
I thought Danny Clark Chaimson (from The Southland) was a really great addition to the songs he played on. Wouldn't be at all surprised to hear more of his keyboard in the future.
Speaking of The Southland, I thought there set was pretty good, but I don't see them elevating their career to anything higher than opening for bands like O.A.R. Definitely not headlining material. Their cover of I Only Have Eyes For You was memorable.
All in all, I fucking love this band. Even though it's 2005 already, O.A.R. is my band of the decade without a doubt. If I didn't have to work today, I would be in Portland hearing the band again tonight. -dwschwartz October 26, 2005