Photography: Lydia at The City National Grove (Anaheim, CA)

The Maine (Tempe, AZ), Lydia (Gilbert, AZ), Arkells (Hamilton, Ontario)
June 7th, 2012
The City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA

Gallery: Lydia
Gallery: The Maine

The Grove is a venue that starts shows on time –a lesson I learned the hard way. The time listed on the ticket is Show time not Door time.  That being the case I walked into the venue as Arkells was playing their last song.  From what I caught they looked like they killed their set.  I’m going to have to catch them when they’re back in town. Lydia is one of those bands I am totally emotionally invested in.  I had been wanting to see Lydia again since I saw them as support for a Copeland tour back in 2008.  I remember that particular tour was Copeland, Lydia, Lovedrug, and Lights and of all the support acts Lydia stood out to me the most. I got my hands on all their music and basically fell in love with it throughout the years.  There was news of a breakup in 2010 and I among others was devastated.  Luckily the breakup didn’t last very long and a new and improved Lydia is out and about. Their performance at the Grove was incredible to say the least.  The band walked out barefoot as they did back in 2008 and had quite a few fans in the crowd.  Leighton played a beautiful version of “All I See” and had the majority of the crowd singing with him, my favorite part of their set -hands down. I’m so glad Lydia are still around and I truly hope they tour and make music forever. By the time the Maine hit the stage the crowd was already super pumped but as soon as the air cannons went off I think everyone knew The Maine was going to kill it. The boys in The Maine put on a hell of a performance for the Anaheim crowd.  Lastly, the dudes from Lydia and Arkells came out to sing “With A Little Help From My Friends” which included clapping, dancing, and all around so much fun.  The last show of the Pioneer World Tour with Lydia is tonight in Tempe, Arizona, do not miss it.

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