Switchfoot, Anberlin rock Columbus

Photos by John Reed
Ohio has been good to rockers Switchfoot and Anberlin.

Both bands were grateful to a soldout crowd Friday night at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus.

“There was a time when we played more concerts in Ohio than in our home state of California,” Switchfoot lead singer Jon Foreman said. “And we thank you for that.”

Foreman also led the crowd in chants of “OH-IO.”

Switchfoot, which played the middle set after Atomic Tom, rolled through an impressive 12-song session with songs from its new album “Vice Verses,” as well as past hits such as “Meant to Live,” “Mess of Me” and “Dare You to Move.”

The crowd thinned after Switchfoot’s set, but an enthusiastic group greeted Anberlin, whose 14-song set featured “Feel Good Drag,” “The Unwinding Cable Car” and “Impossible.”

Anberlin lead singer Stephen Christian also covered Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” He told the crowd it was the first time they played the song during an U.S. concert, saying Ohio fans have good to the band over the years.

While Anberlin’s music was impressive, several lengthy transitions between songs slowed down the momentum of the concert.

Brit-pop band Atomic Tom was a solid opening act. Lead singer Luke White’s reminded me of 80s band The Cars. This band definitely deserves additional listens.

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Posted on October 1, 2011, in Pop Culture and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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