BNL Rocks Red Rocks
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Recorded live at Red Rocks Amphitheater during last year s Last Summer on Earth tour, BNL Rocks Red Rocks features some of the band s biggest hits 'One Week,' 'If I Had $1,000,000' and more, plus songs from their last two albums including 'Odds Are' (from Grinning Streak) and the recent single 'Duct Tape Heart' (from Silverball). Features a special moment when BNL accompany Colin Hay to perform his #1 hit 'Who Can It Be Now?,' joined on stage by Blaise Garza of Violent Femmes.
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I'm not one of those people who dislikes BNL without Steve, but I'm also not one of those people who say they're better without him. I love every album they've put out, I think they're doing great, and I love them just as much as four-piece as I did when they were a 5-piece.
The album kicks off with the epic "Get Back Up" from Silverball, then launches into "The Old Apartment", which Ed nails. Though his voice is a bit raspier these days, he pulls off the song and hits those notes like a champ. Then come a couple songs from Grinning Streak, with Ed inviting the audience to sing along with "Gonna Walk", which makes it fun and one of my favorite versions of the song. Some songs (like Old Apartment for example), I think Ed does a fantastic job on, but there's a few that aren't *quite* the same. "Brian Wilson" falls under this category. Ed sounds good and it's a high-energy performance, but it's not quite the same. Colin Hay and Blaise Garza are invited onstage for a FANTASTIC performance of "Who Can It Be Now?" by Hay's former band, Men at Work. Then moving on, I think this version of "Passcode" shows Kev's progress as a singer. He really sounds better than ever. Then we move into another BNL classic, "Light Up My Room" with an extended intro that is sure to give you goosebumps. Up next is the cavalcade of hits; "Pinch Me", "Big Bang Theory Theme", "One Week" and "If I Had $1,000,000", all performed wonderfully, with the exception of "One Week" which sounds surprisingly unorganized. Kev does a great job on Million Dollars, and has definitely improved at singing it over the past 7 years. Then, to finish off the album, Tyler steps out from behind the kit to sing a high-energy performance of "Drawing" from Snacktime, which then leads into a cover of "Rock and Roll" by Led Zeppelin.
Overall, clocking in at an hour, this album offers a great blend of the old with the new and is sure to satisfy long-time fans. Although the banter and adlibbing typically performed at all BNL shows is strangely absent here, it is a great listen and definitely shows the band has found their footing as a four-piece. See you guys in Boston this summer!