This concert really wasn’t going to be a highlight for me. I was mainly looking forward to Municipal Waste, and to see if Children of Bodom played anything good. But when As I Lay Dying had to cancel and were replaced by the mighty Suicidal Tendencies, I began to really look forward to this show.
God Forbid: We showed up late and missed these guys. I’ve heard mixed things about them but never bothered to really check them out.
Municipal Waste: I’m a pretty big fan of these guys, so I was pissed that we only showed up for the last 2 songs (Fuck trying to go anywhere with more than 3 people btw) but they were solid from what I saw. I don’t think they were used to having such a big stage and didn’t take advantage of it. I look forward to seeing them in a smaller venue sometime though.
Children of Bodom: What can I say? Practically the definition of sell out, they opened up with Silent Night, Bodom Night, and played Bed of Razors towards the end. By that point though, I was just waiting for them to end it so I could drive a nail without burning out the teeny bopper girls jumping all over me creaming in their panties.
I can’t say there’s been a band I’ve been this disappointed with live, at least I could laugh at Dragonforce, but I went through a big Children of Bodom phase and it’s like Alexi took the money I spent on their early albums and wiped his ass with it on stage. His “Hey look guys I’m Americanized” tough guy bullshit was out in full force. “FUCK YEAH IVE NEVER SEEN A FUCKING PIT THIS FUCKING BIG I WAS SO FUCKING HUNGOVER THIS FUCKING MORNING BUT YOU FUCKING GUYS MADE ME NOT FUCKING HUNGOVER AND FUCKING I FUCKING FUCKER FUCKER BITCH HATECREW MOTHERFUCKERS!”. If I remember correctly this guy used to have an accent.
It also didn’t help that during some slower song this dude was dry humping his girlfriend and his ass kept banging into my leg on the back thrusts.
Fuck Children of Bodom
Suicidal Tendencies: The pain of the Children of Bodom set was washed away as soon as Cyko Miko came skipping out on stage. I’ve been listening to these guys forever. They were one of my Dad’s favorites and are now one of mine. The crowd thinned quite a bit, the area that was pretty jam packed during Children of Bodom was now sparsely sprinkled with groups of kids who didn’t know what the fuck was going on, “WTF? Where’s As I Lay Dying?”. Looking at all the Suicidal Fans like they were crazy… Which made the opener “You Can’t Bring Me Down” all the more fitting.
Who the hell you calling crazy?
You wouldn’t know what crazy was if Charles Manson was eating Fruit Loops on your front porch
They played a lot of good stuff, Send Me Your Money, War Inside My Head, Possessed to Skate, Cyco Vision (This is when a glimmer of recognition shone through the crowd towards the back), and Pledge Your Allegiance as a closer.
As usual it was part rock concert and part motivational speech from Mike. He’s been doing this for close to 30 years, and you can tell he wouldn’t change a minute of it.
Lamb of God: This band has always been a mixed bag for me, so I didn’t have much opinion on seeing them. But as usual they put on a good show, solid playing from every member in the band. And they were fun to watch. They dedicated the song Contractor to Suicidal Tendencies, if every song they wrote was more along the lines of that one I would probably enjoy Lamb of God a good deal more.
Overall I had a good night, and No Fear was giving out free drinks after the show so it was all good. Suicidal Tendencies is going to be in Europe in June, don’t miss them.