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Bollweevils / Blue Meanies [2]

Bollweevils / Blue Meanies [2]: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2006)
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Nothing brings out the "hang by the bar" crowd quite like a mid-`90s local phenomenon reunion show. Standing in the back to protect your $5 drink, brittle old bones and Friday night outfit is just fine as long as there's a younger, more excitable contingent in the crowd to fill up those now un-covet.


Nothing brings out the "hang by the bar" crowd quite like a mid-`90s local phenomenon reunion show. Standing in the back to protect your $5 drink, brittle old bones and Friday night outfit is just fine as long as there's a younger, more excitable contingent in the crowd to fill up those now un-coveted front spots. The younger set never seem to be at these things, however, and whatever schlock ex-band members took a night off from work to reform for a masturbatory set of classic tunes only manage to capture a fraction of their former glory. If you're booking the Riot Fest pre-show, I suppose you could actively recruit a bored/boring audience by having a show with bands whose hey-day audience was comprised of 16-year-olds at a 21-and-over bar.

Chalking that decision up as a subtle nod to the "no outsiders aloud" gene that plagues so much of punk reminiscence today, a capacity crowd ventured to The Double Door last Friday to try to capture some of that youth spirit they sort of remember they had. Guest list and will call problems arose early in the night, causing a line of legitimate ticket holders to form around the block as the Tossers played. I don't think everyone made it inside before they finished, which is a shame; they played well and sounded good (even with all the tin whistles and stuff). The crowd reacted well as they played (what were apparently) crowd favorites with appropriate opening-band gusto. Just as the place started to fill up, they were done.

Much to everyone's surprise, the Blue Meanies were up next. Revealed as the "special surprise guest" weeks earlier, any one rational person would have assumed that the better-liked, longer-running and once major label-signed band would have played last. Even the Riot Fest people thought so; they were booked to headline the all-day late-`90s wank-fest two days later. That aside, the Blue Meanies stormed out after a mind-numbing 45-minute set break. There was visible shock throughout the audience, who, no doubt, thought that the Bollweevils were coming next. Audiences of this one's median age don't react well to change, and the fanfare that the Blue Meanies had paraded out to at previous reunion shows (uh...) never materialized. They played with precision and energy, hitting most of their career highlights plus "Chemicals," their major label single that I assumed nobody liked (not on the account of elitism, more due to the fact that's it's an atrocious mess of a song). Most notably absent was perennial favorite "Pave the World," but I guess it's not a good idea to play a seven-minute song in a thirty-minute set.

By the time the Bollweevils were to start, a third of the place had cleared out, teaching us two things: (1) The Blue Meanies should have played last, it was expected, and (2) The crowd might have been rabid when they were 16 and the band was playing at 9:00, but now that they're all in their mid-20s and the set starts at midnight; they've probably got other things to do before the night's over. Some of them might even have to get home to their wives. Learned lessons aside, the Bollweevils (eventually) came out and played…exactly as you would expect. Daryl's voice sounded good, everyone played their parts right, but the spirit was strangely missing. Chalk it up to a late start and a generally unspectacular set list if you want, I still found myself either staring at the walls or watching someone else stare at the walls until the band wheezed to a halt. I can only imagine that Riot Fest, at its eight-hour scheduled time and all of the discussed bands participating, was a big of a snooze-fest as the "pre-bash."

P.S. I guess Shot Baker played as well; there was a bunch of merch and someone handed me a demo CD as I left. Now THAT is what I remember about Bollweevils-era shows: the free stuff.

 

 
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Anonymous (November 17, 2006)

These bands do indeed suck. However, you shouldn't be "aloud" to write anything else for anything ever again.

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

By the time Lone Wolf and Cub was announced, I had tickets to this show already. I wish I had waited, I would rather have gone to Note that night.

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

y'all blew it. Lone Wolf & Cub, Rager, and the Muzzler played across the street at the note that night. Now that was a show worth checking out. Wno needs 1996 when you've got fresh shit at your beckon call?

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

I was there, had a blast and most folks who were up front did as well. The Tossers put on a great set, the crowd was definitely into them. The reviewer should have spent more time focusing on the MUSIC then passing judgment on the mannerisms of the crowd, his interpretations of who should have gotten in and who played when. The Bollweevils set was all energy, I'm not sure what show said reviewer went to because there were a lot of smiles to go around after the show from band members and crowd alike...

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

Why would you do a review that you went in with bad intentions? Personally, and no offense to the kids out there, but the Blue Meanies, Bollweevils and Raygun are much more popular with the 21 crowd than the all ages; plus, it's not like the kids couldn't seem them on that Sunday. We grew up on this music. I personally like that is was at Double Door. It made it feel more specila than having it at the Beat Kitchen or some other shit all ages room like Champs or Stage 83. Thsi was my favorite show of the whole year.

niveK82 (November 15, 2006)

It sounds like you didn't want to be there from the start. It was one of the best shows I saw this year. I didn't pay attention to the rets of the crown because I decided tto be up front where the fun way.

stevejonestherealbones (November 14, 2006)

"Some of them might even have to get home to their wives."

