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Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio: live in Clevelandlive in Cleveland (2005)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: gregsgregs
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I live an hour away from Cleveland, so since the show was on a weekday, I knew I wouldn't make it in time to see the opening acts. I'd never been to the House of Blues, so I was already a little apprehensive about what to expect. Walking down the street, people kept asking if I had any extra tickets.


I live an hour away from Cleveland, so since the show was on a weekday, I knew I wouldn't make it in time to see the opening acts. I'd never been to the House of Blues, so I was already a little apprehensive about what to expect. Walking down the street, people kept asking if I had any extra tickets, so the fact the show was sold out just added to it. And by the time I got inside and saw how fancy the place was, security guards all over the place, and TVs everywhere you look, I was pretty damn annoyed. There was even a bathroom attendant to hand out paper towels. It was obvious that this was quite the event, and while I certainly don't consider myself a ‚??holier-than-thou' punker, I was convinced the band had outgrown me. I've seen them in concert about 10 times, ever since they were openers and barely anybody paid attention to their set. So I figured I had a good run. I'm a huge fan and I think they are as deserving as any band of their popularity.

It's no secret that the band's live shows can be hit or miss. I've been blown away by them, and I've also been left disappointed, especially as of late. I don't know if I've caught them on off nights, or if it's just the crappy sound of the larger venues they've been playing, but it's been a while since I've left one of their shows feeling satisfied. In fact, I think the only reason I bought tickets for this one was out of sheer habit. So my expectations were pretty low. I did catch Mike Park's last song, and the wait between acts seemed far longer than normal, just adding to my irritation. The band came out to massive applause and enthusiasm from the sold out crowd of 750 (per the maximum occupancy sign). There were no theatrics, no upside down crosses or coffins or any of that crap, just the band tearing into "This Could Be Love." From the opening riff, I was immediately impressed.

The venue's sound was my main concern since I hadn't been there before, but it was outstanding. The guitar, the bass, the drums, the vocals‚?¶everything was loud, clear, and distinguishable. Just as important, the band was tight as hell. I'm pretty sure this was one of the earlier stops on the tour, and the band seemed incredibly enthused and genuinely appreciative of the audience's energy. It was just the trio this time around; there was no extra guitar player. And it wasn't missed one bit. Skiba's playing was outstanding and his vocals were even more impressive. He sang every note of every song with full effort. He never dropped his voice an octave to avoid straining or overexertion. He went all out, just like he should have. I think Dan Andriano and Derek Grant are always very consistent, and they didn't let down at all on this night either.

The rest of the set, in no particular order and strictly from memory, included: "Clavicle," "My Friend Peter" (announced as "My Friend Jerry" and dedicated to Jerry Andriano), "Maybe I'll Catch Fire," "Radio" (dedicated to My Chemical Romance), "Private Eye," "Emma," "We've Had Enough," "Jaked On Green Beers," "Warbrain," and "Crawl." They also played two new songs, "The Poison" and "Settle For Satin" (extra guitar player for this tune only), both sung by Dan. The band did a full band version of "Sorry About That," with Mike Park joining in on acoustic guitar, for their one-song encore. Not one of my favorite songs by them, and not something I wanted to see the show ended with, but an amazing version nonetheless.

I never thought I'd attempt a review, much less for a concert where I missed the openers, but I was truly blown away by the show and would hate to see someone else miss it for fear of a subpar performance. My only question is this: was Skiba's face painted white or is he really just that pasty?

 

 
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Anonymous (May 20, 2006)

not that anyone is really going to read this since this show was over a year ago. I just found this great site though. I was at this HOB show and I thought that it was excellent. It was only my third time seeing them but in my opinion it was the best. That was my second time at the Cleveland House of Blues and I found it to be one of the nicest venues I've been to. That's comparing it to Laga and The World in Pgh and a few other small clubs around Western PA.

I also was at the show they did at the World in the Burgh and agree that the place blew. How many people can you fit into that small of an area? I was up front for the entire Senses Fail set (at the stage) and tried to stay for all of the Trio's but couldn't stand the heat. I had to get some air.

Anonymous (September 23, 2005)

p.s he was that pasty!

maybe the links will work this time:
http://photobucket.com/albums/v138/OldSchoolReasons2Die/Al kalineTrio/May fifth Rochester Ny/
http://photobucket.com/albums/v138/OldSchoolReasons2Die/Alka lineTrio/Trio in Ohio 5 6/
http://photobucket.com/albums/v138/OldSchoolReasons2Die/Alkal ineTrio/Trio in TO on 6 20/

Anonymous (September 23, 2005)

I saw them at the HOB in Cleveland. It was a good show,at least I think it was. I had the opportunity to meet the band the day before in Rochester, and they actually put my friend on their VIP list because he didn't have a ticket for the Ohio show. And to clear it up, it was right before Crimson (nearing the end of the two week tour, i believe) came out, and they did a little touring of the east coast.

