Crowd manipulation, expert level

I don’t usually go for bands that demand audience participation. Back in the days when I could spend eight hours at a music festival, the last thing I wanted to hear was someone on stage yelling at me to get up and yell. If I wanted to yell and jump, I could’ve stayed home and avoided the $50 tickets, the filthy bathrooms, the aroma of pot smoke, etc.

But one band is an exception. And I think it’s because they seem to have a cause. They’re not asking you to get into it for some ego trip. Their creed is that there’s nothing more important at this moment than to throw your problems out the window and celebrate the fact that you’re alive.

And the band’s leader is exceptionally good at making you believe that creed. He could’ve been a televangelist and made more money than he’s making in this veteran bar band with a couple of semi-hits.

Have you guessed?

It’s Cowboy Mouth.

Someone caught the act in Boston and put it on YouTube in five parts. Enjoy …

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5


One thought on “Crowd manipulation, expert level

  1. I saw Cowboy Mouth open for Barenaked Ladies a number of years ago. I didn’t pay much attention at the time, but my dad was convinced it was one of the most electrifying opening acts he had ever seen.

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