The Maine kicked off their 10th year anniversary in style last night by playing The Great American Music Hall, the first night of a string of dates celebrating their sixth studio release entitled Lovely Little Lonely. And although the evening was rainy, it didn’t stop the sold-out crowd from welcoming them with open arms, which is a true testament to the longevity of this band.
With over a half a million records and 3 million songs collectively under their belt, they’ve amassed what could best be described as a devoted cult following. In San Francisco, last night it couldn’t have been more evident as they strung one hit song after the next to a sweaty packed crowd that couldn’t ask for more.
The crescendo of the performance came towards the end of the night when the Phoenix-based act kicked off their latest hit “Bad Behavior,” which levitated the audience into a state of frenzy as they danced and clapped to the refrain of the infectious new single.
About their latest release, O’Callaghan was quoted as saying that, “If you go back in time and listen to our first record all the way up to where we are now, it is no secret that we stretched ourselves in every direction. Through all of those twists and turns, however, our fans kept showing up. They kept buying albums, kept interacting online, kept growing the 8123 family, and most importantly, they kept listening. This helped us discover who we truly are as a band.”
The show started and ended early for a Friday night, and although the rain that was flooding the streets of San Francisco must have played a part in that, it didn’t stop the hungry crowd from supporting a band that first broke onto the scene almost a decade ago. It’ll be interesting to see if any of the bands that are coming out today will stand the same test of time and be greeted with equal fervor and adoration 10 years from now.