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Lifetime

Lifetime: live in New Jersey / Philadelphialive in New Jersey / Philadelphia (2005)
Jade Tree Records

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett
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I want to thank Hellfest for shitting the bed so that we can play some real shows! - Dan Yemin, Lifetime The following text isn't so much of a review as it is a story of hope and anticipation bottoming out with no idea as to what the future held. Beaten down by big business and government, the sc.


I want to thank Hellfest for shitting the bed so that we can play some real shows!
- Dan Yemin, Lifetime

The following text isn't so much of a review as it is a story of hope and anticipation bottoming out with no idea as to what the future held. Beaten down by big business and government, the scene in such short notice put together one of the most successful and enjoyable weekends in music history. A passion for unity and an even greater love for music salvaged a complete disaster into a lifetime of memories.

Around 6 o'clock on last Wednesday evening, rumors cluttered message boards that the 9th annual Hellfest was cancelled. The three-day event was to host nearly 200 bands, with a slew of big names such as Against Me!, Rise Against, Sick Of It All, the Bouncing Souls, and monumental reunions from Lifetime, 108, and Public Enemy. About an hour and much speculation later I received a phone call from Scott Heisel stating that Hellfest had officially been cancelled. The concert had the rug pulled out from under it at the last minute, based on the Sovereign Bank Arena requesting more insurance funds that could not be raised with less than a 12-hour clock ticking.

We found about about the supposed cancellation through the good old Bridge 9 message board. We were hoping it was a joke until Heisel called and confirmed that the fest was D.O.A. Needless to say, as Kirby mentioned, we were pretty much crushed. For the record, my streak of being unable to see Sick Of It All continues.*

* - Italics indicate an interjection by P-Fresh.

The cancellation was a disaster, affecting anyone who was involved with Hellfest. There were non-refundable hotels, plane tickets, vendors arriving, bands flying into town, and all were turned away, including many fans from overseas that hoped to enjoy a great weekend of music in New Jersey.

Confusion filled the minds of Josh (P-Fresh), my friend Jen, and I -- our frowns were a dead give-away of how upset we were. Our vacation plans and hotel were already booked and while the option to cancel them was valid, we decided to test our curiosity and enjoy a few days away from home. Thursday morning, we began our trek towards Princeton, New Jersey. Our phones ringing off the hook from people at home giving us updates -- word on the streets at the time was that several promoters and bands were setting up replacement shows in the Philadelphia / New Jersey area. Huge thanks goes out to Scott Heisel, Jeffy Railsback, Marlon, Sickboi, and Stef for keeping us updated with all of the incoming information as we were traveling on the open turnpike. Anticipation reached an all-time high when the announcements of three reunion shows were slated for the legendary Lifetime, along with a slew of other concerts popping up featuring Rise Against, Modern Life Is War, Ensign, Evergreen Terrace, Champion, Comeback Kid, and plenty others.

In the face of something like Hellfest being cancelled, it's refreshing to see the way this situation unfolded. The scene in the New Jersey / Philadelphia area came together, with major help from R5 Productions. This showed how a scene and the people in it can come together and make what would have been a major disappointment for many into something that would become a weekend they could remember for the rest of their lives. I know I speak for Kirby, our friend Jen and myself when I say the weekend contains fond memories none of us will soon forget. I want to personally thank all the kids in Jersey and Philly, and especially R5 Productions, the venues, etc for their hard work and dedication.

That evening we were fortunate to catch wind of Bear Vs. Shark and Horse The Band performing at Drexel University in Philly. A synth-based hardcore band Shark Shark was playing as we arrived and the lack of a human drummer really hampered the authenticity of their sound. Bear Vs. Shark took the stage next and shook the Newman Center with their spastic emotional hardcore. A good mix from Terrorhawk and Right Now You're In The Best Of Hands was played as the packed room sang along with every word. After Curl Up & Die (whom I didn't watch, but heard they tore a crucifix off the wall), Horse The Band were ready to pummel what one might consider sanity. Convulsive, atrocious, and insanely catchy are understatements when describing the Nintendo-core act. "Bunnies" and "Cutsman," favorites amongst fans, slayed, while new cuts "Birdo" and a newly recorded Christmas song put the crowd into a frenzy. The last time I saw this band it was in a basement and lead singer Nathan urinated in a man's mouth on stage, and while nothing that crazy occurred that evening it was still one memorable set.

