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Alkaline Trio / Saves the Day: live in Worcester live in Worcester (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: MarkZurloMarkZurlo
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When you've seen a band enough times, you come to know what to expect from their live shows. You know the songs they're definitely going to play, you know what the encore will be, and you know which songs everyone will sing along to the loudest. There's nothing wrong with this, for if a band puts on.
When you've seen a band enough times, you come to know what to expect from their live shows. You know the songs they're definitely going to play, you know what the encore will be, and you know which songs everyone will sing along to the loudest. There's nothing wrong with this, for if a band puts on a great show that the fans are happy with, why make any changes? This is what I expected from Alkaline Trio's headlining show at the Palladium in Worcester on May 2nd. The show was my fifth time seeing the band in the past year, the first two being headlining shows, and the latter two supporting Rise Against. To my (very pleasant) surprises, the band did not follow the normal formula, instead playing a set that contained almost none of the songs I had heard them play in the past, perfectly mixing tracks both old and new.
Set list (might not be exact):
While Alkaline Trio fans seemed to have mixed feelings towards Good Mourning, it was the album that introduced me to the band, so I was loving every minute of it. The band would also play "One Hundred Stories," "Donner Party," "Fatally Yours" and "All on Black," from this record, as well as "This Could Be Love" to close the set, and "Every Thug Needs a Lady" as the first song of the encore. Other old favorites included in the set were "Cringe," the lone Goddamnit song represented, "Cooking Wine," and "I'm Dying Tomorrow," all three of which received huge reactions from the crowd. While everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves at the show, the crowd was certainly the tamest I had seen at an Alkaline Trio show, possibly the result of the more obscure set list that had some of the younger fans scratching their heads and waiting for more Agony & Irony tracks. The band, however, would only offer "Calling All Skeletons" and "I Found Away," from that record, ignoring lead single "Help Me," and announcing about halfway through the set they had parted ways with Epic Records.
The crowd seemed less than surprised by this news (the idea of Alkaline Trio on a major label was always somewhat odd), and the band debuted a new song for the first time. While the song sounded good, the band would apologize for the "B" effort. Lead singer Matt Skiba told the crowd they hoped to get in the studio this summer and then self-release a new album next fall. Throughout the set, Skiba and bassist Dan Andriano were more talkative than I had seen them, and they both sounded great when actually performing their material. At one point, Skiba went off on a tangent about the greatness of `70s rock band Grand Funk Railroad. While the band had looked slightly uncomfortable in their opening role for Rise Against the last time I saw them live, they were certainly in their element tonight.
The band would close the show as they normally do, playing "This Could Be Love," leaving the stage, and then returning for an encore that concluded with "Radio," which of course inspired an enormous sing-along. Overall, a show that got off to a disappointingly slow start turned out to be as memorable as any I've seen, thanks solely to the performance of Alkaline Trio, a band that knows exactly what their fans want and seems to deliver every single time.
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