Hell yeah! Live at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, they delivered!
TEXT & PHOTOS BY MARK JACKSON
The Zac Brown Band, probably best known as a country band, brought their Down The Rabbit Hole Tour to Memphis on March 30th, but they are much more than a country band. Sure, they have several hits such as “Toes”, “Chicken Fried”, “Homegrown”, “Free” and many more that have climbed up the country charts, but I must say that this band surprised me more than any other band that I have seen. Zac and the band are all great musicians whose influences are very wide and diverse, ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to Def Leppard.
Zac and the boys performed their hits and a couple of new songs, including “God Given,” soon to be released, but they also did several covers that I was not expecting. After a few originals Zac covered “Use Somebody”, “Somebody I Use to Know”, “Little Lion Man”, “I Will Wait”, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, “Whipping Post”, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”, “The Boxer”, “Pride (In the Name of Love]”, “Jeremy”, “Life in the Fast Lane”, Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Hot for Teacher”, and “Bulls on Parade” all of which rivaled the originals. As you can see there is nothing that this amazing band can’t do.
This concert was a night of great voices, guitars, violins, and bongos with perfect sound and no gimmicky lighting and stage props. ZBB had the crowd dancing and singing along throughout the whole show. I don’t think anyone, including myself, wanted it to stop; it was just one of those nights you never want to end.
I must admit that even though I was aware of who they were and knew a couple of the “hits,” I was unprepared on just how great they were and the depths to which they could reach. I often say “this is a great show and you should go see them when in your area”, but the Zac Brown Band is on a whole different level. Zac, you have definitely made a new fan with me and I can’t wait for the next time I get to see you and the guys.
Check out the entire setlist for the concert at Setlist.FM