Dashboard Confessional / The Anniversary / Ben Kweller

Dashboard Confessional/The Anniversary/Ben Kweller: live in San Diegolive in San Diego (2002)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: SheenaSheena
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With my black cardigan sweater and converse on, I felt in place to be at a Dashboard Confessional show. Too bad I left my black rim glasses at home. There were actually more trendy high school kids than anything else, but that's the crowd Dashboard appeals most to. It was cold waiting in line to .

With my black cardigan sweater and converse on, I felt in place to be at a Dashboard Confessional show. Too bad I left my black rim glasses at home. There were actually more trendy high school kids than anything else, but that's the crowd Dashboard appeals most to. It was cold waiting in line to enter and I was afraid of dying before I was even able to see the show. That would have sucked because the show was exhilarating.

Opening was a Florida band Legends of Rodeo. I heard they sucked, and I personally thought they were okay. This was actually their first time in San Diego and the crowd seemed to welcome them with open arms. I wouldn't go out and buy their CD, but they're a band I could sit through and not complain. They have a good old rock and roll variety, but I hated the vocals. They played a song called "American Love" with an extremely over-dramatized ending. It was a little too early in the set to be closing a song the way they closed that one. The band made reference to The Simon and Simon Show taped in San Diego (for those who don't know it's an 80s detective show). Judging by the crowd's reaction, only a few people knew what they were talking about. The crowd was too young to know. These guys managed to incorporate Cheap Trick's "Surrender" into one of their songs, which was cool. That was the best rock they had all night. Their other guitarist took over one of the last songs and honestly, he sounded less whiney. He should take over. They'd go from OK to pretty good. Other songs played were "The Devil Started Rock & Roll" and "The Flags".

Next Up: 20 year old Ben Kweller. I've never heard of this guy until tonight. I loved him. Not many people knew what to expect, but judging by the crowd's reaction at the end of his set, they loved him too. For his first song, Ben jumped out onto the stage with his guitar and I'd say that was the best acoustic entrance I've ever seen. It was such a fun song. Ben Kweller himself played both acoustic and electric guitars as well as the piano. Each song sounded different from the last, which was awesome. I hate when every band's song sounds the same. He played songs from his recent full-length release "Sha Sha". My personal favorite was the title track "How it should be (Sha Sha)". Some of the songs played were "Family Tree" and "Commerce, TX" as well as others from his CD. I'm a new fan of this Ben Kweller, buy his CD. It'll be the best 10 bucks you spend all year.

Now for the Anniversary‚?¶they were a huge disappointment to me. I think the fans were just as disappointed, but I can't speak for everyone. They played more new songs like "Sweet Marie". Some screaming fans in front as well as my self were hoping for "D in Detroit" and I really wanted "Emma Discovery", I got neither. The last time I saw them was MUCH better. They played more old songs. I hope that when they swing by your town, you get a better set.

If you want a guaranteed good performance, trust Chris Carraba and his band Dashboard Confessional. In the past year, this Florida band has managed to get a huge following in San Diego, and slowly but surely, the rest of America. (Look for his video on MTV: "Screaming Infidelities") I've waited 2 whole months since the announcement of this scheduled appearance. The tickets sold out well over a month before the show was to come through town.

The band's opening selection was "Saints & Sailors". Good choice. The crowd, mostly the girls, went wild. Since they started with this song, I expected nothing but good times. (I expected good times anyway).

The set list:
Saints & Sailors
A Sharp Hint of New Tears
So Impossible
The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
Age Six Racer
For You To Notice‚?¶
New Song
New Song
The Brilliant Dance
The Best Deceptions
Living in your Letters
Screaming Infidelities
Again I Go Unnoticed
The Good Fight
Ender Will Save Us All
Hands Down

Chris was very good at getting crowd participation. On The Swiss Army Romance, guest vocals from band Rocking Horse Winner appear for song "Age Six Racer". Since he cant bring everyone on tour with him, he had the crowd sing the choir. It sounded really nice because there were mostly female voices. Throughout the night, the singing was sometimes as much there as Chris' vocals. He pointed out this was one of the top 3 loudest shows he's played on the tour.

