Lagwagon / Bullets to Broadway / Oliver

Lagwagon / Bullets to Broadway / Oliver: live in Portlandlive in Portland (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: colincolin
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My first experience with Lagwagon was 10th grade. Mind you, I'm turning 23 next month, so this is a while ago. I had moved to a new state, had a new school, didn't really know anyone. A girl at my lunch table knew I liked Green Day; she brought in a copy of Hoss, loaned it to me, and since then it's.

My first experience with Lagwagon was 10th grade. Mind you, I'm turning 23 next month, so this is a while ago. I had moved to a new state, had a new school, didn't really know anyone. A girl at my lunch table knew I liked Green Day; she brought in a copy of Hoss, loaned it to me, and since then it's been one of my favorite pop-punk records. Unfortunately, growing up in the sticks of New Hampshire lends very few opportunities to see Lagwagon live. But oh, I did it, motherfuckers. Finally. It took high school, college, and moving 3,000 miles clear across the country, but two nights ago I saw Lagwagon. It's about fucking time.

The show started off with Oliver, a local band, who weren't that good. However, some local kid who had obviously indulged in too much ecstasy was prolifically booing and running around, ended up throwing his shoe at the band and provided some great entertainment as he was thrown out into the cold rain, shoeless and stoned. I'm all for a few drinks before a show, but kids, take it easy or you might wake up in strange locations.

Bullets to Broadway came on and rocked the fucking stage to death. The lead singer looked eerily like Jordan of A New Found Glory, and the band actually reminded me of a more aggressive ANFG, with female backup vocals and a Lawrence Arms kind of attitude; drinking, smoking, fucking, and taking care of your friends. An overwhelmingly positive and grateful band, and I would love to see them get some bigger gigs, as they played an amazing set. The highlight was the lead singer asking for cigarettes and actually getting a good $10 worth of smokes thrown at him, while the bassist/resident girl of the band asked for tampons and had a disturbing amount thrown at the stage. But then, well, then came Lagwagon.

Everything they had said about Lagwagon was true. The Big Bitch is big. Joey Cape is small. I was expecting Joey to be a little more of a frontman, but he seemed very sincere in his art form, very removed from the venue, undertaking each and every song as if it were the first time he had ever sang it live. The new songs were dead-on, with Joey even rocking a megaphone for parts of the more produced songs on Resolve. While the crowd wasn't as sing-along-ready for the new material, the band was putting their entire heart into the set.

The set consisted of basically the live album, substituting a few songs for new tracks. Unfortuantely for me, they took out "Alien 8" and a few songs from Hoss, rather than some of the ones I wasn't as fond of. It wasn't a bad set at all, but I was really hoping to hear "Sleep." The new songs played were "Heartbreaking Music," "Automatic," "Virus," "Runs in the Family," "Sad Astronaut," "Rager," and a resounding "Days of New."

It's odd, seeing Lagwagon the better part of a decade after the first time I had ever heard them on record; this was easily the most fun I'd had at a show in a while. While I have recently seen the Fat Tour, I was sick and thus, couldn't join the crowd antics... but Lagwagon was just nothing but fun live. Everyone was having a great time, from those who were well over my ancient age of 23 to those who had obviously recently discovered the band (there was a group of four kids next to me who must have been 13 at best). This is a hell of a live band that I cannot recommend enough, and I will surely be there the next time they come around.


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tylerdurden8136 (March 31, 2006)

go kill yourself, colin.

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

I caught the SLC show and while Lagwagon rocked, Bullets sucked it up bad.

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

Bullets were good in SLC. True.

evilash43 (November 23, 2005)

So the guy that was boo-ing was rolling, stoned AND drunk?


john-311 (November 22, 2005)

He mentioned Derrick before Rifle because Derrick wrote the song and that's why they were playing it.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

Joey Cape is hot.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

retarded poppunk=sweet!

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

fuck they played rifle i love that song, didnt knw they played it live a lot (do they?) he most likely mentioned derrick before it because of the sick drum beat he laid down in the beginnign of the song

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

the loveland is sweeeeeet.

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

You'll see me, I'm an overweight bastard with alarmingly blonde hair. Possibly hammered.


thirtyseconds (November 19, 2005)

No sheeeeeeeeeet... I didn't know Captain Everything! would be there. Good stuff, good stuff. See you there. I'll be the one drunk off one cider.