After the hour ride back to the hotel and dinner I fired up my laptop to take advantage of the free WIFI connection only to find that four tickets to the sold-out Lifetime concert on Friday at the Trocadero were available!

I'm pretty sure after this occurred I ran around our hotel room like a madman, jumping on the bed, exclaiming that we "got fucking tickets to LIFETIME!!!!"

True If Destroyed, a female-fronted rock group took the stage first and received a solid appreciation. Following TLD as the special guest was Vision; the longtime running hardcore band showed their age, but still spot on during their set that set up the much anticipated reunion.

True If Destroyed do what they do fairly well. Indie rock in the vein of bands such as Tabula Rasa with a touch of keyboards to accentuate parts of songs. At times the guitar player switched places with their frontwoman, as she played guitar and he sang. The fact that kids were not booing or heckling this band made me very happy. They didn't necessarily fit in with the aesthetic of this bill, but they were definitely appreciated. Being a huge fan of Vision's Watching The World Burn record, I was definitely excited to finally see these gentlemen pump out some good old New Jersey hardcore. Highlights from the band's set included a cover of Stiff Little Fingers' "Suspect Device," fan favorite "Closed Minded" from Watching The World Burn, and "The Kids Still Have A Lot To Say."

The aurora in the crowd as Lifetime's instruments were set up was awkward, as everyone's heart was racing in eagerness for the exact same thing. Everybody there was feeling one of the highest anticipation levels that can be experienced. Scott Golley took the drums, and Dan Yemin, Pete Martin, and Dave Palaitis picked up their guitars, as Ari Katz took hold of the mic the crowd erupted and never let up as "Daneurysm" followed closely by "Rodeo Clown" filled the sold out theatre. The smiles on Yemin's and Palaitis' faces showed that reunion was truly for their love to play the songs. I am sure they have been practicing quite a bit, but for nearly an eight-year absence the band sounded unbelievably tight -- note for note, lyric for lyric, they were spot on! During a break in the action, Katz yelled out "How's the scene?" to which the guy behind me responded "Terrible, when you coming back?" The vocalist responded "Don't count on it."

No one is more entertaining to watch onstage than Mr. Dan Yemin. During Vision's set he was easily visible singing along to the aforementioned Stiff Little Fingers cover, as well as the rest of the songs from the band's catalog. In the midst of Lifetime's set, there was not one point at which Yemin did not have an ear to ear grin on his face. The same can be said for the rest of this band as well. These men truly have a passion for what they do, and it shows in the songs they've recorded, in the show they played that night, and in the smiles on their faces as they looked to the left and right of the stage, and behind them as family and friends looked on, in just as much of awe as those of us in the crowd. I can only imagine how elated they were to have so many people they care about supporting them. That has to be a high comparable to nothing else.

Ari yelled out almost every song before they were performed, running down the greatest hits list "Theme Song For A New Brunswick Basement Show," "Hey Catrine," "The Boy's No Good," "Turnpike Gates," etc... One might haven even deemed Ari useless, as the voices in the Troc never let up. Before I knew, it the ending chords of "The Verona Kings" were echoing away and the five renowned gentlemen exited the stage, but they were not hiding anything as roughly a minute later Golley lead off "Anchor" detonating another explosion in the crowd during an encore that also contained "Francie Nolan" and crowd favorite "Ostrichsized."

For the record, "Francie Nolan," along with "Turnpike Gates," "The Boy's No Good" and "Hey Catrine" are my favorite Lifetime songs.

