|Submitted to Guster.net by Jordan Harris
Foellinger Auditorium, Champaign, IL
I went to the Guster show last night at the University of Illinois. It was a great show and even ended with thundergod doing a solo of total eclipse of the heart. Personally, I wish they would have ended with a Guster classic instead of a funny song like that. Putting the fact that they are a great live band aside, there were just too many songs not played last night that I had been dying to hear live. Just to name a few.....Center of Attention, Rocketship, Medicine, Parachute, Window, and Two Points. I mean these are key songs that I love singing along to. I wish they would have played at least some of those. I understand that they have to play their new stuff a lot, and I appreciate that. But please, I wish they didn't leave out so many of my favorites.
|Submitted to Guster.net by Zubin Desai
Foellinger Auditorium, Urbana, IL
Let me first start by saying that this was the best concert I have ever been to. And I've been to a lot of concerts. I guess a lot has to do with the fact that we managed to get front row at this one. Guster connected with the crowd really well, I thought. A couple of us wore Boston Red Sox jerseys and started chanting "Yankees Suck" and Brian kept the chant going with a steady beat. Then Ryan asked who was a Cubs fan in the crowd and then asked if they blamed not going to the World Series because of that one fan. It was hilarious. I thought it was cool of them to kind of relate to the crowd in that both our teams got bounced from the playoffs in the worst way. Guster did play a lot of new songs, but this was to be expected. I'm sure Sony had something to do with that. Ryan jammed really well and all of their songs sounded amazing. Some people I was with hadn't been to a Guster concert before and they mentioned that their live act sounds like CD-quality (a good thing). Afterwards they had an afterparty at a local campus bar. They were really cool and accepted drinks from everyone and took pictures and talked about non-music things. They also bought pizza for all of us. In my drunken stupor I started talking to Brian about how much John Mayer sucks and that on the tour last year, Guster was way better. Also that it was a travesty that Counting Crows were forced to open for Mayer. Brian, making sure not to say anything really negative about Mayer, said "Okay next time we come to Cali, we won't bring John Mayer." I thought it was very cool to have a normal conversation with a celebrity. Anyways now I'm rambling. I'll end by saying that it was a great, great show and I cannot wait to see them again! (hopefully this Friday in Chicago)