Plea For Peace/Take Action Tour 2002 - live in Chicago [night three] (Cover Artwork)

Plea For Peace / Take Action Tour 2002

Plea For Peace/Take Action Tour 2002: live in Chicago [night three]live in Chicago [night three] (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: MeganMegan
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Due to the unfortunate necessity of college, we arrived at six and missed Common Rider, which somewhat bummed me out because I do enjoy seeing the opening bands. We made it just in time for The Lawrence Arms. I think I may have seen them live once or twice before, but I've never really listened to.

Due to the unfortunate necessity of college, we arrived at six and missed Common Rider, which somewhat bummed me out because I do enjoy seeing the opening bands. We made it just in time for The Lawrence Arms. I think I may have seen them live once or twice before, but I've never really listened to their music otherwise. The Chicago natives managed to put on a really energetic set. The crowd remained fairly calm while they played, but seemed receptive to their music. The songs were very accessible and easy to listen to. All in all, the Lawrence Arms was definitely a band worth checking out.

Poison the Well was up next. Their music doesn't really ring my bell, but they still managed to put on a great show. The crowd really dug them. The music was heavy, I just couldn't get into the shouting and couldn't understand a word the lead singer said. Although Poison the Well wasn't for me, I have a lot of respect for all of the bands on this tour that are supporting such a worthwhile cause.

Dan Andriano played a special acoustic set after Poison the Well. He opened with "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" and it was all uphill from there. Dan played amazingly well, pulling from both Alkaline Trio and solo material. His new solo split with Mike Felumlee is slated for release October 29th I believe. Andriano also threw in a great cover of Morrissey's "There's a Place in Hell for me and my Friends." Dan played three songs from the new split, then the cover, followed by "Another Innocent Girl." He closed the set with "Crawl." All in all, it was an amazing set, it'd be nice to see Dan play a few more solo shows around Chicago.

I thought that Dan would be a hard act to follow, but Swedish group The (International) Noise Conspiracy accepted the challenge with ease. In my opinion, T(I)NC managed to steal the entire show. The energy they possessed blew me away. The band had such a presence and managed to give out political rants without sounding pretentious. The songs I recognized in their set were "Smash it up" and "Capitalism Stole my Virginity." The lead singer reminded me of Mick Jagger with his nonstop energy. The way he climbed all over everything I thought he was going to break himself. The man is fearless. T(I)NC completely won over the crowd. From their coordinated outfits to their amazing music, this band was completely amazing. Their set was totally rad. I really enjoyed their music, it seemed to have a throwback to the 60s and 70s in it. I would definitely recommend checking out their albums.

The Promise Ring closed the night. I won't call their set disappointing, but I will say it was lacking. Perhaps it was because they had to follow T(I)NC, but there was just something missing. Wait, I know what it wasâ?¦ it was older material. The energy was up there, the songs they played were tight, but the set was essentially all "Wood/ Water." TPR introduced one new song to the crowd to give everyone an idea of what direction the band is heading. Nothing against "Wood/Water," I think it's an amazing CD, I just believe that they did their previous albums an injustice by ignoring them. Although TPR was working with limited time (they only played nine songs), I still believe there could've been at least one throwback to their older material. My love for The Promise Ring hasn't faltered, the songs they did play were exceptional, especially my personal favorite from the new album "Stop Playing Guitar." Other tracks from the album played included "My Life Is At Home," "Suffer Never," "Size of Your Life," "Become Anything One Time," "Wake Up April," and "Get on the Floor."

Not even the slight disappointment of The Promise Ring's set could put a damper on a night of such amazing music for such a worthwhile cause, the National Hopeline Network. Check out www.takeactiontour.com to find out how you can help.


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Anonymous (October 5, 2002)

or we could finally realize that we lost the argument and resort to childish name calling and threats.

maverick (October 4, 2002)

Just admit it:

You want to suck Jesse Michaels' dick.

No big deal, dude.


Anonymous (October 3, 2002)

i never said the review was terribly written, i said that the review was imcomplete. yes, every band had the same message, but the fact that she missed one, took away from part of the message, and according to a previous plea for peace review, Common Rider expressed and showed the most positive messages. She missed an important part of the show. Not only typing an imcomplete show, but missing a band who could use the attention and/or at least some respect.

This site should eliminate imcomplete reviews. Whether or not the review is well written, as this one basically was, the review itself is not complete. Common Rider deserved as much attention as any other band that performed. Missing one, means you missed the entire point.