After the house lights came on, I stood there and looked around the room, gauging the reactions on the faces of the crowd. Everyone was smiling ear to ear with a particular glaze on their expression as they snagged up Lifetime reunion shirts and other merch from Shirts For A Cure and Jade Tree.

Along with the selection of SSE shirts (which included shirts from Kid Dynamite, the Loved Ones, Strike Anywhere, and Paint It Black), Jade Tree had a huge box of CDs, containing many of their releases. I picked up some awesome ones, from bands including From Ashes Rise, Pedro The Lion, and the Promise ring, amongst others. The Paint It Black shirt I picked up is damn sexy, if I do say so myself.

Saturday had us hunting down Ben (BizzleBrizzle) outside of the Starlight Ballroom in Philly, who had hold of our tickets. More eagerness rose as a group of FSU guys ushered us into the venue. Before the majority of the crowd was inside, Smoke Or Fire had already begun to play. There are times on their Fat Wreck debut Above The City when it blends too closely, becoming boring; however, their live show does not let up with their melodic hardcore punk that clearly takes influence from the evening's headliners.

I really can't decide if this is my favorite show of the 3 or not. I definitely favored this venue, as it had a very low stage, but a large amount of room as well. Smoke Or Fire played a very good set, and included a song or two from their previous album, as Jericho/JerichoRVA. I certainly hope being on that show will give them a big push, one they definitely deserve. I wasn't really impressed with 108.

The other projected return of the evening was for the hardcore band 108. The fans that packed into the Ballroom certainly enjoyed them; however, they were not exactly my fancy.

Pressed firmly against the small stage, I along with a few Western Pennsylvania counterparts Dan Rock, Mike Rock (Voice In The Wire), and Mike Torti (Hank Jones), awaited Lifetime's presence. Unlike last night's unveiling, there was no 10ft high stage and a barrier keeping the fanbase from the band, and it made everything feel so much more intimate, not just with the crowd but across the members of the band as well. With an identical set list from the previous night, Lifetime electrified the 1,000 people with "Danueryusm" and "Rodeo Clown" right off the bat. There was so much energy in the room at the time, being that close to the group made the experience much more electrifying as often Ari would put the mic into the crowd. I won't go into to much detail on this event, as its entirety was captured on video (link below ‚?? see if you can spot me in the blue Punknews.org shirt).

Sickboi was able to snag us two tickets for Sunday and perhaps the final Lifetime concert ever. However, we were without a third as we stood outside the Stone Pony begging everyone as they walked by for an extra. A few other kids beat me to those selling their extras and one guy offered me his for $100; I scoffed. My chances of getting in were looking bleak as people started entering the venue. Two older men and a female walked towards the entrance as my tired voice issued the phrase "Excuse me, do you have an extra ticket?" To which the tall gentlemen responded "Well‚?¶what's your name?" I told him and he asked me where I was from; "Pittsburgh, PA." He looked at me smiling and says "I'm in Lifetime." My face turned beat red as I realized I just asked Dave Palaitis, the bassist, for an extra ticket! Quite embarrassing, but he was kind enough to tack me on a plus one to the sold out concert! As I entered the building the Loved Ones had just ripped into "100K," and fists went into the air as the front row sang along. Of all the bands that opened for Lifetime this weekend, none wanted it more than TLO and they were perfect for the job. The excitement on Dave Hause's face was that akin to a child in a candy store, as he spotted Dan Yemin near the front singing along with "Candy Cane." Kudos to Hause along with Spider and Mike Sneeringer for pulling off the best performance of their young career.

Having seen the Loved Ones a week before with Rise Against, I was certainly excited to see them play again, with such an incredible lineup at hand. The band included "Jane" from their demo, one of my favorite songs of theirs. Also included In the set was 3 new songs, 2 of which they had played the previous week.

