Candlebox brings their Disappearing in Airports tour to a welcoming crowd in Louisville with Lullwater and Pete RG.
There were no jokes or pranks tonight at the Mercury Ballroom this April Fools day, just the fantastic Candlebox kicking off their tour in support of their upcoming album, Disappearing in Airports. There was already an electric buzz in the room as the house lights dropped and the guys took the stage.
After a few test chords, Candlebox jumped right into “Vexatious” from the new album before performing “Best Friend” and a Duran Duran cover of “Hungry Like a Wolf.” The followed with “Sweet Summertime.”
Candlebox took fans back to their 1993 self-titled album for the next few songs; including “Blossom,” “Change,” and “Arrow,” slicing in an excellent rendition of “Breathe Me In” between these songs.
Now with an acoustic guitar over his shoulder, Kevin starts off with the familiar opening chords of “Cover Me” before the entire band jumps in and finish a rousing rendition of the song. At the end of the song, Kevin hands his pick to a fan at the barricade; it was special show moment.
After another new song from the Airports album, “Alive at Last,” Candlebox rolled into fan favorite “Sometimes” and then a great Rush cover of “The Spirit of Radio.”
Barely slowing down, the guys performed “10,000 Horses” and finished simply by introducing the next song, saying “This song is for ‘You.'” Kevin grabbed a fan’s cell phone and recorded the crowd and all of the members of the band playing and singing. This was a wonderful treat for a lucky fan!
As the guys took their places for their two-song encore, Kevin took a moment to address the room full of fans. “When I started the band in 1991, I never thought it would be like this,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart Thank You for being here and opening this you’re with us tonite.”
Candlebox treated the room to huge fan favorite, “Far Behind,” after which the crowd responded with a fantastic ovation. They closed with another new song, “The Bridge.”
Candlebox is Kevin Martin (vocals), Dave Krusen (drums), Adam Kury (bass), and Mike Leslie (guitar), and Brian Quinn (guitar).
The main support act for the tour is Athens, Georgia-based Lullwater. They performed songs from their self-titled album, including “Albatross.” Lullwaterâ€™s set was high energy, featuring heavy bass riffs and raging guitar work that left the room abuzz after their last song.
Lullwater is John Strickland (rhythm guitar and lead vocals), Brett Strickland (lead guitar), Joseph Wilson (drums and vocals), Ray Beatty (bass and vocals).
Starting us off this evening was Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Pete RG. The band is touring in support of their 2015 release of Reaching for the Moon, which encompassed much of their 45-minute set.
Pete RG is Pete RG, Brina Kabler, Adam Kury, Kevin Haaland, and Candlebox drummer Dave Krusen who is behind the kit for Pete RG during this tour.