I too, agree that they are hit or miss (the first time i saw them they fucking blew.)

I was also at The World in Pitt (May 04) and it was truely hot in that place. I was on the floor, a few people from the stage and I nearly passed out. I though that was a good show, only for how the band was interacting with the fans (everywhere I see them, there is space between the stage and people, and here there wasn't)

here are links to see pictures of the rochester show (may 5th) http://photobucket.com/albums/v138/OldSchoolReasons2Die/AlkalineT rio/May fifth Rochester Ny/

Cleveland (may 6th) http://photobucket.com/albums/v138/OldSchoolReasons2Die/AlkalineT rio/Trio in Ohio 5 6/

and Toronto (june 20th) http://photobucket.com/albums/v138/OldSchoolReasons2Die/AlkalineT rio/Trio in TO on 6 20/

some of them are shitty, sorry.

Chris666Alk3 (July 1, 2005)

Alk 3's new album sounds different than their other stuff but its still good and their still fuckin awesome

Chris666Alk3 (July 1, 2005)

Alk 3 is fuckin awesome. DON'T MESS WITH THEM

Anonymous (May 19, 2005)

I saw Alk3 at the end of april in Grand Rapids, Mi.
I think they put on an awesome show.
It was the first time I'd seen them, and they lived up to, and even surpassed my expectations.

Anonymous (May 19, 2005)

"remember when alkaline trio used to be awesoeme? like before matt pushed the satan gimmick ridicilously far. all they do now is try to be spooky. gay

everything up the from here to infarmary is pure genious though."

so what you're saying is everything in the spooky satanic vein is pure genius then? or gay?

anyway, the whole Alk3 theme is so fucking campy and tongue in cheek. it's not like they're Deicide or something, they're like a drunken, romantic, (somehow) more nihilistic Misfits.

Anonymous (May 18, 2005)

remember when alkaline trio used to be awesoeme? like before matt pushed the satan gimmick ridicilously far. all they do now is try to be spooky. gay

everything up the from here to infarmary is pure genious though.

Anonymous (May 18, 2005)

I fell victim to double suicide!

-bemused-

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

Crimson is the best Alk3 record since Maybe I'll Catch Fire.

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

ok ok, THATS why that kid was screaming like he was in a screamo band...it was some 15 year old super senses fail fan, who i guess thought it was cool to scream stuff in the senses fail scream voice for no reason, like he's living the passion man...oh dude. fuck. man that was gay, really ruined the show for me.

paul

tylerdurden8136 (May 16, 2005)

i was at that show at the world (which i must agree was a horrible venue...those columns sucked) ...probably the worst show i've ever been to in fact...overcrowded, about 100 degrees...the only good thing about it was the great opening act that outplayed both senses fail and alkaline trio...which just happened to be the loved ones.

Anonymous (May 16, 2005)

yea man, i was up in the balcony for that trio show at The World...it sucked because it was sold out (and oversold I think, there really was NO space anywhere) and it was hot as fuck, whereas HOB is air conditioned. The performance, if I remember right, was also just kinda sub-par...the set list was average and their energy was just 'eh'. And also, up in that balcony i was surrounded by 15 year olds...that alone is kind of annoying being that i'm kind of an older dude at shows, but the one kid I rmember kept like screaming shit like, acting like he was in a 'screamo' band or something...it was really one of those moments where you are embarassed for someone so you're embarassed yourself.

ironically, one of the best trio shows i saw in pittsburgh was the warped tour 2002 one...they played a great set (97, goodbye forever, clavicle) and the performance was sheer perfection...even though it was only 1/2 hr.

paul

gregs (May 16, 2005)

Paul, I agree. The show at the World did indeed suck. Sounded bad (band, venue, both?) and it was so crowded and hot. I was all the way in the back , away from the crowd, and was still drenched. So I also have to give HOB credit for knowing how to properly sell out a show, because the personal space was definitely there. And they did a nice job of keeping the place nice and cool, too.

