Rancid performing in Minneapolis at The Skyway Theatre
Following a disappointing cancellation during the 2010 Vans Warmed Tour stop in Minnesota, Sum 41 had finally found its way back to The North Star State, performing at Mill City Nights amidst an ongoing tour to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their 2012 album Does This Look Infected?
Fans were pretty disappointed on September 14th when NOFX postponed the show they were scheduled to play at the Cabooze in Minneapolis that same night. The Lineup for the night was to be NOFX, Teenage Bottlerocket, Dillinger Four, and Arms Aloft. Teenage Bottlerocket and Arms Aloft stepped up to the plate and announced they play the nearby Triple Rock Social Club instead. The 380 capacity venue had a previous event scheduled so the doors didn’t open until eleven, with the show starting at midnight. With the last minute venue change and late start, one would have expected a small turnout – that was definitely not the case.
NFG are touring in support of their new album titled Radio Surgery, as they performed the self titled new single as well as “All Downhill from Here,” “ Hit or Miss,” “ Head on Collision,” “ Kiss Me,” “ Something I Call Personality” and other fan favorites. The show was more passionate during the encore where they played “Basket Case” (Green Day) “ Blitzkrieg Bop” (The Ramones) and their own “My Friends Over You.” During the last song Pundnik jumped off of the stage and was mobbed by fans until he grabbed a random beer off of a window ledge took a swig. A good party was had by all.
Having been the first band to ever play on the Honda Civic Tour in 2001, Blink 182 has come full circle, having been followed by Paramore, Good Charlotte, Fall Out Boy, and New Found Glory on subsequent outings.
Once again the hot and humid Minnesota air could not keep the Vans Warped Tour goers from gathering to watch 75 bands perform on seven stages, all within the same day. With temperatures in the 90’s, it was definitely a shorts and flip-flop kind of day. Sunburns and sweaty teens filled Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota on the Vans Warped Tour’s 16th visit to the state.
Once the All Time Low started performing their second song of the evening, the female fans started throwing bras on stage, many of them with phone numbers. Lead singer/guitar player, Alex Gaskarth, announced that all the bras get to be placed on Jack’s mic stand.
The month of March and a few weeks from St. Patrick’s Day brings the seven member Irish/Celtic influenced band, Flogging Molly, to the stage of First Avenue in Minneapolis. This is the 21st stop in a 30 night tour for Flogging Molly with their special guests, The Drowning Men and Moneybrother. A sea of young punk rockers to middle aged enthusiasts, most dawning Celtic and Irish influenced shirts, flooded the audience for the sold out show.
Social Distortion worked well together creating a memorable performance as they sounded true to their studio albums and by the crowd's reaction, it was all good. Some bands tend to change their sound from their studio recordings to their live performances, but Social D’s older hits sounded relevant as ever.