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Alkaline Trio / Against Me!

Alkaline Trio / Against Me!: live in Las Vegaslive in Las Vegas (2006)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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I had been looking forward to the end of March since I heard that Alkaline Trio and Against Me! were touring together. Took off early from work and go on I-40 West towards Las Vegas, after dealing with traffic over Hoover Dam and finding my way through the schtzophrenic inhabitants of Las Vegas, I a.


I had been looking forward to the end of March since I heard that Alkaline Trio and Against Me! were touring together. Took off early from work and go on I-40 West towards Las Vegas, after dealing with traffic over Hoover Dam and finding my way through the schtzophrenic inhabitants of Las Vegas, I arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino about 45 minutes before the show started. There was a ton of people already standing in line in between slot machines and poker tables; having never been to "The Joint", I had no idea where to go, so I wandered around the casino like a lost puppy and finally saw a 21+ line and made it into the hall. This place is probably one of the biggest venues indoor venues I've ever been in. Making my way to the cavernous back bar, I picked up a beer and headed down near the stage and impatiently waited the 25 minutes before the 8 P.M. start time (a word of advice, if you are planning on attending this show, Against Me! goes on right on the scheduled start time).

A barricade was set up, and this was the first time I've seen AM! from behind one of these. The stage setup was standard for AM!; however, they had a pretty cool horse/bird banner hanging behind the setup (also a first for me). As soon as the lights went down, there was a loud response from the crowd; I noticed however that the peeps around me seemed to have taken a valium before the show, and stared vacantly as Tom, Jeff, James, and Warren came on stage to the sound of "A Brief Yet Triumphant Intermission." Without a word of introduction the band launched into their set. Against Me! has never been a band to dissapoint me, so it was great to see them play a really long set -- around 45 to 50 minutes. During the first couple of songs, Tom seemed to be getting pissed about some technical difficulties and not being able to hear the bass in the monitor. After the tech issue had been resolved, the dudes continued with their set. The band sounded incredibly tight, despite the fact that it looked like James was pretty sick and in some pain. Their set consisted of a smorgasboard of all their released material, but it leaned towards their recent two full-lengths, which was really nice to hear. But like always, there are more songs that I wish they'd played. A simple "thank you, and goodnight" signaled the end of a great set.

In no particular order, here are most of the songs from Against Me!'s set; I apologize if I forgot a couple of songs, but I didn't get a setlist:

  • Cliche Guevara
  • Unprotected Sex With Multiple Partners
  • Miami
  • Don't Loose Touch
  • From Her Lips To God's Ears
  • Even At Our Worst, We're Still Better Than Most
  • Sink Florida, Sink
  • Cavalier Eternel
  • You Look Like I Need A Drink
  • I Still Love You Julie
  • Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious
  • Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
  • (An un-named new song that sounds really strong)
After a 30-minute set change, the house lights went down and the red stage lights went on as the Alkaline Trio banner was unfurled. I was holding towards the back of the front level, but as soon as the first chord of "Cringe" came on, I rushed forward...and the rest is fuzzy in my mind. This was the best set I've ever seen Alkaline Trio play. Matt and Dan's voices held on during an almost hour-and-a-half set. The band just sounded on top of their game, and it was really good to hear, since the past few times I've seen them has been hit or miss. The Alkaline Trio that I saw play on Friday is the band I've wanted to see live ever since I first heard them. It was an incredible set, and even songs off of Crimson sounded really good. The show dynamic followed this path: playing Goddamnit in its entirety, an acoustic interlude of about 6 songs shared between Matt and Dan (and Derek even played some acoustic guitar as well), and then a bunch of other stuff picked from the rest of their albums. The crowd interaction was really good, and Matt was constantly saying hello to people he knew that had made it to the show, at one point even having the the crowd sing happy birthday to someone named Jerry. The notorious 4th to the trio came out and Matt introduced him as being Irish, but for the life of me, I can't remember his name. The band just seemed to be having a great time, and it was great to watch. Towards the end of the show, Matt was talking a bunch, and he seemed to be in a really good mood. He thanked the crowd for the best show that the band had ever played in Vegas, and he dedicated "This Could Be Love" to "each and every one of you."

