Daughtry Cape Town Concert Review – 25.10.2018

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I arrived at the venue 2 hours prior to the start of the show and going through the motions that is required by a dedicated music lover. This includes queuing for what seems like forever, standing for hours on end, feeling exhausted the following day and having body aches for the next 48 hours. It really sounds like I’m complaining a lot, but my point is, all of that is worth it through and through.

Jesse Clegg kicked off the evening with some favourite local tunes and it was the first time in two months that he has been back in South Africa. The venue means a lot to him, because of his father, Johnny Clegg’s history of performances at the Grand Arena.

Jesse proved that he could captivate the audience with the subtlety and honesty of his performance.

Jesse ended his set at 20:30 and the crowd waited with bated breath for Daughtry to take to the stage. In the meantime there was some entertainment in between sets which the crowd thoroughly enjoyed. The audience members in the Golden Circle had no idea what was happening, but the seated crowd got entertained by a man who could not resist dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” which was blaring from the speakers. The crowd who could witness his smooth moves, couldn’t stop cheering for him.

 

Daughtry finally came on stage and by this time the anticipation had been palpitating. Unfortunately I’m not able to access the set list, so I will recall the songs that were performed from memory. The band kicked off with a song from their latest album titled “Just Found Heaven“. A very intimate song, which describes the narrator being so happy that he found a special relationship, that he doesn’t care what happens to him when he dies.

Feels Like Tonight” is about a person who made a mistake and has made a decision to make up for it at that moment.

I have to say that an unexpected highlight for me was Daughtry’s performance of “Battleship“. Chris delivered the vocals so passionately and with so much energy, I was completely mesmerised.

Crawling Back To You” seemed to be quite a hit with the crowd and it was amazing to hear it live. The band really shined on this track.

One of my favourite tracks from the band’s “Cage To Rattle” tour, has to be “Backbone” the lyrics hit home and the melody of the song is on point! The timing of the track feels different to the band’s other material and I find that the song makes quite an impact, which the listener can’t deny.

Deep End” is the band’s latest single off their new album, it is about taking a chance on love or a new relationship by going “all in”. Elvio shines on the keyboards on this track and it has a feel good quality to it.

 

After that, Chris moved on to an acoustic set, with just him and the guitar on stage. A classic Daughtry track “Life After You” kicked off the acoustic set and it feels as if you just heard the lyrics for the first time in your life, because of the way it is being delivered.

As You Are” is a track from the latest album and Chris revealed that his wife wrote this song with him. It is about true love, dedication and having to accept your significant other as they are in order to make it last. It is about appreciating the other person too.

Chris encouraged the audience to sing along with one of Daughtry’s first singles when they started out, “Home“. It was a beautiful moment as the crowd got out their phones to light up the arena. My phone was terribly confused as it kept going out of focus, but I think I captured the “feel” of the performance at least.

 

The band took it up a few notches after the acoustic set by performing “White Flag“, a hard-hitting, energetic rock song delivered with power and conviction. I loved every second of the band’s performance of this song.

Daughtry entertained the crowd with their performance of “It’s Not Over“, the song that catapulted the band into the charts. It’s not a Daughtry show, if this song is not on the set list.

 

Over You” followed after and the crowd got an opportunity to show off with Chris allowing us to fill in the blanks, so to speak. It is about the narrator getting over a tough breakup and coming out stronger on the other side of it.

The band left the stage after that and we cheered for an encore.

 

The audience members beside me in the Golden Circle had been anticipating the performance of “Waiting for Superman” the entire evening and the band finally performed it. I never realised how popular the song was among fans until now.

 

We provided the backup vocals for “No Surprise” and Chris layered his vocals over it, it sounded incredible.

September” was performed thereafter and the crowd lapped up every note of that song.

The best surprise was when Chris suddenly launched into a cover version of “Purple Rain“. It stunned the audience into silence for a few seconds, before that turned to screaming. Chris left the stage at one point and the band continued playing the song, when Chris suddenly returned much to my delight after having caught that moment on video. It was a surreal moment in the best way possible.

I watched Daughtry performing in Cape Town exactly 8 years ago, so it was really special to have the opportunity to see them again. Adding to that it was the first concert that I had ever been to. I really hope it won’t take another 8 years for them to return.

I have to say that I had the most pleasant Golden Circle experience ever. I had enough space to stretch my legs and no one pushing against me the whole time.

 

Chris’s vocal abilities are hard to compare to anyone else, he has a powerful set of pipes. That doesn’t mean I take anything away from the band’s performance. Josh Paul is always entertaining to watch on the bass guitar. Elvio Fernandes provides some impressive backup vocals and he is great on the keyboards. Josh Steely is on lead guitar, Brian Craddock on rhythm guitar and together they make a great team. Brandon Maclin played his part on the drums and even provided us with a short drum solo.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Band of the Month – The Mayfield Four

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In the build-up to the release of Alter Bridge‘s new record, I thought I would pay tribute to Myles Kennedy‘s earlier band The Mayfield Four. I read  a few comments from Alter Bridge fans about how much they love The Mayfield Four, but I never really paid any attention until I saw Myles Kennedy live with the Kings of Chaos. I wanted to know more about this amazing frontman. So I started listening to a few of their songs on Youtube and I discovered the official video for “Sick and Wrong”. After watching the video I knew I had to hear more. I added their albums to my wish list for my birthday. My sister who lives in America managed to get both of the albums for me, at a steep cost I might add. It got shipped to South Africa and I’m actually listening to Second Skin while I’m writing this.

