Mumford & Sons Show Off 'Wilder' Side & Cover '80s Hit With Mark Hoppus at The Forum: Live Review

Mumford & Sons
Review
4.5
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<p><a href="http://www.billboard.com/artist/311935/mumford-sons/chart">Mumford &amp; Sons</a> have transitioned from the small hipster band that plays at an outdoor campground under the stars to a large rock band that plays arenas with flashing lights in front of thousands of screaming fans.</p><p>And it suits them.</p><p>The folk-rock band rocked&nbsp;The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., for a second sold-out show, and their energy was arguably higher than it was on the first night, thanks to the surprises they had in store for fans throughout the show.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6568225/mumford-sons-record-leap-no-1-billboard-artist-100"><strong>Mumford &amp; Sons Makes Record Leap to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100</strong></a></p><p>The quartet swapped out their banjos for electric guitars and added in drums for their most recent world tour, adding in a rock sound -- which was the goal&nbsp;when creating the recent&nbsp;<em>Wilder Mind</em>&nbsp;album, Mumford &amp; Sons <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6531123/billboard-cover-mumford-sons-on-wilder-mind-album-kanye-west-personal-lives">told&nbsp;<em>Billboard&nbsp;</em>for their April cover story</a>.</p><p>"Only Love," which comes from the new album, kicked off the nearly two-hour set. The flawless harmonies of the four British men got the crowd riled up and ready to dance. Before launching into their hit "I Will Wait," Marcus Mumford encouraged the audience to do whatever they wanted throughout the evening and not worry about who was next to them or behind them.</p><p>For every song on the&nbsp;<em>Wilder Mind </em>album played live, tour drummer Chris Maas appeared onstage but would disappear otherwise.</p><p>Marcus brought out producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett to strum the guitar during "Awake My Soul," but Burnett was overshadowed later in the evening when banjo player Winston Marshall brought out openers <a href="http://www.billboard.com/artist/419348/vaccines/chart">The Vaccines</a>, <a href="http://www.billboard.com/artist/6341621/jack-garratt/chart">Jack Garratt</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.billboard.com/artist/298592/blink-182/chart?sort=date">Blink-182</a>'s <a href="http://www.billboard.com/artist/1527440/mark-hoppus/chart">Mark Hoppus&nbsp;</a>to sing the <a href="http://www.billboard.com/artist/301929/eurythmics/chart">Eurythmics</a>'&nbsp;"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6531123/billboard-cover-mumford-sons-on-wilder-mind-album-kanye-west-personal-lives"><strong>Billboard Cover: Mumford &amp; Sons on Their Banjo-Free New Album, Personal Obsessions and Why Kanye West Is the 'Only Rock Star Left'</strong></a></p><p>Marshall told the screaming crowd that back in 1999, the only thing all four bandmembers could agree on was that they all loved Blink-182's&nbsp;<em>Enema of the State</em>. He called&nbsp;Hoppus onstage, and they all sang a banjo-less '80s synth-pop&nbsp;cover.</p><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="/TicketVoucher/videos/vb.191296307582713/923395364372800/?type=1"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/TicketVoucher/videos/923395364372800/"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TicketVoucher/videos/923395364372800/">Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) Eurythmics Cover</a><p>#MumfordAndSons Feat. #Blink182's Mark Hoppus, The Vaccines &amp; Jack Garratt</p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TicketVoucher">TicketVoucher</a> on Wednesday, August 19, 2015</blockquote></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Marcus kept the rock spirit alive after the guests left the stage by crowd-surfing to "Dust Bowl Dance." The foursome toned it down a bit when they jumped&nbsp;over to a stage in the middle of the floor to sing two acoustic songs around a single microphone.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6531125/mumford-sons-the-wolf-new-song"><strong>Mumford &amp; Sons Unleash 'The Wolf' on New Song</strong></a></p><p>The band finished out the night with a bang&nbsp;with their most popular songs&nbsp;"Little Lion Man" and "The Wolf." Although fans walked away wishing the set was longer (they spoke of missing hits such as "White Blank Page" and "Roll Away Your Stone"), it was an unforgettable evening in Inglewood.</p><p><strong>The Forum night two setlist:</strong><br>"Only Love"<br>"I Will Wait"<br>"Below My Feet"<br>"Wilder Mind"<br>"Awake My Soul"<br>"Lover of the Light"<br>"Thistle &amp; Weeds"<br>"Ghosts That We Knew"<br>"Believe"<br>"Tompkins Square Park"<br>"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"<br>"The Cave"<br>"Monster"<br>"Snake Eyes"<br>"Ditmas"<br>"Dust Bowl Dance"</p><p><strong>B-Stage:</strong><br>"Sister"<br>"Cold Arms"</p><p><strong>Encore:</strong><br>"Hot Gates"<br>"Little Lion Man"<br>"The Wolf"</p>