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From alt-pop, glamour indie rock, to electronic rock, the 101WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas presented a good mix of different experiences of alternative rock music. Fans packed the Aragon Ballroom. They came to enjoy the show of some of the most popular bands in alternative music. The holiday season gave a touch to the atmosphere as well, and people were ready to re-igniting their inner fire.
Meg Myers kicked off the show at 7:00pm sharp, performing songs from her debut album SORRY, as well as, other top hits from her EP, MAKE A SHADOW. Her performances had a lot of expressions of sex, darkness and love. She gradually got everyone in the theater who’s not afraid to feel and show their emotions on her side.
She played her most popular songs, including “Desire”, “Parade”, and “Motel”. I would say that it was pretty good performances for alt-pop music. However, it was only when she played her last song “Heart Heart Head“, she truly released all her energy. The intensity peaked her whole performance, you can feel her pain, her desire and her desperate love. She was screaming her heart out of her chest. There was something unique, something uncomfortably beautiful to this live performance. I could see that everyone was surprised, impressed and touched as she left the stage.
The U.K.’s newest rock sensations, The Struts, were the next to take the stage, and they instantly brought the retro and fun atmosphere to the night. The leading singer of the emerging English quartet, Luke Spiller, was all about the GLAM, wearing his fabulous sixties and seventies inspired outfits and a full face of meticulously applied makeup. Together with his expressive body movement, he lighted up the stage with their top songs, “Could Have Been Me“, “Where Did She Go“, and “Put Your Money on Me“.
Spiller’s personality looks just as bright as his shiny stage wear and lipgloss. His spirit and energy got the whole crowd singing and dancing according to his directions.
AWOLNATION came out the last, and undeniably rocked the night away. As soon as they plunged into “RUN”, it was obvious that the crowd was ready for a crazy show! It didn’t take long for the frontman, Aaron Bruno, to lead the fans all jump and dance, releasing their inner rockstars. From “Kookseverywhere!!”, “Sail” to “Soul Wars”, one song after another, the frenzied energy kept building up. Someone one started crowd surfing, then another…and another. The audience indeed matched the level of energy.
When the show reached its peak, 101WKQX balloons were dropped from the second floor into the ballroom. The crowd became even crazier, fighting to reach the balloons. The drummer, Hayden Scott, gave an incredible performance during this section. It was the drum and lights show, a whip crack of live energy and pounding rhythm.
After the band left the stage, the audience screamed for AWOLNATION to return for an encore. As the cheering got louder and louder, the band finally came back to the stage with the powerful and emotional slower track “I AM”. It was perfect for everyone to sing together and to feel even more connected for the night. “All these things made me who I am, maybe all these things made me who I am…”
The band played two more songs and left the stage. The night was truly a musical equivalent to a roller coaster experience, and leaving the audiences longing for more.