Live: Alkaline Trio Say Hey There Sleepy Smile To Hometown Chicago





It was a homecoming show of sorts for Chicago's Alkaline Trio, who continue to support Blink 182 every time the superstars touch the stage. The trio plugged in on Chicago's south side at 7:30, which according to the Central time code in the summer means that the sun is still awake and the cool air is nowhere to be found. The Tweeter center holds close to 24,000 people and less than half of that filled the "early bird" seats to witness one of rock and roll's greatest current assets. At one point singer Matt Skiba even asked the 13 year old, painted haired pre-teens to stand up and show some interest for them since "they" asked Blink to join "their" tour, attempting to grab some enthusiasm from the MTV drones. The Alkaline Trio delivered the promised rock Fed Ex style, and personally I wish that the audience showed some appreciation for them, and that the concert went down in an enclosed theater.


The Trio's set ignited with an old song from one of their first recordings titled "My Friend Peter". "You've Got So Far To Go" came in second, which can be found on the band's "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" beauty. At this point I was wondering if the crew would admit that they had a new record, or simply please the 40 plus faithful fans who came just to see them. As drummer Mike Felumlee (formerly of Smoking Popes) peeled his shirt off, the band shot a boost of new material into the set: "Private Eye", the lead off track from the Vagrant debut, From Here To Infirmary."Mr. Chainsaw" was next, which was described as Skiba as being about the desire to be a kid forever.


Just when I thought I would hear the entire new album live, the Trio went into reverse and dug up another oldie; "I Lied My Face Off." The band's biggest radio friendly single "Stupid Kid" helped bring the crowd closer for the time being, and "Bloodied Up" was for all of the skateboarding kids who hit their faces really hard on the ground. "Crawl", the final song on Infirmary was next, followed by the set's closer "Radio" from Maybe I'll Catch Fire.

I will admit that the sound for the Tweeter Center blew like a Sunset Strip hooker and the heat factor and lack of energy from the audience definitely afflicted this highly anticipated set. The boys brought the rock, and I loved every minute of it - but I will be more psyched to see the Alkaline Trio this summer on the Vagrant America tour. The set was short because Blink needed time to please the masses, and "Fuck You Aurora" wasn't even played and we were like 10 minutes from the town. I love the Alkaline Trio's music to death (which is their favorite theme) but they got a raw deal from the beginning. I understand the notoriety of opening for such a huge act, but the music was not the same. 90 degree muggy heat, handfuls of people were actually their to see just them, and the sound was terrible. Check them on the Vagrant America tour when it hits your town, and school yourself on their recordings.

Alkaline Trio - Tweeter Center / Chicago - July 7, 2001.

My Friend Peter


You've Got So Far To Go


Private Eye


Mr. Chainsaw


I Lied My Face Off


Stupid Kid


Bloodied Up


Crawl


Radio


Alkaline Trio on tour:

2001-07-10
COLUMBUS, OH
Polaris Amphitheatre


2001-07-11
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
Blossom Music Center


2001-07-13
BONNER SPRINGS, KS
Sandstone Amphitheatre


2001-07-14
SOMERSET, WI
Float-Rite Amphitheatre


2001-07-15
ST. LOUIS, MO
Riverport Amphitheatre


2001-08-23
CHICAGO, IL
TBA


2001-08-24
DETROIT, MI
St. Andrews


2001-08-25
CINCINNATI, OH
TBA


2001-08-26
NEW YORK, NY
TBA


2001-08-27
LATHAM, NY
Club 797


2001-08-28
WORCESTER, MA
The Palladium


2001-08-29
BUFFALO, NY
The Showplace Theatre


2001-08-30
CLEVELAND, OH
Agora Theatre


2001-08-31
PITTSBURGH, PA
Club Laga


2001-09-01
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ
Club Krome


2001-09-02
PHILADELPHIA, PA
Trocadero Theatre



Source: Jason Anfinsen

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Live: Alkaline Trio Say Hey There Sleepy Smile To Hometown Chicago