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Warped Tour 2007: live in Englishtownlive in Englishtown (2007)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: TorgoTorgo
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Ah, Warped Tour, a part of my youth I can't shed. Luckily, now that I'm older less and less bands are appealing to me, so what once was a stage race to see a dozen bands I loved is now, well, not. The only bands I was hell-bent on seeing were Bad Religion and Big D and the Kids Table, besides those .
Ah, Warped Tour, a part of my youth I can't shed. Luckily, now that I'm older less and less bands are appealing to me, so what once was a stage race to see a dozen bands I loved is now, well, not. The only bands I was hell-bent on seeing were Bad Religion and Big D and the Kids Table, besides those who I'd float by at my leisure.
Since I already had my fill of walking around aimlessly, I decided to keep watching bands, the next one being Killswitch Engage. Since I'm sure no one wants me to prattle on about these guys, just re-read the second paragraph and replace As I Lay Dying with Killswitch. And you know, substitute those songs with "My Curse," "Rose of Sharyn," "A Bid Farewell," etc.
Uh oh, here comes the pop-punk train. This stop, New Found Glory. Boy, these guys still jump around like it's 2001! Even though I haven't really heard their last few albums, their set was extremely fun, compounded with limitless energy. Plus, they played all those stone-cold crust punk classics like "Hit or Miss," "Better Off Dead" and "My Friends Over You." They also played a cover of Sixpence None the Richer's "Kiss Me" (off their upcoming covers sequel), which was amusing as hell since I haven't heard that song since 1999. But do we really need any more punk rock covers after the uh...existence of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes?
Finally, Bad Religion time. Of course, I'm immediately disappointed as they walked on stage because Brett wasn't there (did he play any of the dates?). But when they launched into "American Jesus," you forget about all that stuff and realize all these songs can be played by just one guitarist anyway. During the second track, "Social Suicide," a guy in a wheelchair crowd-surfed, much to the amusement of the crowd and the whole band. Jay Bentley even stopped the segue into the next song to declare "Holy shit! That was the raddest thing ever! That just made my day." Greg noted "We've just been upstaged, good night!" Speaking of Greg, the only time he was fairly long-winded was when introducing the new tune "New Dark Ages." Other than that, they consistently played well (besides a sloppy ending to "Generator") and showed they could make the crowd move as well as they did when they were spring chickens.
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