While the Loved Ones wanted it, no other band deserved to play before Lifetime's last show than Jersey's very own the Bouncing Souls. For those that do not know, a tour with Lifetime was the first step at essentially launching their storied career. Along with crowd pleasers "Private Radio," True Believers," and "Argyle," tBS went through a chunk of older songs to add to the rarity of the event, notably "These Are The Quotes From Our Favorite 80's Movies" (featuring Yemin on a line, who was also stage diving), and "The Guest." For good measure, the Souls also threw in their song entitled "Lifetime." On any given day, the Bouncing Souls could sell out a venue twice the size of the Stone Pony, but they knew whose time it was, and showed their appreciation several times before turning the stage over.

The Bouncing Souls? Opening for Lifetime? What can you say that hasn't run through your head fifteen times during the course of reading those sentences? This band has worked very, very hard to get where they are now. Lifetime, and longtime Lifetime / Bouncing Souls booking agent and friend Margie Alban helped out considerably as well. Seeing the band take their stage was awe inspiring. Pete looks as excited to be onstage as ever. Greg has grown his hair considerably longer, and wears the stubble of a man not shaven for a few days. Brian looks to be growing a Lemmy type beard. McDermott plays those drums as hard as he ever has, and with a bigger smile than ever before. These gentlemen wear the look of men worn, but also the look of 4 guys who have come into their own, and stand as the elder statesmen of punk rock right now. I wish the Bouncing Souls many more wonderful years making music.

The roar that echoed through the Pony was the loudest it had been in three days during the "Danueryusm" / "Rodeo Clown" intro. Perhaps that was because Geoff Rickley (Thursday), Adam Lazzarra (Taking Back Sunday), Scott Wade (Comeback Kid), members of Silverstein, and I'm sure other scene notables were present. Even though the band played the same sequenced set list for the third night in a row, the songs maintained their remarkable brilliance covering my body is goosebumps, as if I had just bought Jersey's Best Dancers and Hello Bastards yesterday.

I apologize for my lack of detail, but much like Sickboi expressed a great level of giddiness in his review of Kid Dynamite's last reunion show, everything became a blur as the weekend's events came full circle and I fully realized what I had just experienced. I felt that Saturday's show was paramount of the three, but that would be controversial pending on whom you talk to, especially the kids straining their vocal chords on Sunday evening to "Ostrichsized," the last Lifetime song ever performed.

I would like to give a huge thanks to the venues, promoters, and bands that worked diligently to pick up the remains of Hellfest and were able to set up several amazing shows within such a short period. Specifically R5 Productions and Lifetime.

Not many people in the world have the privilege of saying they got to see the legendary Lifetime live; fortunately, I had the ability to do so three nights in a row with a bunch of great friends and I would not trade that in for anything in the world.

On the ride home Monday morning, it hit me. I had seen the legendary Lifetime. Not once, but three times, in as many days. I've never seen so many people in one place, so happy to be where they are, with who they were with. That weekend was something no one will ever forget. If you were there, you will always remember the face of the person standing next to you, or who got the mic when Ari threw it into the crowd for "Turnpike Gates." This was a landmark in punk rock history. I can't begin to explain how happy I am that I was able to be a part of this with Kirby and Jen, two wonderful friends. Not to mention Sickboi and Ben, whom I hope I keep a friendship with for a long time to come. Thanks guys.

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Anonymous (November 14, 2005)

I'd take Paint It Black over Lifetime any day. I don't deny the influence Lifetime left on the genre, but PIB is so much more energetic than them...I get bored listening to Jersey's Best Dancers

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

"Best review on this site? I can't say... That's all subjective.

But was it hard? It doesn't seem like it would be hard to write a raving review about a band that everyone likes.

Lifetime must be an East Coast thing... They're cool and all, but hardly anything special to people who never saw them live. Their 7" collection is kind of dated. I honestly think Paint It Black completely destroys them.

-Will"

Paint it Black is easilly the worst band that Danny Yemin has been involved in. Very very very generic. Lifetime is probably the best band I've ever heard, and I didn't get to see them until a couple weeks ago. Kid Dynamite's first album is still one of my all-time favorites, but Paint it Black is definitely hardly anything special, lifetime is legandary and there legacy will be felt forever!

Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

First off Lifetime was a great band. Lifetime never had as many people at their shows as this weekend. I remember about 1-200 at each of their shows I went to. As far as the show they put on it was the same as it used to be- average. I was at the show on friday and me and my "old" friends enjoyed not being at least ten years older than everyone in the crowd. We also knew that the old crowd was out when the onyl girls we saw were fat girls with tattoos. Kids have it great nowadays since there are hot girls in the scene. Anyway Ari looked like he has been on heroin seeing as he lost quite a bit of weight (coincidentally he must have given it to Rob of 108 heh). The band never really put on a good show but the music was always good and the crowd always had fun. Same as this weekend. Good times by all and quite a bit of nostalgia for my friends as I as we attended 4 shows in three days and saw lifetime and 108, felt like we were 17 again. Thanks to everyone who put it on and to whoever came out and made it a good time.

Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

why don't you just check out the last section of the review and then reconsider your decision to drop out of high school?

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

i heard there are some videos floating around.... can someone please give me a link?

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

i'll add to what the guy below me said: why are you talking about lifetime's 7" collection?

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

lifetime is so much better than paint it black

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

Best review on this site? I can't say... That's all subjective.

But was it hard? It doesn't seem like it would be hard to write a raving review about a band that everyone likes.

Lifetime must be an East Coast thing... They're cool and all, but hardly anything special to people who never saw them live. Their 7" collection is kind of dated. I honestly think Paint It Black completely destroys them.

-Will

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

score for the souls. never ever ever ever put on a bad show.

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

i attended friday and saturday's show and that first paragraph depicts the entire situation, before, during and after, perfectly . if that wasn't good writing, i'm not quite sure what is.

i stand by my opinion that this is the best review punknews.org has ever posted. covering lifetime weekend was a tough challenge, however, kirby conquered it with ease.

yayforapathy (August 27, 2005)

"This is easily the worst review I have read in my fucking life. The first paragraph is fucking pathetic. You really need to stop thinking you can write good because you can't. Fucking hell, cut off your goddamn arms so you can't type any more shitty fucking reviews."

I liked that paragraph. Well, you know what they say about tomatoes...

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

to the person below me: you can't write very well either.

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

This is easily the worst review I have read in my fucking life. The first paragraph is fucking pathetic. You really need to stop thinking you can write good because you can't. Fucking hell, cut off your goddamn arms so you can't type any more shitty fucking reviews.

yayforapathy (August 27, 2005)

"are you serious? i would have bought a plane ticket for you if i knew you were offering a left nut. i need a new one."

The irony is killing me.

Mute98 (August 27, 2005)

this has gotta be the best review posted here, nice job

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

are you serious? i would have bought a plane ticket for you if i knew you were offering a left nut. i need a new one.

yayforapathy (August 26, 2005)

I would of given my left nut for a plane ticket to see this show. Alas, too late now.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

kirby, this isn't mla formatted. please redo this and have it on my desk by monday at 3:00. i'm also going to have to dock you one letter grade. that is all.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

fuck some awesome awesome videos i have yet to see...greatly appriciated! review was way too long though..i wanted to hear about lifetime not some essay about the weekend!

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Yeah, i'd also love a copy of this show. Keep us posted!

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

the full video for sunday isn't public at the moment. read what doug said a few posts down though.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Does anyone have a link or the full video from the Stone Pony show on Sunday?

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

apparently the guy two posts below doesn't know how to reply in the correct thread either.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"but you don't have to continually take cheap shots at me over it!"

It wasn't a cheap shot, it was constructive criticism. Deal with it how you will.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"to the guy two posts below who hasnt learned to properly cut and paste...what the hell are you talking about with your punk points and shit? what in my comment made you think i care about all that and when you were listening to rkl?

besides, saying you listened to them in high school doesnt mean shit. for all i know, that coulda been this afternoon..on your ipod mini ..on the way to summer school

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com"

i got the cut & paste right.

and you know what doesn't mean shit? a war of words between 2 punks.

so i bow out. sorry. let's move on.

