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Mumford & Sons at the Garden

Posted by Adam 12  February 6, 2013 11:43 AM
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Back in September, I wrote the following about Mumford & Sons:

"In May of 2010, a few of us here at RadioBDC were lucky enough to see Mumford & Sons perform an acoustic set in front of about 60 people at the Ames Hotel in Boston. This summer, Paul Driscoll saw the band play to thousands on a hillside in Portland, Maine. Clearly, this is a band poised for big things.

But you don't know how big.

I caught their set at the Providence Performing Arts Center and I can say without hesitation that Mumford & Sons are, quite simply, the greatest band around right now. Their talent and heart are unparalleled. Coldplay, who were in Boston last week and are regarded by many as the "world's biggest band," paled in comparison.

Crazy talk, right? You'll see. Mark my words: Mumford & Sons will sell out the Garden someday soon."

And what happened? They sold out Boston Garden. In six minutes. And all the people (and there were plenty of them) who called Mumford & Sons "overrated" and called me a fool for putting them ahead of Coldplay had to eat crow.

Last night, there was no crowing. Just crooning, as thousands sang along with song after song. I've seen plenty of bands try to make the transition from the small stage to the big stage and come up short. Mumford & Sons had no problem at all on the Garden platform last night. They're charming and charismatic. They perform with energy and passion. They transition effortlessly from their traditional four-piece setup to a "big band" set up to stripped-down a cappella arrangements.

They're the best there is right now. And they have the makeup to keep it that way for quite some time.

These are some pictures of the view last night, and also a short video from GM Jeff Moriarty.



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