LIVE REVIEW + PHOTOS: OneRepublic @ Xfinity Center 08.04.17
There’s something unique to expect when going to a OneRepublic show, the mood of everyone involved with this tour was positive and wanted it to be a fun atmosphere all around fun show. However, this show in particular it was clear that Boston was a busy concert city that night with Coldplay playing at Gillette Stadium and J.Cole playing at T.D Garden. So while the crowd was not filled to capacity, frontman Ryan Tedder joked about how he should sing a couple of songs for the popular British band which received some laughs from the crowd.
The band opened up with one of their first hit singles from 2007, “Stop and Stare” which was a memorable throwback for the older fans. The setlist was a mix of new songs from the recently released album Oh My My and singles like “Rich Love” which was done with Norwegian artist Seeb. Tedder, also a well known songwriter in his own right covered hits that he’s written like Beyonce’s “Halo” and Ed Sheeran’s “Happier”
However, during the middle of the show, frontman Ryan Tedder had the crowd’s attention when he began talking about the suicides of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell. The band had performed on Good Morning America that morning and sung Hallelujah in tribute with Tori Cornell. The band then acoustically performed the song for the second time that day. The crowd brought out the phone flashlights and it completed the somber mood in the arena. Afterwards, Tedder talked about how he struggles with anxiety, and that mental health isn’t something anyone chooses. He described it as “playing pin the tail on the donkey in a dark room with shades on, you never know who it’s gonna hit.” The acoustic set that accompanied the tribute led into the band’s popular hit “I Lived” that got the crowd back to a happier, positive vibe that continued throughout the rest of the show.
The encore of the show consisted of “Counting Stars’ which had the entire crowd singing with Tedder running around the arena trying to reach the people sitting all the way on the lawn. For the second to last song, the band covered “Rumor Has It” and Fitz and the Tantrums, who had previously opened for them came back out and sang with the band. The night came to an end with the 2013 single “Love Runs Out” which was a high energy closer. OneRepublic has grown and altered as a band but still kept the same high energy stage presence and love for the audience that’s been there since the beginning.