This past Friday night, the Trance trio known as Above & Beyond kicked off their North American tour in support of their recently released album entitled We're All We Need. The venue of their first date with the North American continent was the recently renovated 17,500 capacity arena, The Forum in Los Angeles.
To put in words the feeling and emotion involved at an Above & Beyond show is a nearly impossible task. Through my experience of thousands of electronic music shows across a plethora of venues, artists, and genres, I can confidently say that Above & Beyond puts more feeling and energy into their shows more than any other electronic act out there.
The music itself that they produce carries deep and meaningful messages and as a regular staple of their lives shows, they communicate with their audience by posting slogans and messages on the big screen behind them. It is through this common ground of emotion and messages shared with their audience that gives them their unique identity and it is what has made them into the cult stars that they are today.
The well-deserved opener for the trance demigods was none other than a crowd favorite Matan Zohar, better known as simply Mat Zo. His largely eclectic set featured some big-room tech house jams such as Green Velvet's "Lazer Beams" and even Sander Van Doorn's classic re-rerub of Sia's "The Girl You Lost To Cocaine." However, what really won the crowd over was his own production, "Superman" on A&B's imprint Anjunabeats that properly set the stage for the trance masters. Now that the foundation had been laid, the main attraction of the night were ready to unleash the best trance show on Earth.
The guys played most of their entire new album and they didn't forget to play any of their hits either but they also had their usual heart-felt messages for Los Angeles which are equally as important to their fans. A few that seemed to resonate the most with the audience were, "you had us at hello", "we're wasting our young years but it's okay cause we are doing it together," & even "never forget those who love you back."
As for their famous highly anticipated "push the button" moment, the usual "Sun & Moon" choice was replaced for the first time with a new tune and it was done as the finale for the show with "Blue Sky Action."
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Above & Beyond at The Forum was truly a reinvigorating experience so check the calendar below for their next tour date near you: