Opening their sold-out show with "Let The Reigns Go Loose," from their latest Vagrant release On A Wire, The Get Up Kids made a very theatrical entrance onto the stage at the Metro this past Friday night. The show seemed to be supported mostly by the "kiddies" of the crowd, due to the observation that many of those who attended the show were all under the age of 18. Throughout the whole show, the lighting was very extravagant; including Ryan Popeís well-lit drum kit. They continued their show with "Holliday," making the audience go into a rather large pogo-bouncing experience, followed by "Overdue," which was well received by the girls in the audience due to Matt Pryorís soft, acoustic, heart-felt lyrics and melody. Next, they played one of their ultimate crowd-pleasers, "Mass Pike," off of their latest EP, Red Letter Day, which was put out by Doghouse in 2000. They continued right into "Valentine," followed by a couple of new numbers before they got to "Iím A Loner Dottie, Iím A Rebel," which is yet another good tune off of their LP Four Minute Mile.
One of my new favorites, "Campfire Kansas" was played as well, yet another light-hearted acoustic melody inspired by their hometown Kansas City, Missouri. "High As The Moon" was played as well, followed by everyoneís favorite poppy song from these five talented characters, "Donít Hate Me." As The Get Up Kids brought their performance to a closing, the backdrop to the stage was lit with an outlining of the art work off of their latest album cover as they played "Walking On A Wire." After exiting the stage, the crowd grew anxious to hear more. The Get Up Kids entered the stage yet again to play "Out Of Reach" as an encore, followed by "Action and Action," "10 Minutes," and last but not least, they made their final closing with another acoustic track off of On a Wire known as "Hannah Hold On." All in all, their set turned out to be a good blend between each of their albums. By the end of the show, not only was the audience enjoying the excitement, but pianist James Dewees decided to join in on the fun as well and dove right into the crowd. Each member of The Get Up Kids put forth tons of energy into their performance that evening. I would have to say, out of all of the years I have been to a Get Up Kids show, this was one of their best.
Source: Katie Ramsey