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Kid Dynamite / Grey Area / Trial By Fire

Kid Dynamite/Grey Area/Trial By Fire: live in Philadelphia, day threelive in Philadelphia, day three (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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(First and foremost, I have to extend a huge thank you to Jim [turdcorn] for showing me a great time and giving me a place to rest my head.) Its funny how life works out. I wasn't supposed to see Kid Dynamite. There were only 2 shows, they sold out, and once again I missed my opportunity to see w.


(First and foremost, I have to extend a huge thank you to Jim [turdcorn] for showing me a great time and giving me a place to rest my head.)

Its funny how life works out. I wasn't supposed to see Kid Dynamite. There were only 2 shows, they sold out, and once again I missed my opportunity to see what could be my favorite band, ever. I would honestly put seeing Kid Dynamite ahead on my list of other reunions I would love to see; including Op Ivy, Lifetime, and even Black Flag. That's what this band meant to me. But a third show was announced, and it was like, manifest destiny.

To add to what would be an incredible day, it was announced that Grey Area would do a one time reunion as well for the show, and Trial By Fire (whom I had also never seen) would be playing their final show. Wow, three incredible bands, that I had never seen, and would never see again, playing in of all places, a small church basement.

The day of the show, we arrived in Philly early, not early enough for me to get a real cheesesteak (next time Jim, damn it); but early enough to beat a large percent of the crowd to wait in line. I hate saying lame shit like "anticipation was in the air", but that pretty much describes the scene. No one making too much of an ass of themselves, everyone just kinda hanging out, waiting.

As everyone finally made their way inside, the stage was set for DC's Trial By Fire. Their debut album, "Ringing in the Dawn" was obviously the most overlooked and underrated album of 2002, and I was completely stoked to not only get the chance to see them live for the 1st time, but also see what will probably be their last show. The set consisted of pretty much the majority of the "RITD" lp, and the crowd went full throttle for the entire performance. Singing along, screaming choruses, and showing an overall appreciation. Great fucking show. If this is the end, I'm upset, mainly due to the apparent potential seen in these guys.

Grey Area was up next, and I'm ashamed to say I wasn't too familiar with their material. That has changed since (I picked up both of their albums yesterday). Grey Area fucking blew me away. I mean, I felt like I had been listening to them for years. They seemed to only feed off of the hundreds of fists pumping and hundreds of vocal chords being shredded, screaming along to every song. Highlights included 'Sour Grapes', 'Better Man' and the only song I really knew the words to 'Colossus'. I'm sure other will quickly point out some I missed, which is fine, but overall up to this point I was in absolutely no way disappointed in the show. And Kid Dynamite was next.

This was it. I would remember this moment for the rest of my life. I even refrained from drinking anything before the show so I would clearly remember every detail, which for me, is quite a feat. After a short delay, apparently due to some assholes causing trouble, they immediately lunged into 'Two For Flinching', and every son of a bitch in the place went apeshit. Yes, even the jaded scenesters. Following, this short, but sweet tune, the opening riff of 'k05-0564' was belted off by Dan, and I could feel the goosebumps. From their, the show was kinda a blur. I was in a daze. Maybe it was the horrific heat on stage, maybe it was complete awe, but I just spaced out. Don't worry, the setlist is below.

I have never seen so many amazing sights during a performance. Everything from Jason's complete interaction with the crowd during every song, to kids flying all over the place and looking out for each other, to Dan's incredible thrashing on the guitar (and the man is fucking beefcake now), to just an overall completely positive experience. Be proud of your scene Philly, it's a beautiful thing.

Probably the biggest scene of the set was the anticipated performance of Token Entry's 'Birthday' with Ernie from Grey Area. Never performed live previously, this was the talk of the show (except for the weiner behind that wouldn't stop yelling for 'SOS'). And it did not disappoint at all. I wish I could do justice and explain in words what happened, well; "jubilation, excitement, intensity......" you get the point.

The set was closed with the track I love more than any other KD song, 'Shiner'. I know I sound like such a fucking nerd, but this band and these songs to me, are, well, special. I can't explain it. 'Shiner' pretty much sums up a lot of my feelings about music today, and to hear one of your favorite bands play your favorite song your first time seeing them, at the end of the set, for their last show...you do the math poindexter.

