Concert Review: Neon Trees Energizes House of Blues

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A headlining concert by a band with only one album could end up being a rip off, but not when that band is Neon Trees. The funky quartet made a big statement last night at the House of Blues.

There was no lack of energy on stage, or in the crowd, from the minute they opened with “Your Surrender.” Tyler Glenn’s outrageous dance moves and constant reminders to be who you are produced a jumping audience responsive to every song.

The band mostly played tracts from their album Habits, but did sneak in one or two new tunes including “The Law.”

Neon Trees hit the favorites: “In the Next Room,”— a song Glenn explained was about lust—and of course, “Animal,” their number one single and easily the band’s most popular song.

There was a surprise in the middle of “1983”—written as a tribute to the year Glenn was born—when the band broke out into a well-done version of “Grease Lightening” from the musical Grease.

Glenn’s heartfelt speeches and crazy moves kept fans connected and created a fun atmosphere, and there was humor: Glenn introduced band members Braiden Campbell and Chris Allen, adding that he just found out that drummer Elaine Bradley is a girl.

The teen and young adult fans knew the words to every song while children who love to listen to Neon Trees on the radio danced and had a very good time; their parents danced too.

Closing with “Sins Of My Youth,” Neon Trees left the crowd wanting more and anticipating not only their next show, but their future music. —Shelby Chargin

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