So, Jackson left the band, Jerad went part time to work on Holy Takedown. Two new guys were being brought in. Fine and dandy? Yeah, ok. Cryptic tweets and rumours. What more does an uneasy fanbase already need?
An announcement hours before the new line up go on stage. An announcement that pointed fingers and placed blame in an attempt to divide the fans. But I’m not going to dwell on that.
No, let’s talk about the show. I admit, I was absolutely petrified about it. New band members, songs that are intrinsically linked to a specific band member etc. But I was determined to give them the benefit of the doubt.
I sat up… all night waiting for the live stream to start. It was a struggle watching them set up their instruments without Jerad or Jackson on stage, but I pulled myself through it.
Then the show started… and it went to shit (in my opinion). The songs were too slow, there was no energy, no interaction (with each other or the crowd). The biggest tell for me was the crowd NOT singing along to Orson Brawl which is always a HUGE crowd pleaser.
I admit, Ben G did brilliantly with Aim High, but I’ve always preferred his version of the song than Jackson’s and Shy Water was good (even without the Mandolin). I even laughed at Rob’s joke about The Octomum and a Sperm donor. The improv, Psycho Gorilla Love *singger* was ok, but poor Ben was drowned out by the bass (hopefully a better video will appear on youtube soon).
Towards the end of the show, the guys seemed to relax a bit and began to joke around, but sadly, it was a little too late to save the show. Then the intro to Invisible Monsters began… Larry takes the mic (off camera which wound me up) and announced that it was the final time he would be singing the song and that “the 4 guys on stage were the new band”.
The main problem, as worked out by a group of heart broken women, a couple of whom personally know members of the band as was, was the missing elements. Jerad Anderson the heart and Jackson Rathbone, the soul. These two gelled the band together as a whole both musically and as a unit. The atmosphere and the energy on stage radiated from the two of them and spurred the rest of the band on and speaking from personal experience, blew an audience (of any size) away.
I will still continue to support the band, but I want to make it clear that I don’t believe all the fault lies with Jackson. After all, when 3 out of 5 members of a band leave, surely the fault lies at someone else’s feet.
No doubt, I shall be vilified for this post but to be honest, I don’t care. This is the internet and my Tumblr. I can say what the hell I want.
I posted the above picture to remind me of the good time, not the back stabbing and bitching that is going on right now.