CallingLondon (May 16, 2005)

the new album is quality

Anonymous (May 16, 2005)

ps . laga's brief and shitty replacement, The World, had a bathroom attendant. and for the record that venue sucked balls and the trio show that was there in that 6 month timeframe the dump even existed was not one of their better ones.

paul

Anonymous (May 16, 2005)

"Paul, I'm 28 and appreciate a more sophisticated environment than most people. I've actually been to more shows at Laga than any other venue, so the HOB is definitely a little culture shock. Besides, I gave it its props in the end. The only reason I wrote the review was because of the way my attitude was changed 180 degrees by the show. And if we're going to nitpick, there's not 10 flights to get to Laga. And the HOB setup isn't that much better considering it eats up a good amount of quality floor space with that area where the sound guys are"

yea...i only read the beginning of the review and then posted, but realized by the end of the review you gave the sound quality props and such. sorry, me stupid and jump to conclusions quickly on internet boards for amusing times.

and the sound guys do chew up a lot of space, but the balcony stadium seating shit is a lot better than laga. and it was like 4 flights of steps. still seemed like such a hike getting up those things. i also think the HOB has really good sound quality. both shows iv'e seen there, and it looks like this one too, have a perfect sound balance, whereas often at laga it sounded like a mutant was controlling the knobs and didn't knwo wtf he was doing.

as for the rest of the comments, i too think alk3 is hit and miss live. i've seen some great shows and some average ones, performance and set wise.

paul

Anonymous (May 14, 2005)

Bathroom attendants rule.

I was shocked as hell to walk into the Abbey Pub in Chicago and see one. T'was high class kickassedness.

Anonymous (May 14, 2005)

Here is all I have heard...

I've known the Trio since the Fireside/Empty Side days..... And I have heard that their show is completely back. Matt's vocals are back, and they are playing better than ever. I am so excited to see them back to par again. I'm not going to lie....they were kind of week on the Good Mounring tour, but I've heard nothing but good things about them recently. I am so excited.

NoUse4aScnName00 (May 13, 2005)

*****yeah favorite band

NoUse4aScnName00 (May 13, 2005)

My favorite fan by far but I totally agree with the hit or miss comment in the review. The first time I saw them (a day before Good Mourning was released), they were amazing. They played all the old songs I wished they would like 'I Lied My Face Off', 'Clavicle', and 'San Francisco'. The second time was a total miss though. They played most of their new songs. They didn't play many old songs (maybe because they feared their new fanbase of 14 year-old girls wouldn't like it). I love their new stuff but it isn't nearly as emotionally convincing as their older stuff. No 'Clavicle' or even 'Maybe I'll Catch Fire'. I can't wait to see them with DBS and Rise Against however. It should be amzing. No only if they played 'Jaked on Green Beers'...........

jamespastepunk (May 13, 2005)

Alkaline Trio AND My Chemical Romance on tour?

Screw drinking, how many cans of makeup will be used by the time that tour ends?

prankish (May 13, 2005)

I've always been a fan of the trio (I even enjoyed some tracks off of "From Here to Infirmary" *shudder*) and this set list seems pretty solid. Sorry About That, Jaked on Green Beers, and My Friend Peter are some of my favorites.

gregs (May 13, 2005)

Paul, I'm 28 and appreciate a more sophisticated environment than most people. I've actually been to more shows at Laga than any other venue, so the HOB is definitely a little culture shock. Besides, I gave it its props in the end. The only reason I wrote the review was because of the way my attitude was changed 180 degrees by the show. And if we're going to nitpick, there's not 10 flights to get to Laga. And the HOB setup isn't that much better considering it eats up a good amount of quality floor space with that area where the sound guys are.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

Yeah, they did play "Jaked on Green Beers."

Colossal was really good.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

show reviews on this site suck, no pictures, just some teenager cumming over his fav band, lame.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

I don't think this is a tour for Crimson since the cd isn't out yet, I think this is like a warm up tour. I can't believe nobody has mentioned Colossal. Those guys rule.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

hey greg, don't bitch about the HOB in clevo, that is a GREAT venue. try living in pittsburgh where we had fucking laga and metropol to go to shows at for years. completely shitty venues compared to the HOB. metropol had those big ass pillars blocking your view, and the bar...well, may as well not see any of the show if you're going to drink..

laga you had to walk up 10 flights of steps just to get in the venue...then it was alwasy packed and set up all shitty too.

the HOB rocks, don't be all 'omg theres tv's and 4 bars and clean bathrooms'

maybe i'm just 25 and like doors on my stalls.

paul

Karl_With_a_K (May 13, 2005)

I went to this show, and it was pretty amazing. I would have to say that the House of Blues is the T.G.I Friday's of concert clubs(pretty lame if you ask me). Mike park put on a good performace. Overall, nice review, well put.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

someone making fun of someones intelligence might want to spell everything in their comment right......especially when calling them a GENIUS

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

Isn't this the Crimson tour? So what do they do......play the two worst songs from the album. Honestly, I don't blame them for only playing a handful, but at least bust out the good ones, like Mercy Me or Fall Victim.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

"...but what was up with the dedication to mcr? was that supposed to be some sort of slap in the face (radio's lyrics aren't exactly friendly or anything)?"

