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Face To Face 06/14/11: The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

Face To Face (w/ The Darlings, Blitzkid & Strung Out) 06/14/11

The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

Words/Photos by Meredith

About two months ago, I found myself looking at the schedule of events coming to Salt Lake City. I saw Face to Face and Strung Out were heading this way. I was excited about this show because not only was it the first time Face to Face has toured in a while, but also I got to see Strung Out. This band has a large following here in Utah. I went to high school with a lot of people who love this band, even some who have the logo tattooed on them. When we got into The Complex(an all-ages venue), I was confused at the railing that was erected, because there were no crowd surfers the whole time, and press was not allowed into the photo area at all. Usually there isn’t a railing and we get to be right up to the stage.  At least I got to stand side-stage.

I need to mention that there were two other acts that started off this night. First up, The Darlings. They were an intense punk act that seemed to keep true to the old style of punk, not the pop-confused genre that we hear now. The Darlings were impressive, and there were people in the crowd singing along as well. The Darlings had a song with guest performers from Strung Out, who joined them on stage for a Social Distortion cover of “So Far Away”. This was a delight for everyone. They were fresh for the show and did a great job, despite lumping into a one-bedroom apartment with a full crew the night they arrived in Salt Lake.

The next band up was Blitzkid. I was hooked by these guys. The front man, Goolsby, rocked his bass in ways I’ve never seen. He played it about 85 different ways, over the shoulder, under his leg, with his mouth; all while keeping perfect time and singing. The crowd was energetic and intrigued by the band’s performance. I snapped a few photos of both bands.

Next, Strung Out took the stage. By the time they started, the crowd had nearly doubled in size. It was a Tuesday night here in The Beehive State, but you’d never know it. The bar in the venue, separated from the all-ages area (of course), was full. The band was upbeat, vibrant, and for guys who’ve been rocking since 1992, they really into the show. The bassist, Chris Aiken and guitarist Jake Kiley, did several simultaneous jumps from ground level. To put it in the parlance of our times, they’ve got “mad hops”.  The guys continued to amp up the crowd as they performed songs like “Matchbook”, “Support Your Troops”, “Cemetery”, and “Mind of My Own”.  I was thoroughly impressed with the tenacity in which the songs were delivered, again and again. I thought I was at a Strung Out concert, not waiting for another band to play when the show finally came to an end after 14 or so songs.


After being delighted by Strung Out, Face to Face took the stage to play for the excited crowd.  By this time, there was the dreaded open hole in the crowd, waiting to claim bodies from a good moshing session. The band played songs from the new album, “Laugh Now, Laugh Later”. They also regaled us with classics from their long list of tunes including “Blind” and “Bombs Away”. In my mind, no Face to Face concert would be complete without hearing “Disconnected” of course, and we were all very glad to hear it being jammed out near the end of the set of about 20 songs. By this time, I’d wandered into the bar area, and happened to end up hanging out with Jake Kiley from Strung Out. My man friend, a longtime and obsessive fan, even bought him a beer. It was his personal quest to meet each member of SO that led us to a drink and nice chat with Mr. Kiley and his photos with everyone but Jason Cruz (oh well).  If you’re looking for a summer night with original punk rockers, sing-along songs, and a damn good time, hit up this tour. Complete sets of all show photos can be viewed here:

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2010 Vans Warped Tour: 07/17/10 – Nassau Coliseum Parking Lot – Long Island, NY

