Photos + Review: Thrice at the House of Blues (Anaheim, CA)

Thrice (Orange, CA) and Manchester Orchestra (Atlanta, GA)
March 7th, 2017
House of Blues in Anaheim, CA

Tuesday night brought Thrice fans from all over to the brand new House of Blues in Anaheim.  They ditched their prime real estate in Downtown Disney for a new modern space that is on Disney Way but SO much better.  If checking out their new digs wasn’t enough to bring you out on a Tuesday night, add that Manchester Orchestra was playing as well.  YUP.  You already know you messed up if you slept on this one.

Manchester Orchestra started the night off gloriously with “Pride.”  It had been quite some time since Manchester Orchestra had been on the West Coast and fans were stoked to see them.  Plenty of singing along, fists in the air, movement in the crowd, and you can’t forget the banter.  From the crowd and frontman Andy Hull, one of the absolute best in the business.  Literal show within a show.  Musically the band was solid.  Playing favorites like “Shake it Out,” “Tony the Tiger,” and “Where Have You Been?” with a literal nod to Kevin Devine the band had the crowd in the palms of their hands.  The perfect set up to the clinic of a show that Thrice had in store for us.

As soon as the lights went off for Thrice the crowd was in a frenzy.  The band began their set with “As the Crow Flies” and went into “Firebreather” and I swear they breathed fire on us all.  The entire floor was in motion and the band was a blur across the stage as they played song after song weaving through fan favorites in their expansive catalog.  Though frontman Dustin Kensrue was fighting off some sort of cold, he sounded great.  The crowd was able to pick up the few times he couldn’t which made for a super active show.  The band brought their A-game as Ed Breckenridge slayed on bass, Teppei Teranishi was stellar as always on guitar, and Riley Breckenridge brings it always.  Definite high points of the show were “Silhouette” -you can always count on me to lose me shit at this point in the show, “The Artist in the Ambulance” because come on man, and though it’s cliche everyone loses their minds to “Deadbolt.”  They closed the show with it and it was incredible.  You can always count on Thrice to deliver and boy did they.  They were as solid as always and though I’ve seen them more times than I can remember their shows never get old.  If there is even a whiff of a Thrice show you’ll know where to find me.  Make sure you catch them this summer on tour with Deftones and Rise Against, and you should be too.  Tour dates are here. PARTY.

Manchester Orchestra’s Setlist:

Pride
Top Notch
Shake it Out
Pale Black Eye
Pensacola
Tony the Tiger
I’ve Got Friends
I Can Barely Breathe
Simple Math
Everything to Nothing
Cope
Where Have You Been?

Thrice’s Setlist:

As the Crow Flies
Firebreather
Death From Above
Stare at the Sun
Silhouette
Red Sky
Of Dust and Nations
Black Honey
Circles
Blur
Hurricane
The Artist in the Ambulance
The Long Defeat
The Window
Burn the Fleet
Yellow Belly
The Earth Will Shake
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Beggars
Deadbolt

Thoughts?