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

I was at this show, that dude was probably on ecstasy or acid, when I walked up to the venue he's is literally crying and screaming at the huge black security guard. Talking to him about what it is to be punk rock while tears run down his face. Then he screams "I FUCKING HATE YOU" and he sounds like a 12 year old girl. It was kind of awesome

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

As one of the folks who saw Bullets in Denver, they were great. Larrys and Lag too!

Godfather (November 19, 2005)

good review colin, i finally read it

i know its probably getting a little cliche to bring up chris flippin and joey cape on stage together, but it really is some funny ass shit; especially when they start talkin shit to each other

colin (November 18, 2005)

Since when does taking ecstasy make you boo?

i don't know. this kid wasn't drunk, because i know what drunkenness is. he was getting wayyyy too much enjoyment out of the very small things, and had no clue what was going on, but having a hell of a time doing it. but he was booing and laughing at the same time, pretty funny actually.

Anonymous (November 18, 2005)

thirty seconds,

Yeah dude, I'm gonna be there. Lagwagon/AWS and the ace Captain Everything! as well, gonna be one hell of a gig.


Anonymous (November 18, 2005)

Since when does taking ecstasy make you boo?

colin (November 18, 2005)

yeah may 16th was in there.

Toby_at_Fat (November 18, 2005)

Fuck, I think they DID play May 16th.

Anonymous (November 18, 2005)

they didnt play may 16?

colin (November 18, 2005)

i'm pretty sure they didn't play "wind..." because that's one of my favorite songs by them, next to "sick."

the venue was the loveland, great place. saw the fat tour there last month.

Toby_at_Fat (November 18, 2005)

I think they played Wind In Your Sail, which is a big fave among Lagwagon die-hards. I was so insanely fucked up at all the shows I can hardly remember their set, but didn't they also play that The Kids Are All Wrong song?

thirtyseconds (November 18, 2005)

Shit... Joe, are you going to be at the Mean Fiddler for Lag/AWS too? Nice one. Gig of the year in January? Very possible.

ElVaquero (November 18, 2005)

What venue?

colin (November 18, 2005)

fuck i accidentally pushed "post" before i was done listing them. sorry.


making friends
change dispear
razor burn

there were probably a copule more, i think they played around 20 or so, and this is only 18, but my memory is failing me right now...

Godfather (November 18, 2005)

joey is so fucking hot!

colin (November 18, 2005)

anyone care to post the actual setlist, or all songs played at least

apart from the new songs i listed, i'll try and remember the oldies:

falling apart
never stops
after you my friend
bombs away
rifle (which joey mentioned something about derrick prior to)

poopypants (November 18, 2005)

lagwagon said they are keeping these sets 'darker' on this tour, which is why i would assume 'sleep' wouldnt be played.

anyone care to post the actual setlist, or all songs played at least?


Toby_at_Fat (November 18, 2005)

I was at this show too. Small world.

john-311 (November 18, 2005)

I was at this show! Pretty much a spot on review. Lagwagon ruled, I can't believe how many songs they played. I was at this show alone cause none of my friends like/know who Lagwagon is. But I still had a great time. Bullets to Broadway wasn't that bad either, but yeah, Oliver sucked. I saw the bouncer kicking that guy out, it was pretty hilarious/sucky for that guy. Lagwagon was pretty much exactly what I was expecting them to be though, which made me think I should stop going to so many shows so I can save up some money. Anyway, good show.

TheOneTrueBill (November 18, 2005)

I've never been able to listen to Lagwagon for more than a few songs at a time because Cape's vocals got to me, but I have to say, that new album of their sounds real good. I heard it when someone played it in a car and I found myself not getting annoyed at all. I think it might just turn me into a casual fan.

Anonymous (November 18, 2005)

Thats funny, I saw teen idols open for lagwagon in chico, ca in 2001

colin (November 18, 2005)

Dude, Bullets To Broadway is ex-Teen Idols members, I'm pretty sure.

i know that now, but didn't at the show, and i wrote the review the night after i went.

siropsycho (November 18, 2005)

can't wait to see Lagwagon when they come back to Baltimore/DC

and with Lawrence Arms right? oh yeahhhhh

Anonymous (November 18, 2005)

Dude, Bullets To Broadway is ex-Teen Idols members, I'm pretty sure. Lagwagon are coming to the UK soon with A Wilhelm Scream - its gonna be so ace.


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