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Andrew W.K. / High On Fire / Vaux

Andrew W.K. / High On Fire / Vaux: live in Cincinnatilive in Cincinnati (2003)
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So the night of the big Andrew WK show finally came around in Cincinnati. After purchasing my ticket and wandering around the neighborhood for a while, my friend Ben and I entered Bogart's when the doors opened at 7:30. We passed the time talking to all of the different people at the show. At ab.


So the night of the big Andrew WK show finally came around in Cincinnati. After purchasing my ticket and wandering around the neighborhood for a while, my friend Ben and I entered Bogart's when the doors opened at 7:30. We passed the time talking to all of the different people at the show.

At about 8:30, the first opener, Vaux, came on. I had downloaded some of their stuff earlier, and it must not have been the same band. These guys totally blew away any negative thoughts I had about them. Not being that big of a fan, I'm thinking they played the bulk of their songs from their album, There Must Be Some Way To Stop Them. They had very good stage presence, and didn't say much to the crowd between songs. Pretty much all they said when they came out was "Hello, we're Vaux from Boulder, Colorado, it's time to rock". They closed with "Set It to Blow" and left the stage. Not many people were into them, for some reason.

Next up was High On Fire. They were really nice guys, as I talked to their bass player throughout their set. One problem though was their music. The songs would start out pretty good and strong, and would then attempt to repeat this formula for about 4 minutes, which sadly fell flat on its face.

So after their set ended, after what seemed like an eternity, about half an hour passed before the lights were turned out, and out came Mr. WK's band. They played a brief instrumental, then Andrew himself came out. They went on to play another instrumental, with Andrew on keyboard before launching into a vicious version of "It's Time To Party". Needless to say, the crowd was more than willing to agree with him. "Take It Off" followed, which was then follwed by a new song which was called "No Rules" (?). Those both went over well with the crowd, but then they went right into my favorite AWK song ever, "Ready To Die". There, the largest pit I have ever been a witness to happened, and I was gloriously smashed against the barricade for it. During "She Is Beautiful" the mic was thrown out right to myself and Ben, as well as other people scrambling on top of us. "Never Let Down" was played, and I thought it was a good departure for him, a slightly slow song. "Party Hard" and "I Get Wet" rounded out the set, and I made it on stage for once during the latter song. I hung out with Andrew and the band around back after the show, great guys, great time. Best show of the year for me, easily. The setlist went a little something like this:

  • "It's Time To Party"
  • "Take It Off"
  • "Girl's Own Love"
  • "No Rules" (?)
  • "Ready To Die"
  • "She Is Beautiful"
  • "Never Let Down"
  • "We Want Fun"
  • "Party Till You Puke"
  • "Party Hard"
  • "I Get Wet"
  • Sorry if I missed one in the setlist. I'll close by saying that this show drew all kinds of different people, metal kids, "mall punks", "real punks", emo kids, regular guys, "jocks", etc. And nobody had a problem with anybody, which in my opinion is how the whole scene should be.

     

     
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    notaclevername (July 23, 2004)

    i'm straightedge in everything but self-reference, and i like high on fire a lot (although, to me, mastodon seem to have usurped their throne)
    vaux is excellent as well

    Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

    I wonder if a single person in this world likes HIGH ON FIRE, that isn't a huge pothead...

    Anonymous (September 19, 2003)

    Is it true that someone tried to kill themself at the AWK show in Tampa?

    dignin (September 16, 2003)

    "if you weren't there...why would you want to comment?!"

    Because I want to. Is that alright with you? And we are arguing about the person who is getting reviewed, so its not like we're off topic. And your an idiot(now thats off topic, dipshit)

    Anonymous (September 16, 2003)

    "its kind of hard to comment on the review because I wasnt at the concert. And why cant we start an argument about the person/band the review is about? "
    if you weren't there...why would you want to comment?!

    dignin (September 15, 2003)

    "you guys seriously bitch too much. comments for reviews...this is where you say you agree or disagree with the review and why, not start an argument."

    its kind of hard to comment on the review because I wasnt at the concert. And why cant we start an argument about the person/band the review is about?

    Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

    AWK sucks. Unless you're a cock rocking big haired asshole who thinks the 80's were good for anything.

