Everyone here in South Africa have been excited for months about Incubus coming to visit us and what a privilege it was to welcome them in Cape Town.
I arrived just before the band would take to the stage and I was pleasantly surprised by the venue (Greenpoint Athletic Track). The weather was perfect, the audience was pretty well-behaved and extremely enthusiastic.
The band opened up with the groovy “Love in a Time of Surveillance” to set the tone for the epic set that was to follow. The massive screen behind the band was mesmerizing, but it added to the experience rather than taking anything away from the performance.
The second song of the set was “Warning”, one of those post-grunge classics.
“Nimble Bastard” was featured on The Rock Riff’s Best Rock Songs list last year, it is a really fun song and hearing it live gave me the impression of a classic track.
The intro to “Anna Molly” was met with absolute glee from the crowd and the band seemed to enjoy playing it just as much. Mike Einzinger skills on the lead guitar is undeniable.
“Glitterbomb” is one of the standout songs from the band’s latest album “8” and it was surreal to hear it being played live. The band was on point the entire night. Jose Pasillas II shined with his skills on the drums the entire night.
See a snippet of their performance here:
A true mosh-pit starter, the band launched into “Megalomaniac”, which has now become my favourite song at the moment. The crowd really got into the performance of this track, I enjoyed that moment immensely! It was intense and it felt like that it was meant to be performed in front of a live audience.
“Paper Shoes” was performed after that which provided the crowd with a bit of a breather before the band launched into the fan favourite “Wish You Were Here”. It was everything it should be and more.
Another highlight on the band’s latest album was “State of the Art”, a song with a captivating chorus and powerful lyrics.
“Pardon Me” was another smash hit with the audience and undoubtedly one of the songs they were waiting for in anticipation.
“Circles”, “Echo” and “Pantomine” followed before the band started playing “Loneliest” which is a strangely soothing song and the visuals on screen served as a fitting backdrop. Chris Kilmore added another dimension to this song with his talent on the turntables and synthesizers.
The groovy guitar riff to “Sick Sad Little World” is instantly recognisable and the band played the song slightly faster than the studio version.
The band treated us to a cover of INXS’ “Need You Tonight” which was an unexpected treat of note!
“Talk Show On Mute” proceeded to further highlight Brandon Boyd’s impeccable vocal performance. “I Miss You” is an incredible ballad that I think all of us can relate to.
“No Fun” is one of my favourite songs from the band and it was incredible! It ended way too soon, I actually couldn’t believe it when the song ended.
“Nice to know you” another head-banger, especially after that breakdown that hits before the vocals and obviously during the chorus.
Incubus left the stage after that performance, only to return for an encore to put the cherry on top.
“Drive”, the song that everyone had been waiting for lived up to the hype.
See for yourself:
Thank you We Are Live and Incubus for making this experience possible!