Here’s the blog I posted earlier today…I’ll probably add more and make some additional edits later.
It’s Monday night and James Blunt is in town. Not an ideal night for a concert, but an ok night. I was a little surprised at the people the show drew – James Blunt definitely hits many demographics, which was cool to see.
Not cool to see? Kids that should have probably been asleep before 11 p.m. Especially the teens that had to take their state writing test today. The show didn’t end until almost 11:00, and they could have probably used the extra rest to prepare for today. And, those kids know who they are – they even saw one of their teachers in the audience (a teacher who has already passed the tests and didn’t need as much rest.)
Alright. Back to the show.
The show was so well-organized that nobody had a clue who the opening act was until he finally introduced himself about two songs into his set. Erick Baker from Knoxville. He just found out on Friday that he’d be opening for James Blunt (Sara Bareilles cancelled because of a commitment she took on in New York.) He was pretty good, and just released his first CD on Friday. Very convenient for him, and a lucky break, I might add. Erick was very excited to be in Asheville. We heard several times what a huge deal it was for him to be opening the show. I may have even purchased his CD, but getting merch was a little crazy – again, not very organized, and they should have set it up better than two tables in a corner with people surrounded by boxes…
Factor in a 30 minute break between sets and I was getting a little bored, but around 9:20, James Blunt took the stage.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Actually, my expectations were set a little low. I’ve seen few shows in which the artist doesn’t do their CD justice, but James was the opposite. He was even better live, and really, really into having a good time on stage.
At one point, James came off the stage and I thought security was going to have a field day.
The lighting effects behind the band were amazing. Set it off by the fact that James Blunt is a great musician, the whole show was fun to watch.
Not impressive: changing guitars after every song. I’m not a fan of that. It slows things down, and it’s kind of awkward. Why not use the same guitar, two songs in a row?
Impressive: His sense of humor in telling a story about his songs being on the top wedding song chart, and the top funeral song chart. He never realized there was such a thing, and commented on how his newest album is going to take on other topics. Video is on AshVid.net.
Not impressive: The girls off to the side who kept screaming after everything he said – even when he was talking about his song, “No Bravery,” which is a pretty serious song about world issues. No need for cheering at that time, girls.
Impressive: He can get a crowd of 1000 people to be quiet during his quietest songs. It was awesome.