Stockton- Death Grips
Wow, how could i forget about this one! This is by far one of the oddest experiences of my life. A family friend’s aunt is Dolly Parton’s agent and we got offered to see the show for free and meet her. The tickets were originally offered to my mother and father but my dad couldn’t make it so I ended up going with my mom.
The show was at the beautiful greek theater in Berkley and being able to go backstage was such a treat. We got to meet Dolly right before she went on and honestly I didn’t know what to expect. Dolly is the oddest shaped woman I have ever met but she’s also very kind and humble. She asked my name and shook my hand and then she went on.
Her set was a lot of fun but I didn’t really know her material that well. I only knew Jolene because of the white stripes cover. She’s a great performer and she’s HELLA funny.
After the show we got to tour her luxury tour bus with Dolly. She even remembered my name and asked if I enjoyed the show which was flattering.
Not So Silent Night 2008: The Killers, Death Cab For Cutie, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Jack’s Mannequin
My last show of 2008 was Not So Silent Night. I always like to end my year of concerts with this one. I live in the bay area and thankfully we have some good radio stations that put on some great radio shows.
I’d been dying to see Jack’s Mannequin, Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand again and they all killed it. I think this is when those three bands were in their prime as well. They were all touring big albums and the ones they released after were all just sub-par.
Death Cab was the most surprising because I didn’t know that Ben Gibbard had lost so much weight. When they started playing, I straight up could not believe that fool looked so good. This was also right after he married Zooey Deschenel so maybe that influenced it? They play hits and songs off of Narrow Stairs which had just recently come out.
The Killers were cool, but like Journey, I had heard the hits too much and they were just boring to me.
Weezer, Angels & Airwaves. Tokyo Police Club
Around May of 2008 Weezer released the very OK Red album. As a big Weezer fan though, I had to see them again.
Tokyo Police Club were probably the best at that show. Their set had one of the most simple, brilliant light shows I have ever seen. They played to a completely white back drop and projected only bright pink, green and blue lights. they appeared as really cool silhouettes with that going on. Also, Tokyo Police Club makes super upbeat and cool music that only adds to the experience.
Angels & Airwaves played that show as well. If you didn’t already know, I’m not a really big fan of them. Tom Delong is such a ham when he’s not performing with Blink 182. They sucked and were super boring as usual.
Weezer Killed it that night as well. They have so much great material and they know what the fans want to hear. They do play a lot of songs off of Make Believe which I think is one of their weakest albums, but I guess you gotta appeal to the fans of that album :/
Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick
Whenever I go to a show with my parents it almost always has to be a classic rock band. This time they wanted to see some of their favorite bands, Heart and Cheap Trick.
The line up for this show is really solid as far as these types of shows go. Cheap trick was the opener and did their normal cheeseball set. The guitarist played a double neck guitar (which I guess is standard for them?) and I had never before seen one of those played live before.
Heat was fantastic. Talk about a bad ass band. They “rocked my shit” in a good way. I have a thing for bands with a strong female lead I guess.
Journey was okay. This was the first tour where they had their new lead singer they found on youtube. Their just one of those bands where you hear the hits all the time and when you hear them live it’s just not too exciting. We ended up leaving early, WTVR.
Sonsick- San Fermin
Easy Core Tour: New Found Glory, International Superheroes Of Hardcore, Four Year Strong
Pop punk legends New Found Glory toured two albums this summer but one was under a different band name, the International Superheroes Of Hardcore.
Got the chance to catch Four Year Strong again fresh off of warped tour. Since it was so soon after warped, they didn’t change up their set much at all. This was the last time I ever saw them, mostly due to them releasing a terrible 90’s cover album and a mediocre second album.
ISOH’s set was fantastic. They bring all the cheesy things hardcore bands do and basically put them on blast with short one minute long songs.
NFG decided to kill it, like always. They play songs off of whatever new album they’re touring and the hits. Pop punk legends whose music and lyrics are still important to me today.
Vans Warped Tour 2008 pt.2: Say Anything, Four Year Strong, Against Me!
At this point in my life, warped tour is kind of a joke to me, but in 2008, the fact that I got to go twice in one summer was like having two thanksgiving dinners. Unlike on the pier, this warped was held at the same amphitheater that BFD is held at.
I got to catch Say Anything again, but my main focus this time around was to see Four Year Strong. Four Year Strong released a super catchy and fun first album and the fact that I was going to see them live was awesome. They were only on the last leg of the tour so I couldn’t catch them the first time around.
I got to see Against Me! which was cool because I would be the last time I saw them when Tom Gabel was Tom Gabel and not Laura Jane Grace. Against Me! are a great punk band that everyone should check out. Pick up their new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues.
Van’s Warped Tour 2008 Part 1: Mayday Parade, The Higher, Katy Perry, Say Anything, Set Your Goals
In 2008, warped tour decided to have two dates in San Francisco, which provided me with two opportunities to go. Ever since I started going in 2005 they always had it on pier 30/32 which is a perfect location for the festival. The thing I like about it being on the pier was that you could easily take public transit out there and it provided some awesome scenery.
I remember starting off the day running to try and make it to see Set Your Goals. They’re a local band out of my hometown of Walnut Creek and I had never got the chance to see them. Unfortunately they were terrible, but not a bad way to start off the day.
I was obsessed with Mayday Parade at the time so I was pretty stoked to see them. Their set was fun but I kinda lost touch with that band after the fest because they were so overplayed at the time. I feel like they have like 8 albums now.
I was able to catch Say Anything again which was dope because they’re amazing. They’re a band that means so much to me because even though they have so much material out now, they still play hits.
I caught Katy perry at this show and at the time I only knew the song “I kissed a Girl”. Little did I know that she was going to become a giant pop star. Watching her set, however, I wouldn’t have guessed it.