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Concert review: Fray put Clearwater in eye of ‘Hurricane’

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CLEARWATER — From the looks of Monday night’s performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall, The Fray have undergone a makeover.

The Denver band known for its soul-searching croons came out pumping hard and jumping – literally. Lead singer Isaac Slade walked across the seats in the packed house on the night’s third song, “Hurricane.”

“Oh, yeah, I’m feeling it tonight!” Slade roared, standing on a seat 30 rows deep in the crowd of 2,000.

Slade set the tone on the opening number, pumping his fist center stage on the hard driving “Closer to Me” off this year’s Helios album.

With the crowd standing and singing along, Slade followed the opener at the piano with “You Found Me” off the 2009 album, “The Fray.”

Slade played the piano and left the vocals to guitarist Joe King on “Rainy Zurich.”

The night opened with tight sets from Brooklyn’s “Oh Honey” and Seattle’s “Barcelona,” both of whom received resounding ovations, especially when Slade came out to sing along on Barcelona’s ballad, “Fall in Love.”

When Barcelona finished and the crowd stood and cheered, lead singer Brian Fennel said, in a huge, most appreciative way, “You guys are ridiculous!”

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