Travis Light Up the Regency Ballroom


Travis at the Regency Ballroom shot by Jason Miller @Jasonmillerca-3

It was 1999 at the Glastonbury Festival in England and Travis were performing. It had been sunny for several hours before Fran Healy sung the first line from the song Why Does it Always Rain on Me, then it suddenly began to rain. The following day the story was all over the papers and television, and with word of mouth and increased radio play of this and the album’s other singles, The Man Who rose to No. 1 on the British charts. It would go on to win Best Album at the 2000 BRIT Awards along with Travis being named Best Band. It was a glorious time for the band, but something that never quite translated over to the states.

Travis at the Regency Ballroom shot by Jason Miller @Jasonmillerca-18

It’s really quite puzzling to me that Travis would never have their breakout moment in the US, while Coldplay would come along and turn into a British version of U2. I really think that Travis write better songs and put together better records as well, but what the hell do I know? I’m just happy to see the band is still going strong and sounding better than ever before.

Travis at the Regency Ballroom shot by Jason Miller @Jasonmillerca-20

Their show at the Regency Ballroom was no exception. With a brilliant catalog to pick from the band played everything a fan would want to hear leaning heavily on The Man Who. The only thing missing was “Beautiful Occupation” from their dark horse release 12 Memories. This album was where I believe the band truly found themselves. It remains the dark horse of the band’s catalog, but to me I think it’s the band’s Zeppelin III. If The Man Who is their Zeppelin IV, then 12 Memories this is their terribly underrated less celebrated masterpiece. For some reason this one’s not even available as a download???

Travis at the Regency Ballroom shot by Jason Miller @Jasonmillerca-22

Other highlight from the evening included songs from the band’s latest album, Where You Stand. Many will say this is a return to form for the band, but that’s what pretty much everyone says when a band just simply decides to make a great album based on what they do best. For Travis that is simply writing amazing songs and connecting with their audience on an emotionally level. If that’s a return to form, then it seems as though they never strayed far to begin with.

Travis at the Regency Ballroom shot by Jason Miller @Jasonmillerca-7

There was one disappointment this evening, although minor. There was not any merch for sale. I was so looking forward to picking up the new record on vinyl and bringing home a T-shirt to proudly wear the next day. Sadly this was not an option and there were many fans that seem disappointed as well.

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Jason Miller is a leading digital B2B marketer, who’s held senior roles at LinkedIn, Marketo, and ActiveCampaign. Before entering the B2B space, he spent ten years at Sony, developing and executing marketing campaigns around the biggest names in music. He is a prolific keynote speaker, digital marketing instructor at UC Berkeley, and best-selling author. Also an accomplished rock concert photographer, his work appears in books, magazines, and album covers.

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