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Being an avid concert goer and a lover of live music, I definitely have a bucket list of artists I would like to catch before the band or artists break up or go on 'indefinite hiatus'. With that said, I've always wanted to catch My Morning Jacket, as I have heard they are one of the remaining great, live bands out there today. From legendary sets at Bonnaroo and festivals worldwide to hours long sets at amphitheaters and arenas, My Morning Jacket has set the bar extremely high for rock bands. So when Jim James and the boys descended upon Grand Prairie's Verizon Theatre, the last DFW venue the band played nearly four years earlier, I knew I finally had my chance to catch one of the best live bands out there.
While My Morning Jacket is classified as a 'rock' band, their sound is as diverse as any band out there. From the opening chords of "Circuital", a song that builds until it explodes with a plethora of guitars and descends into the same soft sound it began, Jim James and crew explored every sound in their extensive arsenal, performing 18 songs for the better of two hours within the Verizon walls. Pulling the most material from their latest release, The Waterfall, the band was in outstanding form, sounding even more powerful than their studio tracks. Even though the set was heavy on newer material, the band reached back to perform two songs from their 1999 release, The Tennessee Fire, and fan favorites "Off the Record", "Wordless Chorus", and the emotionally awesome "Dandante". To end the set, My Morning Jacket pulled out its biggest gun in "One Big Holiday" to finish off the Verizon crowd. To say they are a great live band is almost an understatement. They are a phenomenal live band.
On a personal note, I was pretty bummed that the photo pit was not available to photographers for this show. As a band on my bucket list, it would have been awesome to shoot them from up close, not from the 100-level of Verizon. So, no photos from the show are below.
My Morning Jacket @ Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 12:00:00 PM Rating: