Bouncing Souls / Flogging Molly

Bouncing Souls/Flogging Molly: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2001)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: moldyMoldy
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On Friday the 26th, I attended the Bouncing Souls "True Believers" Tour in Chicago. On this tour they are playing with Madcap, One Man Army, Flogging Molly, and obviously Bouncing Souls. I got to the show late and missed both Madcap and One Man Army, sorry people, but I had to drive almost 4 hours.

On Friday the 26th, I attended the Bouncing Souls "True Believers" Tour in Chicago. On this tour they are playing with Madcap, One Man Army, Flogging Molly, and obviously Bouncing Souls. I got to the show late and missed both Madcap and One Man Army, sorry people, but I had to drive almost 4 hours to get to the show, and I thought it started later than it did. From what I heard both bands played awsome sets that were very energetic and fun. I was disappointed, I have heard some good things about both, but oh well.

I got there right as Flogging Molly took the stage. I am a big fan of celtic punk music, so I was looking forward to this set. They came out dressed in a mix of traditional Irish wear, and punk clothes, representing the 2 forces that are present in thier music. With Guiness in hand and lining the stage they began to play an awsome set. Throughout the entire set they had the whole crowd singing along and attempting to dance in a modified Irish jig, with some slam dancing. The singer for FM was really into the crowd, leading them in singalongs and chants. They played mostly their songs from Swagger, but also a few that aren't on the cd, not sure if they're new or not. My favorite was 'Daliha' which was their final song, a song about betrayal and loss of a lover.

This was definitely a set that would be hard to follow, but if any band could do it, the Bouncing Souls could. After a very short set up time the BS came onto the stage, with the lead singer slapping high fives to people in the audience, and a thunderous applause with chants of Ole' and Oi. The entire set consisted mainly off "Manical Laughter" and "How I Spent Summer Vacation." They also played some older ones here and there, and only a few off the other Epitaph releases. All of the songs were played with energy and passion. The day of the show was also a holiday for the band being that it was Johnny X's birthday. In the middle of the show, the singer for BS borrowed a cell phone from the an audience member and proceeded to call Johnny, who wasn't home, but he had the entire audience sing Happy Birthday to his machine. After he hung up, the band launched into "Ballad of Johnny X" one of my favorite BS songs. The rest of the set was typical BS, lots of jumping around and high fiving the audience. They left the stage, only to return to play "Here We Go" and a Cock Sparrer cover with the guitartist of One Man Army. Most of the older crowd members were going nuts for it. It was cool to see them paying homage to an older band that doesnt get alot of recognition. They played a few more songs and then left the stage for good. My only complaint for the show, besides getting there late, it seemed the singer was going through the motions on some songs, especially "Born to Lose." I remember him putting more into it at Warped Tour this summer. Other than that one small complaint, it was a good show, alot of fun.

After the lights came back on, members of the band came back out to meet fans and take pictures with people, or sign stuff, or just hang out. Which is pretty cool, I love when bands take the time to talk to people, even for a big band like BS it shows that they still have thier punk roots and don't consider themselves rock stars, just people who enjoy playing music, and are pretty good at it. Speaking of being cool and talking to people, after the show I went in the record store next to the Metro, the Clubhouse, and while I was looking at cds, my girlfriend looked up and pointed to the guy behind me, it was none other than the bassist for Bouncing Souls shopping for cds. I turned and told him I enjoyed the show, and he thanked me for coming. Also we were at the counter and I complemented him on his purchase (Dead Kennedys and Misfits) and we talked about DK and punk bands for awhile. He is really a cool guy, we just talked about bands like 2 fans of punk music.


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Anonymous (November 22, 2001)

Then again that crazy jesus was quite a man and bill ran over to sodomize him

Anonymous (November 22, 2001)

That crazy jesus turned around and his dick flopped out of his jesus robe

Anonymous (November 20, 2001)

you know what they say, "you cant spell god with out dumbass"

Anonymous (November 19, 2001)

day 4 walking down the street when I slipped and fell in some jesus... I had it all over me.. I made sure it didn't touch my cock though.

Anonymous (November 16, 2001)

that show was dickin!!!

Anonymous (November 15, 2001)

Gwen isnt punk or ska. She happened to be appointed singer of no doubt back when it was actually ska, but then everyone left the group except for her and teh 3 jerkoffs. Gwens hot, but who gives a fuck.

Anonymous (November 13, 2001)

Who is this gwen bitch evry one is talking about? Some say that they want to stick it in her and others say that she has a slong. Some even say shes a lesbian!

who is she, is she a punk? And does she really have a dick?

Anonymous (November 13, 2001)

it real easy to see that Eddie W. wacks off to gwen all the time.

Anonymous (November 13, 2001)

it rewal easy to see that Eddie W. wacks off to gwen all the time.

