Currently on the road supporting their latest release “I Hope You’re Happy” – Blue October had continued to perfect their sound a decade into existence and continually re-write their history as each album has charted well on alternative radio. The current tour dubbed “The King Tour” and named for a single from the recent LP brought the band to the off market of Wilkes Bare, PA on Friday night. 9 albums in and numerous chart topping singles made it no surprise that Blue October would fill the historic FM Kirby Center for their performance but there is no denying that the recent success of single “I Hope You’re Happy” certainly helped as the band became a household name yet again with the alternative chart hit.
The FM Kirby Center was buzzing with anticipation as new fans and old fans alike filled the many seats of the venue and flowed into the aisles of the venue as general admission rules for the night would allow. It was a rainy Friday night, cold for the spring but the crowd remained upbeat as many of them shared stories of how the became fans of the band in the minutes leading up to the performance. As the house lights went dim and the stage lights flickered to life the crowd roared with approval Blue October took the stage just past 9PM for a near capacity crowd in Wilkes Barre, PA.
Justin Furstenfeld has maintained an incredible range and dynamic control of his vocals over the years as he is able to push many of the band’s songs further than the recorded version – even going as far as making many of the live renditions better than the studio tracks. The band’s set tackled a wide range of emotional themes and yet Furstenfeld didn’t let the tough to digest subject matter keep the show from being a celebration of happiness.
Blue October aren’t back – they never left. They have evolved into something revolutionary and something that should inspire all musicians who seek to break in the alternative genre. Success is better measured by the lives you impact and Blue October has resonated on a personal level with thousands of people during their career. There is no better cure for the mind, body & soul than live music and Blue October proved that point a hundred times over last week in Wilkes Barre.