I was very pleased with the performance. The band played some new songs. The first I disliked, the other was great. Like myself, the crowd didn't know what to make of the new songs. We couldn't sing along. How fun is that? At least now we know what to expect of the new album.

This is by far the best Dashboard Show I've ever been to. I had a good time. His set list choice was awesome. And he was less of an asshole from the very first time I saw him. The first time, he responded very poorly towards the crowd's comments. This time, he laughed about it. At one point, some one screamed "Father my children!" and Chris just made a joke of it. "That was a dude that just said that. Hey, I'm just saying‚?¶"

If this tour is scheduled to come through your town, GO. And don't be late or you'll miss Ben Kweller.


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Anonymous (April 11, 2002)

Hmmmm no one here is actually well rounded..."i can only listen to fast as fuck punk rock."

evildeadalive (March 26, 2002)

Didn't see this show or anything, but I agree, bands should never open with a cover, unless of course, they are a cover band.

Anonymous (March 25, 2002)

Am I the only out there that likes Dashboard Confessional but DOESN'T like Ben Kweller?
Honestly. The guy opening w/ an acoustic cover of 'Ice Ice Baby'. That's not cute or original... it's just lame. If you have to open up with another artist's hit(if you could call it that) to get the audience's attention, that's sad.

Anonymous (March 25, 2002)

if by every, you mean a few... then yes every band stops to let people sing.

i can understand someone thinking dashboard confessional is good... if you can stand his voice i guess his singing is pretty decent, but if you actually pay attention to his stupid lyrics you should know how much he fucking blows. go have some 6th grader write a love letter to a girl or about how wishes he were making out and you basically have a dashboard confessional song.

Anonymous (March 25, 2002)

every band stops and lets people sing along

threesumpunk (March 24, 2002)

i cant believe some people can say this guy writes good lyrics. they are so horrible.

Anonymous (March 21, 2002)

you guys are fucking so lame. i attened the show in phoenix az, for free of course, who would of payed for that show. i think dashboard is so lame.there are so many people that did what he used to do, play the acoustic guitar and sing, soo sooo much better then he does and did. you know what he needs, a hit single on mtv, oh wait he has that, cos all you yuppies buy his lame cds.the anniversary is amazing. they have rocked and continue to rock and are very very original. they used to be who knows what, and now they are crazy hippies that look like they smoke a lot of pot. thats awesome.there sound and talent has improved so much since the beginning, and most of you are to into horrible horrible music to realize. good!that would make us equally cool, and all of you know if you like shit music your not as cool as the people you see backstage making fun of mr carrabba.yuck it up, fuckers, the only reason im on this site is cos buddyhead doesnt update.

Anonymous (March 20, 2002)

i like dashboard.
but chris was better off in further seems forever. he was meant to sing not sit ona stool and play simple guitar parts and let teh audience sing. thats not talent.
dashboard has popularity taht is doesnt deserve. its not amzing.
i dont think its bad, but its not that fucking great.

and i really liked ben kweller and anniversary. i saw the show and i thouight it was really good. but they didnt deserve the shitty audience of teenage posuers who just stood there... i just thought it was really rude.

sickboi (March 20, 2002)

The person below mentioned they like DBC because its fast-paced and emotionally charged? If you think DBC is fast-paced, does that make the Get Up Kids the emo equivalant of Motorhead?

Patch (March 18, 2002)

i personally love legends and anniversary and dbc. not as much as hot water music and BR, but we'll see how well they hold up , as BR show is on thursday this week, and then DBC is on saturday.

Unconcerned (March 18, 2002)

This has to be one of the worst line ups I've personally ever seen commented on. The worst part is that this scumfuck actually enjoyed it.

