Many fans of the hard rocking and hardworking local home town heroes, Windowpane, made their way the Showbox in Seattle on June 3rd. This was a bitter sweet performance as many came out to not only witness a solid performance by one of the best bands within the local scene, but to say farewell to one of the area’s best musicians and to welcome someone who’s a veteran of the local scene into Windowpane.
Windowpane, which is made up of Glenn Cannon (vocals / guitar), Tony Abreu (guitar), Mark Harris (bass), and Sean Morrison (drums), made an announcement during the spring that Harris was to step away from his duties as bass player to focus on raising his young family. Harris had hand-picked his replacement, with local bass player Christon Casper, who had previously played in fan favorites Rhythm in Riot and Amadon.
The band were introduced by KISW radio personality Steve Migs, before the house lights went down and the band tore through many of the songs the band has become famously known for, playing songs off of their three albums, The Silence, Day Break and the self-titled Windowpane. Throughout the set, Cannon kept thanking the crowd for the unwavering support as well as continuously thanking Harris for his contributions to the band. The band was notifiable fired up as witnessed by the higher than normal energy that the band brings to their performance. Abreu and Harris are known for the playful banter on stage, both of whom like to push and shove each other as if in a rugby scrum.
Approximately and hour or half way through their set, the band took their final bow with the departing Harris and introduced Casper, who received a thunderous applause. Casper fit the band perfectly, both in playing ability as well as with his personality and stage persona. The band played as if they had been together since day one. Cannon and Abreu strumming out the notes that made the harmonies on the solid rhythm section of Morrison and Casper.
Harris made his way to the stage for one last song as the band finished their amazing set with a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. Everyone in the crowd were singing the lyrics, at times being louder than Cannon.
Indeed it was great send off for Harris, who has been with Windowpane since the beginning more than a decade ago. The great music, the outstanding performances and the way Harris treated everyone will surely be missed. Casper will have large shoes to fill and looks as if he has the ability to take on the challenge head on.
Windowpane Set List
Words and Nothing More
I Never Minded
Let Me Put My Love Into You (AC/DC Cover)
You All Stopped Listening
Show Me the Way
Legends and Liars
Come Away September
Why Do I?
Make That Call
Alive and Well
The More I Run
Underfoot / Peace Sells (Megadeth Cover)
War Pigs (Black Sabbath Cover)
Review by Mike Baltierra