Anthony Green is a God.

I said it when I saw Circa Survive back in November (Would You Trade Your Soul?) and I will say it again without hesitation.

Anthony Green is a God.

Anthony’s voice is truly one of a kind. The sound that comes out of his mouth is much higher than you would expect. It’s piercing but not headache inducing. It’s something so different that the second you hear anything Anthony has done, regardless of what band name it’s under, you know exactly who that voice is coming from. The fact that he can stand out that much in a scene that is so over saturated with bands and people amazes me. He truly has something unique. It’s not just his voice though, it’s his look, his lyrics, his music. Everything about Anthony seems to be next to perfect and, regardless of what band of his I see, I always leave the show stunned and exhausted.

Before Saosin even played a song last night, Anthony jumped from the stage to the barrier that separated the crowd from the stage. He was quickly engulfed in a sea of hands just trying to touch the legend. There he was, Anthony Green, within armslength of me and totally attainable. His bright blue eyes scanned the crowd and he welcomed the various hands all over his face and torso. I’ve seen musicians get super annoyed when they walk up to a crowd and get random hands all over them. I’m sure it has to get old if you do it night after night but Anthony seemed to embrace it. He spent majority of the set in this same spot, right next to the crowd, like he was one of us.

The fact that Anthony spent majority of his time on the floor with us and the fact that he didn’t care that he was getting covered in our sweat humanized him in a way that most musicians are afraid to do. There were times where I truly forgot who I was watching. It felt like I was watching a local show, not like I was watching Saosin. I think last night was the first time I really felt connected to this band and to Anthony. His actions are why. That’s not to say that I didn’t feel connected to the music before last night. But last night made that connection even stronger because, like I said, Anthony, the God himself, was one of us.

Saosin seemed to focus on their new music with a couple of old ones thrown into the mix. I really didn’t care. All I cared about was the feeling that was going through my body. I felt the shoving and pushing from the crowd around me. I felt the sweat dripping down my back. I felt it all and I loved every second of it. I didn’t know the words. I didn’t even pretend to know them, but that didn’t stop me from completely losing myself. I felt more connected to Saosin’s last night than I have felt towards sets from bands that I have obsessed over for years.

It’s crazy how that happens. How you can go see a band that you barely know but, because of their live show, you walk out with a connection that is so deep it’s remarkable. And vice versa, when you go to a show of a band you have worshipped for years and end up leaving and feeling nothing. I could feel all of the stresses of everyday life and the move melt as my eyes met Anthony’s. There was a certain sense of comfort that I found when my eyes would connect with those big blue eyes and that’s something I will never be able to put into words.

I had a million things to do last night because of this move but I put everything on hold. I had to. I had a feeling missing this show would be a mistake and I was right.

I was able to see Saosin, a legendary band from my teenage years, in an intimate venue. I was within armslength of my celebrity crush (don’t act like you couldn’t tell I am completely in love with this guy), Anthony Green, and I felt the relief that I needed during this stressful time in my life.

Anthony Green is a God.

There, I said it again and I’m not taking it back.

Line Up:

The Retakes

Saosin

 

Venue: Skyway Theater- Studio B

Sausage Fest Meter- 22 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 27

Crowd Surfers- 2

Stage Divers- None

Moshability- High

Best Quote of the Night- “You live life, you piss blood, then you die.” -Anthony Green in reference to the beet stains on his pants

Broken Bones- None

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None

Celebrity Sightings- None

Overall Score- 9 out of 10

Show on Deck- Ben Nichols’ solo show (Frontman of Lucero!!!!)

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