Listen to the Album Angel In A Haunted House by Will Keizer!
Listen to the Album Angel In A Haunted House by Will Keizer!

JFH Concert Review


The Green T Tour, Photo by John DiBiase

 

The Green T Tour
Hawk Nelson, Run Kid Run, Capital Lights

4/6/08, at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA

I'll never forget the first time I saw Hawk Nelson live. Of course, it was almost four years and two drummers ago, but the young pop/punk band packed a church sanctuary one night, and the next night opened for a John Reuben set in a small gymnasium. The four guys were pretty much just getting started, but their show was a fun one. It's certainly a surreal experience to see them a few years later headlining a sell-out tour, complete with full production and lighting.

But The Green T Tour is the first big Hawk Nelson headlining tour of 2008, and the first since the release of their third record, Hawk Nelson Is My Friend. Out on the road with them for this string of dates are labelmates Run Kid Run and newcomers Capital Lights -- all fitting comfortably along with Hawk Nelson's signature brand of pop/punk rock.

Thanks to a nondescript address for the church that was listed on a concert informational site I won't name (*wink*), we got lost trying to find the Calvary Church in Souderton, and arrived shortly after Capital Lights had begun their set. Although we missed most of it, the group displayed a lot of energy as they performed their songs from their upcoming debut album. With the fanbase for the artists on tour being predominantly young teens, the band smartly tossed in a Hannah Montana cover song, which - surprisingly to me - garnered immense applause from the sold-out audience. These guys definitely knew who they were playing to - and how to leave a lasting impression on them.

BEC Recordings pop/punk band Run Kid Run followed. After just having seen Superchick's Cross The Line Tour the night before which consisted of five live acts, three bands seemed rather short. However, this alotted for more time for each band, including the headliner, and RKR proceeded to perform an eight-song setlist. Opening with "We've Only Just Begun" from their debut This Is Who We Are, Run Kid Run performed with confidence, grabbing the attention of a lot of the audience, many of which probably weren't familiar with their music. But even when they debuted cuts from their upcoming album Love At The Core, there just wasn't much diversity in their sound to separate a lot of the songs from each other. While some of the songs were more memorable than others, the band just didn't have much of a stage presence - something that would be reinforced by watching Hawk's headlining spot. Probably the most infectious thing about Hawk Nelson is their personalities and how those personalities come out in their performances. But Run Kid Run is still a fine warm up act, and they continued their set with "Rescue Me," "Move On," "Sing To Me," "Captives Come Home," "Wake Up, Get Up," and "One In A Million." As they closed with "The Call Out," a few members from Capital Lights joined the guys for vocals, with one of them filming the band and audience by waving a camcorder around. It brought a nice rousing finish to RKR's set.

When the band cleared the stage, Hawk Nelson bassist Daniel Biro emerged to share with the audience about Compassion International and his trip in early '08 to Haiti to visit his sponsor child. Several video screens were stationed behind the bands as they played, and they were used this time for displaying a Compassion video of Biro's Haiti trip. It was a nice way to tie in the message of sponsorship.

