Like most bands on the road this summer, Incubus witnessed first-hand the downturn in the concert market via sluggish ticket sales and the occasional apathetic audience. But the stars were aligned whe
Like most bands on the road this summer, Incubus witnessed first-hand the downturn in the concert market via sluggish ticket sales and the occasional apathetic audience. But the stars were aligned when the group pulled into the famed Colorado venue Red Rocks on July 26, a show chronicled on the new Epic DVD, "Alive at Red Rocks."
"It was a dark summer for all touring bands, us included," lead singer Brandon Boyd admits to Billboard.com. "It wasn't terrible but we'd obviously had some better days in terms of crowd turnout. This show was sold out way in advance, so we were like, 'Ah ha! Make DVD at sold-out concert! At Red Rocks? Even better!' It seemed like we had the music gods on our side too, because it was raining most of the day, but then it stopped right after soundcheck."
Beyond such rock radio hits as "Drive," "Wish U Were Here" and "Megalomaniac," the DVD finds Incubus stretching its sound to new and unusual places.
"We do a lot of improvising in portions of our set," Boyd says. "'Vitamin,' from our first full-length, right after the bridge, we go into this extended, albeit gratuitous, three-piece drum jam between [drummer] Jose Pasillas, [bassist] Ben [Kenney] and myself. It moves into a full-on rock drum solo by Jose, which before this year is something we would have never thought about doing! There's also a long jam in 'Sick Sad Little World' that turned out pretty cool."
Boyd also raves about the visual imagery created by the British collective Lynn Fox, which can be isolated for five songs or woven into concert footage. "They've applied architectural computer programs to art, and made this amazing, psychedelic, organic suggestive imagery that meanders through five of the songs," he says. "We normally had a big backdrop projecting the stuff, but we couldn't use it at Red Rocks, because of the wind. We also didn't want to block the gorgeous view."
Incubus has one final live appearance on its schedule this year to promote its latest Epic album, "A Crow Left of the Murder," which has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported, the group will play Dec. 12 as part of the second night of Los Angeles radio station KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas.