Sunday, March 15, 2015

Bleachers at the Fillmore in San Francisco

     It’s enjoyable to watch a person who has the passion for a profession, the flair to make a living at that profession, and a genuine appreciation for each opportunity the profession brings his way. Therefore, it’s enjoyable to watch Jack Antonoff performing as frontman of Bleachers. Antonoff is his own man, but shares endearing performance traits with fellow New Jerseyan Bruce Springsteen. Both take time to pay tribute to the other members in the band and allow each a time in the spotlight. And both excel at engaging with the audience, sometimes collectively and other times individually (at the Fillmore on Wednesday, Antonoff respectfully declined the generous offer of a T-shirt that Bleachers stopped selling after receiving a cease-and-desist letter).
     Last Wednesday at the Fillmore in San Francisco, we took advantage of a third opportunity to see Bleachers. This time it was at the historic Fillmore. Our good friend Chris had two notable observations following the show. First, he stated, “San Francisco seems to hold a special place in Antonoff’s heart.” It would be interesting to know if Antonoff can make it appear that way for a majority of cities the band visits. Then Chris noted that each time we see Bleachers, the setlist includes at least one cover song and it’s never the same one. At the Fillmore, in addition to the band’s original material, they played “Go Your Own Way" (Fleetwood Mac) and “Basket Case” (Green Day). Last year, they played a Tom Petty song at The Independent and a Cranberries song at the Outside Lands Festival.

The opening bands at The Fillmore were Joywave and Night Terrors of 1927.
Night Terrors of 1927

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