Concert Review: Alt Rockers Incubus Open Summer Tour in West Palm Beach

Nu-metal rockers Incubus kicked off their highly anticipated 2022 Summer Tour on Sunday, July 24, at iThink Financial Amphitheater on a shirt-soaking humid night in West Palm Beach, Florida. Longtime fans of the band embraced the return of Incubus with a sold-out crowd of over 20,000 faithful fans who packed the amphitheater, welcoming back the quintet alternative rock band who last performed in South Florida in 2019.

It was Long Beach, California-based reggae rockers Sublime with Rome who opened the show and got the energetic crowd on their feet moving from side-to-side. The trio included Rome Ramirez handling the vocals and original Sublime member Eric Wilson on his Gibson 5-string ripper bass and Carlos Verdugo handling things on the kit. Sublime with Rome played a steady helping of Sublime covers and some original material that brought back nostalgic memories of Sublime’s earlier times. The 50-minute set included some of the biggest songs in the Sublime catalog including fan-favorite sing-along tune “What I Got,” and Sublime with Rome closed out their set with crossover mega-hit ballad “Santaria.”

Incubus – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

With the crowd already primed and pumped, the house lights dropped to a near darkness as the silhouettes of the band moved about the stage and into their playing positions. Incubus consists of founding members Brandon Boyd (lead vocals), Mike Einziger  (guitar), and José Pasillas (drums) along with Chris Kilmore (turntables) and Ben Kenney (bass). With the players now in place, the lights brightened to a dark blue, and the crowd energy became electric. Things kicked into overdrive when mixmaster DJ Chris Kilmore got into his spinning and scratching routine leading into the opening tune “Nice to Know You.” Without hesitation the crowd reacted and quickly got up and out of their seats where many would remain for nearly the entire 90-minute set. It didn’t take long for Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd to get into it, as usual; his energy was infectious as he bounced about the stage like he has for 30 years since forming the band in 1991. If you have attended an Incubus show, you know they are a band that doesn’t rely on trickery or special effects to produce a rocking good show; they simply rely on their ability as exceptional musicians to consistently deliver as they have since they first formed. As the show progressed there were a couple of songs where Boyd’s voice struggled a bit, while with others he was true to form. Perhaps it was because this was the opening show of the tour, besides a recent performance earlier this month at the Mad Cool Festival in Spain.

Incubus – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

At the midpoint of the show, Incubus rewarded their loyal fans by playing the band’s most commercially successful song that became their only number one hit, “Megalomaniac,” off their 2004 album A Crow Left of the Murder. From there they transitioned into “Here in My Room” before getting into “Mexico,” a tune that hasn’t been played stateside in more than a decade. Interestingly, seven of the 20 songs from the setlist came from the band’s fourth studio album, 2001’s Morning View.

Incubus played the hits, including scratch-centric tune “Pardon Me” that not only proved Boyd’s vocal prowess but once again showcased Killmore’s masterful scratching skills. Like many alternative bands from the early ’90s, Incubus remains a solid and relevant band that continuous to fill amphitheaters, delivering memorable performances. From the way it appears, we will expect to see them continue to headline concerts and music festivals for the foreseeable future.

Incubus – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

 

Incubus Setlist: Nice to Know You, Circles, Wish You Were Here, Anna Molly, Just a Phase, Agoraphobia, Sick Sad Little World, Stellar, Megalomaniac, Here in My Room, Mexico, Pardon Me, Karma-Come Back, It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over (Lenny Kravitz cover), Vitamin, The Warmth, Drive, Dig, Encore: Warning, Aqueous Transmission.

 

Sublime with Rome Setlist: April 29, 1992 (Sublime cover), Badfish (Sublime cover), Wrong Way (Sublime cover), May Day, Smoke Two Joints (The Toyes cover), Doin’ Time (Sublime cover), Blackout, Wherever You Go, Light On, Same in the End (Sublime cover), What I Got (Sublime cover), Santeria (Sublime cover).

 

 

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