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Bad Brains / Bouncing Souls / Jello Biafra: live in Asbury Parklive in Asbury Park (2007)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: TorgoTorgo
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Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t think rock can really be learned in schools. It seems to me if you go to one of these schools you’d be doomed to have a career as Kelly Clarkson’s bassist. However, if they want to promote their school with a New Jersey outdoor festival hosting Jello Biafra, the Bouncing Souls, the Loved Ones and Bad Brains, well, all the more power to them.
The sun was setting and jocks were slowly but surely getting more shirtless by the minute. HR, looking dazed and confused, wandered onto the stage a little prematurely, and as Dr. Know, Daryl and Earl sauntered on they jumped into "I Against I" with little warning, playing it a hair slower than the album version. They launched into a handful of songs from their self-titled album, then a reggae jam. Rinse, repeat. HR is now a far cry from how he acted in the early `80s. No more jumping into the crowd, violently shaking and rarely singing into the mic, he is now the epitome of calm, flashing a large shit-eating grin and peace signs. He even sat on the stage once or twice, watching the chaos ensue in the crowd. I guess being 25 years older and turning into a homophobe will do that to you. "Right Brigade," "Soulcraft," and the seemingly four-minute breakdown that is "Re-Ignition" got the crowd into the most fuss, but the pit was out of control Slayer-type action for every song but the reggae ones, with skinnier guys like me getting Benoit’d all over the place (come on 'Orgers, we can make that the new “owned”!).
Bad Brains were just sloppy enough to where it seemed like they could implode musically, and that’s really all you can ask from a hardcore band. Sure, HR missed some vocal cues and Daryl’s E string on his bass sounded so god-awful, loud and distorted it could have passed for Darth Vader vomiting, but that’s what you expect. Despite a minor uproar occurring when Bad Brains weren’t allowed to perform an encore, their set was largely a success, in thanks a lot to Dr. Know’s flawless guitar work. Let’s all hope the band continues touring and hell, why not tour with the Bouncing Souls, eh?
Set list (I forgot a few, so shoot me):
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