Blue Meanies / the Tossers / Shot Baker

Blue Meanies / the Tossers / Shot Baker: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2006)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: JerryColaJerryCola
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Seeing as how this was Riot Fest Pre-Show #1 and I was hyped up for such a wonderful weekend I decided to get to the Double Door pretty early. This was the first time I've ever been to the Double Door and I must say that it is a really nice music venue. The way the venue is set up makes it a very ni.

Seeing as how this was Riot Fest Pre-Show #1 and I was hyped up for such a wonderful weekend I decided to get to the Double Door pretty early. This was the first time I've ever been to the Double Door and I must say that it is a really nice music venue. The way the venue is set up makes it a very nice place to see a show and sound was pretty good. The first thing I checked out was the merchandise and then the bars; both were at satisfactory levels, spare for the bar being a bit pricey. I noticed that there was quite a bit of cameras all over the place getting set up to film the show; I guess Riot Fest wants to make the most out of the next three days by catching it on film.

Up first was Shot Baker; I've seen them live twice before, once opening for the Bomb and once opening for the Mopes so I knew what to expect. I must say that they've made me into an official fan from seeing them those last two times. They also handed out a free CD sampler back when I first saw them, so that also helped. Anyways, they were the first band to kick off Riot Fest weekend and they didn't disappoint one bit. Their sound reminds me of a more straightforward punk version of Avail. They definitely have a Chicago pop-punk influence in their songs too as songs like "Falling Apart" and "Point of No Return" are just so infectiously catchy. The highlight of their set was when they covered the Vindictives' "Glad to Be," which appears on a 7" split tribute to the Vindictives that they just released. They closed with "Sorry Illinois," which was another highlight of their set. All in all, I see a lot of potential in Shot Baker to achieve great things.

Next up was the Tossers. Now, I've seen the Tossers once before opening for Rancid and I didn't mind them. Personally I'm not a huge fan but I have nothing against them either. It may not be fair to compare them to all the other modern Irish punk bands out there, but for me it's kind of hard not to because I do prefer Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly over them. Despite my bias, I will admit that they are a really fun live band. While I may never go out and buy their albums, I have no problem enjoying their live show. After a few drinks anyone should be able to have a great time watching them play live, I will give them credit for that. They looked like they were having a good time, the crowd looked like it was having a good time, and I was having a good time so that's all that mattered to me.

Now what I wasn't expecting was the Blue Meanies to play next. They were setting up a whole bunch of mics on stage and I was thinking "why are they doing that now, won't they just be in the way for the Bollweevils?" At that point I was completely clueless, so when the Blue Meanies came out on stage and started off with their cover of Motörhead's "Ace of Spades" I yelled "holy shit!" and promptly made my way to the very front of the stage where I proceeded to rock my socks off. I must say that for a band that hasn't done a show in two years, they sounded spot on. Everyone in that band just unleashed everything that they had; it was almost as if they were out touring the world constantly since their last show here in Chicago back in 2004. But apparently the time away did affect them, as they only played a very short set. But for that amount of time I was in Blue Meanies heaven and nothing would bring me down. When they finished their set I shook Billy Spunke's hand and he informed me that yesterday was the first time the band all officially practiced together, which shocked me because they sounded fantastic.

Here's the set list, not necessarily in order:

  • Ace of Spades (opener)
  • Acceleration 5000
  • Send Help
  • When We Were Queens
  • Camaro Man
  • Mamma Getting High on Chardonnay
  • Chemicals
  • I'm a Have Not
  • Grandma Shampoo
  • Smash the Magnavox (closer)
Sorry to disappoint some of you people, but I did not stick around all that long for the Bollweevils. I have nothing against them and I think they're an OK band but my main reason for going was to see the Blue Meanies and I had my wish fulfilled. Plus, I had lots of fun seeing Shot Baker and the Tossers. I did watch the Bollweevils for the first ten minutes, but I was pretty intoxicated by this point and decided it was best for me to go since I also was attending Pre-Show #2 the next night, and somehow I would have to save enough energy from that show for Riot Fest itself the next day. So to conclude, I had a wonderful time at this show and I want to thank the people who run Riot Fest for giving Chicago such a great three-day weekend. I can't wait to see what becomes of all that footage that they were filming for this show.


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Anonymous (November 13, 2006)

This show was great. Should have stuck around for the Bollweevils. They rocked! Made me a fan instantly!

Anonymous (November 13, 2006)

i thought the blue meanies broke up

Anonymous (November 12, 2006)

Rumor is that Raygun is releasing a Live DVD/CD..

Anonymous (November 11, 2006)

this show was fucking intense. you should have stayed for the bollweevils. they instantly made me into a fan.

