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Old 10-24-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
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Michael Franti/Spearhead

Has anyone else seen him on the Sound of Sunshine tour? Went to his show last night here in Pittsburgh. What a FUN, FUN gig! Seems like the nicest guy too. I hadn't even realized I saw his band The Disposible Heroes of Hiphoprisy open for U2 on the ZooTV tour until recently. And who could ever forget that "television, the drug of the nation" song played before U2 took the stage for those shows. I highly recommend trying to catch one of his shows.
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I was just going to start a thread about Michael Franti! I LOVE him and his band! Dying to see them live! How funny today I was just surfing youtube for live performances and came up with this gem from a music festival in 2008..
Yell Fire was written during the Bush years ofcourse!
LOVE LOVE the guitar rif in the middle.....sounds like Queen doesn't it?

YouTube - Michael Franti & Spearhead - Yell Fire - Live at All Good Festival

Here's the official video... very cool!!
YouTube - Yell Fire


And the song "I'll be Waiting" sounds like BAD's little brother!
Love it! He is amazing ...the energy is incredible!

YouTube - Michael Franti & Spearhead-I'll Be Waiting-House of Blues-Myrtle Beach,SC-08/28/10
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He is amazing ...the energy is incredible!
You HAVE to see him live sometime! The energy in the audience was amazing. He even made his way up to the isles in the balcony where our seats were and sang and played guitar right in front of us. I've already downloaded his last two albums which don't seem to have a weak song on them. Love the music and the lyrics are very uplifting. LOVE the official video of Yell Fire. Great song. Which record is that track from? I'm seriously thinking of making a road trip to Cleveland in November when he plays at the House of Blues.
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You HAVE to see him live sometime! The energy in the audience was amazing. He even made his way up to the isles in the balcony where our seats were and sang and played guitar right in front of us. I've already downloaded his last two albums which don't seem to have a weak song on them. Love the music and the lyrics are very uplifting. LOVE the official video of Yell Fire. Great song. Which record is that track from? I'm seriously thinking of making a road trip to Cleveland in November when he plays at the House of Blues.


Definitely going to see him next time he makes it up to the Pacific NW! I can't believe I have missed him on previous tours. The local station here, The Mountain plays him all the time so I knew of him, but then I surfed youtube for live performances and I was blown away by his energy and good heart! The U2/Bono connection was just a bonus! So great that he looks up to him as a role model/mentor kind of figure! Who doesn't in the music biz unless they are stupid! haha! But I love that they seemed to be kindred spirits ( minus the ganja )
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I didn't even realize that was his old band

I just put Say Hey on my iPod, that is such an addictive song. Good for walking. I like Sound of Sunshine too.
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I didn't even realize that was his old band

I just put Say Hey on my iPod, that is such an addictive song. Good for walking. I like Sound of Sunshine too.

Ya, check out his older stuff too! Amazing! He is so cool and kind.
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I love the way they seem to be kindred spirits ( minus the ganja )
Are we absolutely sure about that?
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Are we absolutely sure about that?
Nope, wouldn't surprise me at ALL either!!
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I'm seriously thinking of making a road trip to Cleveland in November when he plays at the House of Blues.
Got tickets today for the show in Cleveland. I'm gonna take my 10 year old son. He's gonna freak when Michael calls for all kids to come up on stage for the last song Say Hey! We adopted him and he's also Irish, German and African just like Michael was/is. Just so cool! Can't wait!
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Got tickets today for the show in Cleveland. I'm gonna take my 10 year old son. He's gonna freak when Michael calls for all kids to come up on stage for the last song Say Hey! We adopted him and he's also Irish, German and African just like Michael was/is. Just so cool! Can't wait!
Oh wow! Great mix! That is so cool!! You will have a blast!
Have you been following his video blogs on FB? Check out his wall there ( if you have FB that is) and see all the cool stuff he does!
His latest blog, he brought up a street performer on stage for the last song Say Hey...and let him take over the stage. On another video he brought a bunch of random fans on tour bus after the show and gave them a tour.
How sweet is he? I love him!!
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I have to say that I've kinda grown away from him. I love his early stuff (Home is one of the best albums ever!), but his later releases don't really grab me. Yell Fire was quite good, but All Rebel Rockers doesn't do much for me. About the same with his live shows (saw him 2 years ago or so). He sadly seems to be skipping over his early stuff in favour of the less interesting newer songs.
Oh well. He was great when we were on the same wavelength.
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Michael and his band were on David Letterman last night!!

YouTube - Michael Franti & Spearhead - "The Sound of Sunshine" 10/27 Letterman (TheAudioPerv.com)
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Michael and his band were on David Letterman last night!!
Missed that. Thanks for posting the video!
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I like him, but haven't had an opportunity to see a live show yet. Based on some of the videos I've seen it look like a fun experience with great crowd energy.
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Michael and the band are on the Early Show on CBS this morning... check it out if not too late. I am sure someone will post it up after on Youtube!
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