Anonymous (March 18, 2002)

I don't know what's happening to the Anniversary. I saw them in October of 2000 and they were wonderful; good stage presence, played their insturments well, etc. I saw them last October and they were horrible. Superdrag blew them out of the water (if only because it looked like the boys in Superdrag were having a good time). I think the new Anniversary record is wonderful and I'm very happy to see them grow as a band, but...if they don't start acting like they like to play...if they continue to stand up there, give mediocre performances, and act like they don't have the best job in the world (all the while telling private jokes to the audience and snickering to their crew), they'll quickly lose the support of everyone who realizes how talented they are.

Anonymous (March 18, 2002)

well put....but emo still blows

Anonymous (March 17, 2002)

You know what ruins great bands? People that use the term emo and pop punk and punk and post punk and indie and emocore and skacore. The only reason I go to "punk" web sites like these is because I happen to like emotionally charged fast paced rock music. Punks are self absorbed ignorant teens that are going through their rebellion stage. Dashboard Confessional is a great band that puts on a good show, and to anyone who has actually seen them live and not just on MTV2, then you know what I mean. You can't deny the band has talent no matter how much your ignorant mind thinks so. In fact, you people are so stuck on your punk and emo bands that you don't realize half of them are eating straight from the hands of some of the most evil corporations in the world! That's right folks! Corporations! Evil ones! Corporations that constructed the computer that you are typing on to get back at me right now! It's true! So I have an idea, why don't we like music because of how we like it and now whether the band makes sub $2,000 a year. Dashboard Confessional is not filthy rich, they are a smart band that is living their dream and playing great music. Get off their backs and off the punk bandwagon.

Anonymous (March 15, 2002)

emo... carrying the torch dropped by such spectacular bands as Winger and Poison

Anonymous (March 15, 2002)

it's a shame nobody locked everyone inside and set the venue on fire

Anonymous (March 14, 2002)

I'm serious. Should reviews of obviously horrible shows litter this page, or should my reviews (nuggets of musical genius) allow to be peppered as divive influence in each and everyone's life? I think the latter.

Anonymous (March 12, 2002)

erg..... Chris Cabbera should have stayed in Further Seems Forever, 5X better then dashboard confessional. And further isnt even that good. I saw the Dashboard confessional video on MTV and i would have rather watched crappy sum 41 then that. Pure grade a crap, i give it a 2 for the respect for the Dashboard fans and the good review.

sickboi (March 12, 2002)

Did Chris sing "Wicked Games"????

heh heh....

Anonymous (March 12, 2002)

How was the Mosh?

Anonymous (March 11, 2002)

emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo gay emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo emo

Kurt_F (March 11, 2002)

Once again, I will say it. You guys don't know what emo is. And saying that The Anniversary isn't emo anymore? Um, they never were. Sorry bud. And he Get Up Kids stopped being even remotely emo 4 years ago, so I guess the crying was done then. You stubborn jackasses.

Anonymous (March 11, 2002)

i'm not a huge dashboard fan but i have a good time at the shows. and i'm not some screaming 15 year old who goes to one concert every six months ok. and i think bluegrass music is pretty alright.

Anonymous (March 11, 2002)

I didn't even have to read this review or go to this concert to know that it sucked. Emo is for uptight fanboys. Fuck you!

SOYBOMB (March 11, 2002)

I'm not one to generally criticize people on what they're into but that review makes all those bands that were mentioned sound lame as hell..

Emo.. worst.. music.. ever.

I'd rather listen to bluegrass.

Anonymous (March 11, 2002)

I don't know anything about the Legends of the Rodeo, so I can't say. But I did have the unfortunate pleasure of seeing Ben Kweller in November when he opened up for Sense field and Unfortuantly Mr. Da$hboard Confe$$ional. That kid a) couldn't play his guitar correctly
b)sang like a ri-ri c) covered the sweater song by Weezer in his horribly lame attempt to get some crowd participation. Covering Weezer is about as original as taking jokes at Creed's expense.
By the by, The Anniversary put out a great album that will probably flop because it's not "emo". I got news for you kids, your all gonna cry when that new Get up kids record comes out too....