If the band missed was the White Stripes or some other bullshit, this review would have never been printed. But the fact that she only missed some little opening band because she forgot to read her own ticket stub for when the show started, doesnt make it right.

I am pissed because I expected to read a review of the show.

Plea for Peace/Take Action Tour (night three.)

I didn't read in the title where it says, "Oh, yeah, but without Common Rider."

Anonymous (October 3, 2002)

Yes they are all sending out the same message. Therefore if I miss one band I can hear the same message from the other 5 or however many are playing.

As it stands the review was good. Yes she missed a band, but oh well. It doesn't take away from the review.

Anonymous (October 3, 2002)

you cannot tell me that you can read only a few pages of a book and then review it. ebert doesnt watch half of a goddamn movie and expect his review to mean anything.

And i can read whatever the fuck that I want to read. The title says: Plea for Peace Tour review. I expect the whole show to be reviewed. When i want to read a book review, guess what assfuck, I would want the reviewer to have read the entire book. Does this make sense?

Yes, she reviewed most of the show, great, wonderful. But a review is at its best and most complete when you review the whole goddamn thing.

I dont care if the book example wasnt perfect, but you are looking into the overall meaning of a book too much. I could fucking care fucking less about what a book means. I give a fuck about the fucking review that a person might give of it.

"Oh, chapter six was amazing, as well as chapter 8. But fuck the rest, the book just feels like a great book."

FUCK YOU. Go read a fucking book instead of trying to justify that you have no fucking clue.

Soembody review a Plea for Peace tour who has seen the whole thing.

And by the way, this particular concert is about a positive cause. All the bands are as one, by sending out the same message. You miss one band, then that bands hand in delivering the message is incomplete.

Im gonna stop typing because i figure that half of my opinion will make more sense then my entire opinion...hmmm...yeah, that makes a lot of fucking sense. I hope your fucking mother has a miscarriage at her own fucking baby shower you partial review fan fuck.

Anonymous (October 3, 2002)

Your argument is worthless.

She didn't post a partial review. She posted a full review. If she sent in a partial review (unfinished review) I doubt Scott would have posted it. In this case though, she sent in a full review. If you're so pissed off about it then don't read the damn thing.

The difference between reviewing a portion of a book and a portion of a show is rather blatant and Scott explained it earlier, yet for some reason I feel compelled to explain further. A book is written in a linear (though not always) sequence where if you happen to not read parts of it you could miss out on very important things later on in the reading. It's similar to a puzzle. If you don't have all the pieces then you don't get the whole picture. If a person misses one band at a show he/she can still complete the review because that one band is not needed to make a whole and sensible review. All the bands together do not make up one complete picture that you can not see without observing the show in its entirety.

I'm sorry if any of this is confusing, but I'm typing this at work and keep getting interrupted by bothersome customers, and I'm tired, and grumpy, and have a headache.


Anonymous (October 2, 2002)

my argument is worthless?

I was not arguing that a book and a concert have the same purpose and tell their "ideas" and "stories" in the same fasion. I was merely demonstrating that you cannot review a book when reading only select chapters. She went to see Plea for Peace. Which is a combined effort from different bands, each being a "chapter" if you will. if she went to see one particular band, than that is that, but she reviewed a fucking show. dont try to fucking argue, you have no fucking point, fly your fucking kite into a pile of fucking glass.

dont you realize that you dont make sense. a review, is a review. they dont call them "partial reviews."

fuck every point that you are trying to fucking make.

Megan (October 2, 2002)

okay, can i just state for the record, that one of the reasons i missed common rider was that according to the metro's webpage the show didn't start until either 6 or 6:30? in which case i would've been on time, however the show actually started earlier. whatever though...

maverick (October 2, 2002)

See, your analogy with a book doesn't work. A book is a conglomeration of chapters that have interlying themes tied between them. A show is just a handful of bands thrown together. Unless all the bands are playing the same material but elaborating on each other's interpretations, your argument is worthless.

Go fly a kite.

Megan rocks my world.


Anonymous (October 1, 2002)

well, the reason that I didnt comment about the antiflag/bouncing souls show, is because i dont fucking care about that show. im not gonna comment on a show that i do not care about.

and what is this shit about opening windows?

Open your fucking window and realize that you dont fucking review anything unless you fully see, hear or read it.

