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K-Rock Dysfuctional Family Picnic: live at Jones Beachlive at Jones Beach (2004)
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Contributed by: PHilPhil
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"I just want to say that you all look stunning," Adam Lazarra of Taking Back Sunday told the mostly average-looking crowd at the festival stage at Jones Beach Ampitheatre (or Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theatre if you want to be specific). While his gesture was thoughtful, it was far from the tru.


"I just want to say that you all look stunning," Adam Lazarra of Taking Back Sunday told the mostly average-looking crowd at the festival stage at Jones Beach Ampitheatre (or Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theatre if you want to be specific). While his gesture was thoughtful, it was far from the truth as girls with way too much stomach were letting it all hang out and acne was really running rabid throughout the crowd. However, who the hell really cares about that anyways, it's the show you want to know about right?

New York alternative station K-Rock (WXRK) has been putting on this festival every year since 1997 (save for last summer, 2003, when they simply called the Summer Sanitarium tour their summer festival). This year's line-up featured (for once) mostly Tri-State area bands as 6 out of the 10 were from the New York/Jersey/Long Island area. This year the show was a whopping $95 (at least my ticket was, I had 7th row) for a lineup that consisted of bands that, while talented, could not draw crowds that were willing to pay that much to see them, still there were a fair number of people filling up the ampitheatre.

Due to Long Island traffic (those in the area know what I'm talking about) I was stuck on the Cross Island for 45 minutes (where I had to go a total of 8.5 miles) and missed Midtown's entire set. Walking in just as Taking Back Sunday was taking the stage I witnessed their usual antics. Adam swinging his mic around while the new guitarist shouted in John Nolan's parts. It was interesting when the band was first announced to play the festival back in May since I don't think I'd ever heard them being played on K-Rock (the station has now been playing the new single). Kids moshed and sang along and of course, the kid dressed in the Winnie the Pooh outfit (it's getting really old, by the way) crowd-surfed a few times so the band would notice him. I guess it was the usual antics for the band, Adam even climbed up the side of the stage and hung from the tracking on the top of the rented festival stage. Setlist was something like: You Know How I Do, Timberwolves In New Jersey, (new song), Great Romances Of The 20th Century, Bonus Mosh Pt. 2, You're So Last Summer, A Decade Under The Infuence, Cute Without The E.

Up next, Story Of The Year, the band taking the heat for jumping on the post-hardcore bandwagon. Their live show was intense. Spin kicks, backflips and an overall kickass amount of energy. It also helps that they write great songs as well. I really think they're the band that took this whole post-hardcore, screamo, whatever movement and made it sound as perfectly commercially accesible as it could. They seemed real sincere and looked like they were enjoying themselves as the fans jumped, moshed and screamed along to the setlist of: And The Hero Will Drown, Dive Right In, Divide And Conquer, Anthem Of Our Dying Day, Falling Down, Until The Day I Die, In The Shadows

Teen girls shrieked as New Found Glory took the stage next. Is it just me or did their singer get really fat? Anyways, I've seen them a bunch and their live show, while fun, seems a little sloppy. It's obvious how much Jordan is helped in the studio as he sturggled to hit certain notes from time to time. It's also kind of a downfall for me when I find out that the singer doesn't right the lyrics. It just seems like it's not really as heartfelt when they're written for him. The two guitarists on the other hand, seem to be really in sync with each other as they trade off occasional screams and backing vocals while hopping around with their instruments. Setlist was something like: Understatement, Truth Of My Youth, Hit Or Miss, It's Been A Summer, At Least I'm Known For Something, Dressed To Kill, My Friends Over You, Your Biggest Mistake, Something I Call Personality, All Downhill From Here.

As everyone shifted over to the main stage, Yeah Yeah Yeahs began their set. Now, I think this record is a fine little record and I like Karen O's vocal style. I think a lot of people picking up the record for "Maps" were a little suprirsed when they first popped it in and she screams "I'LL TAKE YOU OUT BOY!" I think that's the way many people felt upon seeing the band that afternoon. Karen O paraded around while the guitarist looked bored and the drummer just looked like a little kid in a candy store. Their loss, the band pounded through upbeat numbers like "Man" and "Black Light" (featuring one of the best lines I've ever heard, "Boy you just a stupid bitch and girl you just a no good dick!"). They, predictably, closed with "Maps." Setlist was something like: Rich, Man, Black Light, Y Control, Pin, Maps.

