Old and new, plus a few

Incubus pleases crowd, performing over two decades of hits
By Elaine Gerou

Photo from ryot.org
Photo from ryot.org

Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas’ solo intro ignited the massive crowd of tattooed smokers on DTE’s grassy hill in Clarkston, MI on Wednesday, July 22, before transitioning into a crowd favorite, “I Wish You Were Here.” Thankfully, Michigan has had a rainy summer; otherwise, the grass most likely would have caught on fire from ashes, as the cloud of mostly cigarette smoke billowing from under the pavilion also grew exponentially with each song played.
Throughout the course of their ninety-minute performance, Incubus played hits from their very first album “Fungus Amongus” to their more recent music and everything in between.
Incubus has been a band for 24 years, having been founded in 1991 when vocalist Brandon Boyd, guitarist Mike Einziger, bassist Alex Katunich and drummer Jose Pasillas were still in high school. The band received mainstream recognitions after their 1999 album called “Make Yourself.” Having over two decades of jamming under their belt, the band performed exceptionally well under the magnificent light show that danced across the sea of music lovers. Although most members of the band are inching towards 40-years-old, they demonstrated energy and passion for the music for the entire duration of the performance of over 15 songs. Some of the hits played were “Anna Molly,” “Adolescence,” “Dig,” “Drive,” “Pardon Me” and “Nice to Know You,” which the crowd chanted, “good-bye” to. After what appeared to be the closing song of the night, the band left the stage. However an up roaring encore brought the musicians back for more. Incubus played a few songs for the encore, which was unexpected. Even a couple covers were played during the show: Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” and the Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” to end the encore on an electrifying note. All songs were performed extremely well, so no one song stood out drastically from the rest.
There was intense, slow dancing from unskilled tipsy fans giving the band their spontaneous cheers the entire show. Although most of the attendees were 20 to 45, the age range went from a few months old to probably about 60.
Front man vocalist Brandon Boyd did a tremendous job working the crowd and even took off his shirt for the ladies—or maybe just because the lights were extremely hot. Regardless, he still has it at 39-years-old, and he even used a mask prop at one point. Guitarist Mike Einziger and bassist Ben Kenney also pumped up the crowd by jumping on stage, showing much energy. Pasillas killed it on the drums, keeping the beat solid the entire performance.
DTE recently put in a new acoustic system for this season’s concerts, so listeners’ ears do not ring after shows. During the show, conversation was clearly audible at distances under a foot away even while songs were being played. It is nice that listeners’ hearing health is finally being taken into consideration with performances.
The Deftones opened the night and played a set right to get the crowd pumped up for the headliner Incubus. Although the musicians tried their best, their energy on stage, music and general performance were all subpar. Thankfully, the Incubus performance rescued attendees from the thrashing music of Deftones.
Overall, Incubus’s performance was solid with most of their hits from newer and older albums to please all attendees. Metro-Detroiters will definitely circle their calendars for the next time Incubus comes to town based on this performance.