Concert Review: Lit lights up Summit Music Hall with a great mix of new and old songs
Posted on October 7, 2012
by Tom Walsh
No matter how you slice it Lit was, is, and probably always will be a party band. Their 1999 release “A Place In The Sun” spawned a number one hit called “My Own Worst Enemy” and that song, more than any other seemed to cement everyone’s opinion that the guys in Lit didn’t just sing songs about partying, they were the party. Lit passed through Denver last Monday and played the Summit Music Hall along with Charm City Devils and Buckcherry, and after seeing them live I can definitely testify to the fact that they are absolutely, without a doubt, a party band.
Through the years it seems that A. Jay, Jeremy and Kevin have neither slowed down nor aged. They look almost the same as they did in the “My Own Worst Enemy” video and they jumped around on stage like a bunch of spry teenagers. Together with new drummer Nathan Walker they put on an exceptional
show fueled by the excitedness of the crowd, and perhaps just a touch of alcohol.
For a Monday night there was a fairly respectable crowd at the Summit Music Hall and everybody knows that half assed, lackadaisical fans don’t show up to concerts on Monday nights. True fans though will show up whenever, wherever their favorite bands are playing and you don’t have to be genius to figure out that Lit obviously had a lot of fans at this show.
Nathan (Nate) was first on stage and he strolled to the drum set neither looking like he was in a hurry nor like he was anybody important. A few people noticed him but my guess was at first they thought he was a tech. It wasn’t until he sat down at the drums people started cheering, realizing that Lit was about to take the stage and the fun was about to begin. I don’t remember the exact order of the songs because I kind of got caught up in everything, but I believe Jeremy, Kevin and Nate started in on the music to “You Tonight” and then A. Jay hit the stage.
No one in this band stays very still, or in one place for very long and A. Jay is probably the biggest offender. From the get go he was all over the place, taking breaks only long enough to take a swig of wine or Jägermeister before he was off again. It was apparent he was having problems with his ear monitor but he took it all in stride joking about it and even going so far as to introduce the tech that was trying to help him out. With or without the monitor A. Jay nailed “Four” and “C’mon” running from one side of the stage to the other, half hanging on and half pushing the huge speakers that hang down from the ceiling but still finding time to take a drink now and then.
While A. Jay was running around Jeremy and Kevin were playing to the crowd as well, tossing picks out and generally making all the fans feel a part of the show by pointing at them or going to the far corners of the stage and playing to the handfuls of people that got stuck where you couldn’t really see much of the stage. At one point Jeremy and Kevin switched sides, each going to the others side like they thought maybe people were growing tired of the view. And the whole time Nate kept the whole show flowing with his almost impeccable timing, slamming out beat after beat while Jeremy ripped on the guitar and Kevin bashed away on the bass.
Lit definitely didn’t need to worry about the crowd growing tired of anything, much less the view, because for almost every song the crowd went ape-shit. They clapped and cheered for everything these guys did. At one point A. Jay dropped the mic with a loud resounding thump, picked it up and exclaimed, “I’m fucking breaking everything tonight”, to which the crowd erupted in another round of applause.
Through the first half of the set I’m sure they only played two songs off the new album “The View From The Bottom” but then later in the set they ripped out “The Broken”. If you have heard this song you know it’s a little harder and a little more rockin’ than some of their older stuff and the crowd ate it up. All three songs that they played from “The View From The Bottom” went very well and I even heard some of the crowd singing along to the newer stuff. But it was their older stuff that really got the crowd going.
Drinks were flowing both on stage and in the audience and people were having a good time. When Lit played songs the crowd knew like “Zip Lock” people would sing along but when they knocked out “Miserable” the crowd basically sang the song. After many more drinks and short comedic breaks,
thanks to A. Jay, Lit finished up their set with…..yep, you guessed it, “My Own Worst Enemy”. The opening notes rang out from Jeremy’s guitar and again the crowd went nuts. At the same time A. Jay opened his mouth to start singing the whole crowd joined in at the top of their lungs singing, “It’s no surprise to me I am my own worst enemy” and it didn’t stop there. Most of the crowd sang each and every word of this song and when it was done and over they cheered incessantly for Lit and the killer set they had just laid down.
You can’t help but have fun and feel the excitement of a Lit show because that is what these guys are about…..They play lighthearted yet driving rock n roll that puts a smile on your face. It’s music to party to, to dance to, sing to, cheer to….you get the picture. If you own any of the Lit albums but have never seen them live I urge you to do so. Yeah, their albums are great but Lit is more than just a recording band, they are also a great, entertaining live band.
You know the saying, “Every coin has two sides”? On one side of the Lit coin you have their albums, and by all means listen to them, they’re awesome. But flip that coin once in a while so you get the full Lit package…..I promise…..you won’t be disappointed.
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Jeremy Popoff of Lit. Photo by Paul Edmisson
Lit on stage at Summit Music Hall in Denver, CO. Photo by Paul Edmisson