I saw Chevelle perform a few months back when they opened up for Staind. They put on a great show so I was looking forward to see them as the headliners. In support of their sixth album, Hats Off to the Bull, the guys from Chevelle performed to a sold out crowd at Hard Rock's newest venue, Vinyl, on Friday, October 5. It was an intimate setting. Nothing too flashy; just three guys, their instruments, and a passion for their craft. Fans that have never been to Vinyl were in for a real surprise. There is not one bad spot -- anywhere! Close enough to be a part of their world for an hour and 45 minutes. That, to me, just makes the concert experience so much better.
The band opened up with "Sleep Apnea" from 2009's Sci-Fi Crimes. What followed was an energetic and in-your-face kind of show. They played their hits sprinkled with a few songs from Hats off the Bull. My absolute favorite was “Envy” from said album. It's a hauntingly gorgeous song. The kind you listen to while alone with your own thoughts (a kid I went to high school with would call that a “dark place,” but that's another story). Pete's voice throughout the show was great. He has a unique sound; effortlessly strong yet melodic. Dean and Sam were ferocious on their instruments who committed to their performance. At one point, it looked like Dean had some trouble with his bass, so he put it to the side and continued to sing his part to which the crowd applauded and cheered. In between songs, Pete and Dean talked to the audience and cracked a few jokes. During songs, they went up to a few fans, interacted with them and even handed a guitar pick to a young female. By the look of her face, her entire year was made. They closed the night with the song about Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, “Face to the Floor,” singing from the point of view of those who “got taken by [it].” Yeah, the guys made sure you knew those people were pissed off.
According to the band's Facebook page, the guys are “planning a couple of back to back shows at Vinyl…” That's good news to fans that want to see them again, even better news to those who couldn't get tickets. Plus, it looks like tickets to go see a show at Vinyl is on the less expensive side. Keep your eyes peeled on tour dates, I definitely will.