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The Starting Line / Mae / Days Away

The Starting Line / Mae / Days Away: live in Allentownlive in Allentown (2003)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: ryan k
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As the winter weather dropped another 3 inches of snow and ice onto the east coast of Pennsylvania, many thought that this show wasn't going to happen. We got there about 40 minutes later then we thought we would because of all the snow and ice, it was a really bad driving experience. The temp out.



As the winter weather dropped another 3 inches of snow and ice onto the east coast of Pennsylvania, many thought that this show wasn't going to happen. We got there about 40 minutes later then we thought we would because of all the snow and ice, it was a really bad driving experience. The temp outside was probably around 5 degrees. But, it was all worth it. To be packed into a tiny club, with the bands 3 feet from you. One of the best performances i've ever seen.

Hidden In Plain View was the first band to take the stage. These guys are probably the most underated bands around. You will hear about these guys that hail from NJ real soon. A major label will snatch these guys up in no time. The kids went nuts for them, eventually knocking down the guardrail in the front. They have a huge following in Allentown and it was shown by half the crowd singing along. Check them out at Hiddeninplainview.com, they made many new fans.

Days Away were next. The crowd didn't really recieve them too well. You think Philly is tough? At the Saves The Day show Kind of Like Spitting was booed off stage. These kids know what they want. They played a good set. Kenny from TSL came out and sang along to the last song to get the crowd more hyped up. And that was about it.

Mae was next. Mae played an excellent set. After never seeing them or hearing them before I thought that these guys from Virgina, on tooth and nail records, played excellent. More kids in the crowd sang along and were dancing. Mae was very excited to be playing with The Starting Line, they jumped off their tour to come play this show and they did very well. I also recommend checking these guys out. Kenny was in the crowd for most of Mae's set talking to the fans. It seemed like Kenny was at home, he walked around like he was with a big family which, I thought, was unbelievable.

The Starting Line was next. The highlight of the evening. They played everything and anything. The crowd was jumping so much I thought that the floor was going to fall through. I've never seen so much energy from the band and the crowd, it was an amazing site. Kenny repeatedly said that this has to be "one of the best shows we've ever played". He then jumped off the stage, guitar and all, into the crowd which reminded me of seeing AFI live with Davey in the crowd (although i'll probably get a lot of "how can you compare TSL to AFI, but you know). After they played almost everything off both their cd's, the band left the stage, and kenny came out alone for an encore. He played a song from their upcoming acoustic cd. The band then took the stage again, and ended the encore with Decsions, Decsions, and 3's a charm.

After being on TSL message board, The unofficial Starting Line page, and talking to the band, this show was probably the best they've ever played. And the best set i've seen from a live band ever.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

woah....this was two years back. you're all probably in love with starting line now. just go with the crowd.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

you're all redundantly saying how bad startling line is, yet you've read the article.
if you hate them so much dont read them!!

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

from starting line's tour diary:

"My favorite show the tour, personally, was in Allentown at Crocadile Rock with Hidden in Plain View, Days Away, and Mae. All of the bands that played blew me away with their performances and the crowd was completely insane (thanx for going so nuts fellas)"

at least it was a good show?

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

days away's lead singer's ass crack was hanging at a show at chain a while back. funny shit

The_Killings (March 13, 2003)

"...And the best set i've seen from a live band ever. "

So it was your first show then?

CrAzYJeb (March 12, 2003)

Decsions Decsions...sounds like a winner.

Jeb

Anonymous (March 12, 2003)

"After being on TSL message board, The unofficial Starting Line page, and talking to the band, this show was probably the best they've ever played. And the best set i've seen from a live band ever."

I vote never let a 12 year old submit a reviw on this site again.

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

I think it's a funny coincidence that TSL and TRL are only one letter apart in the alphabet....

WussEmoRock (March 11, 2003)

Kenny says at every show I have been to "this is the best crowd we have ever had, and the best show." So, himm saying it to you isn't very meaningful.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

haha, Im glad you had fun and all but like the other guy said, you need to go to some more shows.

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

I'm sick of reviews of this shit. This bands sucks, but that's not the point, do we really need this many reviews of the same band? They don't even put on that great of a show.

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

tsl. what pussies

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

How can you compare TSl to AFI?

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

why are there so many goddamned reviews of Starting Line shows? Jesus people they are mediocre at best.

Anonymous (March 11, 2003)

The best set you've seen from a live act ever?

I'm no elitist but you really need to see some more shows.

dignin (March 11, 2003)

did the singer also say your city was the best ever? Tsl is coming out with an acoustic CD? How predictable.

TheBouncingSoul (March 11, 2003)

best live set ever ay?

do i even need to say anything?

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