In conclusion, BEST FUCKING SHOW EVER. The end.

Kid Dynamite setlist
(me thinks)
2 for Flinching
k05-0564
Death & Taxes
Pause
Showoff
Bookworm
Scary Smurf
Heart a Tact
Cheap Shot Youth Anthem
News @ 11
Ph Decontrol
Living Daylights
Table 19
Never Met the Gooch
Fuckuturn
Zuko's back in town
Copout
Pacifier

 

 
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Anonymous (April 26, 2003)

I drove 10 hours to see this show, and it was the best show EVER...
How could both people that did setlists leave off my favorite song? I believe they played it right before Birthday, but it was definitely one of the last 3 or 4 songs they played of the set:
Give 'Em The Ripped One

I feel incredibely blessed to have been able to experience that show...Amazing...

REALPUNX4LIFE (April 25, 2003)

I'm not sure why it's obvious that Trial By Fire's record was the most underrated and overlooked record. I thought those guys were pretty friggin' awful when I saw them. I'm glad I don't have such bad taste that I'd consider buying their record and then discussing how it's underrated.

hubitcherkokov (April 25, 2003)

Thanks, turdcorn!

turdcorn (April 24, 2003)

hubitcherkokov,

You are correct.

waste_elite (April 24, 2003)

640 x 480?

that shit's stone age

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

yo, don't call me a weiner!

-dtk

hubitcherkokov (April 23, 2003)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Kid Dynamite's drummer drum for Good Riddance now?

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

i gave it one star cuz i know no1 else will........nice artice and kd kix ass

turdcorn (April 23, 2003)

If you're asking if Ernie was in both Token Enrty and Grey Area, the answer is yes. That's what made that so great. It had never been played by Kid Dynamite before and Token Enrty has been broken up since way before even Black Train Jack was a band.

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

So is Grey Area Ernie from Token Entries band then?

maverick (April 23, 2003)

Picture looks fine in the 1024 x 768 resolution. Move into the now, stop using 640 x 480.

-Scott

waste_elite (April 23, 2003)

that was a great review, i wish i could've been there.

i think it's pretty wild that people actual flew from fucking japan to see kid dynamite, that's awesome.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

"could you get a bigger picture scott one that covers the entire review"

800x600 display is for wussies

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

could you get a bigger picture scott one that covers the entire review

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

'Never met the gooch' is probably one of my favorite songs. good review, i agree, kid dynamites songs are special and important to me too...peace

sickboi (April 22, 2003)

Setle down Townshend, this was the exact posted setlist...not trying to start no beef, where the love man? where's the love...

Melvyl (April 22, 2003)

"I would say fuck ya, I'll go. But alas, I'm a fan of Slow Gherkin, let alone a big enough one to fly to Japan. Now, if you had said that DS-13, The Nerve Agents and maybe, Discount was doing three Tokyo reunion shows, I would be on Travelocity."

yeah it would be pretty good if ds-13 would've played sweden the last time maybe. but no no no, my friend traveled from sweden to see the last show.

You know a country suck when not even the bands who live there plays their last show there.

Melvyl (April 22, 2003)

"I'm actually considering flying to Japan this summer just to see Slow Gherkin. The band is more or less broken up, but is doing this last stint of shows in Japan only. I, being a lame Midwesterner, have never gotten to see them. Anyone want to go with me? "

i'm about to arrange all the trips and shit to that one, i'm soo there.

turdcorn (April 22, 2003)

NOT a fan. Damn. See, this is why I don't submit more reviews.

turdcorn (April 22, 2003)

Scott,
I would say fuck ya, I'll go. But alas, I'm a fan of Slow Gherkin, let alone a big enough one to fly to Japan. Now, if you had said that DS-13, The Nerve Agents and maybe, Discount was doing three Tokyo reunion shows, I would be on Travelocity.

maverick (April 22, 2003)

Turdcorn-
I'm actually considering flying to Japan this summer just to see Slow Gherkin. The band is more or less broken up, but is doing this last stint of shows in Japan only. I, being a lame Midwesterner, have never gotten to see them. Anyone want to go with me?