JerryCola (November 11, 2006)

Yeah I thought the Blue Meanies were headlining and thought that they were just bringing up the extra mics really early for some strange reason. I should have put two and two together but I didn't. I was walking around to the bathroom and to get another drink so I wasn't really focused on what was going on the stage until the Blue Meanies started playing.

niveK82 (November 11, 2006)

V Like me he figured the blue meanies were headlining. They were first on the marquee and on double door's website.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Why do you say you didn't know why all the mics were being set up and you were suprised when the Blue Meanies took the stage. But the end of the review you say the only reason you went was to see the Blue Meanies.

niveK82 (November 10, 2006)

Well put review, sucks that the meanies played a small set, btu was better than no meanies at all.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

wow. the guy below me is a dick.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

The Blue Meanies are utter shit. If only School of Fish could've played, the night would have been a "total success." Get over this shitty band, Chicago. Sprunke can sucke it.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

i heard from my buddy who was out in the lobby that "riot mike" paid off the police to let raygun play their entire set. if that's true, that's fuckin awesome.

theonetruebill (November 10, 2006)

haha, I wouldn't say I've been quiet. I just couldn't get into either pre-bash show because i'm six months short of being 21. Believe me, I would've been there in a heartbeat if there was a way to get in that didn't involve trickery.

And believe Jerry when he says I wrote a monstrous review of the big show sunday. It's on my myspace blog right now and the thing tops out at 2900 words.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Did Bill like the show? He's been so quiet lately.

JerryCola (November 10, 2006)

I did a review for the second Riot Fest pre-show but I was being lazy and didn't submit it in time for the Friday reviews so if punknews accepts that one then you have that to look forward too on Tuesday.

Bill also wrote a fantastic review of Riot Fest itself, it's a long but very good read, I'd expect that one to appear on tuesday for sure.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

you gotta love that the venue or the cops or whoever let sunday night run so late, I was expecting NR to get cut off at any minute but it sounded to me like they were able to get thier whole set in.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

yes, i was young thr last time for the bollweevils, but that's what sunday was for - sunday was for the kids. I went to all three shows and had a blast. SUBT was the greatest show I've ever been to. No security, Good Beer, non-staop Stage Diving (even the Briefs and Casualties were jumping) and of course NAKED RAYGUN!!!!!!!!!!

red_eye_inc (November 10, 2006)

Yeah, but you got your fill in in the late-90's. You may be right about the crowd's age being in mind, but it's not like a different venue would have prevented you from going. It's fun for you now because you can get in. I can get in too, but I miss the energy of the sweaty kids. Weren't you one the last time you saw the bollweevils? That aside, I missed the Saturday show. Did anyone go (other than the reviwer)?

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

i hate to be a dick about this, but to the guy bitching about the all-ages thing: i'm pretty sure this weekend had the 21 crowd in mind, especially the two pre-bash shows. and i think the two pre-bash were much more fun because of it. the kids got their fill on sunday. for me, i appreciated that someone gave a shit about a 30-year-old who doesn't want sweaty kids @ a show that has to start @ 5 p.m uin order to end @ 10 p.m. i like shows that start @ 9 p.m. and end 2 2 a.m. That's fun to me now.

red_eye_inc (November 10, 2006)

Throwing the crowd for a loop is a terrible idea. Imagine if you went to see Bob Dylan and he played before Kings of Leon and you missed some of his set intending to miss Kings of Leon. If The Blue MEanies wanted to throw people for a loop maybe they could have done it with their performance, not the timing of their performance.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Blue Meanies wanted to throw the crowd for a loop. That's why they played before the 'weevils.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Sounds like a good show, wish I could have gone to the preshows but oh well Riot Fest kicked so much ass it made up for my weekend of lameness that prevented me from seeing the first two shows. I heard from a friend that the Blue Meanies show on Sunday was better than what they did on Friday so that made me really happy I didn't miss the better performance, best part of that was BM covering White Riot!!!

red_eye_inc (November 10, 2006)

I sent in a review for this as well but with a much more negative feel. This guy is right, The Blue Meanies not headlining threw a definite spanner in the works. This show would have been much better at an all-ages venue or, at least, in the proper order. Think about the poor kids who found these bands two years ago when they were 16 and never had a chance to see them in a non-festival setting (a festival setting is, as we all now, the weakest setting).

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

nice review. great show, but the bollweevils stole the show... it was intense at the end. the riot fest shirts rule too. now who in the fuck is reviewing the final night? bill?

theonetruebill (November 10, 2006)

Thumbs up. I wish I could've gotten into this. I was at a birthday party that night and every few minutes I'd look at my watch and think "hm, the Blue Meanies are probably on stage right now."

SloaneDaley (November 10, 2006)

Everyone be nice, this is the first time I've ever submitted a review here...

the you need the traditional "you fucking fag this review sucks" - Someone.

nice review, sounds like it was an awesome show and an awesome weekend.

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Fuck you this review and your mom both suck dick (your mom can suck mine anytime)

JerryCola (November 10, 2006)

Everyone be nice, this is the first time I've ever submitted a review here...

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