SwitchFoot Looking for America Tour lands in Seattle
It was a cold and rainy afternoon in the Pacific Northwest when two pioneers of Pop Punk made their long awaited stop in Seattle. The weather did not stop around 1,100 fans from standing outside for hours, embracing the soak, to see Relient K and Switchfoot perform live during the second leg of their Looking for America Tour. The question of whether the 30 plus years of combined touring and music in general had taken its toll simply had to be asked.
Would there be a decline in the bands energy or performance? The short answer is absolutely not. This was a spectacular night of live music that, just like the performing bands have done, will stand the test of time. The night will forever be engraved into the memories of all those that were in attendance. It was a night that two bands came together, in perfect harmony, and connected to 1,000 plus in attendance on a level that few performers can.
Relient K kicked the night off with a masterful 18 song set that was a balanced mix of old vs. new. Matthew Thiessen was in pitch perfect form whether perched behind his all white piano or standing front and center ripping riffs on guitar. The capacity crowd was so engaged that their singing along to standout tracks like “Sadie Hawkins Dance” and “Who I am Hates Who I’ve Been” took over the room.
The nearly hour long set ended with a beautiful live rendition of “Deathbed“. Thiessen was joined on stage by Switchfoot frontman Joe Foreman for what was one of the most memorable moments of the night. You can see the full setlist below.
Relient K Setlist
High of 75
Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been
Forget and Not Slow Down
I Need You
Air for Free
Must Have Done Something Right
Look On Up
Sadie Hawkins Dance
Be My Escape
The crowd, subdued in intermission, waited patiently for 45 minutes or so for Switchfoot to take the stage. The lights finally dimmed and the screen behind the stage began to flicker, showing the band members leaving their green room with a countdown. The countdown hit zero and the crowd erupted as the band stormed the stage and dove straight into “Holy Water” off of their latest effort “Where the Light Shines Through“.
The band clearly loves being on stage. You could feel a great happiness in Foreman from the start and as the set continued a genuine sense joy spread throughout the massive crowd. The connection between band and the fans was something very real. Foreman would often step off of the stage to further connect with the fans. His interaction with the crowd was masterful as he seemingly had an endless supply energy.
The energy the band put off as a whole was absolutly contagious. You could feel it rippleing through the crowd as the band and the crowd fed off one another. It was a beautiful thing to witness the connection, the harmony, the raw emotions of a band and their fans joining together as one. They had each others undivided attention for that hour of music.
Swithfoot’s 14 song setlist was seemingly custom-made, personalized to fit both the newest of new as well as the old, faithful fans. Tracks such as “Meant to Live” and, as it was proudly displayed on Foreman’s guitar, “Hope is the Anthem” were standout moments. The band closed out their breathtaking set with “Dare you to Move” which is arguably the most popular track in the bands huge catalogue. See the full setlist below.
Meant to Live
Where the Light Shines Through
I Won’t Let You Go
Love Alone Is Worth the Fight
If the House Burns Down Tonight
Hope is the Anthem
The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues)
When we Come Alive
Live It Well
Dare You to Move
I could go on and on, covering each track played but it seems almost unimportant. There was something bigger than setlist going on here and at the end of the night, all those in attendance witnessed an out of this world combination of over 30 years of musical prowess join forces in Relient K and Switchfoot. It was a show filled with infinite, reciprocative love and a connection between fans and bands that we rarely get to witness.
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Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.
This was the turing point and by turing I mean turing the entire crowd into an endless flow of crowd surfing Seattleites
While a handful of Seattlites took to social media to express their opinions about a musical movement that happened decades ago I, myself, was front and center seeing firsthand one of the most iconic bands of that era