Gavin DeGraw At The Fleet Center
Boston January 14, 2005
In an effort to entice new fans to come out for Celtics games, the folks at
The Fleet Center (working title), along with local radio station Kiss 108
and Verizon Wireless, put rising star Gavin DeGraw on a miniature stage
behind one of the nets for a musical double shot.
With his sparklingly
soulful vocals and angular piano work, DeGraw wowed the halftime crowd with
his hit single "Wanna Be." Though the muddy guitar lent edge to what began
as a pianistic solo rendition, the vocal pile-on robbed the chorus of its
individualistic anthem. When DeGraw and Co. came back after the game,
however, the mix was much more balanced, coursing from the rollicking
changes of "Crush" to soulful funk of "Chemical Party" and the arresting
love song "Baby Iím a Cop."
Though a medley of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"
and "Proud Mary" lost some of Gavinís younger fans (many of whom were to be
found singing every other lyric), the unbalanced duet with Celtic center
Walter McCarty of "Follow Through" got everyone together and the groovy
closer "Chariot" ( the title track to DeGrawís recently platinum-ed debut
album) carried them away.
Now if only the Celtics could find such winning ways!
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