-that guy from 2 posts back or whatever."

Uhhhh,,,,,,I wrote my comment before I read the article and saw any of the comments entered. Just saying I live a couple blocks from ian, seriously,,,,,just a joke.

I think you spend toooooo much time on this site.

and for the record JONES THE BONES?!?!, that RKL comment was from someone else ASSWIPE!

"All up in the Kool Aid and don't even know the FLAVOR!!!"

dougkatz (August 26, 2005)

I will, but I probably won't see/talk to him for a month, haha

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

great, thanks doug. let us know what happens with that. i know plenty of people who'd be interested in a copy.

dougkatz (August 26, 2005)

an aquantaince of mine filmed sunday's show, and said he was putting it to DVD, either for jade tree or by himself. i'm not sure how long this would take.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

i clearly remember seeing someone filming sunday's show pretty much in its entirety. i'm very disappointed that this video has failed to surface.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"thanks for being a dick!"

Thanks for writing at a 10th Grade level.

It's ok to be upset because you were unable to attend, but you don't have to continually take cheap shots at me over it!

;)

- Kirby

etwiels88 (August 26, 2005)

"The Troc is the one of the worst clubs on the east coast to see a show.

there, i fixed it for you."

Totally. It's good for a relaxing show. But for hardcore, and pretty much anything else, the First Unitarian Church is the best venue in the fucking city.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

I wholeheartedly agree that the troc is one of the worst venues anywhere to see a show. The sound is shitty, security is more harsh than they have to be ( I respect and understand what security has to do but they cross the line at the troc), and the show rarely starts and ends when it should (soundchecks taking way longer than they should for shitty sound in the end)

boba_fett (August 26, 2005)

all i can say is that it must have rocked and that i wasnt there.

:(

dougkatz (August 26, 2005)

The Troc is the one of the worst clubs on the east coast to see a show.

there, i fixed it for you.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

The Troc is the one of the best clubs on the east coast to see a show.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

This is the best review I've ever read. I wish I was there.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

speaking of saves the day, it would have been an amazing surprise if they had showed up to open one of these shows, and only played stuff off through being cool and can't slow down.

lushj (August 26, 2005)

Wow, what a great read (both reviews)- sounds like an epic time, especially the feeling of (ack) unity y'all mention repeatedly. Two things- don't assume that things were better back in (fill-in-the-year), and help re-create the united scene thing you felt today. Lifetime aren't superhuman, if they did it, you can do it.

Yay Philly! Go Flyers!

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

No fucking way saves the day is better than lifetime. Even if std was at there best and lifetime was at there worst...just no fucking way.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

saves the day > lifetime

you make me sick.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

i saw my favorite band three times plus coalesce, kid dynamite, 108 and the bouncing souls.

it was the greatest weekend of my life. thanks to r5 and everyone else who made it possible.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Fucking sick show in jersey!

radioXwaves (August 26, 2005)

I'm still bummed for not having been able to join you guys. However it was my pleasure to keep y'inz jags up-to-date with everything from replacement shows to the final score of the Steelers vs. the Dolphins game.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"thanks for being a dick!"

Thanks for writing at a 10th Grade level.

p-fresh (August 26, 2005)

You forgot to mention P-Fresh almost flipping his car and running that stop sign.

I was going way too fast around that bend, hahaha. Also I didn't see it because of my shitty headlights. Pretty luck there were no cops around, too.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Over the course of two days, I was able to see Coalesce reunite, All Else Failed play their first show in months, the recently reunited Turmoil, Good Clean Fun reunite again, 108 twice, and Lifetime, on top of a bunch of other great bands.

Best weekend ever.

kirbypuckett (August 26, 2005)

This is generally an interesting read, and the media links are also cool.

Your use of language, however, is pretty terrible. In the future, please consider looking up words (like "aurora") if you don't actually know what they mean.

