Rethinking Zero 7
I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to buy a Zero 7 album again. Sunday night's performance utterly blew me away. Yes, it was still Zero 7, but this was something else. This was them as giants. This was a Zero 7 I did not expect and frankly, I like this version of them much better.
I had a similar experience after seeing Aqualung at the Fonda last year. The nice English band that snuck itself onto the iTunes Soccer Mom Chillout Essentials Mix literally rocked out, rocked hard and became a different beast on stage.
One new Hollywood Bowl rule should be that all bands must now request in their rider, a bar on stage, complete with microphone for singing while drinking. Sia Furler accomplished this well with Zero 7. And who knew Sia was a wild flower child who would dance non stop (except while sipping her drink)? And who knew this "downtempo band" had such an energetic stage presence?