EVE 6 (The Grog Shop)

EVE 6 – Live at The Grog Shop, 6-21-2016

This show was 45 minutes away from my house, and since it was on a weekday I did the responsible adult thing for once and left early. I spent just shy of an hour listening to the guys of EVE 6 in the little Grog Shop, and in those meager minutes they managed to crank out many of my favorites. Here’s the list. It was the first time I recorded, in one big long text draft on my phone, each song as it started. While a semi-annoying task, it’s totally worth it knowing that, for sure, these are the songs I heard them play, in this exact order.

1. Leech
2. Sunset Strip Bitch
3. Open Road Song
4. Amphetamines
5. Promise
6. Situation Infatuation
7. Here’s To The Night
8. On The Roof Again
9. Anytime
10. Think Twice
11. Arch Drive Goodbye
12. Enemy

Leech started out with Max and one verrrry echo-y microphone. Throughout the night the mic got better.

My favorite thing about this show was the commentary. The first time I saw EVE 6, they played at a festival and it was one song after the other, with pretty much no breaks. This time, EVE 6 had plenty of time to talk about personal matters, goof off and interact with the crowd.

Max did his signature arm up, pointer finger in the air, and got most of the crowd to follow suit at least twice that night.

Did you know that none of the EVE 6 members attended prom? The popular prom song Here’s To The Night was not written about prom, and Max Collins, Jon Siebels and Tony Fagenson never attended.

THEY PLAYED ANYTIME. WHICH IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE EVE 6 SONGS, AND WAS ONLY EVER RELEASED ON A NOW DISCONTINUED SOUNDTRACK. I went nuts when I realized what song it was ūüôā

Before Enemy, Max mentioned that it was a “pop song about doubt.”

This gig was two days after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, so it’s possible that all of the friendly folks I met that night were still just riding the high from the pro team who broke the Cleveland drought. But I wore my (first) EVE 6 shirt before the show, and I had many people come up and and talk to me about it. It was cool, strange, and I loved it. Me + tipsy + asked about favorite bands = 1 talkative, excited human.

My only beef with this show was that the shirts were the same designs as last years selection.

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EVE 6 – Under The Sun Tour (LC Pavilion)

EVE 6 – Under The Sun Tour – Live at the LC Pavilion, 8-7-2015

Friday was a pretty rad day.

The fast version: Max Collins, Jon Siebels and Tony Fagenson of EVE 6 were excellent, the crowd was friendly and down to earth, and PromoWest Productions takes the cake for nicest venue staff.

The extended version: Walking up to the second floor of the LC Pavilion, I could hardly believe it РI was about to meet one of my favorite bands. The four ladies who were also meeting the gang were super excited too Рthere was an energy in the air, and it was easy to see we were all star struck when we walked into the room where guitarist Jon Siebels and drummer Tony Fagenson were hanging out. Singer and bassist Max Collins walked in the room a few minutes later, and the three performed an exclusive mini acoustic jam session.

They started with Curtain and moved on to At Least We’re Dreaming, Collins keeping rhythm by snapping his fingers and clapping his hands on his legs. It was a pretty surreal experience to be up close and personal with the guys who created Horroscope, one of my all-time favorite albums. They ended the three-song set with Amphetamines, one of the best tracks off that prized record.

This was the first time I had the honor and the privilege of having a photo pass, so I was a jittery mix of nervous and over the moon. After the set, autographs were signed, photos were taken with each VIP guest, and I couldn’t help but geek out over the images in my camera. One VIP guest brought an EVE 6 fan club pack saved from more than 10 years ago! Needless to say the band, as well as the rest of the group, got a kick out of looking through the old memorabilia.

EVE 6 was a blast to hang out with, and the VIP session couldn’t have been¬†hosted in a more¬†intimate setting. It’s definitely an experience I will never forget.

As for the actual Under The Sun Tour, Uncle Kracker played a bunch of songs that the audience members seemed to adore as they sung along to every verse. EVE 6 was originally scheduled to open the show, but ended up playing second, allowing them to tack on another few songs. I definitely wasn’t complaining.

With my coveted photo pass, I was in the pit for the first three, shooting Collins, Siebels and Fagenson as they jumped around and rocked out classic hits. I’d like to think that I managed to capture the personality of each bandmate; out of the countless photos I took, I specifically chose to upload the ones I did because I think each one fits the character I saw while up in the VIP room.

Memorable songs from the show include Open Road Song, B.F.G.F., On The Roof Again, Think Twice, and Here’s To The Night. They closed with an audience-frenzied Inside Out.

After EVE 6, Better Than Ezra took the stage, and I watched with some new friends in the back of the venue. If you’ve never been to the LC Pavilion, I urge you to check it out. It’s a beautiful place that can cater to both indoor and outdoor shows, and there really isn’t a bad view no matter where you are sitting/standing.

Better Than Ezra played a charismatic show and at one point had over 20 audience members (at singer Kevin Griffin’s request, all girls) on stage with them in one big dance party. They played my favorite BTE song, Misunderstood, and happened to end the set with another one of my favorite love songs of all time, a cover of Just Like Heaven by The Cure.

I didn‚Äôt stay for Sugar Ray, the headliner, as I had some pressing plans with my Columbus buddies, but all in all it was a mind-blowing experience, a fantastic show, and I blew $100 on shirts, if that’s any indication of how much I want to remember the night.

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EVE 6 – EVE 6

I get to see one of my favorite bands tomorrow. I’ve loved EVE 6 ever since I heard Small Town Trap. Personal favorites include Sunset Strip Bitch, Promise, Tongue Tied, Open Road Song, Curtain, Nocturnal, Hey Montana, Hokis, Rescue, Girl Eyes, Think Twice, Inside Out, B.F.G.F…. and the list goes on.

EVE 6 landed a record deal before they were out of high school. How many bands can say that?  Here are some memories of each release.

1998: The inaugural self-titled EVE 6 with the fly on the cover. I remember my sister coming home¬†from a show with the line¬†“tie me to the bedpost”¬†on the front. Inside Out no doubt is a fantastic song, but Small Town Trap got me hooked. I remember asking myself over and over again, Why a fly? My friend got me a glass fly for Christmas one year. It eventually got a broken leg and I’m kicking myself right now for having pitched it.¬†I also was always confused as to why he was mad he found a dime in his couch.¬†Woe was definitely me.

2000: Two years later these guys released Horrorscope, which is in my opinion one of the best LPs ever created. It features a tough-looking punk rock chick and sports lyrics like “I spit and stutter stuff and clutter worries in my worry corner.” Each song just oozes HEY! I AM THE GREATEST ALTERNATIVE ROCK ANTHEM EVER AND THIS IS WHY. I would shell out major bucks to hear this entire album performed live.

2003: The action figure clad It’s All In Your Head boasts¬†one of the best and most annoying songs¬†of all time,¬†Hey Montana. It literally can take hours for this song to get out of my head. I love it all the same.

2012: Today I let the commentary for Speak In Code, the latest EVE 6 record, fill my headphones. The idea for the first track, Curtain, was apparently written as a message from Noel to Liam Gallagher. Needless to say my jaw dropped and I had to replay the track a million times to make sure I was hearing it right.

For this fan art I made a colorful take on a drawing found inside the booklet of their first album. I created a crayon fire, warded off curious cats, and realized I Suck at making paper planes.

Here’s to hoping some of my favs make it on tomorrow’s setlist.¬†I can’t wait to see these dudes jam. And I also¬†must¬†mention that I’m extremely looking forward to the¬†Better Than Ezra set. BTE happens to have written one of my favorite love songs of all time, Misunderstood. Fingers crossed.

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