REVIEW BY DAVID TAYLOR AND PHOTOS BY ROBERT A CHADWICK | Go Venue Magazine
The Orpheum in Omaha, Nebraska was the place to be on Saturday, October 19, 2019 as Incubus was in town to play their landmark album, Make Yourself, front to back in honor of the album’s twentieth anniversary. The Orpheum was packed to the rafters on this fall night for a night of nostalgic tunes.
Direct-support for Incubus came from Elise Trouw. If you do not know she is, I highly encourage for you to look up her YouTube videos. She takes the term “one-man band” to an another level. On stage, her many instruments include a drum kit, guitar, bass, drum pad, and keyboard. She would perform an instrument and would loop it, as if there was a band onstage. And her voice was so smooth and fresh for all to hear. Who would have thought someone that young would be well-skilled with a loop machine, let alone a multi-instrumentalist? That takes some serious skill! Being impressed with her performance is quite an understatement. I really hope she comeback in the near future, as she has a live show like no other!
Finally, it was Incubus’s turn to hit the stage. Right before they started to play, they showed a mini-documentary chronicling the making of Make Yourself and their tour supporting it. It was cool seeing them talk about how they made the album, as well as their Ozzfest 2000 stories. And then right after the mini-documentary ended, they kicked in right into playing the entire Make Yourself album, starting with “Privilege” and ending with”Out from Under”. The album included hit singles and major sing alongs “Stellar”, “Drive”, and “Pardon Me”. I was impressed by how much the band still sounded like the record, especially Brandon Boyd’s vocals still sounding fresh as ever. I also loved the production they brought, a plethora of video boards showing bright colors and the band itself. After there Make Yourself, they played some other songs like “Megalomaniac” and “Vitamin”. They ended the concert with an encore, playing their hit song, “Wish You Were Here”. What an amazing night of celebrating Incubus’s Make Yourself, a landmark album for early 2000s alternative rock. I hope it doesn’t take them seven years to come back to the metro area.All images © Robert Chadwick Photography
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