-Scott

townshend666 (April 22, 2003)

did you not see that i added songs you forgot...read what i wrote before you get pissy.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

Did you not see that I did the setlist?

-sickboi

townshend666 (April 22, 2003)

By the way kids had tickets for sundays show and they were selling them for only ten bucks so any one couldve just gone there without a ticket and got in

townshend666 (April 22, 2003)

Fuck yeah that was a wicked frickin' amazing show!!!Im even in the picture im in the top left hand corner taking pictures from the pa stack.awesome review except you missed a bunch of songs that they played so ill list them.
ill list the songs they played in random order cuz i dont remember the order.
pause
k05-0564
table 19
ph decontrol
showoff
bookworm
scarysmurf
zukos back in town(i think they played this)
never met the gooch
news at 11(wicked some guy and the Jay screamin at each other into the same mic)
pacifier
shiner(of course they closed with this fuckin amazing song place went nuts)
fuckuturn
heart a tact
pits and poisoned apples
death and taxes
cheap shot youth anthem
copout
living daylights
2 for flinching
rufus wants a hug
birthday(with of course Ernie who wrote it 1st time they ever played it live)

turdcorn (April 22, 2003)

Shit, I don't think Sickboi or I mentioned the extent some people traveled to get to these shows. The first and third night there were 5 Japanese kids there who flew in from, well, Japan. A bunch of British kids, and at least one person came from Ireland. Try to imagine flying to Japan to see a band...........damn.

Kurt_F (April 22, 2003)

Dear trial by fire:

do not break up. That would be a very mean thing to do. Love,
kurt

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

Email me bro, I will hook you up. I also had an extra ticket, if I had known you were trying to go...anyways, shoot me a message....brazenass@hotmail.com

-sickboi

Melvyl (April 22, 2003)

great review.

i was really dying to see this, i managed to get the cash for the planetickets, but i couldn't get anyone to get me some tickets.

i'm fucking down right now, i've never seen kid dynamite, i've never even been close to see them and i never counted on seeing them, which sucks, because as sickboi puts it, they're just "special".

I thought about going there and buy tickets and then stay on some motel for a couple of months or something but i couldn't afford that.

i really really really wanted to see this show, but i have really bad luck with bootlegs, i always get ripped off or get send the wrong movie (the snuff-experience) so i guess i will never even see this on tape.

fuck.
but great review.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

I forgot to mention that Michael McDerhmott(sp) from the Bouncing Souls played drums for Grey Area during their set.

-sickboi

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

manifest destiny? i guess jesus wanted you to see this show. what a great guy.

Ramo

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

i couldnt get tickets to this show and i think iwill cry everyday for the rest of my life. is it true that tbf is done too. i never saw those guys. i did see kd in boston in 98 but thats how i got into them and have been dying to see them since. lifes a bitch.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

Don't blame me because your life's a bore!!

JL

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

I got goosebumps reading the setlist....i think i'm going to cry now.....

JL

turdcorn (April 22, 2003)

This ten is for Sickboi's review, the show and Sickboi being a cool mother fucker.

Ramo, those pics I sent you were taken by another friend of mine. I'm actualy in a few of em'.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

oh alright, cuz sickboi sent me the pic with jay on mic while turdcorn gave me a link to a photobook of the show. guess i jumped the gun.

Ramo

maverick (April 22, 2003)

Just an FFI - The pictures from both reviews are both from day three, sickboi took them both.

-Scott

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

zuko's back in town, heart a tact, never met the gooch.....damn it i wanted to see this live. on another topic i think turdcorn's picture is best. though seeing jay scream into the mic was cool but still.

Ramo
(feel like a gooch)

StabbingGoldfish (April 22, 2003)

This was without a doubt the BEST show I've ever been too, and I've been to alot. This guys are amazing.

ZLNFTOC (April 22, 2003)

Sounds like a wicked cool show. Too bad
to hear about Trial By Fire though. They put on a good show.

punky (April 22, 2003)

Good review sickboi...Scott, maybe you should split live reviews and album reviews in two different sections...MAYBE

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

Yeah!!! first post! well, like i said on the other review(day 1), KD was ok , and thew other bands completlly rocked!!!!

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