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Bouncing Souls: live in Chicago [Night 3]live in Chicago [Night 3] (2011)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


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I was excited for Night 3 of the sold-out For All the Unheard Tour in Chicago because I think that the Bouncing Souls' How I Spent My Summer Vacation (2001) and Anchors Aweigh (2003) are by far the two best and most consistent of their catalog. Overall, the show was very good. The songs sounded very.


I was excited for Night 3 of the sold-out For All the Unheard Tour in Chicago because I think that the Bouncing Souls' How I Spent My Summer Vacation (2001) and Anchors Aweigh (2003) are by far the two best and most consistent of their catalog. Overall, the show was very good. The songs sounded very good and tight; the crowd was very into it; and the band seemed to be having a great time. Guitarist Pete Steinkopf seemed to be having a blast; bassist Bryan Kienlen is criminally underrated with his basslines that rival Matt Freeman's; and drummer Michael McDermott was fantastic on the drums. That being said, there were a few setbacks that kept the show from being classic.

It's hard to get over singer Greg Attonito's blank stare over the audience throughout the show. It is very awkward and it's hard to tell if he's into the songs or having a good time at all. I've seen this in the past and I feel that it really brings the Souls' live show down a few notches. It makes a disconnect with the audience. Greg also had to use cue cards during a few songs, which is understandable considering they have to play 100 different songs over the course of four nights, but it added to the awkwardness at times.

My last criticism is that three songs were left out of the set lists (one of which I grabbed for confirmation). "No Comply" was not played off HISMSV, and "New Day" and "Todd's Song" were left off the AA portion of the set. These songs would have added a mere eight minutes or so to the set, so their absence doesn't make much sense to me.

All in all, though, the music sounded great and it was nice hearing alot of songs that rarely or never get played live from these two classic Souls albums. Fun night, but not quite as incredible as it had the potential to be.

 


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telegraphrocks (June 19, 2011)

All four shows were nothing short of orgasmic for me. I'm usually pretty cynical about shit nowadays, but I honestly wanted to cry once Monday came around and The Bouncing Souls had left town.

Probably the greatest musical weekend of my life. PLUS, I got to do the girl vocals for "Wish Me Well" on Friday night. I was nervous as shit, statue-esque, but it's a memory that I know will remain at the top for years to come.

I'm considering going to the Denver shows in November too.

damo (June 17, 2011)

agree re greg
bass similar to matt freeman's??? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha

superskabro (June 17, 2011)

the last three or four times that I have seen the Souls have been complete snoozefests. Greg is either really high or just really sleepy every time. When I was a kid I watched the Bouncing Souls DVD and I was like "holy SHIT, I have GOT to see these guys live." Needless to say, I was let down. Great band though.

ballsy815 (June 17, 2011)

I can see why "Todd's Song" didn't make the cut. Very personal song. Catching this exact same show in Philly in July, can't wait!

shark-e (June 17, 2011)

It's upsetting to hear that they skipped "New Day." That's been one of my favorite Souls songs for years, and I've yet to hear it live. I bought a ticket for the upcoming Philly show of these records. Hopefully it'll be worked in at that point.

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