It was a love fest with Melissa Etheridge in Anderson, Indiana, Tuesday night, September 28, 2021, at the beautiful Paramount Theatre.
If you are an Etheridge fan, as the audience this night, you would have been on your feet, dancing, and yes, sometimes singing with one of rock music's great female icons.
Following an opener with guitar soloist and singer Diana DeMuth, the rest of the night was all Etheridge. She rocked the house with many of her hits, from opener "No Souvenirs" to "Bring Me Some Water," "Ain't It Heavy," "I'm the Only One," "I Want to Come Over," "Come to My Window" and "Like the Way I Do". "Every night I have a different setlist," Etheridge said and each evening she chooses to take a deeper dive into some of her past albums throughout her 2-hour concert.
Her new album "One Way Out" was just released on September 17 and is a compilation of nine songs she wrote in the 1980s and '90s that never saw the light of day. Etheridge was looking through these decades-old songs/demos years ago while gathering materials for a retrospective box set. As she went through the songs, it brought her back to the start of her career and how they just weren't right for that particular time. In 2013, the singer was back with her original band, giving these songs a new life, but shortly after she finished the records, she would part ways with her label and the box set was shelved. Not until the pandemic, when she was sorting through old files to share with fans on Etheridge TV's Friday Night Time Machine show, did she decide the time was finally right? Tuesday night, her fantastic band featured drummer Eric Gardner, bassist David Santos, and multi-instrumentalist Max Hart.
Etheridge exploded onto the rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed, self-titled album. It was clear this evening that her catalog of music over these past 30+ years was a discography she cherished and most definitely one her fans adored. Among her many accomplishments, Etheridge has five platinum albums, won two Grammy awards from fifteen nominations, and is an Oscar winner for Best Original Song "I Need to Wake Up" from the documentary An Inconvenient Truth in 2007.
For Central Indiana audiences, it's a reminder not to forget to check out these performance gems in the smaller iconic theaters like the Paramount in Anderson, which opened in 1929, and the Long Center in Lafayette (opened in 1921) that have an intimate appeal and alone are worthy of the trip to experience the opulence of the time when these halls were built.
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