Before Brand New came on, Gary Dellabate also known as "Baba Booey" from the Howard Stern Show introduced them as being "so excited because they're from Levittown" (also on LI). The band took the stage and broke right out into "The Quiet Things (That No One Knows)." Jesse seemed to be in high spirits and was rockin' out (for as much as Jesse Lacey can rock out). Vinnie, as usual, looked kind of bored but the band put on a stellar performance. Their songs actually sounded great in the big open venue (except for "Jude Law And A Semester Abroad" which sounded awkward without a big sweaty plethora of kids in trucker hats and studded belts screaming along every word). Jesse even tried to jump off the jump set which resulted in him whiping out. He got back up like a true rock star though to finish the tune. Setlist: The Quiet Things (That No One Knows), Jaws Theme Swimming, I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light, Jude Law And A Semester Abroad, Okay I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don't, Sic Transit Gloria.

Cypress Hill was up next, so my girlfriend and I thought it would be a good time to get food…

Which brings us to The Darkness. I saw them a few weeks ago in Boston at the BCN show, I thought they were good but something was missing. What was missing was back in tact for New York as Justin spent almost as much time talking as he did playing. Their witty British sense of humor was a breath of fresh air as Justin led the crowd in chants of curse words and singing ungodly high. Not to mention the band sounds tight as hell as Justin and his brother trade their awesome shredding guitar solos. The crowd, of course, responsed the most to "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" but that's not to say other numbers didn't rock as hard. There were the naysayers and "too cool" frat boys calling them fags and what not, but The Darkness really proved themselves not just to me, but to the audience as a whole and probably themselves as well. Setlist: Growing On Me, Stuck In A Rut, (new song), Get Your Hands Off Of My Woman, I Believe In A Thing Called Love, Stuck In A Rut, Love On The Rocks (With No Ice).

The moment most people had been waiting for was upon us. The Beastie Boys. After a long introduction from their DJ playing various clips of songs the Boys of NYC broke out onto the stage to "Root Down." I'm honestly not the biggest Beastie Boys fan, but I do own two or three of their records and always enjoy their singles. The set was basically a lot of their hits as well as one or two new numbers for To The 5 Boroughs. My only complaint was that they ignored some of their biggest hits: Sabotage, Fight For Your Right, Girls (although, I can understand if they don't want to play the latter two, seeing as they probably feel out of place singing about partying and girls at their age now). What was best about the set was that the Boys forgot the lyrics to a few old numbers and had to have the crowd help them along. They were also the only band of the night that did an encore after they left the stage. Setlist: Root Down, Sure Shot, An Open Letter To NYC, Body Movin, Brass Monkey, Pass The Mic, Paul Revere, Triple Trouble, 3 MC's and 1 DJ, Ch-Check It Out. (encore): Intergalactic, So Watcha Want.

Right before the Strokes, surprise guest Jay-Z came out and performed "99 Problems." For some reason, this got the most crowd reaction the whole night. Go figure.

The Strokes finished the show with a rather uninspiring set. I've always thought this band was OK but their arrogance and the fact that Julian is the most monotone singer I've ever heard hasn't always set well with me. The only really noteworthy part of their set was that Alfred (I think that's his name, the guitarist with the beard) was pissed that his amps weren't working and at one point just threw both amps over, leaving his guitar techs scrambling to pick them up (kind of a dick move if you ask me). They're the one band I'm not totally sure of the setlist, I know they opened with Reptila and it included (in no particular order): Someday, Hard To Explain, Last Nite, The Modern Age, Take It Or Leave It, The End Is No End, Automatic Stop, What Ever Happened?, Under Control, The Way It Is and maybe a few more.

One other noteworthy thing to mention is as The Strokes were leaving the stage, two K-Rock DJ's came on to do the usual "Thanks for coming, blah blah blah" and Fabio of the Strokes was still walking offstage. So Fabio being the "cool indie rock guy" he is grabbed the mic from one of the DJ's and barreled out "I wish this guy would shut the fuck up!" and tossed the mic into the crowd. Funny, but kind of lame and really didn't accomplish much.

