From the opening song of actor turned rock-star Kiefer Sutherland’s concert Wednesday at the Roxy in Los Angeles, it was obvious by the fans in attendance that it wasn’t going to be one of those typical celebrity trying to sing shows. These fans were there for the music.
I can't say I went into this being familiar with Kiefer's catalogue. But what I can say is all the songs sounded awesome and had a great Americana vibe.
The night started out with Kiefer and the band playing "Can't Stay Away'. I guessed the title only a few minutes in the song because it was one of his more catchy hooks I couldn't get out of my head. It was a fitting track to get the fans warmed up to the hometown vibe his music brings. The second song “I’ll Do Anything,” was as good as the first which was accentuated by Sutherland’s raspy voice.
If you didn't know they shuffle us media folk to the front of the stage, we check out the first three songs, then they shuffle you right out of the venue. Most-of-the-time, we get to make the decision to stay or leave. But I couldn't leave just yet. I was hooked. So now we are on the fifth song of the set, which I was told was Sutherland’s first single, “Not Enough Whiskey.” which was also a crowd pleaser. Seems like Jack Bauer likes his Jack Daniels.
By now I was having an awesome time, and in my mind, my hero Jack Bauer was on stage, armed with a guitar and that gravelly voice, in front of a sold out venue with everyone under his spell, and as the night went on I snapped out of my fanboy moment and enjoyed the musician Kiefer Sutherland playing mostly acoustic guitar and showing off some of his rock-star moves.
Kiefer's set is a mash up of folk, blues-rock and country, and his four-man band was as tight as any major touring band should be. Sutherland himself also did great entertaining the audience with a few story-telling moments and his impressive musicianship. His voice also was much better than what you would expect form a "celebrity singer".
So I ended up staying the whole 80/90-minute set, (I lost track of time). Song after song from his debut album, “Down in a Hole,” and a few cover songs, were of a quality that was way above what you’d expect from an actor. I Knoooow, I said that earlier in the review, BUT I have attended many music shows of actors I see on TV, that now want you to believe that they are "true" musicians, and most fall short.
Back to the concert. Sutherland closed the main set strongly with the album’s title track, which featured his band and also put an explanation point on a great night. So if your a fan of great down-home music, this is a great show. We don't do many review's here at The Buzz, but this was worth doing and Kiefer's show is worth seeing.