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Vertical Horizon Rocks Town Ballroom

by on November 3, 2009

In case you haven’t heard, Vertical Horizon has reemerged after a five- year hiatus with a new album, “Burning the Days,” and are currently on tour doing in-store performances and club shows. This past Monday night my wife and I went to see them when they came to the Town Ballroom in Buffalo.

It’s now been ten years since their breakthrough album “Everything You Want,” one of my top ten favorite albums of all time, so I was very excited to learn they had a new album and they’d be coming to Buffalo.

Opening for Vertical Horizon was Howard Jennings a solo-acoustic guitarist/singer and Clayton Senne, a pop/blues/soul trio. Both openers were entertaining, and we even bought a CD from each.

Vertical Horizon put on a great show. The set list contained a good mix of songs off their past three albums. The show lead off with “All Is Said And Done” off the new album, and was following by “You’re A God” off of “Everything You Want.” It really was a great mix of old hits and new favorites that, as a fan, I couldn’t have asked for more.

The crowd was probably less than two hundred people, which, combined with the atmosphere, created an intimate setting with the band. At times, the band prompted participation from the crowd, who still remembered the lyrics of songs ten years old by heart.

There were a few obnoxious fans in the crowd, unfortunately, but that didn’t detract from the show much at all.

One song I didn’t expect to hear was “Shackled,” which is not sung by lead singer Matt Scannell, but by the other founding member of the band, Keith Kane. This song is actually one of my favorites off of “Everything You Want.”

Between sets, the founding members did a two-song acoustic set, playing songs from the band’s early, early days. It was an unexpected change of pace that was met with praises from the crowd.

The second set contained two of my favorite songs from the new album, “The Middle Ground” and “Save Me From Myself.” They ended set with, as leader singer and guitarist Matt Scannell put it, “The song that changed everything.” That song of course was “Everything You Want,” which was exactly what the crowd wanted.

They came back for an encore with, appropriately, “I’m Still Here,” off of their previous album “Go.” The last song of the evening, “We Are,” included an interlude of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” which was awesome.

It was, to the say the least, a great show. It was great to see a mainstream band in such an intimate setting. Fans ranged from teenagers to folks in their 40s and 50s. It seems like bands I like don’t come to the Buffalo area often, so this was a very exciting show for me. Hopefully more bands will come around here more. Buffalo is not lacking in fans of great music.

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