Saturday in Denver was meant to be the last stop on this leg of Wallows’ North American Tell Me That It’s Over tour, until a couple of rescheduled shows were added. They still have a second leg to go in the fall, with international shows to follow.
For now, this show was electric. The crowd was excited, maybe even more so for the band’s merch, and Wallows themselves seemed pumped to be playing Denver for the first time. Members Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters, and Cole Preston were joined by several touring band members, with an opening act by spill tab, who played some of her dreamy tunes along with covers to Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson and Yeah! by Usher on ukulele.
Fans throughout the venue held signs, some of them seeming to profess love, some requesting songs, and one asking Dylan if he farts, to which he replied, “no, never, of course not.”
Wallows played some of their earlier (2017-2019) songs that fans love, like “Pleaser” and “1980s Horror Film II”. They of course played most of their songs from the new album, ending with “Guitar Romantic Search Adventure”, one of the more solemn tracks, before the encore. Dylan joked that they had to end even though they didn’t want to, as they were all hungry.
They came out for a three-song encore, including an audience member request, finishing with “Are You Bored Yet?”.
Through the entire show, Minnette and Lemasters did most of the singing, but every now and again Preston would join in, or switch instruments with Minnette to lead a song. It was intriguing and simultaneously reassuring to see how much agency each of them seemed to have over lyrics, vocals, etc. as though it was all a team effort between the three of them.
It has been exhilarating to watch the band’s growth, and especially exciting to see them perform for the first time in a new city at such a large venue. I wish them luck on the rest of their tour, and hope to see them next time headlining Red Rocks.