The first part of the set list is pretty easy, but I'll try and tell you most of the other songs in no particular order; I think I got most of them, but then again it was a fuzzy night:
  • Cringe
  • Cop
  • San Francisco
  • Nose Over Tail
  • As You Were
  • Enjoy Your Day
  • Clavicle
  • My Little Needle
  • Southern Rock
  • Message From Kathleen
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Sorry About That
  • Blue in the Face
  • B-side
  • B-side
  • Emma
  • Good Fucking Bye
  • Armaggeddon
  • Private Eye
  • She Took Him to the Lake
  • Mercy Me
  • Burn
  • This Could Be Love
  • Warbrain
  • Dead and Broken
  • All on Black
  • If You Had a Bad Time
  • Back to Hell
  • Bleed
  • Radio [closer]
One final observation/suggestion if you go see this tour: Don't yell "PLAY 'RADIO!'" The band is going to close with it, don't worry.

This is an awesome tour package. Alkaline Trio and Against Me! are both on top of their game and I definitely recommend seeing it.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 5, 2006)

Alkaline Trio was crap compared to Against Me! in Boston. My friends and I left early cause they sucked just TOO much. AM! definitely should have been headlining, so solid.

Anonymous (April 12, 2006)

So I'm responding to fritobandito or whatever your name was.

I'm the same person that said they were going to Nation. Haha.

I was REALLY hoping AM! would play older songs and alot of them, so I was kind of sad about that, but i'm sure I'll enjoy myself either way.
I'm really looking forward to Alkaline Trio either way, but I'll probably miss the last couple songs and Radio in order to make it on the metro before it shuts down. Yikes stripes.

I'm leaving now for it actually. I'm excited. Bye everyone.

Anonymous (April 11, 2006)

great show, but im sure both sets are wrong.

sprainedsoul (April 10, 2006)

Went to the Orlando HOB show last night. Both bands played amazing sets -- although Against Me!, while playing around 45 mins, could have played a Hell of a lot longer, for my money.

Do not miss this tour.

fritobandito (April 10, 2006)

"Yeah, I'm going to Nation."

I am too. free ticket. score. no way I woulda paid for this. haha. I'm looking forward to Alk3 a lot, and it's probably the last time I'll ever see Against Me! live, so it should be good times.

I was kinda hoping AM! would follow the trend of the tour and play all old stuff too, but I guess that's a bit too much to expect from them.

notfeelingcreative (April 10, 2006)

"why the heck does everyone dislike crimson so much? i thought it rocked hard, and was really just a natural extension from good mourning, which was a natural extension of from here to infirmary. pretty sweet progression, i think."

I'm not a big fan of any three of the band's vagrant releases, their sound is a little too polished, and a little to slow.

lostcausegiveup (April 10, 2006)

"even songs off of Crimson sounded really good"

why the heck does everyone dislike crimson so much? i thought it rocked hard, and was really just a natural extension from good mourning, which was a natural extension of from here to infirmary. pretty sweet progression, i think.

Anonymous (April 10, 2006)

One final observation/suggestion if you go see this tour: Don't yell "PLAY 'RADIO!'" The band is going to close with it, don't worry.

This is almost as bad as the dipshits that go see Jimmy Eat World live and yell "SWEETNEEESSSSS!!!!"

what are you kidding me? even this asshole has to have watched enough MTV in his life to know he's gonna hear this song eventually

Anonymous (April 10, 2006)

Yeah, I'm going to Nation.

I've been so excited about this since I heard about it.
And hearing all these good things about it,
I'm even more excited.

notfeelingcreative (April 10, 2006)

Just got back from the HOB Orlando show, best ALK3 set ever!

