Posts Tagged ‘concerts’
Cheri and I went to Baltimore, MD yesterday to see Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Thrice and Gaslight Anthem at Rams Head Live. The show was completely sold out and it was the most crowded indoor concert I’ve ever attended.
Gaslight Anthem opened up the night with an acoustic set since they were down two band members who were attending a funeral. It was gutsy for them to still do a complete set missing their drummer and bass player, but they still gave a great performance. They’re officially on my “to check out further” list.
Thrice followed Gaslight Anthem with a set that was energetic at the beginning but slowly dwindled to what felt like scream-o noodling. Among their song list was a cover of Helter Skelter that didn’t sound any different from the original (which is a bad thing when doing a cover, in my opinion). Once their set was finished, just about all the Thrice fans made a quick exit. I think a lot of people came just to see them.
After Thrice, Alkaline Trio took the stage with a great set featuring some of my favorite songs of theirs — Private Eye, I Lied My Face Off, Crawl, Calling All Skeletons, and This Could Be Love, among others. Out of all the bands there, Alkaline Trio seemed to stick out. Their macabre image just seemed to separate them, but not in a good way. There were so many people around Cheri and I talking about how they’d never heard of them and were just waiting for them to finish so they could hear Rise Against. They played a great set, but the crowd not being familiar with them was a turn off for me.
Then finally, Rise Against came out with the best set of the night. They opened up with Drones and continued the set with great energetic songs (old and new alike) such as Like the Angel, Give It All, Ready to Fall, Life Less Frightening, Collapse, The Good Left Undone, Re-Education (Through Labor) and many others. After their set finished, they came back for an encore that included two acoustic songs — the new Hero of War and Swing Life Away. The show closed with great renditions of Survive and Prayer of the Refugee.
Overall, it was a great show, with some great bands, but the crowd’s attitude towards the different bands made for a crappy environment.
I just found out this morning that 2 Skinnee J’s will be playing a reunion show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on Wednesday, August 6th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (6/19) at 10 am online at the 9:30 Club’s website. Cheri and I will definitely be in attendance. If you never witnessed the phenomenal awesomeness of 2 Skinnee J’s then I suggest you seek out some of their videos on YouTube.