Anonymous (March 11, 2002)

decent review of a horrible band.

note to any remaining dashboard confessional fans: get yourself some musical taste, ASAP.

Anonymous (March 10, 2002)

a man singing while playing an acoustic guitar is new?!

Anonymous (March 10, 2002)

I saw the show in Phoenix, AZ. and although it wasnt terrible i thought it was the worst dashboard confessional show i've ever seen. do you guys remember when he would just play by himself w/ an accoustic guitar??? he now plays with a full band..thats not too bad, but for half of this show he played with a full band and an electric guitar. what is up with that?? what made dashboard confessional-dashboard confessional is that he was something kind of new. now that he is playing electric its just another vagrant emo band. i was fully disappointed along with all of my friends. i think he should stick to accoustic and drop that electric guitar crap..unless hes trying to satisfy new audiences i dont know what the heck is up with his thought process. especially since he is now starting to get big..whatever..as far as i could tell he is losing a lot of old fans and gaining a lot of trendy ones.

Kurt_F (March 10, 2002)

Yea, I was at the first show in Ft Worth. About Legends of Rodeo: they used to be called The Recess Theory, and they were pretty much indie rock emo. They did a split w/ Further Seems Forever, then released an lp. Then they became LOR and released another ep of indie/emo rock. Apparently now, they are rock and roll, so I was a bit suprised at the show. It's kinda cool though, since their singer's voice is very un-rock, so it's kinda refreshing. I picked up the 3 song sample cd after the show and it is pretty good. I still wish they were indie/emo though (download some stuff from them-"philadelphia or reading" is a good song, also "checklist before chicago" if you can't find philadelphia or reading, do a search for further seems forever and download the song "don't know"- its really a recess theory song.) And yea, Ben Kweller was awesome, he opened with an acoustic emotional rendition of "ice ice baby" the Anniversay were really good, and of course Dashboard. I'm not too thrilled about the new songs though(electric guitar?....) Really good show though, and he ended with Bitter Pill, which he rarely plays. Word.

Anonymous (March 10, 2002)

Ben Kweller was the lead singer of a grungy band called Radish. Got theyre album its actuall pretty damn good, guess i should check out their new stuff!

Anonymous (March 10, 2002)

It can get cold in San Diego. This particular venue is located on a beach which tends to cool down quite a bit at night. It was also windy which didnt help.

maverick (March 10, 2002)

Just out of curiousity, does anyone know if the Anniversary is playing anything off the Superdrag split? I love that split, all 6 of those songs are sooo good.


Anonymous (March 10, 2002)

I think you are pretty wrong about The Anniversary there buddy. They played new songs, cause they have a new album.
When you go to their show you expect them to do that. Futhermore they would have played more older songs but they had a shorter set b/c the "better" band was headlining. The Anniversary sounded bad cause Cannes had horrible acoustics that night. Despite that they put together an amazing set, and played the new songs that rule. I would have to say their performance was really good- they improvised, played good songs and were just fun to watch. I left after The Anniversary, cuase Dashboard really pisses me off and they are really bad.

Anonymous (March 10, 2002)

how cold does it get in san diego? jesus.. was it 60 or something? good review though. helped me to decide if i want to go or not.

Anonymous (March 9, 2002)

sexist enough?

Anonymous (March 9, 2002)

MY least favorite part of a dashboard confessional show is that it's wussy indie rock and it makes a bunch of high school girls think they're "punk"

Anonymous (March 9, 2002)

have you ever heard of having fun?
sing a longs rule

Anonymous (March 9, 2002)

I saw ben kweller on the carson daily show about 2 weeks ago.... i was really suprised with his piano playing, very ben folds style, but still amazing.. after the piano he played a song with his band that wasnt as great though.

Anonymous (March 9, 2002)

My least favorite part of a Dashboard Confessional concert is the fact he stops and lets people sing along. I went to see Dashboard Confessional sing, not a bunch of high school girls.

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