jakub | June 26, 2023

The Last Summer on Earth 2023 Tour with the Barenaked Ladies, Semisonic and del Amitri rocked Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, California USA – June 20, 2023


 

 

Summer has arrived in San Diego, and the outdoor concert season is off to a great start. On June 20, Barenaked Ladies brought their Last Summer On Earth 2023 Tour to the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on the San Diego State University campus, and I was lucky enough to be there to cover it for All Music Magazine. The tour lineup for the San Diego show was del Amitri, followed by Semisonic, and then the Barenaked Ladies to close the show. It was a night filled with nostalgia, great performances, and a lively atmosphere that had the entire crowd on their feet. Each band brought their unique sound and stage presence to the b beautiful Open Air Theatre, creating an unforgettable concert experience. 

I first heard of del Amitri many, many years ago while on a trip out to Virgina  and have been a fan ever since. I know they are probably best known for the hit single “Roll to Me” which was released back in 1995, but still sounds a good live now as it did then.  The band was formed back in 1980 and over their history have had members come and go, but the current lineup is really strong and they really did look as if they were having a blast on stage. As a photographer who has covered a lot of music over the years, it really does make a difference when the band is actually enjoying themselves. 

 

del Amitri are:

Justin Currie – Bass, Vocals
Iain Harvie – Guitar
Andy Alston – Keys
Ash Soan – Drums
Kris Dollimore – Guitar

 

 

del Amitri Setlist

1. Not Where It’s At

2. Always the Last to Know

3. All Hail Blind Love

4. Driving With the Brakes On

5. Missing Person

6. Kiss This Thing Goodbye

7. Move Away Jimmy Blu

8. Lonely

9. Roll to Me

10. Here and Now

 

Next up were Semisonic, a band that I have never seen before, but I have defiantly heard them, and so have you. Their hit 1998 song, Closing Time has become the universal bar closing anthem and they didn’t disappoint the crowd, playing it as the closer to their ten song set. If you didn’t know, the song was actually written to be the final song in their set. It holds up perfectly and everyone in the audience sang along. How could you not?

 

Semisonic are:

John Munson – Bass, Keys, Guitar, Vocals

Jacob Sichter – Drums, Percussion, Keys, Vocals

Dan Wilson – Guitar, Keys, Lead Vocals

 

 

 

Semisoncic Setlist

 

1. F.N.T.

2.Singing in My Sleep

3. Chemistry

4. DND

5. Little Bit Of Sun

6. Secret Smile

7. If You Say So

8. California

9. The Rope

10. Closing Time

 

Then it was time for the Barenaked Ladies and the crowd was on their feet and ready. Thanks the the great count down timer displayed as a hourglass on the screen behind the show, we were all eagerly awaiting the start of the set. If you paid close attention to the screen, at times you could glimpse a little animated character fighting in the hourglass sand. It’s these little things that makes the Barenaked Ladies shows just that extra little bit special. There is a great humor woven through their upbeat and incredibly catchy tunes. No I have been a fan of the Barenbaked Ladies for a long time and have been fortunate to have seen them a lot over the years. The first Last Summer On Earth Tour that I photographed was back in 2012 and eleven years later, I found myself singing along, tapping my foot, laughing at the impromptu banter and enjoying a band that doesn’t seem to take anything too seriously… exactly what I want in a San Diego Summer Show. 

The setlist covered the big hits like Brian Wilson, If I had $1,000,00,  and one of my favorites, The Old Apartment, also with plenty of stage banter and a great impromptu bit referencing the seals down in La Jolla. Yes, there are actual seals that hang out on a beach in La Jolla.  I am really glad that the Barenaked Ladies celebrate the Last Summer On Earth every year, it gives me something to look forward to.

 

Barenaked Ladies Are:

Ed Robertson – Guitar, Vocals
Jim Creeggan – Bass, Vocals
Kevin Hearn – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Tyler Stewart – Drums, Vocals

 

 

Barenaked Ladies Setlist

 

1. Matter of Time

2. It’s All Been Done

3. The Old Apartment

4. Ad Lib / Shake it Off

5. Gonna Walk

6. Just Wait

7. Lookin’ Up

8. Big Back Yard

9. Pinch Me

10. Smile

11. Blame It on Me

12. The Township of King

13. Brian Wilson

14. Loving Life

15. Odds Are

16. Big Bang Theory Theme

17. Bass Solo

18. One Week

19. If I Had $1,000,000

20. If You Could Read My Mind / As It Was / Flowers / Take On Me / Climb Ev’ry Mountain / So Long, Farewell / Rock of Ages

 

Encore:

22. Closing Time (reprise)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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