Opener: Ben Lee
September 30, 2007
In 2007 Mandy Moore released the album Wild Hope, which was a departure from her past pop days. I was a fan of her both musically and in acting beforehand, I mean A Walk to Remember and the song "Only Hope" from it? So good! Wild Hope was a much more subdued album than in the past and Moore co-wrote every song in it. My favorite song was by far "Gardenia", it really showed off her vocals and vulnerability in the music.
When she came to Milwaukee to promote the album I was excited to see her with my friend Shannon. The show was general admission and we got there early enough to score some pretty descent seats, although I remember the venue was not being extremely full. Moore came out and sounded great live, she took her time with the songs and I felt really connected well with the audience. Of course she also had to throw in a goodie from the past...."Candy", which was still fun to see live.
Opening for her that night was Ben Lee. I had heard of him before, but not any of his music. He was surprisingly very up beat, even jumping into the crowd and running up the aisles to sing with the audience. He sang a song called "What Would Jay-Z Do?", which was super catchy but I thought it was clearly a joke. It was not though! Sure enough that song was on his Ripe album. Which I know because Lee was good enough that I went home and bought the album.
Here are some photos and video of that night:
The classic "Candy"