It was the last day of my vacation and I was lucky enough to see one of my favorite bands play outdoors.
Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay – Last Summer on Earth 2015 – Toledo Zoo Amphitheater.
Colin Hay started out the evening. He was playing some acoustic songs from Men at Work. It was a nice easy way to start the evening. The crowd started singing along to “Who Can It Be Now” and “Overkill”.
The weather was looking a little shady and there was speculation that the concert may end up being a wet one. A cool breeze rolled in as the night wore on. There were a few sprinkles, but nothing to stop the music.
A set change and Violent Femmes hit the stage.This was a throwback to my college days. They brought out the heavier rock that the crowd sung along to. The setlist started out with “Blister in the Sun”, “Love Love Love Love Love”, “Add It Up”, “Kiss Off”, “American Music”, and wrapped up with “Gone Daddy Gone” and “American Music”.
Then the Barenaked Ladies hit the stage. Opening up big with “Limits” and “Boomerang” (new music) and going back with “It’s All Been Done”, a BNL rap about riding a bike in east Toledo and getting shot (!), “Pinch Me”, “Blame it On Me”, “Too Little Too Late”, and “Big Bang Theory Theme” there was a song every non-racist sang along to and a Cover Medley (including Blister in the Sun, I’m Not The Only One, Bohemian Rhapsody, Let it Go, Shake It Off, Whole Lotta Love) wrapping up the night with “If I Had a Million Dollars”.
It was a good concert.