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

I joined Blood Pact a few years ago to get the Halloween 7 inch but never sent in my card because I thought it was stupid. Now I wish I had.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

Newsflash: the "mall kids" already like Against Me!.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

Brokeback mountain!

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

comon philly kids, please get '97 on there, please please please please..

i've seen them play it once, does anyone know the lyrics he signs at the end when they play it live?

she took him to the lake, awesome. want to hear that one.

i just want philly to have '97 and goodbye forever. thats it. COMON PHILLY!

darkstarm (April 9, 2006)

"Oh, to be in town for those shows..."

It's going to be a magical couple of nights.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

have they played cooking wine. i am going to the DC show and I want to hear cooking wine, my friend peter and 97 plus a lot more. But I haven't wanted to drop the 20 bucks to join the blood pact. is anyone in that?

nostinkinbadges (April 9, 2006)

see the comment a few lines down... i did a mistype, and didn't catch it before it was posted.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

I didn't know there was a jeff in against me

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

They need to finish with 97.

Every single night.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

just saw them in Atlanta last night...heres the set the played:

Cringe
Cop
San Francisco
Nose Over Tail
As You Were
Enjoy Your Day
Clavicle
My Little Needle
Southern rock
Message from Kathleen
Trouble Breathing
------
(Matt solo)
Sorry About That
Blue In The Face
(Dan solo)
Every Thug Needs A Lady
My Standard Break From Life
Emma
(full band)
Good Fucking Bye
------
Burn
Armegeddon
I Lied My Face Off
Dethbed
Queen Of Pain
Maybe I'll Catch Fire
While You're Waiting
Bleeder
You've Got So Far To Go
Private Eye
Blue Carolina
Mercy Me
This Could Be Love
Radio (Some Kind of Hate intro)

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

Andburntherest, is a 90 pound weakingling.

andburntherest (April 9, 2006)

Dear AlbertFreddyIngram,

It's easy to call someone a fuckface behind a keyboard. I'll pay you to come to Pennsylvania and call me a fuckface, I'll even pay for your trip to the hospital and the ensuing legal battle. Stop being a dumb cunt.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

i agree with will on that one. except about their music being blah. SFAC was so much better than Eternal Cowboy, though RAR takes the cake. they arleady got crazy critical acclaim on this last record so that won't happen any more from beign on a major. i think they'll get maybe to bouncing souls size sucess, but the mall kids won't like it. and that's where the money is

- the other scott

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

I honestly don't see Against Me making it on a major, from a business perspective. Their whole appeal was that they wrote songs passionately about politics and whatever, and I'm not saying that goes out the window when they sign to a major, but it's hard to find an audience for political-oriented punk that's not either really immature (ala Anti Flag) or super into DIY policies. Their music also sits on the fence these days. It's not clean, it's not dirty, it's just... blah.

-Will

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

Saw this show tonight in Atlanta. AM! only played for 30 minutes...and no one was into it AT FUCKING ALL. Disappointing as shit.

Anonymous (April 8, 2006)

hopefully someday when Against Me! has been consistantly popular for over a decade and are even further pale imitations of their former selves, they'll do an "early songs" tour too.

sickboi (April 8, 2006)

No "My Friend Peter"?

Fuck dat.

Anonymous (April 8, 2006)

"There's no way it was past December '99, since that's when they kicked Glenn out of the band. Mike Felumlee's first show was '99's Winter Nationals in Chicago (and his second show was in Cherry Valley, Illinois, in January 2000 -- I know because I booked it)."

Yeah, you're right. I was thinking about how I graduated in '99, so I guess I got into them in 98. It would have been fall of 99 when I saw them at Purdue U.

the_other_scott (April 8, 2006)

hey scott

providing me with their first song that I really disliked ["Sleepyhead"]

i guess you didn't say that it was your least favorite ever. oh well.

