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Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday Night: Not So Silent Night at Oracle Arena

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click to enlarge Emily Haines of Metric - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
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  • Emily Haines of Metric

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Not So Silent Night w/ Muse, AFI, 30 Second to Mars, Vampire Weekend, and Metric
Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
Oracle Arena

Better Than:
What else is there to do on a rainy Friday night? Watch a movie?

Friday night's big Live 105 holiday show, Not So Silent Night, hit all keys in a nearly perfectly-synced show. The line-up consisted of Muse, AFI, 30 Second to Mars, Vampire Weekend and Metric, giving the fans a good mix of new music.

After breaking numerous driving laws and beating traffic during rush hour, I barely made it to the start of Metric's set. Headed by Emily Haines, Metric warmed up the 10,000 fans immediately. The high energy indie band's big hit, "Help Me I'm Alive," really got everyone's attention, as did the final song of their set, "Dead Disco." Vampire Weekend, on the other hand, was there not to impress. I'm not a fan and I'll leave it at that.

The screaming girls along the rail could tell you how huge 30 Second to Mars has gotten in the past few years. The band's third album in seven years, This Is War, just came out this past week with great reviews. Fans knew every single word to "King and Queens," a single that's already hit the airwaves. (Other hits throughout the night included "The Kill" and "A Beautiful Lie.") 30 Second's actor-turned-musician Jared Leto gave many of the females in the crowd a memory they wouldn't soon forget. After breaking a string on his guitar, an awkward moment for the group, Leto climbed onto the pit rail and walked into the crowd.(One other technical difficulty: The sound cut out during "A Beautiful Lie" for a couple minutes, but in the end the band was able to finished that one in its entirety).
click to enlarge Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
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  • Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars

AFI's Davey Havok, Jade Puget, Hunter Burgan, and Adam Carson rocked the

night, pleasing many fans who'd waited hours to see the local stuper stars. The band has definitely shifted its look away from its original guy-liner, black

t-shirt wearing emo-punk style; they're now a clean cut, suit-clad group. They played all their recent

hits, a sing-a-long that included "Love Like Winter," "Miss Murder," and

"Silver and Cold."

Muse's new album, The Resistance, came

out last September with stellar reviews, and the Brits brought out their hits as well, including the single "The

Uprising."  (Other highlights included "Starlight," "Super Massive Blackhole," and the evening's closer, "Knights of Cydonia."). Visually, they also put on a memorable show, with confetti-filled balloons dropping on the

crowd. When one balloon floated onto the stage, the crowd got a good laugh as lead singer Matt Bellamy popped it,

showering himself with the paper confetti in the process.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias:
Jared Leto

usually does something crazy on stage. Years ago, he would climb the support beams to the top. I wish he was crazy enough to do that again.

But the 10 minutes of him hitting the pit with the fans and crowd

surfing gave the tweeners a big treat.

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