Excellent! Phantom Planet at Metro (May 22, 2023)

Before they take the stage, a video plays with an introduction by Jason Schwartzman, who was the drummer from the band’s start in 1994 to 2003. During the show, they have many videos play in between songs from the producers and also from famous fans such as Darren Criss. The Schwartzman videos are great, but they should probably cut the rest.

Towards the end of the set, they play the very catchy “Lonely Day” from 2002’s album, The Guest. They are playing the entire album to celebrate it’s 20th year anniversary. “Even though the sun is shining down on me / And I should feel about as happy as can be / I just got here and I already want to leave / It was going to be a lonely lonely lonely lonely day”. It’s such a beautiful song about loneliness. In tonight’s performance, it sounds grittier than on the album.

Jason Schwartzman appears again on screen again. He has placed camera directly above a mini keyboard. He proceeds to play the iconic introduction to “California” and then the band jumps in while the video continues. “We’ve been on the run / Driving in the sun / Looking out for number one / California here we come / Right back where we started from”. Wow, this is such an amazing scene as the entire crowd sings along. This song has amassed over 132 streams on Spotify and it sounds even better live.  

Surprisingly, “California” wasn’t the last song of the night. It wasn’t even the last song of the set! In the seven song encore / second set, they play “Do the Panic” from the 2008 album Raise The Dead. “Bop bop bop / Bop bop sha-doo-bee-doo”. More bands should use silly lyrics like this. This is such a fun song and a key part of a great night of music.

Cost of a ticket: $40

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

See the full setlist here.

Quinn Delaney


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