Riviera Theatre, Chicago
By Randy J. Klodz, Features Editor
Is trouble brewing in the good ‘ol city of Gotham or is Vertical Horizon
about to take the stage? A spot light wavered across the Riviera Theatre with
a “vh” logo affixed to it while the theme to the popular Batman movies blared
in the background, just before Vertical Horizon took center stage.
As a full-fledged card carrying member of the “Bald-As-Billy-Corgan-Fan-Club,”
lead vocalist and guitarist Matt Scannell pledged “We’re so lucky to do what
we do,” in between crooning through recent hits “You’re a God” and “Everything
You Want”and hits from early albums “There & Back Again” and “Running
Fully extended guitar and bass solo’s (twice surpassing 5 minutes each)
during ballads such as their most recent radio single “Best I Ever Had (Grey
Sky Morning)” made for more than just a campfire-chanting wussfest. Vertical
Horizon have truly demonstrated that they have weathered the hard road of
years of touring.
“They charge you $70 a ticket to see them,” Matt said “and, we didn’t
write this song but we wish we did” as Vertical Horizon took the stage for
the curtain call. Matt was referring to the monumental Irish band U2 and plunged
right into U2's hit “Beautiful Day.” It seems very apparent that Vertical
Horizon knows how to make their fans happy.
Vertical Horizon has scored a spot on this summer’s Barenaked Ladies
tour. The BNL tour hits Tinley Park and Milwaukee in late August, but Vertical
Horizon will not appear at either date. For more info on the band check out
and see if they can turn your horizons upside down.
of Vertical Horizon
||Photo: Randy J.