I actually meant 'aura' -- but thanks for being a dick!

- Kirby

bizzlebrizzle (August 26, 2005)

Score is for best weekend of my life.

darkstarm (August 26, 2005)

Best review this site has published yet. Excellent.

sickboi (August 26, 2005)

You forgot to mention P-Fresh almost flipping his car and running that stop sign.

And your car getting a 'full moon".

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

This is generally an interesting read, and the media links are also cool.

Your use of language, however, is pretty terrible. In the future, please consider looking up words (like "aurora") if you don't actually know what they mean.

Score's for Lifetime.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

yeah

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

saves the day > lifetime

kirbypuckett (August 26, 2005)

i thought Greg sounded a little sloppy on "Private Radio"....anyone else catch that?

Watch the video above and find out!

- Kirby

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

So Awesome, so happy to be at the Sunday show and then see kid dynamite the next day. Anyone else have pictures from Sunday?

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

i thought Greg sounded a little sloppy on "Private Radio"....anyone else catch that?

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Lifetime =good stuff

Id like to see a show involving Kid Dynamtie, None More Black and Paint It Black, make it happen.

jimmy_the_saint (August 26, 2005)

This score is for Kirby, because he got to see Lifetime, and I didn't.

Marlon (August 26, 2005)

Sweet review Kirby, and I'm definitely not just saying that cause I was mentioned in it.

Ignitedude (August 26, 2005)

One of the best review's i have had the pleasure of reading on the site.

Sounds like an amazing night.

moneenerd (August 26, 2005)

most important thing this site has ever published.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

That evening we were fortunate to catch wind of Bear Vs. Shark and Horse The Band performing at Drexel University in Philly. A synth-based hardcore band Shark Shark was playing as we arrived and the lack of a human drummer really hampered the authenticity of their sound. Bear Vs. Shark took the stage next...

humans are over rated

www.myspace.com/sharkshark

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

I searched for the full video on torrentspy and it came up

"18 yr old chick assfucking of a lifetime"

Now THERE'S a show I'd drive 8 hours to see!

Big_Guy (August 26, 2005)

I'm still fucking pissed that I didn't wait in line for a Lifetime reunion shirt

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Fucking Fanboy.

McGarnicle (August 26, 2005)

But seriously though, talk more about the guy urinating in the other guy's mouth...please.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"Not to mention Sickboi and Ben, whom I hope I keep a friendship with for a long time to come."

um, now might be a good time to get that restraining order, guys.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

oh, and let's not forget that the bouncing souls played "quik chek girl", "pmrc", and did a cover of "growin up" by springsteen. i kind of wish they'd played "east coast fuck you" but other than that their set was killer.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"Who else is freaked out that the singer from Lifetime wore the exact same outfit to all three shows?"

yeah, i wondered about that too.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

nice job, kirby. i think the greatest moment i have ever experienced and will ever experience at a show happened right at the end of lifetime's set on sunday. right when they hit the breakdown for "ostrichsized", all the kids in the place, probably realizing it was the last lifetime show ever, just swarmed the stage and engulfed the band. i remember security attempting to push people back down before they too got swamped with the massive numbers of people just piling over them. i wish we had video of that, because that's what it's all about.

p.s. if i knew you in real life i would have gotten you an extra ticket to save making a fool out of yourself.

p.p.s. geoff rickley, adam lazzara, and scott wade were there?

tahoejeff (August 26, 2005)

I am very jealous...and thats all I have to say about that.

RondoMondo (August 26, 2005)

You sir, are a douchebag.

