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Concert Review: Incubus at The Joint Inside the Hard Rock

“Drive”. It’s what I lived to listen to 10 years ago as a huge Incubus fan growing up on the south-side of Chicago. The sing-a-long chorus, the pace, the heart-felt lyrics, everything about “Drive” made me run to the record store and purchase Morning View so I can get to know the band that radio made me fall in love with.

Fast forward about 12 years and I’m standing inside The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino awaiting the band to take the stage on Saturday in hopes of not only hearing one of my favorite songs, but almost 20 years of music from the band during Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas. Incubus is on tour supporting If Not Now, When? which is their latest release effort and much of the night’s music featured songs from the album.

Along with the title track, “Isadore” and the lead single – “Adolescents” showed off the alt-band’s musicianship and versatility. Fan favorites like “Wish You Were Here,” “Talk Shows on Mute,” and “A Certain Shade of Green” had the crowd happily singing along while “Anna Molly” and “Sick Sad Little World” allowed great guitar solos and received monstrous applause from the crowd. Mike Einziger’s featured guitar most of the night dominated the greatness of the band’s show. And lead singer, Brandon Boyd not only played guitar on many of the songs, but also the bongos while keeping up with his vocal duties.

Then… The opening guitar riffs of “Drive” were played. And the crowd went crazy! Or maybe I just went crazy and assumed the crowd went crazy with me. Brandon Boyd asks the crowd if they knew the song and his question was met with screaming applause as the music was cut allowing us as fans, to sing the hook. “Whatever to-morrow brings, I’ll be there” rang throughout the place.

Incubus brought it for over two hours. And after 20 years, they don’t seem like they’re going to be ending the party anytime soon. And if two performances over MDW in Vegas isn’t a sign that the fans don’t want the party to stop either, I may be reviewing their show performance 20 years from now as well.

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