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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Over the Weeked: Rogue Wave at The Filmore

Posted By on Sat, May 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM

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Jayne Liu
Rogue Wave, Man/Miracle
Friday, April 30, 2010
The Fillmore

Better than: blasting "Eyes" through speakers on a sunny day at Golden Gate Park.

The corner of Fillmore and Geary was bustling last night, groups of girls chatting outside the venue, dates, and friends meeting up before the show. The tour bus was parked outside, a familiar sight to those who frequent the Fillmore Auditorium, but the vibe was different. It was Rogue Wave's first time touring in a while; The crowd seemed to be filled with friends and family, because it was the last show of their tour and it served as more of a homecoming.

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Jayne Liu

Aside from some drunk girl who managed to fall down each set of stairs on opposite sides of the venue during intermission, the rest of the place seemed alive and buzzing with anticipation for the headlining act. The balconies and back rooms were packed, with a small band entertaining folks between sets. The crowd on the floor started to filter in around 9:30pm as Man/Miracle took the stage, but things seemed a bit restless.

The guys looked like they could be your best buds, hanging out at home watching football - but when the music started, a folksy twang resonated through the house. With quick guitar riffs and a high energy lead singer, Man/Miracle kept people interested. Girls were screaming for the guitarist Ian, to which he coyly responded "hey", and during the song "Multitudes", lead singer Dylan Travis set down his guitar to dance break, wiggle around on stage, and wail away on the microphone. They got the crowd to clap their hands during "Pushing and Shoving", and even brought out some special guests for their last song. Pat Spurgeon, drummer of Rogue Wave, accompanied on a second set of drums while Zach Rogue jumped around banging on a tambourine. The room roared as the set came to a close, proving that this Oakland band that accompanied Rogue Wave throughout the tour was the perfect compliment.

As friends and fans lined the merch booth between sets, constant chatter filled all corners of the venue. After about thirty minutes of set up, Rogue Wave took the stage at 11pm. The first thing out of Zach Rogue's mouth challenged the crowd. "You ready to do this?" he asked, as screams and shouts responded back. I couldn't help but notice one of the guitarist's Batman shirt glowing under the blacklight as the band started the set with "All That Remains", a quick one minute song that closes their latest album Permalight. With songs like "Good Morning", and "Eyes", the room immediately filled with song - the mass majority of the patrons excitedly singing along to every word. It was their last night of tour, and as bittersweet as it seemed, the guys of Rogue Wave looked like they were having a blast. Throughout many of the upbeat songs, Rogue would shout out to San Francisco and Oakland, obviously happy to be back in the bay. At one point Rogue spoke with the audience about having lost loved ones throughout the course of the year, and mentioned the trials and tribulations the band itself has gone through in the past. In saying that, he transitioned into "I'll Never Leave You", a song they dedicated to the aforementioned.

It was a mellow set for a mellow band - everyone seemed incredibly content and happy, swaying along to the sweet guitar strums and the melodic voices of a hometown band back on their turf.

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Jayne Liu
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By the way: If you'll be at Lollapalooza this summer, Rogue Wave will be there as well.

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