Shit, Im only gonna fucking read eight of the ten chapters of this book and then expect my review to mean something.

fuck you. fuck your fucking windows.

review the whole goddamn show, or dont review at all. its that fucking simple. if the band she missed was weezer or something, then you would cream your fucking pants and be just as pissed. but it happens as though you dont care about Common Rider, so you dont fucking care that she missed them. Fuck your motherfucking windows. I hope you slip and fall into a puddle of fucking aids.

maverick (October 1, 2002)

How come none of you are bitching in the Bouncing Souls/Anti Flag review? That guy said he missed Pipedown, the opening act. Why not go crucify him?

Get a life, people. Open your windows.


Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

I'm not pissed that she missed Common Rider, I am pissed that she still reviewed an incomplete show.

evildeadalive (September 30, 2002)

Every single band any of you has ever seen has been an opening band hundreds of times. That is how bands are discovered. I always check out the opening bands, if I can. That being said give her a break. Like Scott said, she saw 5 of the 6 bands. A partial review is better than no review. And as for punk rock legends, she saw 2 of the 3 bands featuring legends from former bands...

Dubar (September 30, 2002)

what you people fail to understand is that we're not pissed because she just happened to miss the first band.. it happens. This just isnt any show. There is a HUGE number of people who are going to see the PFP tour ONLY because common rider is on it. Not because of T(I)NC or Anti-Flag or Thursday or PTW. Maybe you like those bands or whatever, but this is the FIRST tour that a punk rock LEGEND has been on over a decade and the music he's putting out is quite excellent. She may have missed the opening band, but that band deserved a much much later playing time. He wrote the song that the fucking tour's named after and she doesnt even know who Jesse Michaels is.. thats why we're pissed.

Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

I think some opening bands can be entertaining, especially if they are opening for Pennywise cos anything has to be better than those fucking idiots singing the same songs over and over again

TheOneTrueBill (September 30, 2002)

i agree for the majority, but sometimes you find gems in opening bands... if anyone has heard of the St. Luis band Very Metal, i got into them after seeing them open for The Suicide Machines, and though i knew about the deviates, i didn't really get into them until after they opened for Pennywise

on the other side, i've been bored shitless by opening bands like Lost City Angels and Ensign

Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

About opening bands....If you want to watch your favorite sitcom at 9:30pm, do you sit down at 5:30pm and watch all the shitty shows before it? Personally, I would go see Common Rider, but normally I miss opening bands, for shows that I think will sell-out I go early to make sure I can get in, then leave and come back. There is no requirement or duty or moral obligation to watch some fuckers (who most likely should practice a lot more and write better songs) slop their way through songs and then have a 45m break before the next band. BORING!
To those complaining, come back in 13 years (if you still even go to shows) and tell me how you can justify wasting your time on bands that don't deserve it.

Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

At Cleveland for the Plea for Peace Tour, The Lawrence Arms opened up with a half-acoustic version of "100 Resolutions". That was the only song they played off of the split with The Chinkees and the only song they played off of the Shady View Terrace split was "Nebraska". They only played for around half an hour and the rest of the songs they played were off of Apathy and Exhaustion. They really rocked but it was kind of disappointing to only hear their newer stuff. Oh well, I can't wait to see them again!


maverick (September 29, 2002)

Dudes who are pissed about the missing of Common Rider:

Chill the fuck out. Like you've never gotten to a show late before. She caught 5 of the 6 bands, that's pretty damn good for a show that started early in the night in Chicago, considering traffic is horrendous there.


Anonymous (September 29, 2002)

NIce review even if you didnt see the whole show.

One point though - PTW are probably one of the best bands on this tour!

Anonymous (September 29, 2002)

whoa, whoa, whoa, what the fuck? To the person below me, what the fuck is going on?

Defending a person who reviews a partial show?

We have every right to be upset about a partial review.

Take this: Im gonna review a CD, but only listen to track 3, 7 and 8. And then say my opinion.

She should have never reviewed the goddamn concert because she wasn't at the whole thing.

I am not upset that she may or may not know who specific members of specific bands are, but when you review, fucking review. I dont want to know how half the fuckin show was.

Anonymous (September 29, 2002)

give megan an break. you guys are fuckin wired. she worte and awesome review so chill out. and to the persone who wondered if skiba has a wife, the answer is no. matt is not married. megan thumbs up, you review kicks ass, you are honest and a good writer. it's not you fault so many people are anal and narrow minded and hate anyone who dosn't like exactly what they like. keep rockin.

Anonymous (September 29, 2002)

Hey, if any of you guys have been to the Plea for Peace Tour yet and have seen the Lawrence Arms play, could you tell me their set list if you can remember. I just want to see if they're gonna play my favorites.

