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Rancid/The Transplants/The Interrupters - Live in Hollywood (Cover Artwork)

Rancid / The Transplants / The Interrupters

Rancid/The Transplants/The Interrupters: Live in HollywoodLive in Hollywood (2013)
Live show

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: DesertBurst92DesertBurst92
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When the Interrupters got on stage on July 26, 2013 at the Hollywood Palladium, they were all wearing white dress shirts, thin black ties and black slacks. At first I was skeptical. This was the first time I had heard of them, but I decided to keep an opened mind anyway. The band had a cool ska-punk.


When the Interrupters got on stage on July 26, 2013 at the Hollywood Palladium, they were all wearing white dress shirts, thin black ties and black slacks. At first I was skeptical. This was the first time I had heard of them, but I decided to keep an opened mind anyway. The band had a cool ska-punk sound and pretty good anti-police, anti-TSA, anti-NSA and pro-liberty and pro-freedom lyrics. That being said, The Interrupters have a lot of growing as a band to do. They played their music well and really gave it their all, but their stage presence was bit awkward. For example, it seemed extremely pre-planned when the guitarist and the bassist ran around the stage when they didn't have to sing back-up vocals. It was kind of like when the members of Sum 41 jump around in blatantly choreographed circles on stage. It was obvious and distracting. It also seemed like they were using their matching outfits to hide behind instead of focusing more on the music. Those kinds of gimmicks are pretty transparent. It was cool however, that Tim Armstrong came up on stage in the middle of their set to play a song with them.

Next up were The Transplants. To be quite frank, I had never understood why this band was so popular (even before their long hiatus) other than the fact the members are in other famous bands, but there were a lot of people wearing their t-shirts and getting incredibly pumped that they were on stage. So maybe I'm missing something. I was only open to seeing them because Travis Barker is one of the greatest drummers out there right now and he lived up to that standard at this show. When they began playing, it was as if they hadn't taken that long break. Skinhead Rob could still rap/scream like it was still 1999. They played a fair amount old songs like "D.J. D.J.," "Gangsters and Thugs," and "Diamonds and Guns." They played songs from their latest LP, In A Warzone, such as "See It to Believe It," "Back to You," and "In a Warzone." At the end of the performance, Skinhead Rob promised that it wouldn't take them so long to put out a new album like it did this time. Great Rob…can't wait...

Finally, Rancid makes it onto the stage. This could not have been a better performance. The set was also pretty incredible. It was as if Rancid decided to play their greatest hits and nothing else. To the band's credit they played a pretty long set. The energy in the pit and on stage was fantastic. Seeing Matt Freeman sing lead vocals on "Black and Blue" and play that awesome bass solo during "Maxwell Murder" was truly amazing. And Lars and Tim sang and played all of the other songs perfectly. By far the best performances were "Roots Radicals," "Olympia, Wa.," "Roots Radical," "Timebomb,"and "Old Friend." Though the members have their side projects, you could really tell that they loved being in this band the most. They seemed to have the same amount of feeling and energy playing these songs as they did twenty years ago. It was everything you could hope for from a sold out Rancid show.

There was one problem that I had with the The Transplants and Rancid performances. Granted, I can't imagine how hard it is to perform for two and a half hours every night on tour, but Tim Armstrong barely played his guitar during both of his bands' performances. Lars seemed to carry the bulk of the guitar work when Rancid was playing. As someone who has been playing guitar for over a decade and having been in the second row for most of the concert, I could tell that when Tim did play his guitar he just played the top two strings most of the time instead of all six when he played chords. It was doubly confusing when he changed guitars between songs, too. It's not like he was shredding on them, unless the other guitar was tuned differently. You can see him do the same thing in videos filmed years ago on YouTube, too. Just a thought. That was kind of disappointing, but overall this was a great show.

Rancid's Setlist:
Radio
Roots Radicals
Journey to the Center of the East Bay
Maxwell Murder
The 11th Hour
Last One to Die
Dead Bodies
Old Friend
I Wanna Riot
Red Hot Moon
Nihilism
Black & Blue
Fuck You
Gunshot
Listed M.I.A
Sammy Was a Punk Rocker
East Bay Night
Salvation
Bloodclot
Rejected
Quite Alright
Black Derby Jacket
St. Mary
Olympia, Wa.
Something in the World Today
Fall Back Down

Encore:
Time Bomb
Tenderloin
Ruby Soho

Notes:
-Skinhead Rob came back on stage during Rancid's performance to bust his rhymes during "Red Hot Moon."
-Sorry, but $30 for a small poster is kind of steep.

