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Alkaline Trio / Reggie and the Full Effect

Alkaline Trio/Reggie and the Full Effect: live in Worcesterlive in Worcester (2003)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Before I start, I just want to say "RIP Adam," who, largely due to heart complications, passed away at and in the direct middle of the show. So...RIP Adam. No Motiv took the stage, and thus rocked out for all three of their fans at the Palladium. Okay, I'm kidding, it was five. Jeremy's soarin.


Before I start, I just want to say "RIP Adam," who, largely due to heart complications, passed away at and in the direct middle of the show. So...RIP Adam.

No Motiv took the stage, and thus rocked out for all three of their fans at the Palladium. Okay, I'm kidding, it was five. Jeremy's soaring vocals sounded nothing less than strong, and worked great over the tight musicianship they were displaying that night. They started with a trio of songs off Daylight Breaking, due 2018. Both on the Lola teaser EP (and in the same order), "Grey Notes Fall" started things off and "Independence Day" immediately followed. The backpack-clad moshers had no idea how to indulge their unneccessarily violent fervor during the set, but the uptempo melancholy of what the setlist deemed "Darkness" may have helped a bit. They also played "Death in Numbers" off DB, and only dipped into half their back catalogue (hell freezes over the day we hear something off Cynical or Scarred) for "Broken and Burned" and "So What," the latter in which they awkwardly restrained the tempo on the chorus even more than the studio version. Nonetheless, a solid set.

Being the Vagrant Tour, maybe this is why From Autumn to Ashes only bothered to acknowledge Too Bad You're Beautiful with one song? Well, additional back catalogue bitching aside, the set flowed well, with FATA playing a short intro before diving into "The After-Dinner Paycheck" and "Milligram Smile." The crowd had definitely woken up. Francis kept his drumming and singing duties at a nice parallel, but you could tell that Ben - whose job has slowly started to become akin to that of A Static Lullaby's screamer - was losing his voice at some points, seemingly not enough to detract from their set though. Growling on a nightly basis plus smoking = time for a nicotine patch. The one aforementioned song they played off TBYB was next ("Eulogy for an Angel"). After "Every Reason To," Fran came out from behind his skins to take the front part of the stage for his vocals in "I'm the Best At Ruining My Life" and Reggie and the Full Effect's drummer came out to fill in for him on the drums without any trouble. The closer wrapped things up well for the harder portion of the night.

The extremely long interval between them and Reggie's set was helped by some good singalong TV show themes played on the overhead, including "Sesame Street," "Scooby-Doo," "Inspector Gadget," "Cheers," "The A-Team," and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Yes, it was necessary to link all of those.

Finally, the bunch walked out on the stage to some shredding metal playing on the speakers, until, with his eyes bulging, Reggie placed his hands on the keyboard, looked into the mic, and screamed..."LET'S GET IT OOOOOOON!!!" The instruments clashed and mashed for a ripping "Apocalypse WOW!" before playing into "Girl, Why'd You Run Away?" Reggie then announced the upcoming EP, slotted for a January or February release date, called Fellowship of the Bling, and proceeded to play the title track off said EP. If it was any indication of the whole disc, it definitely carries early consideration for EP of 2004. It takes a lot of the rocking chaos of "Apocalypse," but then threw in a bit of the Dance Dance Revolution-styled techno from "Mood 4 Luv" for one hairy-knuckled pack of a punch. After a romping "Thanx 4 Stayin'" and a bitchin' cover of Slayer's "Reign in/Raining Blood," "Happy Valentine's Day" smoothed things out beautifully. Promotional Copy's "Something I'm Not" and "Gloves" closed out the set, with Reggie decked in some orange camo for one or the other and a twirler 'girl' jumping around. Though it seemed Hungary Bear couldn't make it out tonight, the devils themselves, Finland's Common Denominator, came out spitting blood to play a song for the Americans. Crazy Fins. (Don't let it go over your head.)

With funeral organs and thick dry ice smoke both seeping into the air and two coffins sandwiching the drum kit, the Alkaline Trio slowly arose from their "slumber" and began with the first three tracks off Good Mourning, "This Could Be Love" and "We've Had Enough" back-to-back. As much of the crowd did with the band's opener, they pogoed to the next one, "100 Stories." Yes, pogoed, the jumping-up-and-down motion that I never really "got." When AK3 became a pogoing band defeats me (yeah yeah, it was the radio-friendly adaption of GM), but the show's attendants got it all out right in the beginning at least. I can also confirm the off-stage second guitarist, hence the previous joking link, whom played to the rear left but was at least acknowledged by Matt (who looked like Mr. Rogers working a funeral home) later on (he said his name but I forgot, my bad), telling the crowd how the second guitarist makes up for his suckiness. After the trio of new songs, it seemed as though much of the set was put in little groups, all little album excerpts for us, because we were then treated to three off Maybe I'll Catch Fire, "Keep 'em Coming," the title track, and "5-3-10-4." It was then From Here to Infirmary's turn in line; "Armageddon," "Trucks and Trains," and "Crawl." Despite the obvious need for Goddamnit or the singles collection to have a trilogy of excerpts played, a fair compromise was instated when the haunting strings opened "Radio." Luckily, this and the rest of the set failed to follow the structure the first nine had seemingly dictated, when, in this order, "Queen of Pain," "This is Getting Over You," "Enjoy Your Day" (the whole band had left the stage without a word, and looking like an encore but not actually being one, Dan walked back on and played it appropriately solo for us in all of its barroom glory until the rest came back), "Continental," and "Message from Kathy." After "All on Black," Matt thanked us for coming out, and walked off with everybody. He second-guessed our "'97" prediction when he came back by himself, and then second-guessed my "Sorry About That" prediction when he chose a strangely somber rendition of a "Blue in the Face" requiem to officially end the night.