How did you not watch Curl Up and Die. They're one of the best hardcore bands going. They're not all cliched and they put on a good live show. Disappointed in you, so disappointed.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

first of all, kirby, i'd like to thank you. in case you were wondering, i was the creepy kid who called you at 2 am, after talking to scott. i was the kid who was stuck in philly with no place to go, and i appreciate you being polite and attempting to help me out.

with that said, let's dive into my lifetime story.

my roommate and i had plans to attend saturday's hellfest, basically to see public enemy, lifetime, strike anywhere, smoke or fire, and a few others. when we got word that the show was cancelled wednesday night, we were pretty bummed; i fell asleep that night to jersey's best dancers, dreaming of seeing a band that changed my life live. but it didn't look like it was going to happen, because of greedy corporate assholes who are worried about covering their own ass.

and then, thursday arrived; and proved why this scene is so amazing to begin with.

in less than 48 hours, too many shows to count were thrown together, many of which sold out in no time. originally, the troc show was announced as 21 , and out of nowhere, the saturday show sold out, without any word of an on-sale date. i went to work that afternoon extremely upset; my one chance to see lifetime had just somehow passed me by, without even looking back.

i arrived back home from work a little after midnight, refreshed punk news and the b9 boards to see if there was any good news. and of course, there was. the troc show was now all ages, and somehow, they had released about 100 tickets to the saturday lifetime show. immidiatly, i called my boss, took off from work friday and saturday, and immidiatly planned a roadtrip with my roommate. and at 2 am, it was decided; at 11 am, philly was on the horizon. we had no place to stay, we weren't sure if we had enogh money, and i could have very well overdrawn my bank account buying tickets to the 2 shows. but it didn't matter. lifetime was going to happen.

we left richmond at noon, drove up to philly, and enjoyed the troc show; the sense of unity blew me away. there were no fights, no disagreements, no pissed off teenage girls upset because people were too close to them. instead, you had a room full of music fans passionate about the bands on stage; and just as passionate about the scene that those bands represented.

we had no hotel booked, and after stealing wireless in an attempt to find a cheap hotel room or somebody in jersey to stay with (including calling kirby's hotel room, along with sick boi's cell phone; the creepiest thing i've ever done), we finally settled on paying 7 dollars to stay 12 hours in a parking deck, and slept in the car. i might have felt like shit the next morning, but did it really matter? after all; that evening, i was going to see lifetime in a venue that would have suited better as a roller skate arena.

several philly cheese steak's later, i found myself in line; one that extended a few blocks down the street. the saturday show blew friday's show out of the water, because, as kirby said, it was much more intimiate, and the openers were a lot better. just watching the pile on's, kids fighitng for the mic, stage diving, and other antics made me take a step back and really appreciate this scene that we're apart of. at the same time, it also pissed me off at how horrible the scene has gotten since bands like lifetime called it quits.

i drove home saturday night, completely content with my life. there was no need to see another show, no matter who was on the bill. i had just witnessed one of the last lifetime shows ever. it was totally worth taking off of work, every mile i drove, sleeping in the car, and every dime spent on tickets and other travel necessities.

i woke up sunday, extremely content with the fact that i had slept in an actual bed, and seriously contemplating driving to jersey for the stone pony show. until i realized there was no need; i had experienced lifetime already...why rob another kid of that opportuntiy?

i'd like to thank everybody who put together t he shows this past weekend; it proved what this scene stands for, what it's all about, and why we are as passionate about it as we are.

kirby, you captured this weekend perfectly - the emotion, the anticipation, the reaction. couldn't have been said better. period.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Wait a minute, there was a lifetime reunion? How come nobody on this site mentioned anything about it? What the hell!

etwiels88 (August 26, 2005)

Score is for the Hellfest weekend in Philly

etwiels88 (August 26, 2005)

I was at the Friday show. Definitely a good time. Crowd surfed for the first time, because I've always been afraid of losing my shit and someones finger going up my butthole, but I worked up enough energy for it...yeah...

Archangel (August 26, 2005)

I am redefining envy right now.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

Who else is freaked out that the singer from Lifetime wore the exact same outfit to all three shows?

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

dude, the first paragraph is a lifetime classic

BlAquaCadetZstyles (August 26, 2005)

I figured these reviews would pretty much be pretty (rightfully) bragging about going to these shows...but I could have definitely lived without the pun in the first paragraph.

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