 

 
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davebrave4 (January 11, 2014)

I saw Rancid for the first time at Riot Fest last year and they were waay better than I expected.

sleepwalker (January 10, 2014)

Nickramirez - thirded! I was at the first night of the 2006 Emo's shows and they killed it.

My wife and I saw Rancid in September on this tour (Austin again) and they were outstanding. No Transplants though. We got the opening night of the Tim Timebomb set and it was almost better than Rancid: a ton of those great covers, all with reggae/ska arrangements. I couldn't have been happier. I liked the Interrupters as well.

incomplicit (January 10, 2014)

Nickramirez - seconded. Those shows in Austin were amazing. I loved how one night they closed with Golden Gate Fields. Also, I think the Knowledge cover was the only overlapping song from both nights.

davebrave4 (January 10, 2014)

Also, I saw a Cannibal Corpse calendar at the record store today that was also $30. Stupid collectors making everything all expensive and shit.

davebrave4 (January 10, 2014)

Were the Transplants really that popular? I mean, I know that had the commercial, but I don't think I've ever spoken to anyone that's truly a fan of the band. I like some of their songs quite a bit. Haven't heard the new shit, though.

nickramirez (January 10, 2014)

The thing is, unless you live in LA, you probably only get to see Rancid play once every 2 or 3 years, if that. And a lot of people at the concert are always going to be new fans, young kids just getting into punk music, so this is probably going to be their first Rancid show. So I think it makes total sense to play the hits.

That said, the best Rancid shows I ever went to were the two nights they did at Emo's in Austin in 2006. On that tour, they were rotating out a ton of different songs every night, so the setlists were pretty different. They even did a 2 or 3 song acoustic encore and played some Op Ivy and Lars and the Bastards songs. And they still managed to fit in all the shit that everyone wanted to hear.

rafiislost (January 9, 2014)

I'm a casual Rancid listener (only really getting into ...And Out Come The Wolves) so I'm glad that their setlist is always practically playing all of AOCTW, but they're like Pennywise in the sense that they live off their past successes. An average Pennywise show has Fuck Authority being the most recent song they play (2001 - 13 years ago!)

That's why I respect the other two staple punk bands: Bad Religion and NOFX because they fill their setlist with a good mix of new and old songs and they keep relevant. I'm not saying Rancid or Pennywise aren't relevant or that I don't respect them, (Pennywise is one of my favorite bands and I see them every time they play locally) but it is kind of sad to see people in their late 40s capitalizing on their successes from their 20s and early 30s.

That being said, Rancid has a good setlist, but it must suck for non-casual/hardcore Rancid fans.

superskabro (January 9, 2014)

I'd love to be able to see rancid more often. I've only seen them once at a non-warped tour date. While this set list looks awesome (albeit nearly identical to when I saw them in 2006), I feel that they have enough strong songs that they could really shake up their set list. More off of "2000" and "Life Won't Wait" would be awesome.

mclz (January 9, 2014)

Sammy is called Wars End and lol on "Journey to the Center of the East Bay"

mclz (January 9, 2014)

*times a tour if they do a

mclz (January 9, 2014)

Rancid is my favorite band and I love seeing them multiple times a your of they a more-than-one-night-stay, but you can tell the guy doing the review has never seen Rancid as Tim never plays guitar and it's always a relatively same set.

zombiecrush (January 9, 2014)

I agree with everything from this review. That was the San Diego show as well. Transplants sucked but Barker was amazing and Tim Armstrong just strummed his guitar like, twice.

The only thing is that the Rancid set was, from what I thought, filled with enough "non hit" tracks that it made up for the played out songs. In other words, it was like every Rancid show in the last 10 years.

trevormanzine (January 9, 2014)

lol mall punk

Also: "-Sorry, but $30 for a small poster is kind of steep. ". Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan.

Sho-Nuff (January 9, 2014)

" Itís not like he was shredding on them" -in other words it was like every Rancid show of the last ten years

BarleyPat (January 9, 2014)

"... but Tim Armstrong barely played his guitar during both of his bandsí performances. Lars seemed to carry the bulk of the guitar work when Rancid was playing." In other words, it was like every Rancid show in the last 10 years.

BarleyPat (January 9, 2014)

"It was as if Rancid decided to play their greatest hits and nothing else." In other words, it was like every Rancid show in the last 10 years.

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