Live review: Alkaline Trio @ Summit Music HallBy Andrew Brand | July 12th, 2011 | No Comments »
Summit Music Hall was not constructed with punk rock shows in mind. The way the floor sets up in this former night-club-dance-space-turned-concert-venue is not conducive to the best music viewing experience. So while many had an awesome view of the stage Monday night, others were terribly obstructed by pillars that held up the stairs in front of the stage, or just plain bad angles. Consider it like Alkaline Trio’s hometown Wrigley Field of venues, but without the history, nostalgia or ambiance.
That being said, there were bad angles because there were enough energetic fans in the venue to force the young lady working the box office to tape up a white piece of paper with the words ‘Sold Out’ to the ticket window early in the evening. That led to a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd that filled SMH.
AK3 played a chronologically diverse set that touched on every CD in their eight-album strong discography as well as some EP material over the course of an hour and 20 minutes that flew by. AK3 managed to play a few songs from its newest disc, “Damnesia,” which actually comes out today, but the set was never bogged down by new songs that no one knew.
For about the first six songs, front man Matt Skiba diligently announced each song and a cacophony of cheers was sandwiched between the song title and the first chords; that continued until Skiba’s buzz quickly morphed into a drunken stupor and I think he just forgot to introduce the songs. While his intoxication might not have lead to the most musically precise show the band has ever played, it did allow for some humorous moments. Whether it was Skiba’s failed attempt at crowd surfing. Or the awkward and abrupt announcement that came when the band concluded their pre-encore set, which led to a chorus of halfhearted boos as the band excited stage left.
During the break between set and encore boos transitioned into chants of “Skiba” and AK3 came back for a three song encore that included a collaboration with opening band the Smoking Popes on a Violent Femmes cover. They punctuated the set with one of the first songs they ever wrote, “97.”
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