The 2010 Vans Warped Tour

07/17/10 – Nassau Coliseum Parking Lot – Long Island, NY

Words/Photos/Videos by melorocker

This 2010 edition of the traveling Warped tour seems scaled back from previous years. i have been to 2 other warped shows that were at near or at full capacity. Nassau Coliseum holds up to seven thousand people when a concert is held indoors, but at the parking lot it could be trickier to come up with a figure. i felt that it was not the usual numbers that they are acustome to, but it was crowded nevertheless. still a great time was to be had for those attending. This years line-up was not a heavy draw like in past shows. i like The All American Rejects so i knew i would be going to the show. there were many bands that i never knew of such as The Summer Set, Am Taxi and others. i went to the main stage and was standing next to the soundboard in order to get a reprive from the scorching sun and saw a partial set from Alkaline Trio and full sets from We Are Kings, Face to Face, The Dillinger Escape Plan and The All American Rejects. We Are Kings drew a heavy crowd i understand that some members are from long island new york so they had a lot of family backstage with them. i was laughing when the guys from Face To Face called themselve the “Geriatrics” band on warped tour this year. The Dillinger Escape Plan played such an out of control set it was lucky for them to not have suffered an injury on stage from all the jumping and dashing.. Next my faves The All American Rejects played one amazing set comprise of all the hit songs that they are known for. singer tyson ritter was energetic and crazy in his delivery of the songs to the delight of all involved. i was able to get a guitar pick from guitarist nick wheeler who was lookin’ so cool with his shades and american flag guitar. after the rejects set ended i decided to leave. it was too hot and from the remaining bands just not worth it for me. i got there at around 1:40 pm and left at 6:10 pm just the right amout of warped for me. here are a few pics and a video. this is my fourth confession for this year.





2010 Vans Warped Tour – The Legends of Punk!

2010 Vans Warped Tour

Seaside Park – Ventura, CA 06/27/10

Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

Over the past few days here at concertconfessions.com, we have discussed various styles of music found at the Warped Tour.  We discovered new music, we had a heavy metal showcase and we even gave 3OH!3 their own review.  For our final look at the 2010 Vans Warped Tour stop in Ventura , CA we want to cover the roots of the tour by taking a look at the “Legends” of Punk Rock.

Face to Face

The only time I’ve seen Face to Face was at the San Francisco stop of the 1997 Vans Warped Tour.  I seem to recall that during their set, lead singer Trever Keith was hit in the face with a half empty bottle of Corona .  Bleeding from the head, Keith finished the set, not letting one bad apple ruin the set for everyone else in attendance.  As a teen still looking to form a musical identity, it was this very moment that I realized that punk was more than my classmates dying their hair green, spiting in gutters and kicking over dumpsters.  I in no way claim to be some uber-street-punk, but as a music-lover punk sure gets my blood flowing.

Playing an early afternoon set on the main stage, it was nice to re-introduce myself to the band.  I couldn’t name a single song not called “Disconnected”, I couldn’t name a single member not named Trever Keith, but it doesn’t really matter.  Face to Face still sounds great and with them on the main stage all summer I feel as it is in your best interest to catch at least a portion of their set.

 

Sum 41

 

In 2007, I went to a poorly attended radio station festival at Seaside Park. Sum 41 was one of the acts no one gave two craps about. Seeing that the band was performing a set on one of the side stages, I had assumed that three years and one broken marriage later, people still didn’t care about Sum 41.  Wrong again.  I worked my way towards the back of the large mob of people rocking hard as the band wrapped one of their radio hits whose name has escaped me.  The next song was the hit “We’re All OK.”  It was anything but.  When you have 30 minutes, don’t be the band who has to stretch a below average song out 7-8 minutes with piss poor attempts to get the crowd to clap and sing along.  If dude couldn’t keep the attention of Avril Lavigne (who he married about 20 miles north of the venue) on his pogo stick for more than three years, then you have no right to expect me to stick around for your sad attempt at a camp fire sing along.  Shame, as I had hoped to at least tape “Pain For Pleasure.”  Next please.

The Legends of Punk Stage

With many upset with Warped evolving from a punk tour into a emo/metal fest, select west coast markets feature a “Legends” stage where old school legends are allowed their 30 minutes of Warped fame.

The Dickies

I only checked out The Dickies because a friend wanted too.  I think that’s called peer pressure, but I am glad I did.  Wow, how have I missed these guys for 31 years?  They are everything I love.  Intelligent, yet snot-nosed brat lyrics, silly props (including blow up dolls and a penis puppet), covers of “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath and sound check jokes about molesting Warped fans at the John Lennon Educational Bus.  Oh, and did I mention the bass player was wearing a polka dot bear costume?

