Show at Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT. on December 20, 2008

Review by Peter Hargraves (Switch to

After a three-plus hour drive from Rhode Island to Norfolk, on some pretty snowy roads, it was a pleasant surprise to see the intimate setting of Infinity Hall. I estimate that there is seating for only a couple of hundred people. It was a great place to see the show. My brother and I had seats in the third row, center. We could almost reach the band from our seats. I won’t recap the entire set list as it was nearly the same as the other reviews I have seen. I don’t know exactly how many Todd shows I have seen. My first was the “Back to The Bars” tour (Somewhere in Connecticut). Since then I’ve probably seen a couple of dozen shows, and this was one of my favorites. The sound system seemed perfect for the small venue. It was powerful enough for the hard rocking set without the distortion I read about in another review. The song choices were also great. Like his previous Arena shows, he played the entire new album “top to bottom”. I really like the album but it was so much better live. The older material was done nicely too. How can you go wrong with tunes like “Black Mariah” (one of my personal favorites), “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” and the former Utopia anthem, “Just One Victory”? It was great to see (and hear) Kasim together with Todd again. He and Todd harmonize so well. The rest of the band was great, too. Jesse is an excellent guitarist. When he and Todd played together, they produce an incredibly tight sound. Prarie Prince shined “quietly”, as always. He lets his drums do the talking. What can I say about Rachel Hayden? The “little girl” with the big bass was great! She plays without a lot of flash but her hard driving bass put the kick in some of the heavier songs, like “Mercenary”. She seemed a little embarrassed when Todd prompted her to do some jumping around and some leg kicks with the rest of the band. Todd seemed to enjoy himself on stage, telling some stories and joking with the audience. My brother has seen Todd several times, though he probably isn’t as big a fan as I am. He also enjoyed the show, saying it was the best Todd show that he has ever seen. If you get a chance to see this tour, don’t pass it up. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a good rock performance from Todd. It was well worth the long wintery drive. Todd, can you come to Providence next time?

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