By Nicole Mago
I hadn’t been to an Anthony Green show prior to the one I attended on Saturday (June 30th), but judging by what I saw, I wouldn’t doubt Anthony brings an equal amount of passion and intensity to each performance.
The final show of Anthony Greens’ “Beautiful Things” tour, featuring The Dear Hunter, was held at Asbury Parks’ finest Paramount Theatre last Saturday. When I arrived at the venue the line had already been wrapped all the way around the side of the building. After meeting a few people at the show, I later learned that fans had been waiting outside of the venue (in the 95 degree sun) for nearly 5 hoursâ€¦ crazy.
The night kicked off with Anthony introducing his very talent sister-in-law, Stephanie, who opened the night with a three-song acoustic set. Her music set off a quiet sense of innocence and beauty. The positive response of the audience after each song clearly reflected how much talent and potential Stephanie (age 14) truly has. The Dear Hunter picked up after Stephanie with a 45 minute long set. If you hadn’t listened to their music yet, I highly recommend you do yourself a favor and do so. The indie-rock band, from Providence, Rhode Island, has a crazy way of putting you into a trance while you listen to their music. It’s so engaging, you can’t help but want to hear more. Having heard of the band prior, but never actually listening to their music, I know for sure I’m going to have to go back and listen to their stuff. I’m definitely hooked.
Finally the nights’ headliner, Anthony Green, took the stage at around 9pm (accompanied by The Dear Hunter). After jumping straight into the crowd to issue high-fives to his fans, he instantly kicked the night off with his popular song “Babygirl”. The night carried on with Anthony playing the rest of a 13-song set, including songs from his new album “Beautiful Things”, such as “Moon Song”, “If I Don’t Sing”, “James’ Song”, and “When I’m On Pills” (among a many more). Anthony’s intensity throughout his entire set was an engaging factor on it’s own. It’s easy to tell he’s passionate about his music while he’s up on stage jumping around to every song, sharing an equal amount of energy with each one.
Green’s last song (before the encore), was the crowd-engaging “Devil’s Song (This Feels Like a Nightmare)”. Anthony had instructed the crowd to partake in the song, telling everyone on the right side of the venue to sing “We’re all in this same spot”, while the left side was to shout “This is just a nightmare” when pointed to. This went on for a few minutes before Anthony Green thanked the crowd and walked off the stage, while everyone still continued to sing their part in the song. I’ve been to a lot of shows in my life, but I have to say this one was of the coolest ways to end a set I’ve yet to see. The mood, the atmosphere, the feelingâ€¦ it was all there. Incredible.
After chanting for an encore, it wasn’t long before Anthony Green was back on the stage, ready to give the crowd one more song. He ended the night with his popular song “Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying To Reach You)”. The crowd went nuts at this point, leaving their chairs to make their way to the front of the venue/stage. The security crew was going crazy at this point, trying to point fans back to their seat. I’m sure you could imagine their frustration, then, when Anthony jumped off stage to join the crowd, and everyone in the venue went wild as they sprinted up to the front.
After taking pictures with fans in the crowd once and giving everyone high-fives, Anthony Green took the stage one last time for the night to thank everyone for coming out. Overall it was an incredible performance. A full house, great vibes, great feeling. At first I was a bit skeptical with the show being moved from The Stony Pony (all GA) to The Paramount Theatre (all seats), but truthfully I don’t think it had a negative impact on the show. I’m definitely going to make my way to another show of his next time he’s in town.