OneRepublic played the North Credit Union Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA (Formerly Mattress Firm Amphitheater) Saturday night (8/20) with singer/songwriter Amy Allen (Harry Styles, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez) and Christian Rock Band Needtobreathe.
OneRepublic’s roots go back to 1996 when Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins met at CO Springs Christian High School their senior year. Fast forward to 2002, Tedder and Filkins formed Republic in Los Angeles, CA. The lineup would become Tedder (Guitar/Piano/Vocals), Filkins (Guitar), Brent Kutzle (Bass/Guitar/Keys/ Cello), Eddie Fisher (Drums), and Drew Brown (Guitar). Keyboardist/violinist Brian Willett joined in 2012. In November, 2007 OneRepublic released their debut album Dreaming Out Loud which debuted at 14. OneRepublic released their fifth album Human last year which hit 11 on the Billboard 200. The group is now on their sixth headlining tour titled Never Ending Summer Tour. OneRepublic has also been tour support for Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, and U2.
Tedder is one of the top songwriters/producers today and received two Grammy Nominations in 2009 for Timbaland’s “Apologize” and Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love.” Tedder received his first Grammy which was for Album of the Year with Adele’s 21 and would win two more in the same category with Taylor Swift’s 1989 (2016) and Adele’s 25 (2017). OneRepublic has been nominated for over 30 awards including two Grammys, three Billboard Music Awards, three AMAs, an iHeart Radio Music Award, three People’s choice awards, and 10 Teen Choice Awards. The group has won a Webby Award, MTV Asia Award, a LOS40 Music Award and an Eska Music Award.
After playing all over the East Coast and Midwest starting two months ago, they made their way west a week earlier. OneRepublic kicked off their explosive set with “Kids.” One thing to notice during a OneRepublic show is how the members switch between instruments throughout the song like Tedder playing guitar and piano or Kutzle playing cello, bass, and keys. After playing seven OneRepublic songs, Tedder shared his work as a songwriter and that the next songs would be eight number one hits he wrote for other artists. Tedder shared it was rare during a OneRepublic show to perform his songs written for others due to time constraints and wanted to keep the music to OneRepublic songs. Tedder went on to say after 2 years of sweat clothes during the pandemic, he stopped caring and decided to add in some of the major songs he wrote. For fans that didn’t already know Tedder’s song-writing career, it’s a great way to see the variety of artists he’s written for and just how many major songs he’s written.
Tedder really showed off his piano and vocal skills during this part of the show which began with Beyonce’s “Halo,” but in order to allow time for the rest had to cut each song short and it became more of a medley, but also included the story to each. Tedder then played a shortened version of six songs beginning with Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love,” which he was told was not a great song by a big label executive so he took it elsewhere and it became a number one hit in 37 countries. The group continued with Ellie Goulding’s “Burn,” Adele’s “Rumour Has It,” Maroon 5’s “Maps” and “Love Somebody,” and Lil Nas X’s “That’s What I Want.”The last song performed was the Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker,” before going back into OneRepublic songs with “Feel Again.” They played three more songs before coming back for an encore of their biggest hit “Counting Stars,” and “If I Lose Myself” from Top Gun: Maverick.
The tour continues through September 14th ending in Nashville,TN. The international dates begin at the end of October and run through November with stops in Europe and South Africa. Next year in March OneRepublic will play New Zealand and Australia.