Michael Franti & Spearhead: Yell Fire! Live

By: Brian Heisler

In a special appearance in Belgium, the great peacemakers Michael Franti & Spearhead recorded this live set encompassing much of the band's most recent studio release, Yell Fire!, along with a few older favorites. Even in Europe, bridging the language barrier gap, Franti throws out many signature calls of “How you feelin'?,” extending himself to the crowd to make a unique connection and show the positive vibe and hope he emits in the real world setting. This live album is certainly indicative of any performance with Michael Franti, finding him pouring his heart out for his concerns in Iraq along with his wishes for general peace and happiness across the world. For as much as Franti does to generate awareness for social causes, this recording shows he does just as much to celebrate life, getting crowds genuinely happy, if only for a few minutes of their day with joyful tunes like "Sometimes," "Everyone Deserves Music" and "Everybody Ona Move."

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[Published on: 1/13/08]

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Dnumde Mon 1/14/2008 05:23AM
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I want to see ya'll JUMPIN'! Man, I have to say I saw Spearhead for the first time about a year ago, and they could have been the most moving show i saw in 2007. For real. Thanks Franti, keep it up.

PooDolla Mon 1/14/2008 12:31PM
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bill15 starstarstar Mon 1/14/2008 01:11PM
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Katey23 Wed 1/16/2008 06:57AM
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Have you been to many Spearhead shows? While the set list may be similar, the sound is never the same - I've heard rocking, reggae, acoustic, and even hoe-down versions of the same songs. Each show is inspiring. Interaction with the crowd is one of the ways that make a show a show and not just listening to a recording. I was at Bonnaroo last year and to hear him say JUMP to the crowd and see 60,000 people all jumping in the summer sun was powerfully fun. And sure, maybe some rhymes are easy, but Franti has found beautiful original ways to say so many things. Music can change the world, and his music and message and vibe is where I want the world to be. Power to the peaceful. LOVE.

okalrightic Thu 1/17/2008 01:47PM
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elaufer Thu 1/17/2008 03:06PM
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In my opinion, good music is about something. When there's lyrics, it is usually pretty obvious what the point is. With instrumental music, or a jam, or even a short solo, its not always obvious what its about, but the great variety still has something to "say." The problem with so much jam music, is that the message is "listen to me I'm jamming," "get fucked up and dance." or "noodle-oodle-poodle."

Franti has something to say in both life, and his music. And he works his ass off to make a positive difference in the world.

I personally like his music, and really couldn't give a fuck if you don't, that's your right, but criticizing a performer for working the crowd and encouraging them to get involved is just shit talking for shit talking sake. Go check out a Bob Marley Video and come back and post how its lame to work the crowd.

You should be embarrassed (though I bet your not) for missing Franti's whole point of not just getting involved in the show, but getting involved in the issues of the day in general.

"You can Bomb the world into Pieces, but you can't bomb it into Peace"

That's a good lyric that directly challenges the Orwellian doublespeak of the current administration. I challenge anyone to put up a lyric by any of the current jambase band favorites that's as poignant and meaningful as that!

pwahl89 Fri 1/18/2008 08:06AM
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spearhead is a great concert i have been to many concerts but none relate to that energy he has and makes the crowd have. I have been to a few spearhead concerts and it is not the same set list every time. Nice try though

AdkinsJ starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/18/2008 02:15PM
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I agree with the Marley comparison. Message music that makes you feel good, too.

"Don't fear your teachers...if you listen, you can hear music in a school bell."