    -BSD

    Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

    so this site comes out with about 5 reviews a week, two of which are for the same fucking concert in different cities in consecutive weeks. This is less tolerable than the 20 warped tour reviews. Get some new shit on here.

    Anonymous (September 15, 2003)

    you guys seriously bitch too much. comments for reviews...this is where you say you agree or disagree with the review and why, not start an argument.

    dignin (September 14, 2003)

    "Umm AWK generic? Seems to me generic at the time is soft pop punk with bad screaming thrown in about girls..

    Oh wait! That's "good music""

    Way to totally not make an argument that he isnt generic, then you go on to assume what music I like, awesome bro.

    Anonymous (September 14, 2003)

    Umm AWK generic? Seems to me generic at the time is soft pop punk with bad screaming thrown in about girls..

    Oh wait! That's "good music"

    8dollarclarinetsolo (September 14, 2003)

    i was at this show, and ive said my thoughts on andrew wk on the last review, but i will let it suffice to say that it was the most fun show ive been to since early summer

    Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

    andrew wk is the coolest guy on the history of man earth.

    dignin (September 13, 2003)

    "Andrew WK is the coolest fucking guy on the face of the earth. I can't wait to pick up the new cd, and most likely proceed to shit myself due to the sheer awesomticity that is Andrew WK."

    The only defense AWK fans for him is, "hes a cool guy" Thats great, but thats no reason to listen to generic meaningless crap. If I want cool theres this homeless guy that thinks Bob Dylans twin, so Ill save my money and talk to this guy.

    zGRAVYzHAVOKz (September 13, 2003)

    7 LETTERS

    FUCK YOU.

    Andrew WK is the coolest fucking guy on the face of the earth. I can't wait to pick up the new cd, and most likely proceed to shit myself due to the sheer awesomticity that is Andrew WK.

    Anonymous (September 13, 2003)

    7 letters....
    FUCK AWK

    Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

    Haha, you guys are hilarious. It's my first review ever, so chill. "slap me like a British prostitute", that was a good one, I'll give you points for originality. Now I'm sure you feel all high and mighty now that you've messed with a 15 YEAR OLD. And sorry for not putting quotation marks around certain words Mr. Punctuation Police. I'll make sure my reviews are up to your high standards next time. I do agree with the guy talking about Vaux though, I really enjoyed their set, and have since bought their cd. Too bad some of the other kids weren't as into it.

    -ZDP

    Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

    Why isnt emo kids in quotes? Or metal kids? You dumbass.

    SOYBOMB (September 12, 2003)

    I was there too,

    gg,

    Peace,
    -SOYBOMB-

    Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

    I went to the show the next night in NYC, album release night... TRULY AMAZING!! I got on Andrews shoulders during party hard! the set list was

    Violent Life (intro)
    Victory Strikes Again (instrumental)
    Its Time to Party
    Take It Off
    Girls Own Love
    She Is Beautiful
    Ready to Die
    Your Rules
    Never Let Down
    Party Til You Puke
    We Want Fun
    Tear It Up
    Party Hard
    I Get Wet
    Encore - i dont think he has been doing one the whole tour
    I LOVE NYC!!

    needless to it was amazing he also did part of Make Sex somewhere early in the set - best live show by far... go buy the damn cd and maybe he will call you!

    Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

    It seems to me that Mr. WK is not really performing his new stuff live very much. Its not exactly a live-friendly album. Most of the songs are slow, and even cheesier. Slow=bad with your style of music Andy. Ahh, maybe he needs to let his neck rest from all that headbanging for a year.

    -sickboi

    Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

    am i the only person who think this guy is fucking terrible!?! seriously!

    Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

    Vaux - artists love 'em, kids hate 'em!

    Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

    "one of their problems seems to be their music." - I don't think they should worry about it, seeing as this is their profession and all. And who talks to the band during their set? Maybe you should shutup and let them play. You can lick their balls later. Man, if i was ben i would have slapped you around like you were a british prostitute.

    siropsycho (September 12, 2003)

    i can't say i'm really a huge fan of Andrew WK's studio stuff but seeing him live is just awesome...one of the most enjoyable experiences i've ever had seeing a band

    Anonymous (September 12, 2003)

    Andrew W K is over-rated and damn annoying.

    Cue attacks

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