Concert Review: Lissie at Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis, MN – 11/30/2013

  • Skyway Theatre
  • Opener: Purple Apple
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • November 30, 2013
  • Photos and review by Joe Stadele for The Way That He Sings on December 2, 2013.

“Lissie! Lissie! Lissie!,” the crowd chanted as the singer-songwriter playfully danced upon reclaiming the stage during the encore.  Though the chant was prompted by some backstage joking Lissie shared with the audience, it was one of those little moments which makes a Lissie performance so much fun.  With her fun-loving stage presence, a powerful husky voice (reminiscent of Stevie Nick) that feels effortless along her repertoire of Americana rock sing-along’s, as well as a knack for reworking songs from all genres into something all her own (listen to her covers of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”, Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and Kid Kudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness”), Lissie is one of the strongest and versatile rock artists on the road in 2013.

Lissie (2)Though Lissie and her band mates are touring in promotion of her new album, Back To Forever, the show was an even mix of old and new.  She kicked off the show at the Skyway Theatre in downtown Minneapolis with the slow brewing “Bully” and “Record Collector” off of 2010’s Catching A Tiger before swinging into the more upbeat atmosphere of “Sleepwalking” off the new album.  The show picked up during the rocking “The Habit” and sing-a-long “When I’m Alone”.  Before breaking into “Love In The City”, Lissie shared her day with audience, which included a blue-grass filled meal at local eatery Hell’s Kitchen and an in store performance/signing at The Electric Fetus.  All along, she expressed how impressed she has been with Minneapolis’ character, a trait she feels is lacking in many larger cities.

Lissie (19)Perhaps the funniest moment of the night was reserved for Lissie’s self proclaimed sassy track, “Shameless”. “Now I’m going to be a little bit shameless,” Lissie jokingly said as she put on one of her own t-shirts, “…I’m going to get this shirt nice and sweaty for someone.”  The shirt features a large image of Lissie’s face across the front with the lyrics to “Shameless” written inside the back of the reversible shirt. Adding to the fun, lead guitarist Eric Sullivan taped a life-size “Lissie head” to his guitar’s headstock.  “Ok, this is our sassy song” Lissie said as Sullivan stepped on the distortion pedal before ripping into a blazing “Shameless”.  After finishing the song, Lissie took off the medium sized woman’s shirt off and threw it to the crowd, only for a guy in the audience to jump and catch it.Lissie-2

Lissie’s love for live covers wasn’t lost either.  Though many in the audience continually shouted for her cover of Kid Kudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” (the song was crossed out on the setlist in exchange for a simply listed “Drake”), during the encore, Lissie aptly sent the crowd off with a rocking cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”.

Lissie (13)Though all of the members of Lissie’s band held their own, Eric Sullivan’s guitar work throughout the night was notably impressive. During the closing song of the main set, Sullivan took off on a Jimi Hendrix-style guitar solo that recalled his cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”.  Towards the end of “Shameless” b-side, “Shroud” the song took a turn into The Pixies “Where Is My Mind”.  Though these may not have been intentional moves, they sounded great and was fun to witness.

Nonie Andersen rocks out during Purple Apple's opening set for Lissie in Minneapolis.

Nonie Andersen rocks out during Purple Apple’s opening set for Lissie in Minneapolis.

After expressing thanks to the crowd, Skyway Theatre staff and her band, Lissie took a moment to thank the talented openers  Purple Apple, in which she claimed, “I wish I were that cool at the age of 16!” To which the crowd exclaimed, “Sixteen!?!?!”  The young Chicago ladies (in-and-around the age of 16, with the exception of drummer Devin Ullery whom is 10 years their senior) put on a fast moving set of power pop rock which felt beyond their years.  The girls pulled double and triple duty exchanging time on keys and vocals.  Guitarist Nonie Andersen was all over the stage as she barefoot stomped across the stage around bassist Madi O’Brien and lead vocalist Olivia Eigel.  Purple Apple won over the audience with catchy songs such as “My Head My Heart” and what felt like an aptly titled song “Runaways”.

This being Lissie’s second stop in Minneapolis in 2013, the musician promises to be back soon as she continues to tour in support of Back To Forever well into 2014.

 

Setlist

  • Bully
  • Record Collector
  • Sleepwalking
  • Love in the City
  • The Habit
  • When I’m Alone
  • They All Want You
  • I Don’t Want To Work
  • Little Lovin’
  • Everywhere I Go
  • Shameless
  • Shroud (Shameless b-side)
  • Further Away (Romance Police)
  • In Sleep

Encore:

  • Oh Mississippi
  • Hold On, We’re Going Home (Drake cover)

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