Concert Review: Orianthi at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA
Orianthi’s magical journey to recording her debut album Believe is one that is almost hard to..believe. Playing with guitar greats like Steve Vai and Carlos Santana before backing Carrie Underwood at the 2009 Grammys where Michael Jackson spotted her and offered her a job on what would have been his farewell tour sounds like something straight out of a fairy tale, but for Orianthi, it was just the storied path that led her to where she is now.
Knowing all of this before hearing a lick of her music might cause one to pause and wonder if anyone could possibly live up to that hype. Delivering on all cylinders whether it be shredding guitarist, empowering vocalist, or budding songwriter, Orianthi lives up to the hype – and then some. She’s living proof that sometimes the truth is better than fiction and while her past history is one that will be told and told again, her music and raw talent are the real story.
So what about the music? Don’t chalk Orianthi up to your standard bubble gum girl rocker – she has substance. Drawing early influences from her father’s record collection, Orianthi soaked up the six string stylings of Hendrix and Clapton and listened to a lot of the bands that really molded rock in the 80s like Van Halen, Whitesnake and Def Leppard. All of these influences have lent to her strong live stage presence. Rocking the opening slot on Adam Lambert’s Glamnation tour Orianthi has been ripping it up delivering a short but fulfilling set of songs from her debut album.
On the tour’s recent stop at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA she set the mood right out of the gate with some straight up, knee-bending guitar shredding. That was just to get our attention though. She continued to command the stage with her guitar prowess and vocal chops, which coincidentally was not exactly an easy feat considering the stage was “in the round” and revolving. Seeming to handle this with ease she cruised through her short set with modern girl-power anthems and bad boy-be-gone lyrics that would have any one waving their fists in the air – even ex-boyfriends. Her first single “According To You” was undoubtedly the crowd’s favorite as they roared with applause as the song took flight and sang along throughout. Other stand out favorites were the anthemic “Suffocated” and her latest single ”Shut Up & Kiss Me” (Which you can find on Believe II, an extended version of Believe with four new tracks). As an opening act it’s hard to know how fans will receive you but Orianthi seems to have won over the masses with her music and her message.
Watching Orianthi play definitely takes me back to a time when girl rock was more guts than glitter, it was quite refreshing to see an axe-wielding broad that wasn’t afraid to bust out a guitar solo that would rival the best of them. Currently preparing to release her first single in the UK followed by a tour there Orianthi isn’t showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. Setting her sights high Orianthi noted in a recent interview that one of her goals is to be on her own world tour. Ironically enough, it’s not that hard to imagine those guitar riffs assaulting crowds of thousands, present company included.
For more on Orianthi visit her official website here