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Neon Trees Take it Back to the 80s in Orlando

BY ALYSSA HOLCOMB

Neon Trees may have been the opening act on Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” tour in Orlando Saturday night (March 30), but the band brought the dance party out early with an enthusiastic set.

Opening their 30 minute show with “Moving In The Dark” (off of their latest record Picture Show), singer Tyler Glenn was colorful and always moving from the get go. Complete with a standard neon mic stand, Glenn (complete in a big jacket and tight pants fit for an 80s rocker) moonwalked his way around the stage.

Video clip: Neon Trees – Everybody Talks (Orlando, 3-30-13)

Neon Trees at Amway Center (facebook.com/amwaycenter)

The Michael Jackson theme was a common one of the night – Glenn danced all over the stage through song after song. (Later, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine would croon the opening of MJ’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” to segue into their set.) Glenn also split vocal duties with drummer Elaine Bradley on an awesome, on-point cover of The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me.” The band is known for its 80s flair, but this cover perfectly exhibited that style in terms of both music and vox.

Video clip: Neon Trees – Don’t You Want Me (cover) (Orlando, 3-30-13)

Glenn led the crowd in an a capella opening for hit single “Animal.” Other songs in the set included “Lessons In Love” and “Trust.” The short set (each of the two openers got 30 minutes to allow for Maroon 5’s almost hour and a half long set) was unfortunately clipped, but as a fan of the band, it was a great start to a night full of hooks, beats, and lots and lots of dancing.

Neon Trees is on tour with Maroon 5 through the summer.

Video clip: Neon Trees – Animal (Orlando, 3-30-13)

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