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posted Friday, January 14, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 02
Guster wonderful at the Moore
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Guster wonderful at the Moore

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Guster
January 18
Moore Theatre


Despite the fact that Guster has never really caught a mainstream break, their fans remain incredibly loyal - about 1,500 of them crammed inside the Moore Theatre on Tuesday night to see and hear this Boston-based act play music from its 15-year recording span. Clocking in at around 90 minutes, the trio's set was blissful from beginning to end, and even saved room for boys-will-be-boys squirreliness.

Guster opened its performance with 'Manifest Destiny' from 2006's Ganging Up on the Sun album, a song that didn't even make it into their Salt Lake City show just a few days prior and thus guaranteeing Seattle followers a different set altogether.

'Good evening, Washington!' yelled lead singer-guitarist Ryan Miller, and then the group - aided by touring bassist Luke Reynolds (filling in for Joe Pisapia) and another musician - dove right into an illuminating rendition of 'This Could All Be Yours' from last year's release Easy Wonderful, featuring original members Brian Rosenworcel on kettle drums and Adam Gardner playing a mean slide guitar.

The melancholy 'Airport Song' got a big finish with shrieking guitars and dramatic keyboards, sounding so amazing inside the historic, intimate theater that a guy immediately shouted afterward, 'That was awesome!' Bathed in sky blue lighting, 'Satellite' was quite mesmerizing and spurred many concertgoers to sing and sway along, while 'The Beginning of the End' screamed with intensity.

At one point during the show, Miller asked a young man from the crowd to come onstage and draw a mural with chalk onto the backside of the keyboards, giving him specific instructions to finish the sketch by the finale of the next song and to include the Space Needle, Tony the Tiger, and a shark with laser eyes. He was done with about a minute to spare. Guster also included a much-loved favorite, 'Do You Love Me,' in Tuesday's appearance.

I wasn't particularly fond of a new tune introduced to everyone, though it was fun to see Miller donning a glittery silver shawl, a la Stevie Nicks, and then wrapping it around his neck during what Guster refers to as a 'disco outro' - on this night, the band would give a rare three consecutive disco outros. 'Happier' and a wacky mixup of 'Hang On' with a cover of Billy Joel's 'My Life' were played back-to-back - and I hope the Joel number was intended to be cheesy, because it wasn't pretty.

A charming version of 'Homecoming King,' complete with a 'Chariots of Fire' sample, brought the concert to an unofficial close - Guster waved goodnight to everybody and walked away for a second, instantly returning for an encore that included an unplugged run-through of 'Stay With Me Jesus' and Miller humorously shouting 'We can make a disco outro any time we want to, with Tony the Tiger and a shark with laser eyes!'

As much as I'd love for Guster to reach pop stardom, and someday they just might, I'm happy to have them all to myself in a small theater like the Moore while the rest of the world continues to pass them by.

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