Set lists word for word, all of which I'm 99% sure are accurate (special thanks to set list-collector Matt):

No Motiv
LOLA
ID4
DARKNESS
BROKEN
DEATH IN #'S
SO WHAT

From Autumn to Ashes
Intro
After Dinner
Milligram Smile
Eulogy
Alive out of Habit
Every Reason To
I'm the Best

Reggie & the FUCKIN' Full Effect
APACOLYPSE WOW!
GIRL WHY RUN AWAY
FELLOWSHIP BLING
THANX 4 STAYIN
SLAYER
HAPPY VD DAY
SOMETHUN I'M NOT
GLOVES
COMMON DELIGHT

Alkaline Trio
THIS COULD BE LOVE
WE'VE HAD ENOUGH
100 STORIES
KEEP 'EM COMING
MAYBE I'LL CATCH FIRE
5,3-10,4
ARMAGEDDON
TRUCKS & TRAINS
CRAWL
RADIO
QUEEN OF PAIN
THIS IS GETTING OVER YOU
ENJOY YOUR DAY (DAN)
CONTINENTAL
MESSAGE FROM KATHY
ALL ON BLACK
BLUE IN THE FACE

 

 
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Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

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Anonymous (February 14, 2004)

this show was pretty good, one of the first times i've seen the Palladium that full. It was pretty much all Alkaline Trio Fans. I think no one really appreciated how good Reggie really is, because everytime they play it rocks (even tho it follows the same basic format). FATA sounded like pure crap, at least compared with what i was expecting after having heard their cd. All in all a good show, alkline trio definitely played a good set...but they don't have the energy of reggie.

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

I saw this show in Boynton Beach, FL. I missed most of No Motiv due to ticketmaster printing the wrong time on the tickets. From Autumn to Ashes was awful. They're one of my favorite bands but they were not good at all live. I'm not really into Reggie, though they were quite entertaining. I only knew one song, but i enjoyed their set a lot(plus The Get up kids are my favorite band, so I feel obligated to like Reggie a little.) Alkaline Trio was amazing, except even though I bought their new cd the week it came out, I haven't listened to it yet, which made me feel kinda left out when all the kids knew every word to the new songs. All the other songs were great, their power went out twice but they're one of the best live bands I've ever seen. The encore of the new song kinda sucked though, I was expecting '97.

Anonymous (November 16, 2003)

oh god, this show was a little too hardcore for me... the guys in a3 all come off as a bunch of street yobs. they pounded out all of their old hits, like "smash the police h.q." and played a broken bones cover, "terrorist", i think, at the end. cool show.

inagreendase (November 16, 2003)

Four, actually.

Anonymous (November 15, 2003)

yes, retard. hes in the get up kids. that common freakin knowledge. and the fact that you posted it 3 times made you look even more retarded.

DestroyPopRadio (November 14, 2003)

That concert sounds like it kicks ass. Yes, Reggie (James Dewees) is in the GetUpKids. He is the keyboard player. And good for A3 for having a second guitar. People don't realize how hard it is to get that album-esque sound when you only have one guitar. A lot of parts woulda sounded empty.

Anonymous (November 14, 2003)

my friends girlfriends sister told me that reggie from reggie and the full effect is in the get up kids. IS this a lie ?

Anonymous (November 14, 2003)

my friends girlfriends sister told me that reggie from reggie and the full effect is in the get up kids. IS this a lie ?

Anonymous (November 14, 2003)

my friends girlfriends sister told me that reggie from reggie and the full effect is in the get up kids. IS this a lie ?

Anonymous (November 14, 2003)

my friends girlfriends sister told me that reggie from reggie and the full effect is in the get up kids. IS this a lie ?

Anonymous (November 14, 2003)

dude you are an idiot. it wasnt reggies drummer who came out during fatas set, it was james dewees himself. if you were such a reggie fan i thought youd know who he is.

blood_brothers_are_good (November 13, 2003)

the hot wtaer music cover of radio is pretty good. but the bleeder cover sucks.

CrankWillDestroy (November 13, 2003)

Some kid died at the show? Damn, kinda ironic considering coffins were used as stage props.

Anonymous (November 13, 2003)

I thought the Get Up Kids sang, "Message from Kathleen". I downloaded it and that's who it said it was.

