Imagine the sound of your stereo speakers blowing and multiply it by 100. That’s what fans heard during Ashlee Simpson’s sound plagued set at the Dodge Theatre on Sunday night.
It was hard not to feel sympathetic for Simpson, who couldn’t overpower the grating reverberation throughout most of her show. Somewhere, Joe Simpson is stewing and ultimately a soundman is out of a job.
Sound issues aside, Simpson put on an entertaining performance. Clad in a shiny black tank top, black Dickies and black Converse sneakers and wearing long blonde hair extensions, she kicked off the night with the title track from her 2005 sophomore album, "I Am Me."
Other songs included "Boyfriend," the first single off her latest disc, "Burnin Up," "In Another Life," and "Eyes Wide Open."
She introduced "Autobiography," off 2004’s album of the same name, by explaining that it was the theme song for her MTV reality show, to which the mostly teenage audience screamed.
Simpson was a little more telling when she introduced "Beautifully Broken."
"I’ve embarrassed myself in front of the whole world so I can pretty much come on stage naked and be OK with it," she said, referring to her notorious 2004 "Saturday Night Live" lip-synching snafu, before performing an acoustic version of the song.
Other highlights included a cover of The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams"; "Shadow," Simpson’s strongest song to date, which details living in the shadow of her famous older sister; and a stripped-down version of "Undiscovered."
The men in the audience went wild when Simpson vamped it up in a French maid costume during "Lala," her second single off "Autobiography," to which she was greeted with a marriage proposal and a sexual proposition by a couple of screaming fans.
"She’s hot," said Landon Myerson, 20, of Chandler. "I’ll be dreaming about her in that outfit tonight. That was the best part of the show!"
"I really like her new stuff," said Jennifer O’Toole, 17, of Mesa. "She was struggling a little bit with the sound but she’s perky and funny and her personality really came through."
Former O-Town boybander-turned-solo artist Ashley Parker Angel opened for Simpson.
Angel, who also can credit his success to an MTV reality show ("There And Back"), performed tracks such as "Beautiful Lie," "Apology" and the title track off of his new disc, "Soundtrack of Your Life, along with a rockin’ cover of The Police’s "Message in a Bottle."
Like Simpson, Angel didn’t deal with an error-free set. During the last track, "Let U Go," he wrongly introduced it as the "Soundtrack to Your Life," the theme song of his reality series, which he performed earlier in the evening.