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NOFX / Alkaline Trio / Authority Zero

NOFX / Alkaline Trio / Authority Zero: live in Irvinelive in Irvine (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: Chrispy
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The Rock Against Bush 2004 tour through the southwest was aimed mainly at colleges and universities and this stop was at the Bren Events Center, UC Irvine. With tickets only $6 if you were a student, I'd guess the show attracted just over 1000 people to nearly fill the floor and the stands about ha.



The Rock Against Bush 2004 tour through the southwest was aimed mainly at colleges and universities and this stop was at the Bren Events Center, UC Irvine. With tickets only $6 if you were a student, I'd guess the show attracted just over 1000 people to nearly fill the floor and the stands about halfway. The show got started early with openers Aggro Tommy, from Long Beach, with their female-fronted melodic sound. The singer is evidently married to Erik of NOFX and the drummer used to play in No Doubt way back in the day. They weren't bad and entertained the early arrivals.

As this was the Rock Against Bush Tour, the politics were definitely there, much to the dissapointment to many of the 19 year old republicans (Orange County seems full of them) and apathetic students. Between bands a screen was put up on stage showing segments of the DVD put out by Punk Voter about Bush's policies in Iraq and elsewhere. By the time Authority Zero took to the stage the place had filled up. It seemed like the crowd was somewhat into them, with some people singing along. To me they sounded like Sublime with more of a pop-punk influence and I remebered the one or two songs that have played on the local LA/OC independent radio stations that have come and gone over the past year or so. Their singer was really good and was into the music, especially during their hyper "drinking song" that I couldn't understand. I think I remember hearing they have a song or two in Portugese so I guess that was it.

The crowd didn't really get into moshing until Alkaline Trio came on, once again after a few minutes of clips from Punk Voter. The Trio tore it up as far as I was concerned, playing much better than when I last saw them at the Warped Tour a couple years ago. My one complaint was that it was a shorter set, maybe only 30 to 40 minutes, and that the sound wasn't quite right. I ended up shoving my way up front to get closer to the speakers so I could her it nice and loud. The moshing was intense from this point on during the show. I only say this because I was worried that UCI students would get into it much, but I wasn't the only student having a good time and singing along. I guess my school is cool after all. Anyway, as far as a setlist, my memory is already failing me but I know they played "Private Eye" and "We've Had Enough" early on along with a few more off MICF and Infirmary. "Cringe" was the only one from Goddammit they played but they also played "All on Black" and closed with "This Could Be Love" followed by a cover to end it. As for the second guitarist that they have been taking on tour with them, he was there but ONstage this time. He hung around in back of Matt mostly. They just played, which is good because I don't know how politics would sound coming from these guys.

Jello Biafra is supposed to be on this tour to "MC" but he was not present for this stop only. So instead we were all greeted by Fat Mike himself who gave his take on politics in the US. People wanted him off right away and he must have spent at least 5 minutes trying to get people to shut up so he could talk. He answered questions and gave his take on the Supreme Court and Iraq. The mood was quite serious without too many jokes and cheap shots taken at the president. A few more minutes of video followed before the headliners took to the stage.

The song "Heart and Soul" was playing on a keyboard and El Jefe ran out to join in on trumpet, followed by the rest of the band and cheers from the audience. Fat Mike came on with the comment that the "political Mike had been replaced by the fun Mike". After that silly but cool opener the band went right in to "Idiots are Taking Over" (I think) and the place went crazy for the next 45 minutes. They played "Bottles to the Ground" and "Franko Unamerican" of their newer releases as well as the classics like "Bob", "Soul Doubt", "The Longest Line", and one of the lesbian songs along with others. In-between song banter was about Mexicans and Orange County and Riverside but they kept it pretty clean, with the exception of one comment directed to a girl on some guys shoulders... Evidently were were joined in the pit by someone from the Vandals and somebody from Guttermouth. They played well overall in their characteristic sloppy style. Mike had to turn down our pleas for "The Decline" saying they didn't remember it. I guess he was right considering he actually forgot the words to a couple songs halfway through. They closed with "Linoleum" and "Theme from A NOFX Album" and that wrapped up a shorter than normal set but a fun night. Don't miss this tour when it swings by your town.