 


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Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

"KROQ of LA is getting raped by Indie 103.1"
Yes, rightfully so. I just wish indie would stop playing Jonesy 3 fucking times a day and start doing commercial free Mondays again.

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

- 1 point (star) for paying $95 for a show
- 1 for watching taking back sunday
- 2 for some other bands you watched like soty and nfg
1 because you know the yeah yeah yeahs
- 3 for saying "and the band took the stage and broke right into..." that is really old and annoying
-5 leaving during cypress hill
1 for respecting baba booey
a point for every beastie boys album you own
- 3 for not knowing how many beasite boys albums you own
-3 for not having all the beastie boys albums
-3 hating on jay z
2 for not liking the strokes
-2 for bitching about not liking the strokes for 2 paragraphs

so your score is around -5 or so, i wish i could give that so i'll give you a 1

Anonymous (June 27, 2004)

I would suggest that if you're going to dis someone's craft, and you are a writer, then you should spell write correctly.

Just my two cents.

"It's obvious how much Jordan is helped in the studio as he sturggled to hit certain notes from time to time. It's also kind of a downfall for me when I find out that the singer doesn't right the lyrics. "

notfeelingcreative (June 25, 2004)

"Cypress Hill was up next, so my girlfriend and I thought it would be a good time to get food…"

So you had no problem sitting there and listening to horrible music like story of the year and new found glory, but when cypress came on you had to get a hot dog? Your priorites and taste are completely fucked up!

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

someone really should have reviewed david bowie's performance at jones beach theater, cos that was one of the best concerts i've ever seen.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

I cant believe this got anything higher then a one.

Phil, you are a piece of shit.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

oh yeah and jay z is more talented than most of the bands that played including tbs and soty so dont be dissin.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

how dare you turn down cypress hill, and you also you only own a couple of the beastie boys albums!!

Anonymous (June 24, 2004)

Holly shit-you guys are all a bunch of douches.

Do you even know what fucking site you're at?

Note to Cypress Hill-find new gimmick.
Note to Brand New-get a new record deal.

PsychoOS231 (June 24, 2004)

Nope its the "KROQ" of NYC, KROQ of LA is getting raped by Indie 103.1

Anonymous (June 24, 2004)

k rock = kroq, as in the shitty "cutting edge of rock" station here in california?

mikeshitter (June 24, 2004)

Score is for the B-Boys set. Would've been a 10 is they'd replaced Body Movin' (a MUCH worse song than Ch-Ch-Check It Out) with Slow and Low / Shake Your Rump.

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

i know what i am about to say will completely null and void my opinion but for the love of fucking christ why do any of you waste your time and everyone elses writing these pathetic excuses for opinions.

exception being the guy who mentioned the "___ and ___" thing. which made a lot of sense.

also to the guy who told the reviewer and the douche who had to mention bands it was ok to like and despise thursday cause it's cool to despise thursday to make out. that made me laugh.

so this in itself is an opinion. and i doubt anyone cares what i have to say and/or think. but guess what? i don't give a shit what you have to say and or think either? nor does anyone else. so unless you have something you think will actually contribute to decent debate or the forum shut the fuck up please.

thank you.

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

new york's alright if you like saxophones

titsandtats (June 23, 2004)

oops that was me
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Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

beastie boys were fucking amazing, i dont think many people there realized they were witnessing legends perform. no one knew the words except for the radio songs. me and my friends drove from buffalo to see this show. who cares about the money, people are acting like 100 bucks is alot. big deal.Its a pair of shoes for christ sakes. brand new used to play better live shows, but they are great. listen to the lyrics. its not about selling out, fuck that. selling out is when you change the type of music you play to appeal to larger quantities of people.Its not signing to a larger label or playing shows like this. why should they be poor just to satisfy you or for people to call them"true" artists. your gonna tell me you would turn down the money so you could continue living in a van and busting your ass? all that matters is they believe in their music.I dont like NFG too much but i guess they were allright. story of the year was amazing as allways.yeah yeah yeahs rocked. she is so talented, i just wish they would write better songs to showcase her voice. the strokes... lame. every song sounds the same. Taking back sunday is a good band too, just because they arent "hardcore" doesnt mean you cant appreciate them. If anything, the crowd was the lamest thing about this show. maybe they were all sleepy from smoking weed all day, but come on people, try to look interested at least. Dont say " i love the beastie boys" and then get pissed cuz they didnt play intergalactic. if thats the only song you know then your not a fan.im not trying to offend, i just hope people loosen up a little. music is fun, damnit!