After a brief intermission, the lights dimmed once again for the final act. To kick off their set, Hawk Nelson opened with the first track on their new record, "You Have What I Need," a rocking anthem that makes for a great show starter. While the screens behind the band were merely used for ads during the opening sets and intermissions, for Hawk's set it was utilized to display music videos or swirling shapes and lights. Hawk Nelson has truly transitioned to headliner status and it was nice to see that. The first single from their new album, "Friend Like That" followed, along with "The Show" from their sophomore album. At this point, the band dedicated the next song to fellow children of the 80's (which didn't make up too much of their audience, but we were happy to be included), and performed a solid cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Hawk has often included a cover or two into their set - from opening with Audio Adrenaline's "Clap Your Hands" last year to The Cars' "Just What I Needed" or Oasis' "Don't Look Back In Anger," and this particular choice seemed to suit the band - and audience - quite well. "Hello" was next, and Hawk frontman Jason Dunn pulled a select few of HN fans to join him on stage for kazoo accompaniment in the song. And after their moment in the spotlight, Dunn kicked them off stage for the band to perform a few "oldies," "Letters To The President" and "Every Little Thing," before debuting another new track, the memorable "Arms Around Me." Dunn then sat himself behind a keyboard for the ballad "Take Me" and expressed the band's appreciation for their fans before getting up again and performing the fan favorite "Everything You Ever Wanted." "Let's Dance" was an ideal live choice from their most recent record, with "Turn It On" and another fan favorite, "California," following. The anthem againt gossip "Just Like Me" preceded their grand finale, "Bring 'Em Out," which featured footage from the movie Yours, Mine & Ours on the screens behind them as they played. The song was written for a scene in the movie where Hawk Nelson performs at a high school house party. Although ultimately a silly song (which the guys will admit themselves), it often makes for a great live moment. After they exited the stage, the lights stayed out, which only reassured fans that the band would return. Sure enough, Hawk Nelson came back out one last time for "The One Thing I Have Left," which also featured the music video from the song playing behind them.

We were impressed with the band's stint as the headliner. Love 'em or hate 'em, Hawk Nelson is a great alternative to the mainstream pop/punk acts that rely on angst and rebellion rather than faith. And it was especially refreshing (although, the show did take place in a church), to hear the guys share openly about their faith in Jesus from the stage. With teenagers being surrounded by a myriad of negative influences, Hawk Nelson is a light in the darkness. The Green T Tour is indeed a good time, so fans would be thrilled to catch this one if they can.

-- John DiBiase, 4/11/08

 

The Green T Tour Photo Gallery
click on an image for a bigger size

Capital Lights

Run Kid Run

Hawk Nelson
*all photos by John DiBiase and are the property of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

go to main Album review page

 

           
Listen to the new single by Jeremy Lopez!

Search JFH




This Friday, September 24, 2021
Bethel Music Homecoming (Live) [Bethel]
Mark Bishop Some Distant Mountain [Crossroads]
Blest Testimonio - EP [Integrity]
Marica Chisholm Higher - Single [DS2 Music Group]
Stephen Christian King of Impossible - Single [BEC]
Citizens The Joy Of Being Together [Integrity]
Riley Clemmons For The Good - Single [Capitol CMG]
for KING & COUNTRY For God Is With Us - Single [Curb/Word]
Kirk Franklin Lean on Me (Worldwide Mix) [feat. The Compassion Youth Choir] - Single [RCA]
Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music Jonny x Mali: Live in LA (Stereo) - EP [Life Room Label]
Leigh Nash The Tide, Vol. 1 - EP [Visionary]
Kevin Quinn Fuego En Mi Interior - Single [Capitol CMG]
Brian Reith Now Is Not Forever "Reimagined" EP (independent)
River Valley AGES Honest - Single [BEC]
Selah One Name - Single [Integrity]
Jordan Smith Be Still & Know EP [Reunion/Provident]
Switch Better View, Part I - EP [Essential Worship]
Thrive Worship Let's Have Church EP [Integrity]
Chris Tomlin Emmanuel: Christmas Songs Of Worship [Capitol CMG]
Village Lights Promised Land - Single [Integrity]


Next Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Smalltown Poets NWxSE [Friendly City]


Next Friday, October 1, 2021
Caroline Cobb A King & His Kindness [Integrity]
Jon Foreman Roll Tape: Live From Melody League Studios (independent)
Gaither Vocal Band All Heaven & Nature Sing [Gaither]
Brandon Heath Human Nature (Acoustic Version) - Single [Centricity]
Mat Kearney January Flower (Deluxe Edition) [Tomorrow]
MŌRIAH Trust - Single [Cathedral]
Newsboys Stand [Capitol CMG]
Relent Heavy [Rockfest]
Anne Wilson My Jesus (Live from Nashville) EP (CD) [Capitol CMG]

For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new single by Katie Lighty!




Listen to the new album from KAINA!