 


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Anonymous (May 12, 2004)

Punk is not about not being a pussy
or about calling people homos because they prefer peace to war

heres a site for you so called hardcore non pussy antihomo punks

www.conservativepunk.com

dont spew your filth on mywebsite

conservativepunk.com, besides being an oxymoron, is a bunch of idiots who think going against things makes them more "punk." i respect anyone involved with that site that is actually defending what they believe in, but from what i've seen that is not the case with most people who support "conservative punk"

punkvoter.com

look at it. actually take a look at what bush is doing to this country. you might be surprised.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

No one gives a fuck about you or what you think lieutenant, kill yourself now please.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

Punk is not about not being a pussy
or about calling people homos because they prefer peace to war

heres a site for you so called hardcore non pussy antihomo punks

www.conservativepunk.com

dont spew your filth on mywebsite

Anonymous (April 22, 2004)

I support Bush a real man, not a pussy like kerry or kuinich or nader, buncha homos, being a pussy is not punk, "tolerance" and talking about it all the time is not punk. BUSH is punk!

Anonymous (April 21, 2004)

san diego "kicks my black ass bitch"...really, bigot? hmmmm......i stand corrected, me and my black ass will go post elsewhere. i'll leave punk music to white kids who still live with their moms in university city.

Rocks03 (April 20, 2004)

Great Concert. Great Cause. Support Rock against Bush tour and buy the cd.

lieutenant (April 20, 2004)

Now on a side note, I feel that I must comment that I hate 'mosh pits'. Don't get me wrong, when I am watching a band I love perform live there is a big stupid grin on my face and Carebears are dancing inside my head. Maybe I will even dance if I feel inclined. However, running around in circles seems to be the most ridiculous concept ever. It's like professional sports. Fine if you're into them, but I really have no idea how you can find entertainment in a bunch of guys essentially touting, "I'm better than you." "Oh yeah, eat Touchdown!"

In conclusion, I don't like mosh pits. Glad we could share this moment.

lieutenant (April 20, 2004)

The Rock Against Bush comp is really weak. There are a couple of standout tracks (though that notion may be heavily dependent on which bands you like), however as a compilation itself, it is incredibly sloppy. The track listing seems to follow no such formula and there is zero grace to be found. The New Found Glory song sticks out like a sore thumb and ending the album with an acoustic Ataris song really seems to go against any spirit the album had attempted to maintain. It's a haven for unreleased material of bands you may like, but it's really better suited as a mixtape you made on the go for music on the subway, as opposed to a 'fully functioning' comp.

Lieutenant Out.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

jello sang too drunk to fuck at santa barbara and im pretty sure at berkeley too.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

alkaline covered the damned's "wait for the blackout" it's on their split with one man army too... the san diego show was only better in the set list but the sound was better at uci. did you really expect most of the "asian" population of uci to show up to this even if they only had to pay six bucks?? i mean come on say if michael bolton played uci and it was a buck would you go? and did jello come up on stage to sing "too drunk to fuck" anywhere but in san diego? just a question i wasn't sure of if anyone else saw him hop on stage at any of the other shows let me know.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

The Rock Against Bush comp is not nearly as good as I thought. There's only like 6 or 7 songs that I like.

Most of the unreleased songs are not new songs. I thought they were recording new songs specifically for the cd but I guess not.

Anonymous (April 20, 2004)

no you fucken suck...san diego kicks your black ass bitch

darkstarm (April 19, 2004)

Key word- almost - he's going down in flames.

CrankWillDestroy (April 19, 2004)

"Umm, uh, I'm sure something will come to me...." -bush

I hope the debates are this funny. I was almost embarassed for him.

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

Watch Bob Woodward on Larry King tonight.

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

"I will vote for George Bush, and I am a Republican. I am still more punk than any of you little bitches. So there."

That is funny, This kid is obviously kidding. Right dummy?

hey_sailor (April 19, 2004)

Yeah, I mean come on, after watching his press conference do you think he really has a chance in a serious debate with anyone? Also with all the credible people suddenly coming out and exposing Iraq for what it really was I think he is done for...

