Less Than Jake / Fall Out Boy / The Matches

Less Than Jake/Fall Out Boy/The Matches: live in San Franciscolive in San Francisco (2003)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: coconutlounge
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This show was the first on the Less Than Jake tour where Rufio was scheduled to play, but because of a death in the family they were off. I was happy. This show already had local favorites The Matches opening up so the need for a replacement seemed minimal. That being said, the replacement .

This show was the first on the Less Than Jake tour where Rufio was scheduled to play, but because of a death in the family they were off. I was happy. This show already had local favorites The Matches opening up so the need for a replacement seemed minimal. That being said, the replacement and opener was The Effection, a power-pop band out of the east bay. No one in the slowly filling venue really liked them, and they caught on to that very fast.

After a short set, the crowd grew larger and started trying to push their way up front for The Matches. Even if you don't like the Matches, they have a lot of energy. They played about 10 songs opening up with Dog-Eared Page, then going on to play December is For Cynics, Borderline Creep, Audio Blood, and finishing up with Sick Little Suicide. They were good, and the crowd seemed to enjoy them a lot.

The crowd settled down and Fall Out Boy came on. Their whole first song was played without any lights on. They sounded like New Found Glory, except not as catchy. There were three girls next to me who would shriek into my ears everytime they were pushed or when a new person started singing, or when someone played something remotely different on any instrument. They made me like Fall Out Boy even less.

Then the band everyone there had come to see: Less Than Jake. The people up front had become much more predominately male as opposed to the opening bands. After a short wait a huge Less Than Jake banner was unveiled and the crowd went crazy. Tons of confetti dropped town from the ceiling as the band jumped on and went into Welcome to the New South. Buddy, the trombone player, was out with a hurt wrist but they had Chris from the Bosstones fill in and he did a great job. After the first song i knew there was way too much pushing. So instead of having to concentrate on not falling down I moved about 30 feet back to the back of the first level into a sea of mosh pits. One of the highlights of Less Than Jake's set was Dopeman which was never one of my favorite songs, but was fun to see live. The mosh pits turned into skank pits and it was a fun time. They went on to play a wide variety of songs spanning from Laverne and Shirley from Losers Kings and People We Don't Understand to Anthem. My personal highlight of the night was the encore:The Brightest Bulb has Burned Out/Screws Fall Out. Chris came on and played the first part of the song with an acoustic guitar. It was a nice song, and a welcome rest for the audience. Suddenly the electric guitar blasts in and the room is filled with confetti and the rest of the band has jumped on stage. The mosh pits start up again and Less Than Jake finishes up a great set.

Less Than Jake's partial set. (not in the right order)

  • Welcome to the New South
  • Sobriety is Serious Business, and Business Isn't so Good
  • Laverne and Shirley
  • Just Like Frank
  • Dopeman
  • Shindo
  • How's My Driving Doug Hastings?
  • All My Best Friends are Metalheads
  • Motto
  • Look What Happened
  • Gainesville Rock City
  • Anchor
  • Plastic Cup Politics
  • Escape from the A-Bomb House
  • Ghosts of You and Me
  • Johny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts
  • Sugar in Your Gas Tank
  • Science of Selling Yourself Short
  • Scott Farcas Takes it on the Chin
  • History of a Boring Town
  • Where the Hell is Mike Sinkovich?
  • Bright Bulb Has Burned Out/Screws Fall Out

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    Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

    "I always considered the Maytals reggae."

    Get "From the Roots" and you'll see what I mean...


    Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

    Less Than Jake is the epitomy of ska.

    correction my friend, read below

    Less Than Jake is the epitomy of suck.

    notfeelingcreative (November 30, 2003)

    I always considered the Maytals reggae.

    Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

    Less Than Jake are one of my fav bands to see live. They are always full of energy and also put on a great show when ever you have a chance to see these guys i would go.

    Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

    The Skatalites would be the epitomy of ska.

    The Maytals would be the epitomy of ska.

    The Riots would be the epitomy of ska.

    A bunch of jackasses jumping around 40 years too late is not the epitomy of ska.


    Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

    Ugh, one of my friends loves Fall Out Boy. Fucking horrible band..

    Less Than Jake however, I am quite partial to.

    Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

    Less Than Jake is the epitomy of ska. These guys get a room skankin like ive never seen. Narly Narly stuff. Keep it good and pick up all the change off the floor.

    notfeelingcreative (November 28, 2003)

    tjmoney, you should've gone to the suicide machines, A7X cancelled and a lot of people threw shit at school for heros! But, Jason from TSm had strep throat and I think I caught it, so you were probably better off not going.

    Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

    I actually think the Matches suck more then LTJ!

    TJmoney (November 24, 2003)

    ohh yeah http://www.strung-out.com is now updated and looks extremely badass

    TJmoney (November 24, 2003)

    less than jake played dopeman!! I thought they never played that...LTJ always changes up their sets which is pretty cool...I missed the Suicide Machines show tonight...they tour with poopoo bands...4 bands I really don't like and TSM...especially school for heroes..bleh....how about a LTJ, TSM, and a STRUNG OUT tour!!

    Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

    I was at the same show and I too have to say how much the encore just blew me away. LTJ is the greatest live band on the fuckin planet.

    ally (November 23, 2003)

    less than jake fucking rocks. they continue to be one of the best shows to go see, the pits are great. fall out boy was good live. (nothing compared to ltj)

    Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

    The matches suck!!!

    stratmanx (November 22, 2003)

    I saw this show in Seattle, but with Yellowcard. Fucking awesome show. Less Than Jake is still going strong.

    notfeelingcreative (November 22, 2003)

    They used to play "Mike Sinkovich" all the fucking time! I think they deleted it from the stelist for a while after "Hello Rockview", but during all of the tours behind "Losing Streak" they played it every time I saw em!

    Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

    damn, when I saw them they didn't play Mike Sinkovich. I've always wanted to see them play that song.


    SockMonkeyRiot (November 21, 2003)

    Goddamnit they played both Doug Hastings and Scott Farcas.

    superdude (November 21, 2003)

    This review wsa good, but here's how I would make it better:

    1. Was it better than the show at the Apple store?

    2. If Jake's so good, how come we don't hear more about him.

    3. There should be a band called Jake.

    4. What the heck is going on with Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson anyway?

    5. I'd buy Jake's album

    Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

    This tour was incredible . . . I couldn't believe all the crazy stuff LTJ pulled out from their back-catalog! Suffice to say I was very impressed.

    Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

    LTJ has so many old good songs. They need to play those instead of this new garbage.

    Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

    i fucking hate the matches. i'd rather rip my ears off and stick them up my ass than to ever hear that band ever again.

    Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

    do they not play "jen" anymore?

    notfeelingcreative (November 21, 2003)

    Thank you, you have convinced me to go to see ltj if they make it back to Orlando. After their warped tour set, i was afraid they'd completely abandoned "pezcore" and "Loser Kings..."!

    Anonymous (November 21, 2003)


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