Tonight was rock night!
Cape Town-based Civil Twilight isn’t a very well known band in the United States yet; although they’ve had songs on TV shows such as “House” and “One Tree Hill.”
Civil Twilight’s music would probably best be described as alternative rock. Most lead singers play guitar or have no instrument, but lead singer Steven McKellar plays the bass, which provides a refreshing change from your typical rock band. He also switched over to the keyboard a few times during the show.
Steven sings in falsetto for the majority of his songs; he has a beautiful voice, and his falsetto paired with the band’s dark and mysterious style makes for a great sound. The addition of interesting musical effects – like playing the guitar with a violin bow and an echo microphone effect – don’t hurt either.
Their live performance was great. For being only a three-member band they produce a great sound. Civil Twilight had never been to Lansing before and said they definitely enjoyed it. Some of their memorable songs include “Anybody Out There” and “Soldier.” They ended with their most popular song “Letters From the Sky.” It’s a good one!
Over on the other stage Bret Michaels had a huge crowd chanting his name. He walked onto the stage wearing his typical bandana and cowboy hat; he was also dressed in typical tight cowboy jeans and a shirt of himself standing in front of an American flag that said “Bret Michaels: American Outlaw.”
His whole band, stage, and show were American themed; he had an American flag bandana tied around his microphone stand and during his song “Something to Believe In” he had someone on stage filming a video to be sent to our soldiers overseas. He had everyone wave their arms back and forth in the crowd. They were a rowdy bunch but everyone was having such a good time.
Bret did a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and everyone loved it; I don’t think I’ve met anyone that doesn’t like that song. But that wasn’t after he yelled “It’s good to be alive!” And of course everyone cheered because that means a little more coming from him, considering his recent health problems.
He also did a cover of Sublime’s “What I Got” (from his new album “Custom Built” released earlier this month). Anyone that knows that song knows that there’s some severe cussing in it, but Bret edited it out of his live performance, knowing that he was performing at a family-oriented festival. The song was great; basically a rockier, edgier version.
Bret said he loved being in Lansing so much that he wanted to bring Cinderella (the opening hard rock band) and Poison (for those of you who don’t know, Bret is the lead singer of Poison) back next year for their 25th anniversary concert. Following this he decided to sing the first Poison song ever recorded: “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” recorded in 1986.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the Neon Trees, Cavo, or Cinderella, who were also all in Day 4’s lineup.
Stay tuned for Day 5: Hoobastank, Sick Puppies, TESLA, and Alice Cooper!