Dan Siebold

The Zac Brown Band @ Fivepoint Amphitheater – 07/25/2019

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The Zac Brown Band cruised through Irvine at the FivePoint Amphitheatre Thursday, July 25th, bringing with them a 2.5 hour show packed full of classic hits and perfectly executed cover songs. The first night of a two show run in Orange County, “The Owl Tour” (named appropriately after the band’s 6th studio album that drops September 20th) promised something for everyone as this veteran band tore through 26 alt-country tunes. The multi-talented Trombone Shorty opened the show.

A lengthy behind-the-scenes video helped get the crowd into the groove, leading directly into the opening song “Homegrown”. A large LED screen behind the stage and risers helped set the scene for each song while also providing those in the cheap seats with close up shots of each of the performers. 

Early highlights included the new single “Someone I Used To Know” (co-written with Shawn Mendes) and “Goodbye In Her Eyes” which saw Brown passionately thump his guitar between beats to simulate a heartbeat.  He brought out opener Trombone Shorty during “Shoofly Pie” and “Whipping Post” to assist the band with additional trombone accompaniment resulting in some lengthy horn work.

One lucky young fan from San Clemente was awarded an opportunity to spin the WHEEL OF JAMES, landing on “Country Road” from James Taylor. Most of the choices on the wheel consisted of James Taylor hits but there is a small chance every night that the needle could land on “Super Freak” by Rick James. “Country Road” quickly became the lead song on a short 3 song acoustic set that brought the entire band out front onto one of the stage’s runways for a more intimate performance. 

The tropical vibes on “Toes” was helped out by the nearly 12,000 fans in attendance, all of which seemed to know every lyric to this classic tune that just celebrated its 10th year since being released. 

A short ten minute intermission allowed the fans to catch their breath before the second half of the show began with “Warrior”, “Jump Right In” and “The Woods”, showcasing the 8 piece band and their incredible musical talents. People lost their minds on “Chicken Fried”, the main set closer and country fan’s anthem…providing yet another full-on sing-along for the frantic crowd.

An epic encore of cover hits started with a guitar duel that included snippets of “Money For Nothing” from Dire Straits and “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. A full version of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” showcased the band’s versatility and cross-genre appeal. Closing out the night was a rocking tribute to Rage Against The Machine and their 1996 hit “Bulls On Parade”.

Any ZBB fans that missed them during these 2 Irvine shows are in luck as they swing back through SoCal Thursday, September 19th with a gig at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. The band has scheduled dates through October across America, including a few stadium shows at Coors Field in Denver (August 9th) and Fenway Park (August 31st).

Zac Brown Band Set List:  Homegrown | Knee Deep | The Devil Went Down To Georgia | Someone I Used To Know | Uncaged | Highway 20 Ride | Keep Me In Mind | Goodbye In Her Eyes | Shoofly Pie | Whipping Post | Country Road | Toes | Leaving Love Behind | Colder Weather | Me And The Boys In The Band | Beautiful Drug | Warrior | Jump Right In | Sweet Annie | The Woods | Free/Into The Mystic | Chicken Fried   Encore:   Guitar Duel | Hot For Teacher | Pour Some Sugar On Me | Bulls On Parade

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