-the other scott

Anonymous (April 8, 2006)

I just got back from seeing this tour... holy shit.
Two hours of non-stop rock the fuck out.
We timed it
It was two motherfucking hours.

Also.... they are letting the blood pact choose the setlist aside from opening with goddamit and closing with radio so stop fucking whining about what songs they're playing

jamespastepunk (April 8, 2006)

I'll be at all three nights in Chicago. I'm sooooo awesome. blah blah blah.

Oh, to be in town for those shows...

jumptheshark (April 8, 2006)

I'm stoked as hell for this milwaukee show on the 30th
AM! is such an amazing live band, although that set list is a bit weak...i want more stuff off RAR and eps, although that's just me complaining and I know they play the new stuff mostly.
Anway, that A3 set list is fucking outstanding, although I would hope for some more Maybe I'll Catche Fire tracks.

Anonymous (April 8, 2006)

You have no idea how glad i am that i got to see Against Me! long before they started playing bullshit venues for bullshit prices on bullshit package tours. Sold the fuck out, don't need my support anymore.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

Amazing set. I saw 'em at both shows in Perth, AUS a month ago and they were on the top of their game then aswell- with the over 18's selling out and the band clearly had a good time. The setlist was mostly Crimson though- which is okay cos I love that album to. (not in order)

Time to Waste
Mercy Me
Private Eye
We've Had Enough
Cop
You've Got So Far to Go
Crawl
Maybe I'll Catch fire
Dethbed
Hating Every Minute
Back to Hell
Prevent this Tragedy
Warbrain
Hell Yes
Burn
This Could Be Love?
I Lied My FAce Off
Radio

-bemused-

albertfreddyingram (April 7, 2006)

"On the setlist, you listed Bleed before Radio, did you mean Bleeder?
Bleed was the original title for Burn, on Crimson but they changed it in between the unmastered advance copy and the finished album. You had Burn listed earlier in the setlist, so what song was that second to last one?"

Ya...they played the same song twice, but called it something different both times. Who are you??? It was BLEEDER, fuckface

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

Has any locals been opening for them, or is it just AM! and ALK3? Does anyone know about this at the Denver show on the 26th? I may not get to the show on time. Hopefully, my friend won't have to work late. I don't wanna miss any of AM!'s set.

maverick (April 7, 2006)

"hey scott i was reading your review of FHTI a few weeks ago an i noticed that you called Sleepyhead your least favorite AK3 song ever. which is weird cause its probably my favorite. so here's to them playing that song in NYC an not in Clevland!"

Actually, I said "Steamer Trunk," not "Sleepyhead." And I still think that's the worst song they've ever written (next to "Dead End Roads").

-Scott

andburntherest (April 7, 2006)

On the setlist, you listed Bleed before Radio, did you mean Bleeder?
Bleed was the original title for Burn, on Crimson but they changed it in between the unmastered advance copy and the finished album. You had Burn listed earlier in the setlist, so what song was that second to last one?

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

I refuse to believe both bands played for that long. I seen AM! couple weeks ago in newport wales and they played for about 45 mins only.

skolarx (April 7, 2006)

the fourth guy, unless there was some weird change, is Nolan. he used to guitar tech but moved to tour manager when they decided that since their name is the alkaline trio maybe they should only have 3 guys on stage.

darkstarm (April 7, 2006)

Probably one of the most exciting tours in a longggg time.

I'll be at all three nights in Chicago. I'm sooooo awesome. blah blah blah.

the_other_scott (April 7, 2006)

hey scott i was reading your review of FHTI a few weeks ago an i noticed that you called Sleepyhead your least favorite AK3 song ever. which is weird cause its probably my favorite. so here's to them playing that song in NYC an not in Clevland!

