All photos by Kevin Wilson
All photos by Kevin Wilson
by Lisa Schreiner
Kiefer Sutherland helped kick off Memorial Day weekend on the east end of Long Island with a performance in front of a sold out crowd at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on May 28th. The Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor proved that he could rock the stage just as well as he can rock the screen. His debut album, Down in a Hole, is due out later this summer and from the sounds of the setlist, it looks like it’s going to be quite a treat for the ears. Joined by his band (comprised of talented musicians in their own right), Sutherland showcased tunes from Down in a Hole as well as covers from Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.
For those wondering, no, this does not signify the end of seeing Kiefer on television and in the movies. In fact, he has a new show, Designated Survivor coming to ABC this fall. Though, if he decides to trade in his actor’s chair for a six-string and a cowboy hat permanently, he can do so seamlessly, having solidified himself as a bona fide musician.
Sign up for updates regarding Kiefer Sutherland’s music as well as tour dates here.
by Lisa Schreiner
Say the name Kiefer Sutherland and, as if by reflex, people define him by their love (or at least awareness) of his role as Jack Bauer in 24 or the multitude of movies he’s been in (Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, Eye For an Eye, A Time to Kill, Flatliners, Young Guns); it’s time to add “accomplished musician” to his repertoire.
Hearing that Sutherland was going to be delving into music, visions of hard-rockin’, attitude-inducing bad-assery had been quickly interrupted by a familiar sound of twang and the appearance of Kiefer Sutherland in a cowboy hat. It was a surprise, and I was frightened.
Skepticism plagued this writer (and fan of Kiefer’s acting) as I put in my earbuds to give the single “Not Enough Whiskey” off of the forthcoming Down in a Hole, a debut country album for the actor, a listen. I took a deep breath and hit play, fearing my perception of Jack Bauer and Ace Merrill was about to change, horrifically. Here’s the truth: it’s a good song. Lynyrd Skynyrd is about as deep into country as this New Yorker gets, with a few favorites from other artists scattered about (who doesn’t love “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band?), but “Not Enough Whiskey” has something to it. Maybe it’s Kiefer’s gritty, rugged voice that sort of haunts you and draws you into the story he’s telling. Maybe it’s the lyrics, seemingly written by a heart-broken soul that provides a common denominator among us all…love (or lack thereof) sucks sometimes. But likely, it’s the combination of the two that made me disregard what I had already known and thought about Kiefer Sutherland, throwing my bias to the wind and letting the skepticism fade.
Kiefer Sutherland is currently on tour with his band, you can check out dates here
By Alea Chartier and Faith Richardson
The 1975, an alternative British rock band, traveled to the beautiful city of St. Augustine, Florida to impress the crowd with their unique sound and to support their latest album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It.
An hour before the show even started all three gates of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre were packed with fans eager to see their favorite band. Two enthusiastic girls in front of me had matching 1975 tattoos. About an hour after the doors opened the first band, The Japanese House, took the stage and started off strong getting the fans riled up for the night to come. Their “I don’t care” attitude caught the attention of the crowd and they played their set to an engaged audience. After the first openers short but sweet performance, Wolf Alice, a North London four-piece band took the stage. Their music is a mix of dashes of rock, pop, techno and almost metal.
More and more fans poured in as the night continued and after the opening bands left the stage the fans roared with excitement as the main act’s props were being set up on the stage. Thirty minutes of eager waiting was rewarded when The 1975 took the stage. The Cheshire natives opened their set with the group’s latest single, “Love Me” off of their new album. The crowd was wild for front man Matthew Healy’s over the top personality and electric dance moves. In the pit I saw people anywhere from 12 years old to 50 and everyone person was equally engaged and excited. Healy quickly reassured the fans they had lots in store tonight even warning “we’ve got a long show for you tonight”.
Throughout the night the band played a balanced mixture of songs from their debut album, such as their hits, “Girls” and “Robbers”, as well as new songs like “The Sound” and “She’s American”. An hour and a half of excitement passed too quickly and the show was coming to a close. During their encore they played what is arguably their biggest hit, “Chocolate” and finished the show with a flashy upbeat performance of “Sex”. Even though every fan was tired, no one wanted it to end. The 1975 played a spectacular show for their spectacular fans. This was a night that the crowd will never forget, and Florida can’t wait for The 1975 to come back.
Check out some photos below from the May 10th performance at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
by Lisa Schreiner
While sitting here putting together a review of the Pearl Jam shows at Madison Square Garden this past Sunday and Monday, I came across a Facebook post from a fan that can sum up every Pearl Jam concert and what it’s like to be a fan. Larry Kaiser is a 16-year 10 Club veteran (10 Club is Pearl Jam’s infamous fan club) and Monday night’s show was his 29th Pearl Jam experience:
“Another amazing Pearl Jam concert. It’s hard to explain to some people why I enjoy their music so much, but it just speaks to me and has done so for a long time.
To quote the movie Almost Famous, ‘They don’t even know what it is to be a fan. Y’know? To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts.’
I’ve taken several people to their first show to experience it and I am extremely happy that Robyn understands my fandom and has herself become a fan. It makes me happy.
Thanks to Pearl Jam for some great sets and for being such an awesome band.”
Pearl Jam shows are something to experience whether you’ve only listened to “Jeremy” or you have their entire catalogue on constant shuffle on your iPod. There is a reason why both shows sold out in the matter of minutes and why every single person who purchased a ticket, showed up. The band is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, though you’d never guess they have been doing this for a quarter of a century. Eddie Vedder (singer), Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Matt Cameron (drums) and Boom Gaspar (keyboards) perform with unwavering energy, leaving everything on the stage at the end of the night. Ed might toss a mic at you, so be ready to sing (as he did to a fan named Kenneth at Sunday night’s show), and he also may share his wine, so cleanse that palette. McCready may go into the crowd during one of his awe-inspiring solos, but you’ll still have difficulty trying to fathom how he makes the guitar sound like it does; even when he’s playing right in front of your face. Though they are one of the biggest rock n’ roll bands in the world, Pearl Jam has an intimate feeling about them. When you go to a Pearl Jam show, it’s a family reunion.
Complete setlist – May 1st, 2016:
Complete setlist – May 2nd, 2016: