OneRepublic At Hollywood Bowl
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By Julie Mutnansky
The beginning of summer marks the time when a variety of tours start coming through Los Angeles, and there couldn't have been a better way to kick off June than by spending an evening at the preeminent Hollywood Bowl, tucked away in the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills.
GRAMMY-nominated pop/rock band OneRepublic began the Los Angeles stop of their Native Summer Tour with opening acts the Script, a popular Irish band, and up-and-coming New Yorkers American Authors.
OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder appeared onstage in a trendy leather jacket surrounded by two neon-lit drum risers, triangular video screens and 17,000 screaming fans. The group opened their set with "Light It Up," from their 2013 album Native. Setting the precedent for a high-energy show, Tedder announced that he "started the band in a duplex about one and a half miles from the Hollywood Bowl" and that he's "waited seven and a half years to finally say, 'What's up Hollywood Bowl!'"
OneRepublic's energy-filled set included "All The Right Moves" and "Good Life" (from 2009's Waking Up), and "Stop And Stare" and the GRAMMY-nominated "Apologize" (from their debut album, 2007's Dreaming Out Loud). The sound of the cello introduction to their hit song "Secrets," followed by the addition of the violin, was chilling. I question why more bands don't combine rock music with the orchestral sound of a string instrument.
Other highlights from the night were Tedder's piano solo during "Apologize" that quickly turned into his own rendition of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"; watching each band member move swiftly from one instrument to the next, including lead guitarist Zach Filkins, who switched from guitar to viola to slide guitar, and bassist Brent Kutzle, who moved to the deep and somewhat haunting sounds of the cello; and seeing that Gavin DeGraw was in the audience and had taken the same picture of the show as I did on Instagram. What can I say; DeGraw has good taste in music.
The band's encore performance of "If I Lose Myself" was drum-heavy with light-up "trash can" drums lining the front of the stage as drummer Eddie Fisher ran out into the audience playing a marching snare on a harness. The audience was amped as they knew this would be the final moment, and the crisp pop of the snare reminded me why I moved to Los Angeles in the first place — to capture as many of these memorable shows as I can.
Earlier during their set, the Script lead singer Danny O'Donoghue said, "L.A. you feelin' good? Because you look f***ing gorgeous!"
I would agree that this was definitely a gorgeous night.
"Light It Up"
"All The Right Moves"
"What You Wanted"
"Stop And Stare"
"Something I Need"
"Love Runs Out"
"What A Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong cover)
"If I Lose Myself"
(Julie Mutnansky lives in Santa Monica, Calif., where she serves as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the GRAMMY Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and a Southwestern girl at heart. She enjoys going to concerts and taking adventures. You can follow her on Instagram@juliemut or on Twitter @juliemutLA.)