OneRepublic - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 6/1/2014

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Next up was the group's "bar-closing" song "Something I Need." After an interlude, Tedder returned to the stage to play and LED-lit piano "solo" -- this term is used loosely because thousands of people immediately launched into the first verse of "Apologize" on cue. When Tedder tried to have the audience help him blend Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" in rounds the "Apologize" chorus, things didn't coordinate as well, but the moment wasn't a complete loss -- what he can do with his voice is spectacular (the encore cover of Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World," too, was a treat courtesy of his pipes). Following suit, band members turned a few tricks on their respective instruments. Multi-instrumentalist Zach Filkins played some flamenco magic on looping pedal solo onstage before "Counting Stars."

Tedder isn't a typical front man, whether this is intentional or not. He doesn't outshine his band mates in his performance style, and he doesn't distract from the songs with ego. It was an interesting phenomenon.

The cellist Brent Kutzle took over the spotlight while Tedder slipped into a fedora for "Au Revoir." The group then played another Native track, "Feel Again," their benefit song for Save the Children. He joked about writing a new song the night before, then began playing Extreme's "More Than Words." This was the precursor to "Good Life," a song Tedder said was written in two hours. It had one of the biggest fan reactions of the night.

If you want a taste of OneRepublic's show, Malibu rum offered the following elixirs:

'Til the Love Rums Out 2 parts Malibu 1.5 parts cranberry juice 1.5 parts pineapple juice Build over ice. Stir and serve.

Stop & Stare Fizz 2 parts Malibu Island Spiced 1.5 parts lemon lime soda 1.5 parts cranberry juice Build over ice. Stir and serve.

Good Life Sunrise 2 parts Malibu Black 1 part orange juice Splash of grenadine Build over ice. Stir and serve.

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