“Never Shout Never’s Whimsical Charm Captivates West Palm Beach, Fl.”
It’s a quarter past seven in West Palm Beach, Fl. Inside the Cruzan Amphitheater Sum 41 just finished their performance and countless amounts of energy-filled fans were left breathless and with bruises that will give a new definition to the color purple. But a few seconds later the majority of those same people begin to chant: “Never Shout Never, Never Shout Never!” Those harmonious cries were satisfied as Christofer Drew came into sight with a mysterious yet peaceful look while holding a burning cigarette between his fingers. He walked ever so slowly, placed his mouth over the microphone and said “How are you West Palm Beach?” in a calm and composed manner but the crowd responded with chaotic cheers and shouts. After that moment it was clear that everyone was ready to sway, sing, smile, and simply have a great time.
Drew’s presence transformed the ambiance surrounding the AP Advent Stage from a brutal one filled with insane pushing and shuffling to a serene one filled with sing-alongs and happiness. And well honestly, a performance that begins with a song titled “Love is Our Weapon” is bound to wash away any rudeness and anger found in the atmosphere. In this case Christofer Drew is the unique mind behind songs that promote spreading love. And at this particular Vans Warped Tour stop Drew proofed that his lyrics are real by choosing a stranger from the audience and handing him a long board. This random act of kindness highlighted for me Drew’s truth of love being his weapon.
Drew’s charismatic way of speaking gave the crowd reasons to smile and laugh. He introduced his ukulele by the name of “Steven Spielberg” and that simple comment made many burst out in cute and innocent giggles.
At the West Palm Beach show Never Shout Never attracted a pretty diverse audience. Although the girls outnumbered the boys, there was still a large amount of boys in the crowd enjoying the music. Drew truly made the performance enjoyable due to his ability to speak to a massive (diverse) audience in a genuine and real way and his ability to play live music with so much soul and love.
Never Shout Never’s performance was brought to closure with the reflective song “Big City Dreams”. Based on the crowds devoted singing and shouting it was certain that the last thing they wanted was to watch Drew walk away. But since his time to leave had to come the array of fans made the best of that last song by singing loudly from start to finish.
Christofer Drew definitely satisfied all the South Floridians that watched his performance. After watching him live it is evident that Drew is a musician who performs in hopes of giving the fans a fun and unique concert experience. Drew’s charm will, undoubtedly, leave a lasting effect on the souls of all those who sang, stood, swayed, and jumped proudly in front of the AP Advent Stage.
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Warp tour 2010 fet. Never Shout Never was by far the best Warp tour I have been to. There was so much energy found at St. Pete's Vinoy park the very day of warp tour. Even though it poured most of the time it never put a damper on any of the performances like Hey Monday, The Summer Set and Suicide Silence but I have to say by far it was worth the wait when Never Shout Never came on at 8:00pm. Even though Chris did not have a signing that day and was not feeling at his best. He performed at his best and I have to say out of all the Never Shout Never concerts that I have attended this one by far was the best. Christopher Drew even feeling under the weather brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the stage and the crowds response to it was priceless! Instead of standing in a crowd it felt like standing with friends! Everyone was singing along to Chis's beautiful lyrics and truly bringing the ambiance of Peace and Love! This was truly by far the best show I have been too!
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Like most other places in Pennsylvania, Scranton is a bit sleepy. But on July 15, when the Vans Warped Tour rolled through, it actually fit its title of the “Electric City”. Artists from all over lit up the seven stages from morning till night. Among them was one of my absolute favorites and reason for going to Warped at all: Never Shout Never. And what a show it was! Even though Christofer Drew broke his foot a few days before (it was in a cast and he walked to and from the mic on crutches), he didn’t hold back. While sitting the whole time he still managed to put all his energy and lovely positivity into the songs. Not that he didn’t feel bad about it, though. There were a few times that he said how jealous he was of the crowd for being able to stand and dance. Speaking of the crowd, it was huge! That sounds like kind of an obvious statement for something like Warped Tour, but NSN played on a pretty small stage in a less congested area of the venue. I was able to get really close to the stage for other artists that performed in the same spot. But getting there about a half an hour before the scheduled start time definitely wasn’t enough. People were packed into the pit area like an overstuffed suitcase that you can’t close until you sit on it. I assume most of those people were Never Shout Never fans, but Sum 41 had played on the neighboring stage right before. You can’t say that Never Shout Never and Sum 41 make the same kind of music, but from what I saw you can say that people stuck around. It was funny to see fans hop from stage to stage throughout the day to catch their favorite bands and then flee immediately afterwards like they were guilty at a crime scene in order to get somewhere else. I honestly believe that they stuck around because of the calming effect Christofer Drew has. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing; when you hear that sweet “I just want to be your best friend” voice, you can’t think of anything else. Not to mention that the songs are so darn catchy and the lyrics can be picked up easily so everyone can join in. He did a variety of songs, including some from the incredibly popular What Is Love? album. He still had all those little tricks up his sleeve, too, like the exaggerated eh-hem cough before the chorus of “I Love You 5”. The crowd was invited to do it too, since in his own words it’s “fun”.
