Expendables were anything but during Tahoe show
February 15, 2012
Featuring a unique fusion of musical genres, the Expendables are just as amazing live as it is on its records.
It hit the crowd last week in the MontBleu Theatre with a plethora of songs, old and new, shuffling through genres of reggae, rock, punk, metal and even a little Spanish sound with the track “Donkey Show.” Whether the fans were “into donkeys” or not, the song kicked off the band’s edgier sound.
From the blaring vocals of Geoff Weer and Adam Patterson, to the fast metal drum beats of Patterson, the reggae bass lines of Ryan DeMars, and whaling guitar solos or Raul Bianchi, this band clearly has chemistry. Getting together at children for Little League really transcended into something great.
A highlight of the night was when the Expendables performed “Silver Stallions,” originally by the country super group the Highwaymen. It played the song with its own sound. Although relatively young, the band transcends generations and genres, tapping into so many different styles of music and appealing to such a broad range of fans. It incorporates the punk and metal and rock ‘n’ roll sounds of the 1980s and 1990s, combined with the new school sounds of rock and dub reggae.
It was clear fans were well prepared and got a good laugh when Weer said, “This one’s called ‘Ganja Smuggling’ and goes out to the guy that smuggled that blunt in!”
It then performed one of their biggest hits “Bowl for Two” just in time, as many seemed to be running out of their herbal remedy. The crowd quickly tuned in and became the vocals, as Weer, split them in half. The right half singing “I pack this bowl for you two” and the left, “And I wanna smoke it with you”. Each side sang the lyrics, as the sound resonated through the crowd.
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A hardcore punk style was well reflected, especially from Adam Patterson. His melodic, somewhat raspy, vocals, in songs like “How Many Times” had a similar sound to Mike Ness, lead singer of Social Distortion.
The encore was well worth the wait as Weer came back on stage and gave a phenomenal acoustic performance. He played another new song “about being on the road and being creepy, trying to get laid.” After three acoustic songs, including “Paper Chains,” the rest of the guys came back out and rocked one of their biggest hits, “Sacrifice”.
The Expendables put on an incredible show, even for MontBleu. The typical crowd surfing and mosh pits were nonexistent, but didn’t hinder the excitement. Even without the aggressive energy, the band rocked out some positive vibrations, especially with a new hit “Positive Energy.”
The opening acts built up the mood well. San Diego’s Through the Roots had that typical dub-rock, reggae sound. MTHDS brought a little more energy with clever, quick-tongued lyrics, jam rock style, and hip-hop sound. They even mixed it up a bit with a fun cover of the song “Shake Shake Shake Senora.”