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

HAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Jesse Lacey fucking faceplanted, that was the best thing about their set!

Thank god this was mentioned.

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

New York's alright if you're a homosexual.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

Jebus fucking Crass! You left during Cypress Hill's set! Shows what piss-end taste you got!

Got somethin' 'gainst tha ol' school, don't ya!

At least I keep it real--when I ask the California Teachers Association for a million dollars, I says it OUTLOUD to they mothafuckas: "Yo bitch ass Wayne Johnson! I needs a million dollars!"

Gray Davis

chumprocker (June 23, 2004)

"Also, Ive hated Thursday forever and wish them death, destruction, and dismay."

agreed. i don't get it at all.

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

I never said StrikeAnywhere signed to a major, i said im one that enjoys seeing bands *like* Strike Anywhere and Rise Against signing to major labels.

Also, Ive hated Thursday forever and wish them death, destruction, and dismay.

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

yo, when did strike anywhere sign to a major?

i must have missed the memo

and kudos to a well written review - we need more of these here.

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

"I think its a great idea for bands like _____ or _____ _______(to name 2 bands that have recently exploded with popularity and semi radio friendly songs) to sign to a major label. I would prefer clones of them over clones of ____ and ______ and such."

seriously, that gets said every couple of months about new bands.. that same sentence with the blanks filled in with the new cool band that everyone is saying, "well, it's theyre on a major but it's still cool to like them". Seriously who cares if it's on a major or not. if it's good you are allowed to like it. it's okay.

i bet a few years ago most of you would have been totally jocking bands like thursday and blink 182.

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

you two should get it over with and just make out already.

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

You are a tool because you spent ~$120 to see a bunch of bands you can basically see on warped tour for $30. The only difference would be The Yeah yeahs(aka one of the worst "indie rock" bands gone corperate), Strokes(same applies), Cypress Hill, And the beastie boys.

I had a good time, therefor I can justify spending the money

I dont smoke pot, nor do i ever plan on it. Cypress Hill is simply a more talented group of performers than the bands you saw (minus the Beastie Boys). You should have gotten food, i dunno, during STOY, NFG, The Darkness, Brand New, Yeah Yeahs, or TBS.

Matter of taste and opinion. There isn't really an argument here.

I have no problems with *TALENTED* bands signing to big labels and making good money. Fuck, im one of the few people that love to see it. I think its a great idea for bands like Rise Against or Strike Anywhere(to name 2 bands that have recently exploded with popularity and semi radio friendly songs) to sign to a major label. I would prefer clones of them over clones of Thursday and Blink 182 and such.

That was more of a general comment than towards you. I feel like a lot of concert reviews I read here have the writer just trying to prove how hip they are rather than just reviewing the show.

So all in all this show sucked, you spent $120 on a show you give a 6 which is basically proving my point that this show was a waste of time, money, and effort.

Still not agreeing, I had a great time.

Also, Howard Stern just rules because hes a tall funny looking Jewish man that has been able to make millions of dollars off fart jokes and strippers. Thats called being hardcore. If you disagree, then you are even more of a tool.

I like Howard Stern. I just hate most of his fans and the other low-lifes on his show. He is a smart man and I agree, he has done quite well for himself.

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

yeah where you at now?

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

You are a tool because you spent ~$120 to see a bunch of bands you can basically see on warped tour for $30.

The only difference would be The Yeah yeahs(aka one of the worst "indie rock" bands gone corperate), Strokes(same applies), Cypress Hill, And the beastie boys.

I dont smoke pot, nor do i ever plan on it. Cypress Hill is simply a more talented group of performers than the bands you saw (minus the Beastie Boys). You should have gotten food, i dunno, during STOY, NFG, The Darkness, Brand New, Yeah Yeahs, or TBS.

