This was my first time seeing One Republic live, I’ve heard all their songs, got all the albums, but still hadn’t had a chance to see them perform. They were amazing to say the least.
One Republic is a pop rock band that comes from Colorado Springs. They’re composed of Ryan Tedder (lead singer), Zach Filkins (guitar) , Drew Brown, Eddie Fisher and Brent Kutzie all of which make up one awesome live performance. They have two sets of drums on stage alongside a piano, cello, and a couple guitars, so there range of sounds and music can go along way when played live.
I remember hearing them when they released their first single “Apologize” it was a catchy song that got remixed by Timberland, and was all over the air waves in it’s first week of being released.
One Republic took the stage at the Peabody Opera house around 9:30pm and put on an explosive two hour set. They opened their set behind a curtain playing “Light it up” from there current CD “Native” . It was really cool as you could see them playing, and it created a mysterious affect, made them look larger then life.
One Republic has three albums out, so a variety of songs were played from those three albums, there was several acoustic songs, and several stories. One story that stood out, was Ryan talking about the time him and Zach were in London trying to finish their second album and they still needed one song. Ryan said, “he is a huge Tim Burton fan, and loved the music in the Tim Burton movies, that Danny Elfman created” then continued, “wanted something on their album to do with Tim Burton, so he’s like you know all the songs that Danny Elfman creates always have some sort of kids singing in the background, so he said if we can’t get Danny Elfman to help us, can we have the “creepy ass kids” from the Tim Burton movies?”. So that is where the choir kids singing before “All the rights Moves” comes in, according to Ryan,they are the “creepy ass kids from Tim Burton’s movies”. It was a great, hilarious little story. Felt like something out of “Storytellers” from VH1. Made for an interesting part in the show.
The set list is listed below, I’m not sure if all of it’s correct or not, but from what I remember, this was the set list.
- Light it up
- Don’t Look Down
- All the Right Moves
- What you Wanted
- Stop and Stare
- Counting Stars
- Come Home
- I’ve Got a Women (Ray Charles Cover)
- Gold Digger (Kayne West Cover)
- Marchin On
- Good Life
- Feel Again
- Life in Color
- If I lose myself
Overall it was a magical night, and I’m thinking I might have to see these guys perform again, they truly were amazing live. Ryan’s voice is spectacular, and he can sing high, low, you name it he can sing it. I loved the whole cello aspect in there songs, and they even had a Spanish guitar solo, that was pretty cool as well.
There was two opening acts for One Republic, one was a singer/songwriter from Canada, named Serena Ryder and she was pretty good, had her guitar and a drummer. They also had Mayer Hawthrone he was more of a soul singer from recently bankrupt Detroit that had a full band, but couldn’t get the crowd into it. I didn’t care to much for him nor did the crowd, but he did do a good job during his set.
The Peabody Opera house is located downtown St. Louis, about a block away from Union Station, and just attached to the Scottrade Center, so it’s centrally located and has a beautiful setting for concerts. Great acoustics, high ceilings (that even include a bear that reflects on the ceiling), it’s a very good concert hall. It was my first time going to the Peabody Opera house and I’m sure it won’t be my last, it was odd going to a show with seats, even the small pit had seats, but we all stood during One Republic.
Overall great concert, One Republic does not disappoint they put on a spectacular show, with lights and screens, and just sounded amazing. If they come back near my area again, I think I might do the VIP, it helps that they are a good looking bunch of guys who can play music with the best of them.