Review / photos: Cake tastes great at a packed Jannus Live
It’s been quite some time since Cake has been to central Florida.
Thankfully the weather for Saturday’s concert at Jannus Live was perfect, and people seemed to be elated to be a part of the long-awaited show. I’m not sure Jannus Live expected a sellout with this show, but that is just what they got. Scalped tickets on the sidewalks outside were at $90 a pop, and diconcerted, wide-eyed fans were buying them. I don’t recall Jannus ever being so packed with people. Thankfully, the positive mood made the crammed areas slightly more comfortable.
And I hope you got the memo — no opening bands. So if you were late, not only did you miss a good part of the show, singer John McCrea, called you out on your tardiness.
Throughout the years, Cake has seen several changes in their lineup, but there were no changes this time around. It’s hard to believe it has been seven years since Cake has released new music. Last week’s release of Showroom of Compassion features McCrea on vocals, Vince DiFiore on trumpet and keyboards, Xan McCurdy on guitar, Gabe Nelson on bass and Paulo Baldi on drums.
The album was recorded in an eco-friendly environment — the studio was powered by solar energy. On stage Saturday night, the finely bearded McCrea drank from an environmentally friendly water container, not a commercial water bottle. And as one would expect from a positive, eco-friendly show, a lucky fan went home with a tree! Does it get any more green?
Overall the show was a great — a well-formed mix of old and new music, starting with Comfort Eagle. Later in the set, fans got a version of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs, which was covered on their 2007 compilation B-Sides and Rarities. For the encore, Love You Madly, Jolene and The Distance finished up the show.
My only complaint was a quick intermission mid-set. After playing a handful of songs, the crowd was just so into the music and vibe. Then, see ya later, bye ... off the stage they went. The crowd waited patiently; it just seemed to last too long. I suppose some cross-legged fans scrambled to the newly remodeled Jannus Live bathrooms or grabbed a beer during the break. But the intermission just didn’t fit the flow of the show.
No news was offered on why Cake chose to not have any opening performers, but obviously, none were needed for ticket sales. As McCrea told the crowd: “It’s just Cake, and we are just going to hang out and spend some time together tonight.”
Next time don’t wait seven more years to hang out with us!
-- Review / photos by Andrew Carlton, tbt*