May 14, 2005

Lifehouse Beams Through Chicago With “You and Me”

By Randy J. Klodz

Lifehouse stood as one of Top 40 radio’s biggest acts when the trio caught the ears of millions of fans worldwide with the smash hit “Hanging By a Moment,” which was the most played song in 2001. And now two albums later, now touring behind its self-titled third album, the Lifehouse train keeps chugging along. The latest Lifehouse tour brought the band through Chicago’s Vic Theatre for a sold-out May 14 performance that even actor Kiefer Sutherland couldn’t miss. The star of FOX’s “24” was spotted as he sat in the stage left VIP balcony area enjoying every second of Lifehouse’s 90-minute set.

Lifehouse--which includes Jason Wade (vocals, guitar), Bryce Soderberg (bass), and Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. (drums)--kept things simple, and the packed Vic Theatre crowd loved every second of it, even if Wade’s vocals and words sometimes came out a bit mumbled.

While mixing in tracks from the new self-titled album, which hit stores on March 22, including “Come Back Down,” “Days Go Bye,” “We’ll Never Know,” and the new hit, acoustic single “You And Me,” Lifehouse made sure to mix in its share of radio singles.

Paying homage to the band’s longtime fans, Lifehouse also busted out their three radio hits, which included “Hanging By a Moment,” “Spin”, and “Take Me Away,” with all three tracks loudly appreciated by the sold-out crowd.

Lifehouse also performed other fan-favorite tracks like “Breathing,” “Storm,” and several others, with a majority of the young crowd singing along.

Chicago-area Lifehouse fans are treated to a second dose of Lifehouse as the band will return for a June 13 show at House of Blues. House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn Ave. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $23.50 each with showtime slated for 6:30 p.m. For more information on Lifehouse log on to www.lifehousemusic.com.

Lifehouse Photo: Clinch