Review of Birchmere, Alexandria, VA 12/17/2008

Review by Dave Anderson (Switch to

I will keep this relatively short. If you have any doubts about seeing the Arena tour, let me try and settle them for you. The show was an all out guitar assault and I mean that in the very best sense. This is "smart" rock 'n roll. Riffs and hook filled choruses that appear on the surface to be so simple, but underlying the music are interesting chord progressions, runs, and rhythms that make you want to listen again and again. "Fist in the air" chunky rock with something meaningful in the middle. On both ends of this new rock guitar glory, you have some familiar favorites "Love In Action", "Open My Eyes", " I Saw The Light", "Couldn't I Just Tell You", and the Utopian National Anthem "Just One Victory", I know it's from a Todd album, but I always associate it with them. He also threw in a couple of favorite covers, "The Walls Came Down", and Red Ryder's "Lunatic Fringe".

In a nutshell, AWESOME SHOW, what more could you ask for!!! Ok, ok, Hermit of Mink Hollow from start to finish, not gonna happen, but we can always dream...

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