Their music really surprised me. Fallout arrived here first and it has a completely different sound compared to all the other rock bands I listen to. The blues-rock combination is something I like, it adds some soul to the music and the lyrics. The first few songs are quite dark and it sounds like it has been inspired by the grunge rock sound, just with more intelligent lyrics. One of my favourite songs is Suckerpunch, because of the attitude with which the song is delivered and the great name of the song ;). I love Inner city Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) originally sung by Marvin Gaye which the Mayfield Four decided to give a rock makeover. Myles brings his own brand of soul to the song.

The album received critical acclaim with the Seattle paper The Rocket calling it “a modern rock album done with intelligence and grace.” The band took their inspiration from Motown and bands like Police, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Fallout was recorded in late 1997 in Seattle and San Francisco, it was produced by Jerry Harrison and recorded by Karl Derfler. Brendan O’Brien, who has worked with Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine & Soundgarden, mixed Fallout at his own studio in Atlanta. Drummer Zia Uddin stated that the basic approach they took was to be as honest as possible. Myles Kennedy agreed with Zia saying that there is no BS, they laid it all out on the table which was risky and scary , but that was ultimately what they wanted to record. Myles Kennedy was the lyricist and primary songwriter, and he exposed his demons, scars and fears on this album. The songs on the album dig through the emotional rubble of broken relationships, self-doubt, anguish, surrender and redemption. Myles Kennedy was  quoted as saying that he saved a lot in counselling bills writing this album. He learned to sing by listening to Stevie Wonder, Motown and other St. ax artists.

The members of The Mayfield four are all long time musicians and friends from their early school years. They formed as a band in 1996. From their first rehearsal the band knew they had something special, drummer Zia says its more like a brotherhood than anything else. All four members graduated from the same high school and went on to study music at various colleges in the region. It was the band’s demo called Thirty Two Point Five Hours recorded in 30 hours that got the attention of Epic Records.

The Mayfield Four’s debut album was supported by a 15-month long tour with bands like Creed, Big Wreck and Stabbing Westward. The album was praised by critics, but failed to chart and it became the only album to feature Craig Johnson as the rhythm guitarist, who was fired from the band for undisclosed reasons.

Second Skin was released in June of 2001 and the album has a distinctly different sound to that of Fallout. It’s a slightly heavier guitar-driven rock record. The tour went great, but there was a lot behind-the-scenes changes going on both personally and professionally. This was when Craig Johnson left and business partnerships changed. After the tour Myles decided to set up a studio in his basement and Zia and Marty moved in. They spent months in the studio writing and playing music, whilst venting all their frustrations through their music. Second Skin was produced by Peter Collins and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge.

“Sonically, the album combines the feral (“Sick and Wrong,” “Loose Cannon”) with
the grandiose (“Summer Girl,” “Believe”) while exploring themes of lost love
(“Eden”) and liberation (“Lyla”) and the emotional carnage in-between. “I try to
use the songs as a form of catharsis without coming across like a whiner,”
laughs Kennedy. “That’s the great thing about music-it helps you to hash through
some issues.” –  excerpt from The Mayfield Four’s Official Website: http://www.themayfieldfour.net/2ndskin-biov2.html

The performances on the album are astounding, Zia impressed everyone working on the album, because every drum part on the record is from his first or second take. Myles never ceases to amaze with the ability to encompass resonant bottom notes and  powerful sky-high top notes. On tender songs like “Summer Girl” and “Believe” Myles’ upper register glides with ethereal ease lending purity to the melodies of the songs.

My favourite song from Second Skin is Sick and Wrong, because of the brash unapologetic nature of the song.

In 2002 the band went on hiatus and ultimately disbanded.

In an interview with Myles-Kennedy.com( http://myles-kennedy.com/index_files/interview2010part2.htm) Myles was asked about the likelihood of a Mayfield Four reunion. His answer was that he has been given so many wonderful opportunities lately that he really can’t see where he would get the time to fit it in. He said that Second Skin was a very special album to him and he was grateful that he got to make those two records. The records weren’t widely released and Epic Records only printed a few thousand of them. The records are actually more popular now than they were when The Mayfield Four were still together. Myles was quoted as saying that he could never sell his house because Second Skin was recorded there. His favourite Mayfield Four song is White Flag and Sick and Wrong.

Myles performing White Flag at Bofest:

As we are all waiting with bated breath for the new Alter Bridge album Fortress, here is a taste of their first single “Addicted To Pain”:

Rock Regards,

Lauren K