I like the NOFX cover of Bleeder more than the Hot Water Music One.

Sk8er 4 Life

Anonymous (November 13, 2003)

"wont be able to die happy until I've heard Radio and Bleeder played live"

they played both those the first time i saw them a few years back.

if they play sorry about that, i'm going to punch somebody. that is a horrible song.

i hope this show is good when it comes here. so far it seems only mediocre.

Anonymous (November 12, 2003)

Actually I went to the DC show on this tour too, but I thought Reggie was awesome. Definitely best performance of the night.

rxbandito24 (November 12, 2003)

LET'S GET IT OOOOOOOOOOOOOON!
reggie's rock will fuck you, period.

inagreendase (November 12, 2003)

"I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the first dude was just kidding."

no, they really do have a backstage guitar player now...its fucking lame


Actually, the "first dude" he was referring to was the guy claiming he likes the "original versions of 'Bleeder' and 'Radio' better by Hot Water Music."

Anonymous (November 12, 2003)

"I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the first dude was just kidding."

no, they really do have a backstage guitar player now...its fucking lame

Anonymous (November 12, 2003)

Alkaline Quatro?

Anonymous (November 12, 2003)

Alkaline Quartet

Anonymous (November 12, 2003)

Hey good review man ..... but one thing Reggie's drummer (Ryan Pope(the get up kids, Reggie)) didn't do the drums for "I'M THE BEST". It was Reggie himself (James Dewees), he was back behind the set like in the good old days of Coalesce. James rocked out with his classic upside down drum stick style! Well anyway ... i will meet you from dinner at 5 today, DONT BE LATE!! ~ Matt("the set list collector)

RIP
Adam Jasheway

Anonymous (November 12, 2003)

good review

Anonymous (November 12, 2003)

i went to this show in DC last night and it was a let down. reggie just didnt have it going...alk 3 played a boring set..waste of money.

notfeelingcreative (November 11, 2003)

Ewww the story below is the worst story I've heard all week!

thriceequalsgod (November 11, 2003)

yeah, from what inagreendase told me, he went with this kid he didn't know (friend of a friend) and he said he was a really cool kid. turns out, he had a heart condition and didn't take his medicine that night. FATA happens to be his favorite band, so he goes into the insane pit and feels something wrong with his heart. he gets out and then goes behind the bar, and passes out. someone sees him, tells someone and he gets taken to the hospital. turns out he died 9:30 that night...

RIP.

TenderBransonX (November 11, 2003)

Last time they came to orlando they played sundials, clavicle and radio, after people kept submitting reviews that they were not playing them. They can and do change the setlist. Just thought I would point that out. But continue to bitch if you have nothing better to do.
-Steven
p.s. scott's a fuck. (that is in relation to the face to face comment about them being an overated skate punk band)

Icapped2pac (November 11, 2003)

Sweet review, wish I couldve gotten to hear "10-5-3-4-6-7-2-9-11" or whatever it is live. They never played it in the 5 times I've seen them.

notfeelingcreative (November 11, 2003)

Cool, thanks to you posting the setlist i've decided not to go to the Orlando show on Saturday! None of my favorite songs were played. I'll go to see Dave Smalley And Rob from Ann Beretta instead!

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

i give major props just for saying the new no motiv album is due in 2018. that was funny enough

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

someone died in the middle of that show? what?

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the first dude was just kidding.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

*I like the original versions of Bleeder and Radio by Hot Water Music. I think it's cool that Alkaline Trio is doing the covers live, but they shouldn't do them both.*

WHAT!! what the fuck are you talking about. are you a total idiot? Hot water music covered those songs. those are trio songs. do some research moron.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

ONe time I jerked off in the back of a Cadillac. I think Alkaline Trio was playing.

rxbandito24 (November 11, 2003)

nice review
This score is for reggie (and the full effect) and for no motiv... damn i love reggie

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

I like the original versions of Bleeder and Radio by Hot Water Music. I think it's cool that Alkaline Trio is doing the covers live, but they shouldn't do them both.

ZLNFTOC (November 11, 2003)

Nice review. It's cool to see someone collected all the setlists, people on this site might get a little angry if you skip out on one band, lol.

stealth (November 11, 2003)

I wont be able to die happy until I've heard Radio and Bleeder played live

blood_brothers_are_good (November 11, 2003)

i am thinking of going to this tour. but you are telling me AK3 didn't play fucking BLEEDER? that's a travesty.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

No "She Took Him To The Lake" or "Trouble Breathing"

Damn

inagreendase (November 11, 2003)

"Growling on a nightly basis smoking = time for a nicotine patch. "

That should say Growling on a nightly basis PLUS smoking = time for a nicotine patch. Hell knows where the plus sign went.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

great review man...and thanks for putting the setlist

jwinter (November 11, 2003)

fuck alkaline for not playin radio in mn. bastards. and fuck them for having a second guitarist hiding backstage. I will give them the fact that they sound pretty good now, I think Matt's voice has recovered a bit since last time i saw them.

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