By Shuvam DasGupta, Rock At Night Philadelphia
Incubus is on their Summer 2022 tour right now with Sublime with Rome and The Aquadolls. It is a grand tour and touches almost all the major cities of North America. Rock at Night was at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, NJ on August 5th to witness the great lineup perform.
The atmosphere of the venue was really nice – people were all in a relaxed mood, and a lot of them were wearing the iconic Sublime Sun t-shirts. The show started 15 minutes late because of a storm prediction – but that did not really happen. Finally, at 7:15 The Aquadolls got on stage. It was a compact 30 minute set that got the crowd going for an evening of fun. All the songs were groovy with a punk twist. The band members had some unique characters and took control of the stage.
Next up was Sublime with Rome. It seems like the crowd was just waiting for them to start performing so that they could sing along to literally all the songs. Rome Ramirez is such a happy-go-lucky personality and his enthusiasm was absolutely contagious. People were dancing, vibing, and throwing big inflated balls – overall a great scene. Eric Wilson had an enigmatic stage presence with his unique attire. While performing the song “What I Got” their manager Mike “Cheeze” Brown also joined them to play the guitar with images of Bradley Nowell on the back screen. They did a set list of 11 songs that consisted of the hits like – “What I Got”, “Wrong Way”, “Badfish”, “Pawn Shop” and finally “Santeria”. Special mention to their dog who came on stage from time to time.
Finally, it was Incubus who took the stage and set the energy to a different level. It is amazing to see the lineup sticking together for such a long time and rocking the stage year after year. Guitarists Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney displayed a calm presence on guitars while José Pasillas laid into the drums kit with great energy. Chris Kilmore with his unique way of doing what he does best manned the turntables. And finally Brandon Boyd took center stage with his “out of this world” presence and amazing voice. It was an absolutely stunning show with hits coming one after another – “Wish you were here”, “Megalomaniac”, “Pardon me”, “Dig” and after the encore ‘the song’ that everyone was waiting for – “Drive”. As a photographer, I have to mention that it was a treat to shoot Brandon.
Overall, it was an absolutely successfully organized show. Kudos to the Band management and Live Nation. The tour is still ongoing so if they are in your city just do not miss the opportunity to witness it.
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