Vien (September 29, 2002)

Someone should review Common Rider's secret show at the chain reaction. It was pretty cool.

Anonymous (September 29, 2002)

Disappointing. I was hoping to hear more about Common Rider. Fuckin' tease.

Can't somone review a differnt show where they actually saw CR?

Anonymous (September 29, 2002)

its funny cause everyone's commenting that the reviewers a "he" when in reality, its a "she". yeah. ha.

anyway i still think its better to see all the bands because if YOU had a band, would you appreciate everyone showing up late and missing your band? Every band has to start somewhere and if you miss them, thats just really disrespectful. Even if you dont like them you should show up for them anyway. you're right, she had a good reason for being late. college sucks, i know. But i dont think its fair to review a show without seeing all the bands and really giving everything your ear... and i know people think its different, but i think its almost like reviewing a cd without listening to the last track or something. It just takes away from the quality of the review thats all.

WussEmoRock (September 29, 2002)

to the guy below, shut up! who cares that he missed the first band, he had a good reason, and he wanted to be there, what more did you want the guy to do? Jesus man stop being so damn argumentative about everything. fuck I spelled that wrong haha. anyway, yeah thats it.


Anonymous (September 29, 2002)

Jesus Christ people should really stop reviewing shows that they did not see in their entirety. Its not fair for those bands.

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

dan has a wife?

does skiba?

Someone needs to make them unhappy. Unhappy makes good alkaline trio songs.

Fuck, maybe theyll divorce.

waste_elite (September 28, 2002)

"Mick Jaggar's not dead, the Stones are on tour right now. Jackass"

i think he was speking figuratively. jackass.

either that or the guy's an idiot.

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

Dan only played 2 songs off of the new split...

i know this because he didnt play "Let the Stars Play" which is my favorite Tuesday song ever...

he played:
"Maybe I'll Catch Fire"
"Way Too Many Times" (on split)
"Lucky Smoke Rings" (on split)
(new song he "wrote about his wife" (no name given))
"Theres A Place In Hell..."
"Another Innocent Girl"

so yeah...

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

Mick Jaggar's not dead, the Stones are on tour right now. Jackass

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

Dan Andriano kicks ass!!!

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

Correction: Mick Jagger WAS way cooler. He died in 1980.

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

You guys DO realize that this review was written by a person named "Megan," right? I'm not sure when everyone refers to the reviewer as "he." Idiots. And The International Noise Conspiracy is caca regardless of what their lead singer's name is. Mick Jagger is way cooler.

ElVaquero (September 28, 2002)

Overall this was a pretty good review, despite the knowledge of Dennis (and his huge impact on good music in general) and Jesse (same, but Refused is just so much better). To be fair though, Common Rider themselves are fairly new, while the Promise Ring are sort of established. Still, missing Common Rider is a really good band, and while it is pretty weird to enjoy opening bands, this tour is maxed out, where fucking Jesse Michaels is the opener. Poison The Well also sucks, they should listen to Refused and then try and 'revolutionize' hardcore. Emo and generic hardcore is just doubly painful.

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

oh yea, and just so you don't give me shit i know all about jesse michaels and op ivy... dennis lyxzen and refused...

does that make me PuNk RaWk?!?!

Anonymous (September 28, 2002)

check out the post from the analfuck below me... 1) he never said anything about finding "up and coming" bands like common rider, someone else said that a few more posts below 2) he didn't know the name of the lead singer to T(I)NC?!?! shit he should just kill himself 3) he never said anything about dashboard confessional or chris carraba in his review

point being... you're just too PuNk RaWk for everyone huh? fucking loser... i wish i could use my knowledge of music to feel superiority over others, get a life you asshole and stop being so damn petty

Dubar (September 27, 2002)

its a shame you missed common rider because.. you enjoy watching opening bands?? yeah its great to check out the new up and comers to the scene (like jesse michaels) when you go out to see these long-time veterans (like the promise ring). If you cant understand why missing common rider was such a horrible thing, and you dont know who the lead singer of the noise conspiracy is, then it is VERY obvious that you know next to NOTHING about music. Go worship Chris Carabba.

Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

did anyone tape INC or dan. or have any videos at all. i need ur bootlegs.



Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

(t)inc are the fucking best! i love swedes!! yay!!

Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

I'm a stalker who wants to have anal se with Mike Park.


Vien (September 27, 2002)

Why don't you like opening bands? Sometimes you discover new bands that you can end up liking. I do.

Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

It's not normal to enjoy seeing an opening band. Your wierd.

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