The much awaited performance by Emad Alaeddin and his band Avowed, made up of Nick LeRoux, Jesse DeSanto and Erik Kreft finally came around last friday at the Jara Theatre. In short, it was a great show. But this isn’t one of those short posts, it’s going to be a detailed one.
As usual, Jordanian music organization, whether at Souk JARA or anywhere else, is a complete mess (no offense to sound-men all over Jordan), but it’s true. I don’t want to get into any details but if you’ve been telling people for the past 9 weeks that the shows start at 7:00 p.m., then by God please start at least one show at 7:00 p.m.
Moving on, let’s talk about the attendance. It’s always nice to have a huge bunch of people that attend a show, but this time around it was the WRONG audience. Okay, let’s get one thing straight, it’s usually the wrong audience, but la itdagego. Anyway, so here I was, standing with one of my friends, waiting for two (fellow bloggers who I’m going to murder!) and everyone was there dressed in their favorite Iron Maiden tee, flashing piercings and tramp stamps. A bunch of head bangers who had no idea what Avowed were going to offer them that night, definitely not Megadeth covers, idiots >_> !
The opening band, Reef, who are supposed to be a good band, didn’t put on what I would call an entertaining show. They’re used to covering Radiohead songs, but what they put on was far from that. I was disappointed because I honestly have heard good stuff about them, but that’s not what they showed me. After a constant struggle to get the bass adjusted, the vocals raised and the keyboard to sound at all, they were soon off the stage. Tab3an all through the Reef performance, I could hear head bangers boo-ing, swearing, flipping off the band and what not, which was totally unprofessional. Most people don’t know how hard our local bands get it. Each and everyone of us should support them to the max, and that’s what I do! I can’t wait for Reef to give us an amazing show very soon :D.
Then it was time for the big bang, AVOWED ! The show started off with insane flares that lit up the whole stage, and they were finally about to start. The crowd went WILD ! It was one of the best shows I’ve been to in Jordan, honestly. Avowed started off strong, with Emad introducing us to his band members (who are awesome guys btw). They sang most of the songs off of their debut album “Avowed” sponsored by Kulacom (I made sure I’d include that Emad :P). The whole night through, the music was loud, passionate and just got the crowd hyped up. What I really liked about the band, as opposed to others, was the fact that the whole time I was watching, I felt the chemistry between the band members. It was an awesome thing to see, and it really made their performance a hell lot more electric!
Tab3an Emad rocked out on his 12-string with Arabic Girl, which was fantastic. Jesse, the guitarist, also gave us a taste of his own stuff as he rocked out and sang on his own. What you guys missed was his blue electric belt buckle that he rocked post-performance, haha! The band also rocked out amazing covers for Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, Alice in Chains and George Michael! The amazing thing was that they sang my 2 favorite songs. Black for Pearl Jam & Soul meets body for Death Cab. I’m telling you guys, Avowed’s performance was amazing !
A real nice twist, thank to Kulacom I guess :P, was the Avowed t-shirts that the band tossed into the crowd. It added a real nice touch and made it feel all the more concert than performance. Being a Palestinian and loving my country very much, I was dazzled by Emad’s performance of his song Never Fall. The intro was fascinating, as Emad started with this :
I frickin’ love you Emad !
Now to the good part :D. I got a t-shirt, a signed album from the whole band, I got to meet 4 amazing guys and snap a photo with them. Meeting them was seriously an amazing experience, they really rocked my world that Friday. It was a Friday I will never forget.