They Might Be Giants Still Rocking After Over 30 Years

Categories:  Arts & Culture/Entertainment    Music
Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 9:45 PM
They Might Be Giants Still Rocking After Over 30 Years by Alex Bieler
Photo by Alex Bieler

It's amazing that after 33 years as a band, the members of They Might Be Giants still seem like they have a blast during one of their shows. Never mind that most groups don't even come close to reaching three decades, sticking with anything for that long takes commitment and a whole lot of love for what you do.

Of course, They Might Be Giants isn't your typical band. No, the veteran rock group started by John Flansburgh and John Linnell back in 1982 has managed to charm the pants of listeners for decades and hasn't begun to slow down as evidenced by the wonderfully fun performance the quintet put on at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom Tuesday, April 21.

The night was billed as "An Evening with They Might Be Giants," and the group made sure that the fervent crowd went away placated, playing two sets and a pair of encores. That's right, They Might Be Giants opened up for They Might Be Giants. Yes, that's as awesome as it sounds.

The band kicked the evening off with "Can't Keep Johnny Down," an absolute blast of a song off of 2011's Join Us. That was just the beginning of a massive show, as Flansburgh, Linnell, and bandmates Marty Beller, Dan Miller, and Danny Weinkauf treated the sell-out audience to 33 songs, with engaging - and often hilarious - stage banter filling the musicless voids in between.

The crowd was treated to a little bit of everything from the Giants discography. Enthusiasts of the band's early albums got to see a blistering "Ana Ng" and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople." Recent converters to the charms of the Johns could enjoy "Authenticity Trip" and "Call You Mom." And of course, They Might Be Giants closed out the first encore with "Birdhouse in Your Soul." If you've never heard that glorious song yet, do yourself a favor and remedy that. Oh yeah, and they even covered Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills," because why not? [note: It was great]

Given the band's massive discography (which now includes the rather enjoyable Glean, an album released on the day of the show), there were always going to be songs that got cut from the setlist. Sure, there was no "Particle Man" or "Don't Lets Start," but it hardly mattered, as John, John, Dan, Danny, and Marty put on a magnificent show, one that ranks up there as one of the most fun concerts this reviewer has been to in recent memory.

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