He also never fails to give kudos to all the guys that stick around to watch him. Christofer Drew likes to say he wouldn’t be caught dead at one of his own shows, so it’s a good thing he always shows up for them. Another thing I liked was that he went on at 5:15. By that point everyone had a chance to bake in the sun all day and walk a bunch and be around tons of sweaty people, but watching NSN perform was like a second wind. It’s just the right kind of good music and fun you need to journey forth and continue a tiring day. There’s not a lot more I can say about the show. It was just like I expected, and that’s a good thing. I knew it would be amazing and it was. Never Shout Never is always amazing and the day people stop realizing that is the day the world’s almost turned itself upside down. As I told some people, on my way home that night I felt roughly 6 feet tall. I was part of a Never Shout Never army of people who could win any battle because they had been told over and over again by a certain someone that love is a weapon. As sweet as Christofer Drew is, my personal opinion is that the whole point of Never Shout Never is indeed to achieve world domination. In the best of ways, of course. And I think he’ll get there. -Heather
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Hello there! My name’s Kylie and I’m writing this review for Warped Tour’s Buffalo New York show on July 14th. Enjoy…
The first thing I recall from this event was this: It was a very long day. As the day progressed I was trying my best to not fall asleep in between watching bands. Which was very hard, let me tell you. I was trying to save all of my energy for Never Shout Never's set, since they were the very last band to play. This was my very first time seeing them and I was so excited. As the last few bands played, people rushed to the pit to watch Never Shout Never's set. In a matter of minutes, the pit was packed full of anxious fans. I, being the short person that I am, couldn't see a thing, so I gladly moved to a seat where I could see everything perfectly.
As 8:15 rolled around, I was bouncing up and down, anxious and thrilled to hear all of my favorite songs played live and see the band that I love. I looked over to see my friend Shaughnessy, who is also a huge Never Shout Never fan, also bouncing in her seat. Just then, music started and the band quickly walked on stage, all except for lead singer Christofer Drew, who made his way to his stool on crutches. A word of advice to all of you reading this: do NOT jump off speakers. Nothing good ever comes out of it and you'll end up hurting your foot. Christofer even joked about it as a fan yelled, "Take your pants off!" he replied, "I can't. I have an inured foot, it's physically impossible for me to take my pants off right now." and laughed. But, despite being injured, Chris owned the stage with his humor and upbeat personality. I realized that for someone so small, Christofer Drew has so much love in him. It basically radiated out of him as he performed. You could literally feel how much he cared about every single person who was there and how thankful he was that we showed up to support them. In fact, during their set he constantly told us (the audience) how much he loved us, and that made every single person in that crowd feel special. Never Shout Never started their set with "Love Is Our Weapon" which everyone, including myself, screamed along.
After singing a few more songs, a male fan crowd-surfed his way up to the front and challenged Chris to a ukulele battle. Of course, Christofer laughed and accepted. He then had him come up on stage. The fan introduced himself, Bob was his name, and began to play a song, while Chris hopped on his good leg. The fact that Never Shout Never stopped their set to interact with a fan and invite him on stage with them just showed how incredible and kind this band is. Following Bob's song, the band continued to play "Trouble", but instead of singing the original version, Christofer replaced the word "she" with "Bob". (Example: "I'm in trouble, I'm an addict, I'm addicted to this BOB.") This was hysterical and I was singing that version all night long. In doing so, it made me love Christofer Drew even more because he showed that you don't have to be serious while performing; you can goof around and be silly. Never Shout Never also played "I Love You 5" and "Can't Stand It", two of my favorite songs. I don't think I could've screamed any louder. These songs were so upbeat and the audience danced and sang along with the band.
Sadly, like every other band, their set had to end. The very last song they performed was "The Past". I'm not going to lie, this song made me cry. Not only is this a good song, but it has a lot of meaning to it. Hearing it live made me feel more connected to the band than I was before. Before singing a certain lyric, Christofer said "This next lyric is about my brother, who I miss very much." Him sharing that with us fans means more to us than you could ever imagine, believe me. Christofer wasn't just playing the music, but interacting with the audience and opening up to us, and that made the show. He even talked about his parents right before they played "What Is Love", which was about their divorce. He told us how much divorce sucked and how we all need to stay together for our kids so they won’t be “f***ed up”. Now my parents aren't divorced, but I'm sure that meant a lot to the fans who have gone through that experience. Knowing that someone else has gone through that probably made them feel a hell of a lot better. And knowing that someone is Christofer Drew, a person who they look up to and idolize, possibly made them an even bigger fan than they already were, I know that's how I would have felt.
As they finished playing their last song, the entire crowd roared with applause. With that, Christofer once again told us that he loved us and the band exited the stage. I strongly suggest that you attend a Never Shout Never show in the future; you’ll walk away from it feeling so happy and you’ll remember that feeling forever. Whether you’re black or white, gay or straight, fat or skinny; Never Shout Never’s music brings people together in a way no other band can. As soon as that music starts to play and you hear Christofer Drew singing the lyrics that mean more to you than anything in the whole world, you and everyone else in that audience has something in common: the love for that very band and that music. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Never Shout Never put on an outstanding show that night, one that I will never ever forget.
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