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

I was lucky to attend this show. I agree that am! put on a lovely show, but they seemed more tired than the last time I saw them in October, plus, I was surprised more people did not show more enthusiasm for their performance. It was almost as if they did not know who they were, on the other hand, Alkaline trio was tens times better than last time I saw them in San Diego.

maverick (April 7, 2006)

There's no way it was past December '99, since that's when they kicked Glenn out of the band. Mike Felumlee's first show was '99's Winter Nationals in Chicago (and his second show was in Cherry Valley, Illinois, in January 2000 -- I know because I booked it).

-Scott

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

"Mother fucker, I remember when I was a freshman at Purdue, we got Alkaline Trio to play in the basement of this church on campus for $200 bucks!! That was back in the fall of 99... my buddies and I were pissing ourselves over Goddammit, that album was the shit back then and still is. I'm gonna be in fucking Australia when they come to LA... damn."

I was there! That was the fall of my senior year, and I got the album on a fluke. Asian Man sent it to me when I ordered a Johnny Socko cd. It really became my favorite album overnight.

The show in that church was awesome. I pissed next to Glenn, and I thought he was one of the punkest motherfuckers I had ever seen. I snagged a broken drumstick after the show.

Are you sure it wasn't a little later that fall of 99 though? I swear I had "I Lied My Face Off" already. Maybe winter of 2000? I remember it being really cold in the church, because Matt's strings kept breaking.

Did yougo to that show they played shortly after that in some park with the Blue Meanies? It wasn't as small, but it rocked equally as hard.

Score is for the Purdue church show.

Jim

sickboi (April 7, 2006)

Such a raging boner right now. I am going to have the time of my fucking live at this show in Cleveland.

-Scott


We really need to find a new way to express excitement about stuff. This talk of chubbies and creaming pants is just getting gross.

maverick (April 7, 2006)

Such a raging boner right now. I am going to have the time of my fucking live at this show in Cleveland.

-Scott

at_the_drive_in_21 (April 7, 2006)

DAMMIT. That's one nice setlist for A3. I'm pissed I'm going to miss this tour.

One thing - No Maybe I'll Catch Fire!? Boooo-urns!

tylerdurden8136 (April 7, 2006)

i'm going to get to see this in cleveland (thanks Xine!) ...though i really wish the trio would play "old school reasons"

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

oook.
so people are bitching about the lack of old songs for this show.
Not sure if they noticed, but every fucking show is going to be different! Besides the entire Goddammit cd, the set lists are different for every city. This is obviously the majority of the songs the kids in the City of Sin wanted to hear.
I think it looks pretty good.
97 will hopefully be played in Milwaukee or Chicago

the_other_scott (April 7, 2006)

i was hoping they'd play more off of MICF. oh well maybe thet set will change for the NYC show

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

I heard that they are playing like everything off Godammit but then like all the other songs they are going to let members of the Blood Pact choose.... but I could be wrong so don't quote me on that.

And about the show... I'm so fucking excited! I am seeing them live in less than 10 hours in Nashville. I'm also seeing them in St. Louis. I was going to be catching this tour up in Chicago to but it sold it out. I was trying to catch those tickets in like Mid-March. That show is gonna be crazy.

nostinkinbadges (April 7, 2006)

"Who the fuck is Jeff? Was Andrew not there?

Other than that, this looks to be an amazing show."

Must be all that crack i've been smoking lately. I meant Andrew.

And to whoever said they thought they heard Fuck You Aurora, they did... I just forgot it when I was trying to remember what songs they'd played.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

Man, Alkaline Trio are playing all their old hits, but no '97?

CUAPUNKRADIO (April 7, 2006)

nation, next week anyone?

somegirl (April 7, 2006)

That looks like a great setlist. I am so looking forward to seeing this show in Hartford it's ridiculous.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

Score is for ALK3's setlist, that's amazing, I'm gonna have to go to that show when it hits MA.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

Seen Against Me! in February.

Second time they toured in Australia. They're still fucking amazing, although theyre fan base has boosted greatly in 2 years, and they played at a slightly larger venue (a College GuildBar as opposed to 2004's Bowl Club performance).

