Submitted by mindsetsail:
I had the GREAT fortune to be able to attend both the Portland show and the Seattle show. The first time I’d seen the boys in concert was at the Oakland show of the RRT, and I had thought it would be the last time I could see them live until their new album came out. I was SO thankful that they did a short west coast tour, and that this blog let me know about the shows well enough in advance that I could get presale tickets to both…
Quote: “It’s really remarkable just how Mumford & Sons can turn an album full of depressing, hurting, and angry songs into a 15,000-strong sing-along. It was cathartic and exciting, empowering and inspiring. It was one of the more fun concerts I’ve seen in a long time, and — much like I felt after that first date — I can’t wait to see them again.”
[EDIT]: Be sure to read the one response below the review as well…
So good. So true. So accurate. So worth reading.
Submitted by Camille:
I’m going to make an attempt to sum up the incredible time I had at the Mumford & Sons concert last night at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, but really it can’t be put into words…
So we got there at like 1 pm and we were some of the first people in line, which was nice. But I am not going to lie, it was fucking freezing outside. The wait was painful at times, but the excitement managed to keep us warm.
Hours later once doors finally opened, all hell broke loose and people were going crazy. Imagine 10,000 people running up three flights of stairs. And yes, 10,000 people. Ben announced that this was the biggest show they have ever played in America, so yay Portland! Luckily though, I was in the very front stationed between Winston and Ted.
The set list was fucking perfect. Seriously, fucking perfect. I almost died from dancing/banjo stomping so hard. It had the perfect mix of new songs and songs from Sigh No More. But holy shit, when they played Ghosts, I started balling. So beautiful.
One of the highlights of the show was when Marcus was talking about how this was their 4th time playing in Portland and they were glad to see old friends again and Ted pointed directly at me and smiled and winked. Winston even recognized me from the time I met them two years ago. That’s how fucking good their memory is. Gah, I love them so much.
Marcus rambled on about how shocked he was to be playing in front of so many people. The boys were so humbled by it. Marcus also said the word “fuck” a good 50 times. I need to find footage of him talking because it was hilarious. Winston and Marcus had lots of cute moments too. Like there was a moment when Marcus went up to Winston and they were pretending to lick each other. It was classic.
Seeing Mumford & Sons is a religious experience for me. To be completely honest, the past few months have been very dark for me. Seeing the boys last night reminded why I am alive and how much beauty there really is the world. This sounds cheesy and stupid, but to me, Mumford & Sons is happiness. I really needed to see them. I honestly feel like I have a reason to live again. So I’d like to thank the boys for that.
Oh and I got to wish Winston a happy birthday.
Now let the post concert depression begin.
Not cheesy or stupid. Accurate for many, many Mumford & Sons fans. Thank you for sharing. -M&SB