Alkaline Trio Plays The Newly-Renovated Agora

August 10th, 2018

Alkaline Trio made a tour stop at The Agora Theater on Thursday night.  In support of their soon-to-be-released ninth album, Is This Thing Cursed?, the band made a stop here in Cleveland, the first in almost three years. Over the twenty-two song set, the three-piece outfit offered a little bit from every one of their albums, with something to satisfy fans of all levels. 


The group was playing their first outing in our neck of the woods since 2015, when they had a sold-out, four-night stand at Cleveland Heights' Grog Shop. Opening last night's gig with “We’ve Had Enough,” they took the stage in their signature crimson color lights and black curtains with the band's logo firmly placed in the middle of the banner behind drummer Derek Grant.

Before the fourth song “Blackbird,” a backdrop of the newest albums was released and the crowd went wild. A few songs later, Matt Skiba told the crowd they just got the banner today and it was made just for Cleveland. Clearly he was joking, but it made for good in-between-song banter. Matt, who is currently taking a break from touring with his “new” band blink-182, seemed loose and as if he was having a great time through the 85-minute set. 


As always, Skiba and bassist Dan Andriano shared vocal duties; they sounded solid vocally and musically, even the newest songs sound as if they had been played for 15-20 years like “Every Thug Needs a Lady” and “Clavicle." 


One thing to note is the improvements made to The Agora this year: The band, who is no stranger to playing The Agora Theater, commented on the renovations and how much they enjoy coming to the CLE.

The band closed the main set with fan favorite “This Could Be Love,” and ended the show with the sing-a-long “Radio,” which had everyone in attendance screaming along at the top of their lungs.

Review by Troy Smith (No, not that Troy Smith...our Troy Smith)