I was so excited to see my first concert featuring an American band I love in Sydney last night, when Walk the Moon brought the party to the Metro Theatre, and Sydney-hometown-ers The Griswolds got the crowd excited as the opening act. I have always loved The Griswolds’ song “Beware the Dog,” so I was so stoked to see them live and had a blast dancing to every single song they played, including their popular American single:
I first saw Walk the Moon in 2012 at the much-more intimate Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, which was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. The only major label album they had out then was their self-titled album, but they had a veteran performance quality to them because the crowd was constantly dancing and singing along loudly to every song. Since releasing their massive hit “Shut Up and Dance,” off 2014 album Talking Is Hard, they’ve achieved global success and packed the 1,100-person-capacity Metro Theatre, opening the show with my favorite song by the band, “Jenny”:
Their last song of the set before the encore was unsurprisingly “Shut Up and Dance,” which they performed after playing about an hour and 15 minutes worth of tracks from both their albums, plus a cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”:
I loved how, as always, positive the band was, including a moment when singer Nick Petricca had the audience symbolically ball up all their negative energy and expel it to the sky during the song “I Can Lift a Car.” The audience members appropriately went crazy for both bands, and the good vibes permeating the theater made for a blast of a show.
I enjoyed the Metro for its friendly bar service (they also serve hot meat pies, if you’re hungry) and variety of seating, from the pit below, to seats in the back.