The Color Red
Friday August 9, 2002
–House of Blues – Anaheim, Ca.
by Keavin Wiggins
The set list was divided about equally between songs on Lit’s two RCA albums.
All the songs went over well but a few sent the crown into a deeper frenzy
like when A.J. asked the crowd to help them sing the chorus to their hit
single “Miserable”. The oldest song in the set was “No Big Thing”,
a song that was on Lit’s indie debut but was also included on “A Place
in the Sun”. Needless to say, the old time fans ate it up.
Although Lit does a great job in the studio, they are really at their best
live and the put a lot into their shows that you just can’t put on a CD.
For example, about three quarters of the way through their set the house
lights went down and then a dark figure appeared on stage carrying a torch
of some kind, a few second pass and Kevin did his best Gene Simmons impression
by breathing fire for the audience, then Jeremy took the stage for a full
on metal guitar solo. We know Jeremy is a metal head at heart and he proved
that with his solo. Jeremy wowed the crowd with his six-string talent and
then after hitting a pinnacle was joined on the stage by the rest of the
band and they broke into a flawless rendition of “Lipstick And Bruises”.
Then they took things down a notch and broke out the acoustic guitars for
a little unplugged action. After that, A.J. broke into some banter with
the audience and said “the best looking chicks are at Lit shows! And no
one is hotter than two women in the audience tonight, my grandma and my
mom!” He pointed them out to the crowd who in turn roared their hello,
and then they broke into “Over My Head”, a song that is about 10 times
more intense live as it is on CD. Then the stagelights went down again
and the band left the stage. The crowd started
chanting “Lit! Lit! Lit!” and within a few minutes they returned for an
encore. Showing his sense of humor Kevin had stripped out of his shirt
and was wearing a black bra, Jeremy was downing a can of Miller Lite and
then the band broke into a new song that has yet to be released before
they launched into a favorite from “Atomic”, “The Last Time Again”. During
the normal bridge they changed things up by playing the first verse to
the Cars classic “Just What I Needed”, then A.J. jumped into the pit in
front of the stage to get a little closer to the screaming fans.
It’s hard to imagine them topping that, but then A.J. announced that they
were being joined by the entire “Dirty Martini” family for the last song
of the night. Members of Handsome Devil and The Color Red took the stage
and it looked a little like Orange County’s version of Farm Aid or Ringo
Starr’s All-Star Jams, with all of these musicians taking the stage and
rocking out to the Lit classic “My Own Worst Enemy”. A.J. sang the first
chorus and verse and then turned the microphone over to Jon from The Color
Red to sing the second verse. It was a perfect ending to a near perfect
show. Say what ever you want about these band but no one can ever accuse
them of not rockin’ their audiences live.
I was hoping they would break out some tunes from their indie debut “Tripping
the Light Fantastic” since they were playing before their hometown crowd
filled with people who used to rock along to those tunes but the band decided
to keep the music limited to songs from their two major label albums. Nevertheless,
they rocked hard enough with their newer songs that I wasn’t disappointed
when the show was over. Lit had given us a near perfect rock show. You
really can’t walk away from a show like this disappointed. The Color Red
and Lit saw the challenge of rocking their hometown audience and marched
in full force and accomplished the task and then some! If you have
the opportunity to see either of these band’s live, take it! It’s worth
every penny. It’s with a bit of pride that Orange County fans can smile
at the success of their local boys who made good because we knew all along
that they have what it takes and it was great to see them bring the music
home once again.
out more live photos in The Color Red Photo Galley!
the official site of The Color Red to learn more about the band!
here to listen to samples from The Color Red's new CD "Clear" and purchase
a copy online!
out this CD review for The Color Red's "Clear"
out more live photos in the Lit Galley! (over 20 photos!)
the official site of Lit to learn more about the band!
here to listen to samples from Lit's CDs and purchase a copies online!
Wiggins is the founder and managing editor of Rocknworld.com and the iconoFAN
by Keavin Wiggins
2002 - iconoclast entertainment group