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

san diego sucks and so do you

darkstarm (April 19, 2004)

Go ahead and vote for Bush... if that last press conference of his was any indication of how he'll be dealing with press come November he's going down in flames. The man cannot answer a question straight.

Anonymous (April 19, 2004)

alright review...but the san diego show was better bitches

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

I will vote for George Bush, and I am a Republican. I am still more punk than any of you little bitches. So there.

daegan (April 18, 2004)

is this known to hit anywhere besides california yet?

it seems stupid to only take it to a state where kerry will win, almost guaranteed.

Romeo (April 18, 2004)

Forgot how to play the decline.... puh.

scores for suckass, non-decline playing NOFX.

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

I agree with the last comment in the sense that being punk transcends (sp?) party lines, but Mike has an opinion and he was definitely stating it last Wednesday. I agree with him, and he presents the facts in his support, but they're still opinions and he is trying to promote them.

As for the "that guys", I guess people bought merch before the show and put it on since they didn't want to carry it. (Or maybe the age-old rule is changing?) I waited until the end for that reason and by then the posters and stuff were all gone. Bummer, but I still got a shirt.

Chris

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

i don't think fat mike is telling you that you must vote democrat to be a punk. and those impressionable enough to even believe that shouldn't even be voting in the first place.

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

i almost listened to you until you pulled out the 'u'...learn some spelling and grammar and we'll talk...

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

I genuinely love NOFX and i have for years. However, i hate this whole punk voter thing. I think Fat Mike is using his influence by saying to be punk you must vote democrat. While i will most likely always vote democrat, i dont get why fat mike could get pretensious and tell people how to vote. He's a good guy and all but i dont think he realizes that he's doing the same thing that the government does everyday-tell u what to do. I'm not hating but i think i make a fair point about an organization that tells u to register green and vote democrat. In my opinion politics are a personally choice and making up your own mind determines who is actually a "punk" just figured id throw in my 2 cents. Plus i really cant buy Fat Mike's politics after so many years of apolitical stuff. I have alot more respect for bands like Propagandhi and LOC personally.

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

oh, yeah..."newbies" nice buddy what've ya been seein shows since, what your senior year which was ummm...let's see...oh yeah 2001. old schoolers rule. ha ha. shit, i bet you can remember way back to when the decline came out, huh? wow. what was punk like all the way back then? inform me oh sage like wise man.......ass.

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

One last thing. There were lost shoes, lost wallets and "that guys" everywhere. Newbies..

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

Bemused, you are a moron.
So what you're saying is that if a guitar player doesnt write the parts he plays, he deserves no mentionable credit eventhough he/she gets on stage and wails away with the same energy as the rest of the stupid band?
In that case, El Hefe shouldn't deserve much credit either since Fat Mike writes most of the parts for their songs.
Same case with many other bands.
Learn something other than the shit you think you know all about.
This score is for bemused.
-MATEO

jacobe (April 17, 2004)

Green Day has a second guitar player on stage too and I've never heard anyone bitch about that.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

How bout no. The guy doesn't deserve any credit, all he does is help out Skiba play the parts. Skiba still wrote all the guitar parts they play, so I think its enough that he introduces the guy at the start of the show.

-bemused-

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

alkaline trio need to actually introduce the fourth member and change their name or something
give the guy in the back some credit for playing guitar

AmericanIdle (April 17, 2004)

I respect NOFX, and their live show is probably real fun.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

Oh, and the 4th member of Alk3 was on stage the whole set. I thought I mentioned that in the review.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

Sorry about my memory... I do remember "Six Pack Girls", "My Heart Is Yearning", and "The Brews" being played. I'm not sure what the cover Alk3 did, but I remember "Blue Carolina" being played. And yes, Peace, Unity, and Your Mom is the best show on KUCI but now we got Indie 103.1 at least, so we aren't stuck with KROQ.

The pit was alot of fun and really crazy. I'm still sore today since I was in it the whole time, and yes it was pretty nuts during NOFX. I think I fell down hard during "A Perfect Government". The kids didn't let me down. More white people were there then the school demographics would suggest but still a solid representation. Go anteaters!