Wow - a sexist dipshit, no less. Nice.


how the fuck is that sexist?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

JerryCola (November 14, 2006)

I still don't think you can really blame Riot Fest for some things... I can understand why the two pre-shows were 21 because there's not a lot of smaller venue All Ages type places out there in Chicago and the ones that are out there get booked up pretty quickly.

As for the Blue Meanies playing before the Bollweevils, part of the problem might have been the fact that they didn't start practicing again as a full entire band until Thursday so they were rusty.

All and all I give the Riot Fest people credit for pulling this off, I'm sure all that planning wasn't easy.

red_eye_inc (November 14, 2006)

How does talking about someone having a wife make me a sexist? I could have said kids or husband or sick mother but since the crowd was mostly men, I thought I'd make a safe assumption. Poorly formed theories about my personality and my ideological fortitude aside, the guy that wrote the other review is right about all that stuff he just posted, he just had a better time than I did. Similar circumstances, different experiences.

JerryCola (November 14, 2006)

Well I wrote the "positive" review of this show and I will admit it was unfair that only the 21 crowd got to enjoy these shows. I know Bill would have loved to have gone to both shows but he was under 21 by a few months.

Plus I knew the Will Call thing was going to be a problem so I got there early and instead of Will Call I bought my tickets at a ticketmaster outlet. Another problem was that I guess a few hours before the show one of the security people informed those waiting for tickets that there was still going to be some available to purchase at the door but when the doors finally opened they announced that the show was sold out.

Then again, I donít understand why anyone would not buy their ticket to a show like this in advance, especially since the Blue Meanies for officially announced to be the surprise guest a week before the show happened. Sure ticketmaster fees eat balls but sometimes you have to pay up the devil.

Also the Blue Meanies playing third probably didnít help the Bollweevils. I admitted I didnít stick around for the Bollweevils and it was pretty much because it was getting late since it was a 21 show and I had the Pre-Show on Saturday to go to and then Riot Fest itself on Sunday. I donít know about you but three shows in three days does take a toll on your body unless your one of those people who take it easy every show.

So Iíll admit, there was some negatives to Riot Fest weekend, overall all though from my personal experience, I had a great time at all of the shows. All criticisms aside, it will probably take a few years before Riot Fest becomes a smooth functioning yearly festival. Itís impossible to make things perfect the second year around and there will always be kinks to work out.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

"Some of them might even have to get home to their wives."

Wow - a sexist dipshit, no less. Nice.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

"easily entertained" -- you're a dipshit.

grantino (November 14, 2006)

i think seeing the bollweevils at all would make this a 5 star review.

that must just be me.

red_eye_inc (November 14, 2006)

You sound like you always find the worst in people. I'd hate to hang out around you.

theonetruebill (November 14, 2006)

I'll admit it, I didn't like Chemicals when I first heard it. I had no idea about Full Throttle or anything about the Meanies, it was one of the first songs I heard from them. The more I heard it the more it grew on me. Expeciall the part right before the verses with the "duh duh duh, duh duh duh, duh duh duh" You know what i'm talking about.

charlesshaw (November 14, 2006)

God damn your a bitter angry person...I would hate to hang out with you, you seem like a real downer

red_eye_inc (November 14, 2006)

Strong words from all you anonymous posters out there, I never thought this review would garner such hatred. I'm glad you were all so easily entertained. Thanks to the two guys who corrected me, apparently people do like "Chemicals". My mistake.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

i was @ the show. and i had a pretty good time. and i think everyone there did too. odd review.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Agreed w/ bones - chemicals is a good song.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Good show, bad review.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Were we at the same show? I saw people lose their shit when the Meanies and Bollweevils played. I think the energy was totally there. And no offense, but, if you're complaining that there was no energy, which you are 100% wrong, then you're fucked in the head. If anything, The Tossers were the snooze fest, bot BM or the Bollweevils. Absolutely no one was into that band. And who cares in BM played before the Bollweevils? So, what, you had to move your fat ass 20 feet from the bat to get a better look? Dumb review.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

you're a jaded douche. i was at the show and had an awesome time. your review was not insightful or witty -- it was just dumb and poorly written.

sickboi (November 14, 2006)

I like this review. Sounds about as jaded as I get sometimes...

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Your on Crack!!!..This was one of the best shows in a long time..(PLEASE SEE THE REVIEW THATS WAS POSTED EARLIER IN THE WEEK).

Makes me think that this writer has a personal problem with one of the bands....

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Your on Crack!!!..This was one of the best shows in a long time..(PLEASE SEE THE REVIEW THATS WAS POSTED EARLIER IN THE WEEK).

Makes me think that this writer has a personal problem with one of the bands....

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

Your on Crack!!!..This was one of the best shows in a long time..(PLEASE SEE THE REVIEW THATS WAS POSTED EARLIER IN THE WEEK).

Makes me think that this writer has a personal problem with one of the bands....

stevejonestherealbones (November 14, 2006)

chemicals is a cool song.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

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