Lively crowd entertained by Candlebox at Buster’s Tuesday

A large, loud and lively crowd greeted ’90s Seattle grunge-era band Candlebox at Buster’s Billiards & Backroom Tuesday night.

The crowd was treated to a two-hour, 18-plus song set. The band ripped through new songs with the same vigor as their hits from the early ’90s.

It was one of the larger crowds to see a rock show at Buster’s in recent months, and the band fed off the crowd’s energy.

One of the highlights of the show was during the song Arrow,” as lead singer Kevin Martin talked about the Seattle grunge scene and the ’90s, which led to a medley of hits from bands that influenced the band, such as Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Van Halen.

“Great crowd. Amazing, amazing time,”Candlebox drummer Scott Mercado said after the show. “One of the most fun shows we’ve had. Very active crowd — very loud, knew the songs and sang along. “

Martin mentioned during the show that in Candlebox’s 22 years together as a band, it had never played Lexington.

“Great town,” Martin said after the show. “We’ll be back.”

Candlebox Setlist:

1 – Don’t You

2 – Believe In It

3 – Underneath It All

4 – Change

5 – Blossom

6 – No Lights

7 – She Come Over Me

8 – Breathe Me In

9 – Arrow w/medley including covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” and Van Halen’s “Unchained”

10 – Stand

11 – Simple Lessons

12 – Bitches Brewin’

13 – Sweet Summertime

14 – Miss You

15 – Cover Me

16 – Far Behind


17 – You

18 – Rain – very lengthy bluesy jam at end

Acidic opened the show with a blistering 40-minute, 11-song set.

I met Acidic lead singer Michael Gossard at the front door of Buster’s as I arrived for the show. He greeted every fan as they entered the venue, giving them a business card with a code to download some of their music.

“Every time you get in front of people you have never met, you have to stand at the door and give everyone some free stuff, say you name and say hello,” Gossard said, explaining his philosophy. “That’s what I am doing. “

After five songs, I was struck that a lead singer that had so engaged a crowd prior to the show had done very little to engage them once the show started.

That changed quickly, as Gossard took to the Buster’s floor to join the crowd in a rousing rendition of The Beatles’ Come Together

Gossard said after the tour with Candlebox is over, his band will hit the studio to produce its third album. He has more than 45 songs written for the project already.