Taproot Concert Review â€“ 4/27/11 â€“ Key Club â€“ W. Hollywood, CA
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â€œWhatâ€™s going on guys? You can talk to us, weâ€™re right here.â€ – Stephen Richards, Taproot
Last nightâ€™s Taproot show at the Key Club in West Hollywood was an intimate affair that brought the Ann Arbor, Michigan band up close and personal to a small, yet completely appreciative audience. Lead singer Stephen Richards bantered with audience members throughout the show and even got them involved in a few songs.
It was a small turnout, between 200-250 people, but that didnâ€™t deter Taproot one bit. After all, it was a Wednesday night in a city that has hundreds of entertainment options 7 nights a week. But I donâ€™t think any of it matters; they were there to put on an honest, uncompromising rock show and Taproot accomplished just that.
They hit the stage and rocked every bit as hard as when I last saw them, 10 years ago at Ozzfest, where they played in front of thousands of people. They opened with â€œSmile,â€ the lead track off the bandâ€™s debut album, Gift, and closed with â€œPoem,â€ their highest charting single to date.
In between, I heard every song I wanted, including â€œNow Rise,â€ â€œAgain & Again,â€ â€œMine,â€ and â€œI.â€ Throughout the set, Stephen Richards talked to audience members, shook hands, and offered the occasional humorous quip (â€œYou all have a good Easter? Yeah thatâ€™s right; Easter sucks unless youâ€™re 4!â€) that kept things entertaining throughout.
Taproot has a ton of talent; I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™ve been out of the loop this long. Recent guest Phil Lipscomb is an extremely talented bassist; his bass lines actually carry a lot of the songs, instead of just simply accompany them. Guitarist Mike DeWolf is terrific and is all over the stage. Tons of energy. Stephen Richards sounded great too; I was very impressed with him as a frontman. Itâ€™s not every night you have someone so engaging with the audience; making them feel like they are actually a part of the show.
Go see Taproot. There are tons of dates left on this tour so find out where theyâ€™re playing near you and check them out. I had a blast and I fully expect you will as well.
I Will Not Fall For You
Again & Again
Path Less Taken