Photo and Video by Randy Ireland.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., an electro-pop duo from Detroit, Michigan, made the last stop of their Speed of Things tour in Chicago at Metro. On their last stop here in the windy city, the group played in front of the largest crowd they’d ever drawn and were determined to end their tour on a high note by doing just that again.
Having listened to The Speed of Things and It’s a Corporate World, the band’s two studio albums, I’d grown to appreciate the nostalgic, yet superbly relevant sound. With dense beats that serve as the pulse to most of their songs coupled with drifting melodies that carry the listener through, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. weaves a complicated sound that’s both hopeful and reminiscent.
This translated amazingly on stage. The energy these men brought with them was nothing short of infectious. Between singing, playing keys and guitar, Daniel Zott bounced around the stage with a beaming smile glued to his face while lead vocalist, Joshua Epstein would regularly rip his mic off the stand in order to get his cardio in as well.
It seemed every person on stage had multiple hats to wear. The bassist also played drums and keys at different points during the set, while the band’s core members played almost every instrument on stage.
Epstein said in between songs that they had chosen to end their tour in Chicago for a reason. The group was very appreciative of the lively crowd they had drawn and paid it back to them tenfold. Epstein and Zott appeared to be having the time of their lives on that stage and the crowd seemed to mirror that.