Snow Patrol at The Wiltern Los Angeles, October 20, 2009

Snow Patrol Winter Tour 2009 - The Wiltern, Los Angeles, 10-09
Snow Patrol Winter Tour 2009 - The Wiltern, Los Angeles, 10-09

Snow Patrol is one of the fastest growing brands in rock music today. A few days before they came on at The Wiltern, they opened for U2 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. They’re big and getting bigger. I had seen them before, about 3-4 years ago at The Hollywood Bowl. That concert was an awakening. I had never heard of Snow Patrol before that night. Sitting a level up from the right side of the stage, I didn’t realize I was witnessing one of the best and unique concerts I’ll see. Snow Patrol at the time was young and not well known. Their music had just been introduced to America (from Belfast and Scotland). Their music was excellent, the sound tight, the production pure Hollywood. The rapport established with the crowd at The Hollywood Bowl was phenomenal. Just alot of bantering and funny stories coming from a shy kid and lead singer named Gary Lightbody who seemed awestruck and giddy that he was getting paid to sing his songs. One read of their early struggles and it was no wonder. Combining the acoustics of The Hollywood Bowl made this a night I would never forget.

While I enjoy The Wiltern and will always pay to see a performer I enjoy, its acoustics are not on par with The Orpheum and needless to say, The Hollywood Bowl. And, unfortunately, the boys in Snow Patrol have grown up. They’re not as silly or awestruck so the luster has sort of worn off. However, and thankfully, their music survives because of its brilliant composing, truthful beat, hopeful, spiritual and retrospective lyrics, group harmony and genuineness. The production level did not approximate that of the Hollywood Bowl but it was still Snow Patrol and it was still magnificent.

Snow Patrol Playlist and Song List – The Wiltern, Los Angeles (partial)

  • Chasing Cars
  • Run
  • Chocolate
  • Hands Open
  • Open Your Eyes
  • Grazed Knees
  • Set The Fire To The Third Bar
  • Shut Your Eyes
  • How To Be Dead
  • Wow
  • Gleaming Auction
  • Whatever’s Left
  • Spitting Games
  • Ways & Means
  • Tiny Little Fractures
  • Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking
  • Same
  • Make This Go On Forever
  • Headlights On Dark Roads
  • The Finish Line
  • You’re All I Have
  • If There’s A Rocket Tie Me To It
  • Take Back The City
  • The Lightning Strike

Current Snow Patrol Members

  • Gary Lightbody – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
  • Nathan Connolly – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Wilson – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Jonny Quinn – drums, percussion
  • Tom Simpson – keyboards, samples

Former Snow Patrol Members

  • Mark McClelland (left in 2005) – bass guitar
  • Michael Morrison (left in 1996) – drums

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