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Rancid / Buck-O-Nine

Rancid / Buck-O-Nine: live in Tucsonlive in Tucson (2008)
Hellcat Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: Hey_skaHey_ska
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The other night, Rancid kicked off their summer tour at the Rialto Theater in Tucson. I'll leave my intro short and just get into it. When I walked, in the opening band, local psychobilly outfit the Dead Tones, were halfway through their set. This band is good -- a lot of talent up there. But all.


The other night, Rancid kicked off their summer tour at the Rialto Theater in Tucson. I'll leave my intro short and just get into it.

When I walked, in the opening band, local psychobilly outfit the Dead Tones, were halfway through their set. This band is good -- a lot of talent up there. But all the songs sounded similar and I lost interest towards the end. It should be noted, though, that their female drummer can rock the fuck out.

Next on the bill was San Diego's Buck-O-Nine. I'm not a giant BON fan, but i do own Twenty-Eight Teeth and still listen to it occasionally. So naturally I figured I would know more than a few songs. Apparently, I was wrong. They stared off great with "I'm Not Dead" from their new album and really got the crowd going. After that I didn't recognize any other songs until they played a kickass cover of Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie" with their trumpet player (yes, a black dude) taking lead vocals...thank God, too, because this guy did awesome. The only other songs I knew were "My Town" and "Irish Drinking Song." Overall, though, they were tight and sounded good to boot. Considering this band released their newest record after a 10-year hiatus, they still got it.

Now it was time, time for the band we'd all come to see, RANCID. So after about a half-hour of setup, an odd little intro on the projection screen behind them started playing. It mainly featured rapidly moving clips from the `30s and `40s and different Rancid logos appearing at random. Then the band started to slowly come out, like they're about ready to rock and they open with..."Fall Back Down"? WTF? I know it's a catchy song, but I think for the first show of their first tour in at least a year they could at least open with "Radio," or at the very least "Ruby Soho." Either way, it got the crowd going and I was right there with them, tapping my foot and shaking my leg in the Joe Strummer way.

They played very well overall, and Lars has the most energy by far. They blasted through a few ...AOCTW tunes, then played a song that kinda surprised me: "Tattoo." I wasn't expecting a B-side to slip its way in there. The night consisted mostly of stuff off ...AOCTW and a few good songs from Life Won't Wait like "Hoover Street" and "Who Would've Thought." The only song they played from the 1993 self-titled was, of course, "Rats in the Hallway." However, they did bust out a nice cover of "Knowledge" and they also played "I Wanna Riot," which I was stoked upon hearing.

Another thing that should be noted is that Rancid has looked exactly like Rancid for the past 10 years. Tim: Fedora hat, black leather jacket, black pants and chucks; Lars: White bondage pants with "Skunx" stenciled on and sleeveless UK Subs tee; and Matt: Black shirt, jeans; I can't really judge Brandon, because he's only a baby Rancid. I know this shouldn't really be an issue, but it just seems like Rancid hasn't grown at all since 1998.

For their encore, Tim came out and played an acoustic version of "The 11th Hour," then the rest came out and finished it off with "Time Bomb" and finally "Ruby Soho." Also during the encore they played a new song from their upcoming record, which, I hate to say, sounded pretty weak.

Overall, it was a good show and it was nice to see the guys still at it with as much energy as they had back in the old days. I wished they had played some deeper cuts, but ya take what ya can get.

