September 24, 2010 | Drew Bartlett
Tonights show with SmashMouth, Ayla Brown, and Some Assembly Required was absolutely incredible. This show definitely is in my top 5 favorite and I’ve been to LOTS of concerts. If you ever have the chance to see SmashMouth, no matter what the price, it’s worth it.
Well to start off I arrived at Plymouth Memorial Hall received my press pass like normal. As I walked down into the venue I was immediately excited for the show. I really enjoy Plymouth Memorial Hall a lot. It’s only about 15 minutes from my home and it’s right in the center of Plymouth so I was able to walk around the waterfront before and after the show. Anyways, not long after finding my way to the stage Some Assembly Required started their acoustic set. They stated that they were missing their drummer and unfortunately couldn’t reach their full potential. I honestly thought they put on a good show despite having no drummer. Up next was Ayla Brown from American Idol along with her band. They were a country-style band and they got the crowd excited. Couples old and young started dancing along to the music and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. I’d have to say overall that they put on a pretty good performance.
Finally after a long wait SmashMouth came on stage. At this point the floor was pretty crowded and everyone was going crazy. I managed to find myself a spot right up front leaning on the stage which worked perfect for getting lots of awesome pictures (which can be seen here) and just enjoying the show up close. They played all sorts of songs including “Walking On The Sun” and many more. I ended up getting a guitar pic from the guitarist which was awesome and it was another to add to my ever-growing collection. At one point the guitarist even came down to my girlfriend and I and gave her a water bottle and said “Here’s a water.” This was awesome because man was I actually very thirsty!
As the show went on I managed to get lots of awesome pictures like the guitarist looking right in my camera. The music was just awesome and I was really enjoying myself. It was bringing back lots of good memories from my past. I honestly couldn’t stop myself from smiling. I thought this show couldn’t get any better, I was wrong. The next part of the show was by far the best part. It really made me have lots of respect for the band. So the story I was told was that this young boy name Brian had autism and was blind as well. He never talked to anyone before but just recently he started listening to SmashMouth and couldn\’t stop talking. Anyways, Steve, the leader singer of SmashMouth had Brian come out and talk to the crowd. He was full of life and energy and was so excited to be there. After talking, Steve had him come to the back of the stage and sing and dance with him. Right after that, they let Brian sing the entire song of “I\’m a Believer” by himself and to my surprise, he was really good. As I watched Brian sing and dance on stage, I could see that this moment had made his entire life. The crowd applauded him for such a long time and he was just filled with smiles. (Pictures of Brian singing)
After seeing the band do this for that Brian, it had just built up so much respect for me towards them. I’m so glad they did that for him and I’m so glad I was a part of this concert. All too soon the concert came to an end when SmashMouth closed with none other than “All Star”. As the show commenced, drum sticks, set lists, and guitar pics were handed out to the crowd. It was sad that the concert had ended but I was too happy and excited from the awesome show I had just seen to get too upset about it. All in all, SmashMouth, Ayla Brown, and Some Assembly Required put on an amazing show and I’m very glad I had the privilege to see them all. Definitely see them if you ever get the chance.