Review: OneRepublic delivers outstanding performance

OneRepublic at First Niagara Pavilion in Pittsburgh

OneRepublic at First Niagara Pavilion in Pittsburgh

For those that think OneRepublic is just another boy band, think again. These guys are talented, amazing singers with a collection of songs you just can’t resist.

Boasting a collection of hits over seven years such as “Stop and Stare,”  “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets,” “Good Life,” “If I Lose Myself,” and their most popular hit – “Counting Stars” – OneRepublic is a band everyone should notice.

OneRepublic put on a clean cut show any parent would be thrilled to attend with their child. It’s nice to see a band focused on the music and not gimmicks and shock.

OneRepublic began the show with a shadow band light show then dropped the screen and the fans went wild.

In addition to being outstanding stage musicians, the band members very much interact with their audience. The lead singer, Ryan Tedder,  took “selfies” with fans in the front row and even took a run out to the lawn during “Counting Stars.” During the song, “Coming Home” the band displayed a great video of Pittsburgh sights which fans greatly appreciated. Later in the show someone threw a tied up custom t-shirt on stage that read “1 R Homie.” Both the band and the audience got a real kick out of that.

OneRepublic also performed a beautiful rendition of “Wonderful Life” that was perfect in every way and truly highlighted the amazing abilities of the band.

Energy was the theme of the night as Irish rockers, The Script, took the stage. Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue doesn’t let the stage confine him and took off into the crowd many times, and the fans didn’t mind one bit.

Known for their hit songs like “Nothing,” “For the First Time,” and “Hall of Fame.” – The Script is an addictive, fun group. The pinnacle moment of their set came before they sang “Nothing.” As with many artists, these guys have been disappointed in love, just like their fans. O’Donoghue challenged the fans that the first person to hand him a phone set to dial an ex’s number would get a very special treat. A man in the front row named Bret with very quick fingers immediately responded. O’Donoghue took the phone and once Bret’s ex-girlfriend Kelsey answered, the performer sang “Nothing” to her as well as to the entire audience.

American Authors opened the show and delivered a phenomenal performance. Best known for their hit song “ Best Day of My Life” this group has been flying under the radar for far too long. From their energy to their pitch-perfect notes, American Authors commanded the stage with high energy and fun. While their fans were few and the turnout low for the opening acts, these guys gave it their all and people noticed.

If you missed the show – be sure to check out each of the acts online. Also, American Authors will be returning to Pittsburgh on November 6 with the Honda Civic Tour at Stage AE.
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Review by Hayley Martin for Pennsylvania Bridges

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