OedipusWrecks (November 13, 2001)

To hell with you all, you obviously don't understand what Gwen has had to go through in the past four and a half years.I'd like to see you all function after an incident like that. You know you can't live without a spleen??? If she had gotten to the hospital just two minutes later....it could have been all over. But none of you understand all the physical therapy and rehab she had to do behind the scenes....this is why I never go to shows anymore.

-Eddie W.

Anonymous (November 12, 2001)

Gwen like women though so she is not going to go out with any of you loser wannabe punk kids.

and for that one dude, yes she does have a cock and she is a bitch

OedipusWrecks (November 12, 2001)

You all are fucking assholes! how can you disrespect gwen like that! she never did anything to you! you should all be ashamed of yourselves and shave your heads and go live in a monastary making collage after collage with elmers glue and the little scissors with the colorful handles! and fuck crayons! mine always melted when my mom made us go on road trips to colorado. Fuck colorado. -eddie w.

Anonymous (November 12, 2001)

i'd stick it in gwen

sickboi (November 12, 2001)

I love how Gwen tried to be punk, go shit on, and now she does projects with Moby and that Rough Rider chick. Hah, and she dates that peckerhead from Bush.

moldy (November 12, 2001)

gwen is fucking hot

Anonymous (November 11, 2001)

i herd she has a cock, is this true?

Anonymous (November 11, 2001)

gwen is a bitch man!

OedipusWrecks (November 11, 2001)

You see, this is exactly what I'm talking about. Nobody takes Gwen seriously, you think she's all just a big joke. Well listen buddy, I've got news for you! No Doubt deserves more respect than you'll ever get. They're a talented band and that's a fact that no one can argue. I'm tired of everyone treated them like the scum of the music world. They should be on top.

-Eddie W.

Anonymous (November 10, 2001)

di went there and it was good. There wasn't mush of a pit though.

Anonymous (November 10, 2001)

How did the Bouncing Souls lead to No Doubt. That whole No Doubt thing better have been a joke.

OedipusWrecks (November 10, 2001)

I only saw bouncing Souls live once in my life. I was standing next to this chick with pink hair who looked exactly like Gwen Stefani. I really have a lot of respect for Gwen Stefani. She has worked hard to further her musical career and I don't think she gets the credit she deserves. Her band, No Doubt is very talented but people don't seem to notice the amount of effort Gwen puts into it. People don't seem to care. You all should really be ashamed of yourselves.

-Eddie W.

Anonymous (November 9, 2001)

man that shit was jesusfied!

Anonymous (November 7, 2001)

I can't go to this tour, I'm in Ireland, and two of my favorite bands in the world right now (Bouncing Souls and Flogging Molly) are touring together. This sucks. At least I get to see the Pogues in a month..


Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

i think that the show was Beererific,wacktakular,and orgasmic

i like food, food tastes good.

Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

Maybe the bassist hates the Dead Kennedys and was buying another copy to burn in a bonfire later that night.

Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

yo, i was there and it was great. I Came a little late, i missed only alittle of Madcap. I was a fun show and i thought that all the bands kicked ass.

Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

too bad you missed 1 man army. Flogging Molly is the shit. Bouncing Souls rock also. Madcap = poo poo. i can't believe i missed this show. i suck.- fathead

Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

Hey gneius, maybe those cds weren't for himself. More importantly, who cares??? Jesus, don't get your panties in a bunch over who owns what cd. Spend your time more wisely.

Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

In every comment Larry Lawrence every posts, he has to mention AFI. What the fuck is your problem?

Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

Well, I am sure that this was an amazing show, but I just wanted to comment on what Bouncing Souls' bassist bought at the record store. I would have figured that he would have already owned all the Misfits and Dead Kennedy's albums. Just thought it was weird someone who I am sure has an amazing punk collection is missing something by such essential bands (especially the Kennedys since they dont even have that many albums). Oh well.

Larry_Lawrence (November 6, 2001)

I would've given this show a 10 I'm sure, if it hadn't have been sold out when I got there. I drove three hours up to Chicago for nothing but some fucking good pizza (not all was lost i guess). I am sure AFI had something to do with this, but I'm not sure how. It's all a damn conspiracy. Oh well. Fuck AFI and their loser fans for locking my girlfriend and I out of the metro.

Yours truly,

Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

The the Fuck are Flogging Molly?

Yes One Man Army are Killer!

Anonymous (November 6, 2001)

Yesterday I was the True Believers tour in Portland. All of the bands fucking tore it up. I'm a pretty big fan of all of those bands except Flogging Molly. Don't get me wrong I enjoy that "style" of music but all it is is fast folk music. They played a good set though. The Souls fucking rocked like no other. Truely a great time!!! Here we go, here we go, here we go!!!!

sickboi (November 6, 2001)

Too bad you missed One Man Army bro, they fucking rock.

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