The best concert I’ve ever been to started with the second best previously-unknown opening act I’ve discovered. In late 2007, I went up to Baltimore to catch the last show of the Polyphonic Spree’s “The Fragile Army” tour. The main act was mind-blowingly awesome (and hey, they’re on tour right now! Get your tickets!), but as an opener, Rooney did a great job. Actually, it seemed like there were as many Rooney fans in the audience as there were Spree fans… at least while they were on stage; I think a lot of them left before the Spree took the stage – huge mistake there, but so it goes.
A few catchy hooks made some of Rooney’s original material instantly sound familiar, but they also broke out a cover of an old Del Shannon song that probably went over the heads of many of the younger kids in the crowd. I think the only people who might have recognized “Runaway” were myself and an older guy standing near me. Although Rooney’s set was pretty much overwhelmed by the headliners that night, they still made a good impression and I’ll give them the thumbs up for contributing to a memorable night.