Chris

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

Yeah, at Warped 2 years ago I saw Chris from the Bosstones jump in during The Decline.
As corporate as it's becoming, Warped is still loads of fun.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

punk rock at the university of chinese immigrants.

p.s. why does kuci only play good music on saturdays?

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

I remember hearing something about Chris from the Bosstones playing trombone on "The Decline" for some of their shows. I wish I could have seen that

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

The one song i want nofx to play more than any of their songs (yes, even decline) is "kids of the k-hole". That was the first nofx song i ever heard and besides decline, it's their best. Have any of you ever seen it played live...? -mateo

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

didn't know elmo was so political ?

i actually was liking ur comment until the washouts bit (i still don't understand why people have a problem with punk bands that have been around for a long time. i thought punk was one of the few genres where people didn't change their tastes with the newest trends, etc :s.)

oh, and on another note, i'm from australia and it's very rare to get bands coming to play the schools and uni's... definately never any the calibre of the bands that played this show, so the scores for that!!

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

why would all the republicans come out to a show thats sole purpose is to ouste their candidate from office. Thats pretty shallow of them if they are willing to drop their morals just to watch a show by a bunch of washouts. yes washouts, add pennywise to that list too. Oh yeah, and political mike has about as much useful information as political Elmo.

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

i love alkaline trio

Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

I just saw a new live clip that Alkaline Trio put up on their website. Seems this 4th guy now actually appears on stage, was it the case on this tour as well, was he on stage?

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

great show both bands didn't dissapoint. alk3 played great but too short like he said. nofx threw in a couple of really rare live songs that he didn't mention. rico, scavenger type, falling in love, 6 pack girls, i wanna be an alcoholic, and bleeding heart disease. i've seen nofx way too many times to count and seeing those was a treat. the kids sucked but what else is new.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

i go to UCI and i went to the show and it was kick ass....fuck all of you that run your mouth about nofx. anteaters rule and totally reek of awesomeness!!!!!

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Yea I saw them at UC Riverside a few days before this...great show...Mike said Jello was supposed to come onstage for a Dead Kennedy's cover at their Irvine show. Guess he was lion...

-MATEO

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Last couple times I saw NOFX they played for nearly 80 mniutes, so yeah, I'd say 45 is shorter than normal...but 1000 ppl is pretty big crowd and it prolly got real tiring real fast moshing it up with that mob, especially if they played mosdtly fast stuff

CrankWillDestroy (April 16, 2004)

I'm patiently waiting on a Colorado show.

irish_joo (April 16, 2004)

NOFX played for 45 minutes and and Alkaline trio played for....eh, who gives a damn

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Hey, little "I-hate-NOFX-and-that-makes-me-hip" fagtards, you'd be fucking nowhere, if not for bands like that. Whether or not you admit it.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

nofx sucks. YES, 10 SCENE POINTS FOR ME.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Hey punk insider has some audio interviews with Jello, Erik Melvin, and Greg Heston. In Jello's he talks about a newalbum he's making with the Melvins, anyone heard about that?

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

what cover song did the alklaine trio do? Was it "Blackout"?

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

I hate those Orange County young neo-cons....most ignorant self loathing fuckers you'll find.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Why oh why oh why doesn't this go everywhere in the USA?
They closed with "Linoleum" and "Theme from A NOFX Album" and that wrapped up a shorter than normal set but a fun night.
Actually, I'm glad they're not touring everywhere, since a shorter than normal set for Nofx would be, what 15-20 minutes? Warped Tour only allows them to play for half an hour.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

That should say "my town."

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

This score is for the fact that this tour isn't coming to my time.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Speaking of Jello Biafra, can anyone out there dispute how fucking great the Dead Kennedy's were? Fuck man, most records in my collection lost a little appeal over the years, but the DK shit just gets better with age. People may bitch how you can buy their shit at any mall; but fuck, they are just so fucking awesome.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

This vote is for NOFX not being dead yet

TheOneTrueBill (April 16, 2004)

Ha. I ruined your day, and I didn't even say the cursed word.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

First. Fuckers. You all suck.

TheOneTrueBill (April 16, 2004)

Why oh why oh why doesn't this go everywhere in the USA?

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