 

I was surprised to recognize a few songs from the band’s set.  I had always assumed “Giagantor” was a Helmet song, but you know what happens when you assume.  Somehow I knew “Grape Ape” from somewhere as well.  So sure, it took 31 years, but better late than never right?  I think it’s time I start to acquire the bands back catalogue.

 

FEAR

When I saw FEAR on the main stage at the 2008 Vans Warped Tour, it was depressing.  There was next to no one in the crowd, and the band sounded old and tired.  With nothing else going on during their time slot, I decided to at least snap a few photos of the LA punk legends, and ended up staying for the entire set.  The Lee Ving fronted band blasted through a 30 minute set a classics – starting with the ever poplular sing along “I Love Living In The City.”  “Gimmie Some Action” and “Trouble with Women” quickly followed as an animated Ving poked fun at the opposite sex.  It is amazing what a few years has done for these guys, as they sounded 1000 times better than ’08.

“Fuck You, Let’s Rodeo” got the old school pit swirling quite nicely.  It’s good to see that at least two kids in Ventura , County still have tall Mohawks.  Just a few miles south of Ventura is Camarillo , CA .  You just knew the band was not going to leave the song about a loony bin within the city limits off the set list.  The set continued with back to back beer breaks – “Have A Beer With FEAR” and “More Beer With FEAR.”

 

After the set closed with a powerful 1-2 punch of the oft covered “I Don’t Care About You” and “Let’s Have A War.”  The final song was a personal highlight, as I remember hearing this song as a very young child and laughing about going to war with New Jersey.  Hell, looking back at things, that was probably my initial exposure to the punk rock genre.

 

Angry Samoans

Four reviews, dozens of bands, you know we saved the best for last.  The highlight of the day, heck the highlight of my month.  I picked up a copy of  Back From Samoa probably around junior year of High School and it has been in steady rotation ever since.  I seriously freaked when I read the Warped Ventura lineup and saw the bands name on the bill.  I had no idea the band was even around at this point so you know I was not missing my chance to see them.

 

I have to assume the band played about 25 songs in 30 minutes.  In between crazy unintelligible burst of stage banter from front man “Metal Mike” Saunders the band would fire off anywhere from 1-4 songs in a row.  The first group featured “Right Side Of My Mind/Gimmie Sopor/Gas Chamber.”  I had a hard time focusing, I was still in shock I was seeing my heroes play these songs inches from my face.

 

Metal Mike may claim the band has no hits, but I sure felt as if all my favorite Angry Samoans classics made it into the set.  “Todd Killings”, “Steak Knife”, “Homosexual”, “Light’s Out” the list goes on and on.  The band even found time to invite some fans upon the stage for a quick double shot of Black Flag “hits”  – “Wasted/Nervous Breakdown.”  While one fan was very off key,, the passion and excitement was there and hey what a moment for those guys.  Despite jokes from Metal Mike about the “arena show” they were putting on, the small stage still felt cozy much like the Santa Cruz Vets Hall or The Gilman.

 

The band closed with “My Old Man’s A Fatso” and I swear to God I almost had tears in my eyes.  For the first time all day, I found myself not excited to run along to the next stage, but depressed that the set was over.  About an hour after the show, I ran into Metal Mike walking around the fairgrounds eating a granola bar.  I thanked him, and he yelled at me – something about being punk rock and no need for thanks.  Usually when someone talks with their mouth full and gets half of their snack all over my face, I am looking to runaway.  However, when it’s chunks of a Quaker Oats Chewy Granola Bar from the mouth of an Angry Samoan, at the age of 31 lets just say I debated never washing my face again.  That’s how important the Angry Samoans are.

 

Photo Gallery: The 2010 Vans Warped Tour Invades Ventura

2010 Vans Warped Tour

Seaside Park – Ventura, CA

Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

 

Many tales to tell from the third stop of the 2010 Vans Warped Tour.  I wanted a place to just upload photos for now – so please enjoy.

 

 





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