No Equipment, No Problem – Metric Wow Bay Area With Acoustic Set

"Our gear is still partying in South Beach."
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Photo: Steve Jennings

Photo: Steve Jennings

As a touring band one of the biggest issues, especially when heading cross country, can be the logistics of getting both band, personnel, and the myriad of equipment from place to place. Canada’s Metric learned this first hand when their equipment failed to get to join them from Miami for our sister station LIVE 105’s Not So Silent Night at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

“For some reason that we will never understand the freight company just didn’t put it on the plane,” explained Metric’s Emily Haines.

Joked guitarist Jimmy Shaw, “Our gear is still partying in South Beach.” Not to disappoint fans, Metric and LIVE 105 staff scrambled to find acoustic instruments including a baby grand piano for the band to use. Haines and Shaw hit the stage a wowed concert goers with stripped down, intimate acoustic versions of some of Metric’s signature tracks plus a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” Watch the duo perform a piano-driven version of “Breathing Underwater” via fan video.

“I’m really excited to do it because Jimmy and I have done tours before with just the acoustic versions of the songs.” Haines said backstage, “It is a really nice experience – especially this time of year.”

If social media and crowd response is any indication, the mishap actually lead to an unforgettable set from a truly great indie rock band.

Metric is playing select dates in support of their latest album Synthetica, available now.

– Bradford Hornsby, CBS/San Francisco

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