"The trio's Skiba is a fan of MCR so I am pretty sure it wasn't a slap in the face genius."

The poster wasn't making a statement, they were asking a question. Notice the little "?" at the end? Genuis.

Crookedsuperhero (May 13, 2005)

No one who can't pick good times to use commas is better than me. No one.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

I agree with the guy below. The one time I saw them they were wasted and it really showed. I know it's punk rock and all, but a certain level of professionalism is appreciated.

OC

flamebaitnickloving (May 13, 2005)

Alkaline Trio is a disappointment live and on CD for like the last 4 years.

My girlfriend went to the show and said it was extremely short like Jay-Z short. 18 dollar tickets I heard was the price. I paid 18 bones for a ticket once and I got to see Green Day play for 2 hours (which they may have done across town that night).

I also hate the fact they do all this satanic shit. It's bullshit total bullshit and I would piss on them if I had the chance because I'm better than them and you (anyone reading).

That's right bitches, go fuck yourselves. Fags.

maverick (May 13, 2005)

Goddamnit. I can't believe they played "Jaked On Green Beers" and I missed it. Next, you'll tell me the encore was "Old School Reasons" followed by their acoustic version of "Snake Oil Tanker."

-Scott

Crookedsuperhero (May 13, 2005)

The set looks very, very good.

gregs (May 13, 2005)

Scott, I realize this confirmation is from the same source as the review, but there is no doubt they played 'Jaked on Green Beers'. I typically listen to a comp a few times and then file it away for good. So I actually had to dig it out again to find the title of the song because I forgot it.

And to the other guy, they did play it fast as fuck. The person that went with me has never been to a real concert before and commented they couldn't believe how fast Skiba's hand was moving.

He absolutely sang his ass off on that song too. If the reason they don't sound so great half the time is because they burn themselves out on tour by rocking this hard, then they are fully forgiven.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

irish_joo: No songs off Crimson?

"They also played two new songs, "The Poison" and "Settle For Satin"

People who can't read shouldn't use the internet.

corpseofmymotivation (May 13, 2005)

This band is dead to me (in case anyone cares).

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

i've seen alkaline 3 times...not a huge fan any of the times. pretty dull, in fact.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

god damn, not that tyler turd again! you seriously need to stay OFF the internet. you are not in mcr, so get a life already!

tylerdurden8136 (May 13, 2005)

"The trio's Skiba is a fan of MCR so I am pretty sure it wasn't a slap in the face genius.
This sounds like a super awesome set. I've seen them about 5 times and I haven't been disapointed."

oh, i'm so sorry i'm not up to date on the life and times/likes and dislikes of matt skiba...although i do know he loves satan! but thanks for your "super awesome" response though! one question though: what's up with the "about?" are you not sure whether or not you've seen alk3 five times or not? i've seen the trio "about" three times...i'm not really sure either...once you've seen a band twice, it's hard to keep track of big numbers like three and above in your mind...genius.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

They played Jakked on Green Beers!? Awesome. I hope they continue to play it live b/c on their Halloween DVD if you listen to Dan and Derek's commentary they said that they don't ever play it b/c its too fast. I'm glad to hear thats changed.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

They had better play Jaked on Green Beers when I see them at the 930 club. They seriously never play it.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

The trio's Skiba is a fan of MCR so I am pretty sure it wasn't a slap in the face genius.
This sounds like a super awesome set. I've seen them about 5 times and I haven't been disapointed. last warped tour they came and the only thing that sucked was the same chick kicking people in the head as she crowd surfed. she caught me a few times giving me a nice gash. damn boots. anyway does anyone know when they are touring with MCR?

tylerdurden8136 (May 13, 2005)

ah thanks scott.

maverick (May 13, 2005)

The dedication to MCR was because Gerard and Bob were in attendance at the show (they were playing earlier in the night with Green Day across town).

Also, MCR and Alkaline Trio are going on tour this summer.

I wasn't able to go to this show; can someone confirm that they played "Jaked On Green Beers?" That song fucking rules, and I've always wanted to hear it live.

-Scott

irish_joo (May 13, 2005)

so wait, there were no songs off of either crimson? isn't that the album they are supposed to be supporting?

fistchode (May 13, 2005)

I've seen them 3 times, and the only time they were awesome was actually at warped tour, which I found weird.

However the first time I saw them Matt was sick, so it was a little understandable.

tylerdurden8136 (May 13, 2005)

sadly i've never seen the trio on a good night...my bad luck i guess.

but what was up with the dedication to mcr? was that supposed to be some sort of slap in the face (radio's lyrics aren't exactly friendly or anything)? ...if so, i'd love to see a showdown between these two bands...

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