Set list (no order whatsoever):

  • Fall Back Down
  • Roots Radicals
  • Tattoo
  • Rats in the Hallway
  • Maxwell Murder
  • Knowledge
  • The War's End
  • Olympia, WA
  • Journey to the End of East Bay
  • Old Friend
  • I Wanna RIot
  • Radio
  • Nihilism
  • Who Would've Thought
  • Hoover St.
  • Salvation
  • Tenderloin
  • Gunshot
  • It's Quite Alright
  • Antennas
  • Black Derby Jacket
  • Encore (In order):
  • The 11th Hour (acoustic)
  • Time Bomb
  • weak ass new song
  • Ruby Soho

 

 
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badastrojon (November 11, 2009)

haha people are hating this review so much.

lookingforcorpses (September 16, 2008)

Just read the reviewers profile. Says you got into ska when you were 12. Sounds like that was maybe 2 or 3 years ago.
You missed Buck O 9's best material, which I'm sure was the majority of their set. Pass the Dutchie was a huge staple back in the 90s.
I'm glad I got the fashion review of Rancid.
As for the opening song, they tend to mix it up, and I'm not crazy about Fall back Down, but why not? And why those others? I've seen them open with Journey to the End of the East Bay, Roots the Radicals many many times.

twstdbydsn (June 17, 2008)

isn't that actually 3 sentences?

rinjonjori (June 17, 2008)

"After that I didn't recognize any other songs until they played a kickass cover of Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie" with their trumpet player (yes, a black dude) taking lead vocals.."

What you have never seen a Black guy playing trumpet or singing?

Autosuggestion (June 16, 2008)

It's kind of silly to look at the clothes that people wear and surmise that they and their band have not "grown at all since 1998."

Who are you, the recently released ghost of Yves Saint Laurent?

They're musicians, not models and designers.

Perhaps Rancid puts "passion before fashion."

Ha.

bwisott (June 16, 2008)

Interesting... Pretty Stoked to see them at the Fillmore in Denver. Only real downer about that show is that stupid MXPX is warming up for them.

SLFSubhuman (June 16, 2008)

The new song is okay. It's nice to hear Matt singing again.

The NYC shows should be good.

justlikedelilah (June 15, 2008)

score is for the use of "baby rancid"

mashole (June 15, 2008)

i wonder how rancid is with branden as their drummer? is he p[laying a little more technical?

Hey_ska (June 15, 2008)

I actually went to this show because i like Rancid. Not because of our so called shitty "scene."

dietcokeofpunk (June 15, 2008)

Honestly, who cares what they looked like. If i want a commentary about what people look like, I'll borrow my wife's People magazine.

Dudley_Shale (June 15, 2008)

every once***

Dudley_Shale (June 15, 2008)

Tucson sucks, but everyone and a while they get a good band through. Plus the Rock is a good venue.

WhoaWhoaWhoa (June 14, 2008)

Good review.

So bummed that they're skipping Cleveland on this tour.
So bummed that I won't have money to drive anywhere else to see them.

danpib08 (June 14, 2008)

You willingly went to this show, there must not be much of a scene in Tucson.

Hey_ska (June 14, 2008)

Setlist isn't in order, they actually closed with Radio. But they did open with Fall Back Down.

BarleyPat (June 14, 2008)

Whoops, "needs" not "need's"

BarleyPat (June 14, 2008)

What a strange set. Opening w/ Fall back down? Closing w/ Derby Jacket? And so much AOCTW? Need's alot more Let's Go

hey_ska (June 13, 2008)

yeah dude, totally.

wallofyouth (June 13, 2008)

i learned today that heyska is a white guy

TROOF (June 13, 2008)

This set needs way more 2000 s/t.

GlamBalam (June 13, 2008)

"weak ass new song"? that's really stupid to say. Obviously if no one knows the song it may sound weak, plus when you hear a song for the first time you don't always immediately like it. Actually the songs that I like instantly are the songs I usually get over first.

HOISTDATRAG (June 13, 2008)

I wish they didn't play so much AOCTW.. it's probably their weakest album in my opinion. More 2000 and Life Won't Wait

eyeslikebombs (June 13, 2008)

"When I walked, in the opening band, local psychobilly outfit the Dead Tones, were halfway through their set. This band is good -- a lot of talent up there. But all the songs sounded similar and I lost interest towards the end. It should be noted, though, that their female drummer can rock the fuck out. "

I hate everything about this sentence.

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