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Incubus at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine
Written by Zachary Fenell   
Monday, 17 October 2011 04:30

Irvine, CA had the opportunity to witness the decorated alternative rock band play live on Saturday, October 15th when Incubus graced the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. 

Recognized with award nominations throughout the years and evident by record sales, no sane person can deny Incubus’s greatness over the past decade. While Incubus first formed in the early 1990s the group didn’t truly gain fame until the turn of the century. However once the band grasped musical stardom they refused to let go. Even during a five year break radio play and other groups kept Incubus relevant in the alternative rock world. Artists like 30 Seconds to Mars and Disturbed lists Incubus as a musical influence for instance. Disturbed’s front man David Draiman tells JBTV “I just like the guys from Incubus. I think they’re incredibly talented.”

Incubus recently proved they still have a spark to offer the music industry when they released their first studio album in half a decade If Not Now, When? this past summer. If Not Now, When? received much praise from critics. CNN’s Denise Quan calls the album Incubus’s “most textured record yet.” KROQ’s own Nicole Alvarez writes “The new album is further proof that Incubus is a force to be reckoned with and a vessel of inspiration. If Not Now, When? is simply put, a work of art.” Fans obviously agreed as If Not Now, When? Debuted on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and ranking second, selling 80,000 copies in the first week.

If Not Now, When? Continues Incubus’s strong presence on the Billboard charts, a presence which dates back to 2000 when Incubus made the Billboard 200 Albums of the Year chart. The band progressed to retain a spot on that chart again in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2007. Incubus’s most successful album came with the chart topping Light Grenades. The record resided on the Billboard 200 Albums charts for an impressive 42 weeks. Single wise “Drive” propelled Incubus to secure a spot on the Hot 100 Songs of the Year chart in 2001.   

Beyond their success on the Billboard charts Incubus earned various award nominations throughout the years including an American Music Award nomination in 2004 for “Favorite Alternative Artist” and a Grammy nomination in 2005 for “Best Hard Rock Performance.”  Draiman praised Incubus’s performance abilities in his JBTV interview saying “(They) really know how to motivate a crowd.”

Regrettably we at OCreloaded.com didn’t get a chance to send out a reporter but our photographer did capture the following photos for your enjoyment. Incubus at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine yesterday:



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