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Monday, May 16   >>

PLEASE, JUST TAKE THEM BACK

A couple days ago The Girlfriend and I hit the Long Beach Arena to see one of our favored big-shot bands -- Jimmy Eat World. I couldn't miss their show; I'm a fan. Their album Clarity brought much clarity to a world of great music 4 years ago.

Oh, sure, we were stoked. But then I remembered that we had to go through 2 opening bands.

It was the worst opening band showing ever. Well, that I've been to. And I've been to plenty.

The first band was a duo that consisted of a guy on the drums, and a girl on an aged electronic keyboard. It was obnoxious. "Oooh, look at us, we're so unique and full of ourselves. Ooh, I lack a sense of diverse rhythms and fuck around with key changes and time signatures. We're SO amazing."

Pathetic. I was about to explode.

Then came the money shot to THE WORST PERFORMANCE I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED. It's a stupid emo band known as Taking Back Sunday, and they blew the fucking socks off of all their fans. I, and The Girlfriend, literally walked out of the arena -- we were so sick of that crap.

No, I'm being totally serious, you have NO idea how awful they were. How they have fans, I do not know.

Oh, and their staging BLEW. I'm not a big person on staging and props and shit, but these guys had a 40 foot by 40 foot LightBright set behind them. When they finished, it said "Thank You." It was the cheesiest thing I've ever seen.

Oh, and they PLUGGED a song.

"THIS IS A NEW SONG. A COMPANY KNOWN AS ACTIVISION TOLD US TO PLAY FOR A VIDEO GAME ON PS2 CALLED THE FANTASTIC FOUR. YOU GUYS SHOULD GET IT."

Fuck yourselves.

Their music was awful, their timing was piss poor, their balance was like that of a middle school band, their set sucked, their -- oh gosh, I don't even want to remember it. It was THAT bad.

Please, don't invest any money into Taking Back Sunday -- you'll just want to take your money back.

As for Jimmy Eat World, well, they were awesome. They are tighter than ever. They opened with my favorite song of theirs, For Me This is Heaven, and went straight into an oldie known as Lucky Denver Mint. The group were so respectful of their setlist by mixing old songs and new ones. Plus points for their humility.

Did I mention the guy that threw up right beside The Girlfriend and I? No? Well, it was amusing.

More amusing than Taking Back Sunday's set.