Filter is back with a strong new album The Sun Comes Out Tonight, a retooled lineup and on the road with headlining gigs, as well as contributing members of the 2013 Summerland Tour. Pulling up to the Myth Live, fans were sprawled around the building in anticipation of the St. Paul Summerland stop (which also included Everclear, Live and Sponge). Though the Summerland Tour was designed to induce some 90’s nostalgia, it was clear Filter were uninterested on dwelling on the past.
“So you like the new shit, huh?!” ~ Richard Patrick
Richard Patrick brought the energy. Filter kicked off the set with a guitar heavy rendition of the techno-rock Crystal Method collaboration “Trip Like I Do”. The band wasted little time on back catalog as they introduced new jams “What Do You Say” and ”We Hate It When We Get What We Wanted” to a receptive audience. Guitarist Jonathan Radtke (formerly of Kill Hannah) played up the crowd as he made rounds across the stage, while Patrick had the crowd singing and clapping along.
The set was highlighted with an industrial cover of The Turtles’ “Happy Together” . With all his focus to the ground, Patrick knelt forward as he questioningly cooed, “Imagine me and you, I do…I think about you day and night…” over Radtke’s whammied guitar drones. The chorus was met with a wall of metal guitars as Patrick primal screamed, “so happy together?”
“Family is number one,” Patrick lamented as he pointed out his parents and some various family in the crowd. He noted his gratefulness for his family and to be still performing as Filter and dedicated their 2000 hit, “Take A Picture” to his parents. Closing out the show, Filter appeased fans and cut into the menacing bassline of “Hey Man Nice Shot”.
The St. Paul date was originally billed as a Filter show and somewhere morphed into a supporting role on the Summerland Tour. Based on the strength of their back catalog and live show, it felt out of place to see Filter opening for Live (particularly without original vocalist Ed Kowalczyk) or Everclear. Sponge were a worthy and strong opener, but it seems to me so should have Live and Everclear.
What Do You Say