Anthony Green - March 18th, 2011 at The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
In early February Anthony Green announced a single solo show in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Being dumb founded and curious as well as to why Anthony Green would pick Ft. Lauderdale of all places to play a solo show I became even more eager to see what the show had in store.
After an unusual performance from Miami locals, Jacob’s Ladder, an overly anxious crowd awaited the entrance of the only act they came to see that night, Circa Survive front man Anthony Green solo and acoustic. In contrast to a Circa Survive there was no huge production of LED light boards, balloons, and confetti canons. Instead the use of a fog machine and a few stage lights were put into play as Green took the stage. The crowd cheered and an audience member even shouted out a reference to a TV show Green enjoyed prompting him to yell back “Fuck yeah man!” after laughing to himself about it. Before Green played his first song he earnestly thanked everyone for showing up and being the reason he can even do what he loves. Then, introduced his family (whom he was kicking of vacation with) including the newest edition to it his son James then quickly joked “Okay now he needs to get off stage he’s stealing all my thunder!”
After the attention was taken off his son Green began his set with “Baby girl”, off of his solo album Avalon and the crowd immediately turned into somewhat of a choir as both the audience and Green sang “Baby girl twist away, when you’re talking to me I can’t breathe” in unison. During the course of the song Green looked over at his wife and sang “Meredith I miss you when you go anywhere” as he and the crowd both sang “She’s so lovely, she still loves me” again in unison. After Green finished his first song he admitted “I really don’t have a set list or anything planned out for this show” which immediately caused multiple members of the audience to start yelling out various song titles such as “Seven Years”, “Meet Me in Montauk”, “Semi-Constructive Criticism”, and even “Plays For Pretty Baby”. Green then said “But I’m not going to play what you guys want me to play” with a smile on his face, and began to play “She Loves Me So”
After “She Loves Me So” Green played a new song that with sincere and heart felt lyrics such as “…I don’t care if you shit spiders or have spikes on your head, I’ll love you no matter what, I’ll love you no matter what” after which he played “Slowing Down” and brought up how when he was practicing for the show he would practice in front of his son and change the lyrics to whatever his son was at that moment and said “So if I mess up some of the lyrics you know why.” Shortly after he concluded the song the crowd’s antics, when a security guard threw an extra bottle of water into the crowd, Green found to be entertaining and remarked “I love how that guy over there just snatched it from everyone like ‘No IT’S MY WATER, BITCH!’”, then an audience member towards the back of the crowd yelled “SAOSIN!” causing Green to remark “Yeah man I love Saosin! They’re awesome! And I was totally in that band!” Then after taking another sip of his own water Green played “Drug Dealer” and after which he began to play another song and then abruptly stopped and said “Oh! I wrote this song for a friend and it’s a new one” the feel of the song was soulful and folksy and the lyrical content was very blunt and to the point. Lyrics to the nature of “I’m if feeling pessimistic, fuck you, that’s just how I feel” and “…I could snort 200 lines, but that shit just won’t get me off, cause I can’t be satisfied, I can’t be satisfied” all sent the crowd into light cheers and applause. Through out the course of his set Green played about 4 or 5 new songs each of which were untitled.
Over half way into his set Green switched it up and covered “Not For You” by Good Old War which I personally found to be a treat. After that he transitioned into playing “Miracle Sun” and then “Every Way” off of Circa Survive’s Appendage EP. As things seemed to be winding down Green played another song off his solo album Avalon “The Devil’s Song” in which he put the choir like feeling of the crowd to the test and had the right side of the crowd sing “This feels like a nightmare” and the left side sing “We’re all in the same spot” repeatedly as he sang “I was told you’re a liar and not but my name means nothing.” to end the song with a bang. At this point in the set Green again thanked everyone for showing up and expressed how crazy he found it to be that so many people would show up just to hear him play at a small venue in Florida on a random day in March with less than a month’s notice. This led many audience members to shout “I love you!” and “You’re amazing!” and cause Green to say “Everything amazing you see in me is in you too. You guys can do this too!” Prompting him to begin playing “The First Day Of Work at the Microscope Store” to end his set. Singing “Like Adam and Eve, high and driving, no one could stop us” in unison with the crowd it was obvious that Green felt as on top of the world as everyone else did in the audience. Within 20 seconds of leaving the stage the audience began to chant “One more song! One more song! One more song!” causing Green to quickly return to the stage and begin playing “Dear Child” and again thanking the audience before exiting the stage for good.
Overall, Anthony Green’s solo show in Ft. Lauderdale was very intimate and enjoyable. From Green having his family standing side stage to cheer him on to his sister-in-law opening the show with a few of her songs, the whole show felt personal. On top of that Green’s honesty about not having a set list, relaxed demeanor about playing songs he wasn’t entirely sure he knew how to play, and personal interaction with the crowd caused everyone in to room to relax and just have a good time rather than standing around and watching him play. Along with that the unity of the crowd was unparallel to any other show I have attended. Each member of the audience sang along in perfect unison with Green and made the show feel more like a sing a long with friends than an actual show, which again added to the intimacy of it all. I honestly wish more people were there to experience what everyone who did as well as to hear the new songs Green performed. I look forward to hearing more his new solo material and hopefully another solo tour similar to Green’s 2008 tour with Good Old War.
Recommended for fans of: Circa Survive, Kevin Devine, early Saosin
Would I pay to see him again?: Yes. You never know what kind of tricks Anthony Green has up hs sleeve when he preforms.
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