The Get Up Kids have further cemented themselves into the #1 spot of my all-time favorite bands. Tonight's show was just amazing. It was quite possibly their best show of all time. I don't know how it could get any better than this. I think if it did I wouldn't be able to take it and I would probably just burst into flames.
Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio fame began the night solo on acoustic guitar. He played a great set and it was very good timing since I have just started listening to Alkaline Trio. I know I know. It's especially bad of me to not have been listening to them all along since I used to work for Rotz Records back in 2000 before it went bankrupt. We even had AT posters all over our walls.
Next up was Coheed & Cambria which a lot of people in the audience apparently knew who they were by the applause they got and the fact that I saw a decent amount of people singing along. I on the other hand don't feel as if I was missing anything by not knowing of their existence. They didn't do anything for me at all. They just seemed like every other shitty band that is being put out by the music industry today that I could care less for. The music was decent and they played their instruments well, but something about them just rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it was the mophead lead singer or just their all around we are just like every other stupid band vibe I got from them. They would make a great rush cover band though with mophead's voice.
All the pain and suffering I had to endure with Coheed & Cambria was soon rewarded though when TGUK hit the stage. This was an all new set list. It wasn't the scripted set of the last tour that opened with Let the Reigns Go Loose. The intro music was some kind of rap or hiphop that if I had to guess was probably from one of the Reggie and the Full Effect albums. I just started checking out RATFA so I will find out for sure soon enough. Anyway once they got on stage they went right into Holiday and oh damn was it great. They were very fired up and jumping around and just rocking out in that Get Up Kids way.
I was very excited when they played Up On The Roof since this was the first time that I actually knew the words and could sing along.
Further into the set, Jim and Matt said that the next song they were going to play was Woodson. They said that they had never played it here except perhaps a long time ago at the Fireside Bowl. They said it was the first song they ever wrote back when they were 18 and that it's all been down hill since. :-) It was just awesome to get to see them play Woodson. Not only is it the first song they ever wrote, but the Woodson EP was the first CD of theirs that I ever bought and listened to over and over again before buying all the rest of their stuff. There was a great energy when they played it and most of the crowd was singing along which was great to see for a song that I have never seen them play live and is not on any of their full length albums.
They also played three new songs at this show. At least I believe they were new. One of them was new for sure because Matt introduced at as such. He asked the crowd if anyone had remembered two years ago when they played the Vagrant America tour hear. I was there of course and yelled out as did a few others in the crowd. He said he was glad we remembered because he didn't. He said the next song was about not remembering that show. He said the name of the song, but unforunately I have already forgotten it.
Anne Arbour, Newfound Mass, and (Amy) Don't Hate Me were fantastic with the crowd participation. It just doesn't get any better than this.
They were really having a great time on stage all laughing and making wisecracks at each other. Ryan throwing his drum sticks at Matt and other such acts of love as those.
They closed out the set with an amazing and long version of Walking on a Wire which graces the number one spot for the most played song in my iTunes. Matt sang the extra lyrics as well. I still haven't figured exactly what they are. I'm pretty sure that last words of it are "shadows no longer follow me" or something like that. Well crap it's probably nothing like that. I tried to remember but have completely forgotten. Did a google search and I am coming up empty. Doesn't anyone know? Anyway it was just amazing watching them just play and play Walking on a Wire with Matt up against his amp, just leaning his guitar's bridge right into it making for some great feedback. Ending finally with James alone on a stage that is completely dark except for the spot light on him as he plays the closing piano keys. God I love being alive and in Chicago to experience their greatest show ever.
They came out for their encore and played Close to Me by the Cure which you can hear on Eudora. They then played Action v Action and Ten Minutes. Then closed with Hannah Hold On.
Just an all around fantastic set. I was saddened that they didn't play Valentine or Red Letter Day. Jenny, my sister-in-law, wished they had played Fall Semester, her favorite song. I'm sure everyone went away wishing they had played just one more song, but hey what can you expect when everyone one of their songs is so great to begin with? Just means you have to see them again the next time they come through town hoping they do play the songs they didn't last time. They did play Woodson, which to me alone was worth the price of admission.
Can't wait to see them all again when Reggie comes to Record Breakers in just under a month. Time will not pass quick enough.