Bouncing Souls/Alkaline Trio/The Lawrence Arms - live in San Francisco (Cover Artwork)

Bouncing Souls / Alkaline Trio / The Lawrence Arms

Bouncing Souls/Alkaline Trio/The Lawrence Arms: live in San Franciscolive in San Francisco (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 4
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I started my way to this show, taking the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) for the first time on my own, so not getting lost was a task within itself. I met with a friend outside the Great American Music Hall and we headed in. I hadn't been to this venue before, so I was interested in checking it out.

I started my way to this show, taking the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) for the first time on my own, so not getting lost was a task within itself. I met with a friend outside the Great American Music Hall and we headed in. I hadn't been to this venue before, so I was interested in checking it out. It's a very nice place with a big, old-fashioned chandelier in the center above the floor and balconies on three sides of it.

The opening band was Timmy Goes Boom and they were already playing by the time I got in. I had never heard of them and couldn't find any information about them on the internet so I was curious about their sound. The couple songs that I caught were called "Decision 2000" and "I Was a Teenage Altar Boy." They dedicated every song I heard to Fat Mike. The singer was wearing a Straight Edge shirt and had a cigarette behind his ear, so I don't know if he was joking around or what. They pretty much just had the basic fat wreck chords punk rock sound to them, nothing too groundbreaking here.

On the PA between sets they were playing Ted Leo/Pharmacists which I was glad to hear since I've been listening to a lot of that CD lately.

The next band up was The Lawrence Arms. They had released their new CD on Fat Wreck Chords since the last time I saw them. They played quite a few of their new songs and I enjoyed what I heard. Their lead singer talked about how he met Little Richard in L.A. the day before and also that he saw MTV News' Gideon Yago. He said he was going to go up to him and say, "Hey, you look like that Gideon Yago guy from MTV" but he didn't. One of their songs was "First Eviction Notice." During their last song the drummer got up and played bass and then kept on drumming, which I thought was somewhat amusing. Their drummer had to drive back to Illinois after the show and they kept asking if someone would go ride with him. I kind of thought about it, since I'm from Iowa, but I decided not to since I don't have the airfare to pay for my way back. The Lawrence Arms had a good set and the kids enjoyed them.

Alkaline Trio was next and they had some pretty cool intro music. I think every band should have intro music, it always seems to gets the kids hyped up and into a frenzy. They opened their set with "Private Eye" and the kids were going pretty crazy, I could feel the floor shaking as people were jumping. Considering the size of the place, I couldn't believe it was doing that and it made me think about earthquakes a little bit. Apparently it was Matt Skiba's 25th birthday and Mike Park and Miya from Asian Man Records came out with a birthday cake all lit up, which Matt then blew it out. A little while later I looked over and Fat Mike was there, so I guess that's why Timmy Goes Boom kept dedicating every song to him. Corona was Matt's drink of choice and between most songs he would take a drink and lift it up to the crowd. During the song "Bleeder" the crowd was so into it and singing so loud that Matt would just let the crowd finish the lyrics. I noticed that mostly the kids would just sing to the new album, which is kind of sad cause their older stuff is so amazing. "My Friend Peter" was their last song of the set and the crowd went crazy when Matt started the guitar solo. Some more songs from the set were "Mr. Chainsaw" "Stupid Kid" and "Crawl".

Bouncing Souls were the last to play for the night and I had never seen them before so I was excited. They opened up their set with "Here We Go," with everyone singing along to the soccer chant-like song. The lead singer for Bouncing Souls has a really strong presence and his vocals sound really clear ?? almost like a CD. After the song "Hopeless Romantic" the fog machines went on and the lights shined though ?? it really gave the Great American Music Hall a great look for Bouncing Souls. Later during the set Mike Dirnt from Green Day came up next to me and watched the show, which is definitely something that I'm not used to. The rest of the songs that I saw were "Needle on the Record" "I Like Your Mom" "Gone" "East Coast! Fuck You!" and "BMX Song." Unfortunately after that I had to leave to catch BART before it stopped running for the night and stranded me in San Francisco, so I couldn't stay to the finish but I had a great time.


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Anonymous (July 7, 2005)

the merch girl is heather hannoura
skiba is a fucking cokehead but who cares... i'm a total trio nerd so as long he doesn't OD i don't care. good mourning was sub-par so maybe that got to him a little, i can't decide if crimson really redeems them or not. meh.

lawrence arms are incredible. 90% of the time they play their shows drunk as shit, and still do an awesome job, more power to them.

bouncing souls are also a great band to see live, it's fun just to even watch the crowd, being in it is 10 times better.

too bad i don't live in CA, this would have been one of my favorite shows.

funkisdead (July 14, 2003)

wow... this sounds like a fucking event.

Anonymous (January 14, 2003)

how is this show not 10/10? - bigjerk

Anonymous (March 26, 2002)

Though East Coast, Fuck You, is a song about East Coast pride, I know for a fact that the West Coast kids jsut treat it as any other song. It's not like the hip hop wars here, guys.

Anonymous (March 22, 2002)

that show was ok, here's my review:

timmy goes boom - sucked
lawrence arms - good as usual
alkaline trio - they made all the motions and played all the songs but it was almost like they weren't there, they seem to have lost something. and their stupid fans didn't help. that wasn't miya that came out with mike park and gave him a cake, it was rachael (i think that's her name) their old manager/merch girl.
the bouncing souls - were all right. not suprisingly, a lot of people left after alkaline trio, but they still put on a decent show.

Anonymous (March 22, 2002)

the kids didn't seem to mind about east coast fuck you, since they're from the west coast.

sickboi (March 22, 2002)

Just curious, how do west coast crowds react when they play "East Coast FUCK YOU"? I've only seen them on the East and people fucking lose their shit.

Anonymous (March 22, 2002)

Thanks for the great review!

Anonymous (March 22, 2002)

its called "that song' not "i put the needle on the record"

Anonymous (March 22, 2002)

The singer/guitarist of Timmy Goes Boom is Timmy Chunks, who was in Token Entry and Redemption 87 and wrote Chunksong for the Bouncing Souls. Despite the greatness of those bands, TGB really sucked. And yes, Timmy is sXe.

Brendan was being an obnoxious asshole during the Lawrence Arms' set. And Matt Skiba is a fucking coke addict. He could barely talk in between songs during alk3's set. They were good despite that, but no songs from the Alk3/HWM split which sucks because I've seen them a million times and I want to hear them play new stuff. Their new fans are really annoying though. They screamed like little girls in between songs.

Bouncing Souls were good even though it was the 11th time I'd seen them. They're always great. I must have been near you because Mike Dimt was standing behind me towards the end of the Souls' set. Anyways, good show.

Anonymous (March 22, 2002)

great review....wish i was there....

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