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Snow Patrol marvelous in short set

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Snow Patrol
June 21
GM Place (Vancouver BC)


On stage for a mere 45 minutes, Snow Patrol left an indelible print when they opened for Coldplay last weekend in Vancouver BC to a near-filled arena. Capable of packing medium-sized theaters around the world on their own, the Grammy-nominated band were greeted with a strong welcome from scattered fans early in the night.

Snow Patrol began their performance with "Take Back the City," the leadoff single from last year's A Hundred Million Suns album. Surprisingly, the sound inside this hockey stadium was fine - not exceptional, but not crappy, either. The vocals were clear, guitars crisp, and the keyboards perked at appropriate times, such as on a fiery rendition of "Open Your Eyes" towards the end of the set.

"Chocolate," a song from the quintet's debut CD Final Straw, stayed close to its original version, yet hearing so many fans around the arena singing along to it gave it a refreshing lift. "Run" was amazing, as lead singer Gary Lightbody started the second verse acappella, paused and smiled, then allowed the guitars to layer over the vocals, and on this night his vocals were impeccable. Snow Patrol looked a little fatigued, but I could tell - and was very happy to see - that it didn't affect their overall performance; they really sounded great.

The group's best number was "Chasing Cars," and in the middle of it Lightbody invited the audience to stand up in preparation for Coldplay. "We're supposed to warm up the crowd, that's our job", he said, as people leapt to their feet and helped Snow Patrol close out the tune by chiming the chorus. Personally, I've never been too fond of this track from the Eyes Open release, and this marked the first time I'd ever given it a chance to grow on me - maybe I judged it too harshly in the past because it was undeniably wonderful in this setting.

"You're All I Have" was the final song played, and it found Lightbody sneaking behind a wide-smiled Wilson to share his microphone - after so many shows together, it was nice to see the guys still having fun. There was no encore, no memorable farewell, just a quick thank-you and waves to everyone as Snow Patrol ran immediately backstage.

Many fans wonder why a group like Snow Patrol, with an impressive catalog and the gift to write solid, catchy songs, hasn't risen to the level of U2 or Coldplay. After covering their music since 2004 and seeing them in concert nine times, what they need is to reinvent themselves, complete with an image makeover - from head to toe, Lightbody, Wilson, Nate Connolly and Tom Simpson look almost identical to the previous time I'd seen them in 2007, and I was hoping for a change of scenery in Vancouver. Snow Patrol needs to rid themselves of the jeans and T-shirts here and there - they're all healthy, attractive men and could certainly spiff things up with a pair of dress pants or a suit jacket once in a while - nothing fancy, but they could take notes from Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, and Coldplay on how to further impress the music world with a fashionable step forward.

The only mystery on Sunday night is what happened to drummer Jonny Quinn, who was either bloated or replaced by a huskier percussionist - I'm still trying to figure this one out, but I'm puzzled, to say the least.

If, by chance, you missed Snow Patrol last weekend in Vancouver, know that they've just announced a headlining performance at Seattle's Paramount Theatre on October 14.

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