I have no problems with *TALENTED* bands signing to big labels and making good money. Fuck, im one of the few people that love to see it. I think its a great idea for bands like Rise Against or Strike Anywhere(to name 2 bands that have recently exploded with popularity and semi radio friendly songs) to sign to a major label. I would prefer clones of them over clones of Thursday and Blink 182 and such.

So all in all this show sucked, you spent $120 on a show you give a 6 which is basically proving my point that this show was a waste of time, money, and effort.

Also, Howard Stern just rules because hes a tall funny looking Jewish man that has been able to make millions of dollars off fart jokes and strippers. Thats called being hardcore. If you disagree, then you are even more of a tool.

Lastly, HellFest 2004>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>any other festival this year.

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

I'm the reviewer...

1) you are the biggest tool in the world for buying a ticket to this show.

Why? I wanted to see all the bands there. I like festivals. And there's no possible way I'm the biggest tool in the world, I mean, have you read some of the comments on this site?

2) I dont like rap at all, but i would take Cypress Hill over Taking Back Sunday or Story of the Year any day of the week.

I never said I would "take" one band over the other. The whole marijuana thing gets old and I was hungry.

3) How didnt the Beastie Boys close? Thats just wrong. Thats the only reason anyone should have spent the $90 to see this show.

A lot of times at big radio station shows most bands don't want to "close." When Green Day headlined the DFP they played 3rd to last, when Rage headlined it they played second to last, when Korn headlined it they played 3rd to last and when Ozzy headlined it, he played third to last.

4) This show was even worse because Howard Stern wasnt there.

Yes, because Howard didn't come out and do his usual two minute speech on some band while all the mindless idiot meatheads praised him the show was a total disaster.

5) Not a very good review either.

Oh and why not? Because I didn't whine about how much the other bands "sold out" or make constant points about how I was so much cooler than everyone else in the crowd?

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

1) you are the biggest tool in the world for buying a ticket to this show.
2) I dont like rap at all, but i would take Cypress Hill over Taking Back Sunday or Story of the Year any day of the week.
3) How didnt the Beastie Boys close? Thats just wrong. Thats the only reason anyone should have spent the $90 to see this show.
4) This show was even worse because Howard Stern wasnt there.
5) Not a very good review either.

All in all, you suck and i rule for not going and being $120 richer(gas, ticket, surcharges, water, food, ect.)

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

You should've smoked during Cypress Hill, then eaten afterwards. I agree with sickboi's comment. Lineup pretty much sucked except beasies and cypress hill.

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

The Darkness played the same song twice?

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

five stars for the first paragraph of this review.

oh, and i know their too rockstar-ish now but back in the day brand new put on one intense show

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

aside from this show being ridiculously overpriced. K-rock is not an alternative station. Also Long Island is probably where satan comes from (and not just cause the place is full of jews)
-a heeb (& a spic too!)

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

Dude, you paid $95 to see that show?

BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

NINETY FIVE BUCKS!!!!

AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

offspring should have played and owned all the whiny emo/pop bands

sickboi (June 22, 2004)

You're a fucking tool. Aside from the B-Boys, Cypress Hill is the best group on that lineup. This score is for "Black Sunday".

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

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Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

Brand New are too cool for school now

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

pretty lame you decided to go get lunch during cypress hill... you shoulda sparked a fatty and enjoyed yourself
pretty lame you refer to Story of the Year as post hardcore
pretty lame you chose to even review this potpouri of crap

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

"If Godsmack was there they would've kicked some ass."

Literally!

fuck brand new fuck taking back sunday

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

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Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

beastie boys shit on everyone that played that day.

Imposs1ble (June 22, 2004)

If Godsmack was there they would've kicked some ass.

SOYBOMB (June 22, 2004)

This score is for The Darkness, Jay-Z's guest appearence and The Strokes.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

that sux you went to this! i went back in the day...oy vey

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

"It also helps that they write great songs as well. I really think they're the band that took this whole post-hardcore, screamo, whatever movement and made it sound as perfectly commercially accesible as it could. They seemed real sincere..."

This makes no sense. Terms like "great songs", "commercially accesible", and "sincere" are not supposed to go together.

This score is for K-ROQ selling out the nu-metal kids for another bad trend to exploit Just shitty music.

Anonymous (June 22, 2004)

alright review. so someone in NFG is fat, what else is new?

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