Still, they're everything but 'sellouts', they charged half as much as the Bouncing Souls who were playing later that month (at a small venue itself) and about a third of what Alkaline Tickets were going for. A no bullshit set, and no bullshit attitudes, in fact, Warren (and to a lesser degree Tom) was hanging around with 'the kids' all day.

Score is for that show.

jockmcbored (April 7, 2006)

saw against me in leeds on 18th March and they played an even mix from the 3 full lengths - did no new tracks though. they could do with rerecording impact as the production on the original doesn't help it

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

Mother fucker, I remember when I was a freshman at Purdue, we got Alkaline Trio to play in the basement of this church on campus for $200 bucks!! That was back in the fall of 99... my buddies and I were pissing ourselves over Goddammit, that album was the shit back then and still is. I'm gonna be in fucking Australia when they come to LA... damn.

OzmanX (April 7, 2006)

Can't wait for it to stop by my neck of the woods.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

Great review, thanks for the setlists. Can't wait to see the Larry arms and the Trio in Canada.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

I was at this show. Went to Vegas from Vancouver just to see it. To be honest, I was a little dissapointed. I've seen both bands many times before and it just didn't do it for me. Maybe it was cause the venue was so big. Oh well, I guess I'd better get used to it...

...evildeadalive

niveK82 (April 7, 2006)

This makes me look even more forward to the 6 dates im going to.

albertfreddyingram (April 7, 2006)

Best time Ive ever had at a concert. The trio played the shit out of all their songs. Great, Great show. They had the crowd going for almost two hours. Everyone in the place was screaming at the top of their lungs. I couldnt believe they played for so long. Private eye was a highlight for me and everyone else in the place...also, i could of sworn i heard Fuck You Aurora, but ive been wrong before. Thank you ALkaline Trio for giving me my moneys worth.

cash_money_hustla (April 7, 2006)

"and stared vacantly as Tom, Jeff, James, and Warren came on stage"

Who the fuck is Jeff? Was Andrew not there?

Other than that, this looks to be an amazing show.

SalsaShark (April 7, 2006)

That AM! list is amazing. Even At Our Worst, We're Better Than Most, Cavalier Eternal, and I Still Love You Julie seem surprising.

I can't wait to see this... two nights in a row!

tomwk (April 7, 2006)

i was at this show too, and i swear that alkaline trio played almost a 2 hour set. i know it was definitely more than an hour and a half.

kingofpain (April 7, 2006)

There have been few tours in history that have gotten me as excited as this one.

notfeelingcreative (April 7, 2006)

This makes me kind of excited for sunday's show, however, I thought the point of the tour was for alk3 to play songs they don't play often, "Private Eye", "This Could Be Love" and "Radio" are all mainstays, I would likedto see them replaced with "My Frined Peter", "Cooking Wine" "Fuck You Aurora" or something (but people will want blood if they don't play 'radio'), but I'll take it, especially if Skiba plays Good Fucking Bye. As for AM!'s set, pretty much what I expected I had heard it was heavy on "searching" material!

colin (April 7, 2006)

good fucking bye?!?!?!

that's awesome!!

also, for an "early songs" tour, i dislike the lack of anything from the s/t and most of maybe i'll catch fire. that's INCREDIBLY weak.

Skanknsmile (April 7, 2006)

they played the closest the tour was going to get to me last night, and i fucking missed it. goddamn work, i sat and did homework for 4 hours instead of driving to dallas to catch this. FUCK

sickboi (April 7, 2006)

Hour and a 1/2 set? Yikes. That might be a little too much A3 for me...

InaGreendase (April 7, 2006)

This show looks incredible. That's usually the size of the set list Against Me! will play when they're headlining. I will not be happy if I miss this.

branden (April 7, 2006)

last time i saw alkaline trio was the best. a weird setlist with radio played in the middle. though blue in the face was the closer which sucked ass, they played a lot of unexpected jams. that was the tour after the good mourning tour before the crimson tour

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