Silverchair Cancel US Tour

Silverchair have recently cancelled all of their upcoming US tour dates due to frontman Daniel Johns'
suffering from arthritis shock and being unable to perform. It could take anywhere from three
months to three years for him to recover. In other Silverchair news, the new album Diorama will be
released in the states on August 27, 2002. The band recently shot a video for their second single off
the album for a song called "Without You".



Good Charlotte's New Video

Good Charlotte have recently shot the video for their first single off the long awaited The Young And
The Hopeless called "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous". The video is scheduled to be on tv
sometime in September. Till then catch themm on this years Van's Warped Tour.



Dustin Camp Denied Parole

In case you don't know who Brian Deneke is, he was a punk that was brutally murdered by football
jock Dustin Camp for being different. Dustin was only slapped with probation and a fine (which he
never ended up paying). Later he violated his probation and was put in jail. He was recently denied
parole until 2005. Hopefully he will be denied again.



Daniel Johns On The Road To Recovery/Silverchair Wins 6 ARIA Awards

Daniel Johns is almost fully recovered from his battle with reactive arthritis. Silverchair performed
their single "The Greatest View" at the ARIA Awards in Sydney, Australia. They won 6 awards that
night. In March and April 2003, the band will do a six date tour in Australia and will hopefully make
their way over to the states after that. Silverchair is set to release a limited edition box set titled
The Diorama Box. It will have the Australian singles "The Greatest View", "Without You", "Luv Your
Life" and the previously unreleased "After All These Years". It will also include remixes and
interviews with the band.



Simple Plan - No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls
Lava Records/Atlantic Records

Simple Plan's debut album is a must buy if you are a fan of Good Charlotte, New Found Glory or
Blink 182. Their pop punk combination makes them the next big thing to hit the mainstream punk
scene. The album itself combines all the elements that make any record a good one. Their catchy
songs will have you singing along the whole time. Not to mention their great instrumentals. These
guys surely known their craft and are not sketchy with their talent. With their first single "I'm Just A
Kid", they are becoming a well known band among most music fans. The album itself is twelve
songs packed with energy and meaning. They take you through a bunch of different emotions from
being happy to wanting to cry. Each song seems to cover a different subject that most people deal
with when they are young. From love to heartbreak to absolute happiness to sadness, which
definitely helps to make this a great album. "Perfect" is a great example of a song that could
possibly make you feel like you want to cry. Everyone can relate to this song in some way or
another. Everyone has felt like they have not done enough to make their parents proud. This song
shows a boy explaining to his dad that he can't be perfect and does everything he thinks is right or
wants him to do. This album is great and is definitely on my top ten list. So if you like fun loving
bands, that can be serious when they need to, then you'll love Simple Plan's debut album. I
recommend you pick up a copy now, if you don't already own one. And if this is Simple Plan's debut
album I can't wait to see what they have in store for the next to come. I have a feeling that this
band has just started to shine and wont be stepping out of the limelight anytime soon.



The Distillers - Sing Sing Death House
Hellcat Records

If you are a fan of Rancid or Pennywise I suggest checking out The Distillers fronted by Tim
Armstrong's (Rancid) Australian wife Brody. She rocks harder than any other chick in the music
industry, possibley harder than most of the guys. Their sophomore release is packed with killer
songs from the opener "Sick Of It All" to the closing song "Lordy, Lordy". "Sick Of It All" is about
how punk rock saved their lives while "The Young Crazed Peeling" discusses the childhood of Brody.
The third song "Seneca Falls" is about Susan B. Anthony and how she fought for women's rights.
This is one band that you don't want to miss out on. Brody's voice is so distinguishable compared to
many female singers today. With music so in your face that it will leave you begging you for more!



Kittie - Oracle
Artemis Records

Like just plain straight up metal? If so then this album is for you! Kittie's sophomore effort has
proven they are more than just a "chick band", with it's crunching basslines and pounding guitar
riffs. Frontwoman Morgan Lander fills in on both guitars on this album due to the departure of
guitarist Fallon Bowman last summer. When the first single "What I Always Wanted" was released
to radiostations last fall, fans were more than eager to hear what else they had in store when the
album came out. Kittie covered Pink Floyd classic "Run Like Hell", a song they played a lot on
previous tours. So all you metal fans should pick up a copy of this album because you will definately
love it!



Mest - Destination Unknown
Maverick Records

If you haven't heard of these guys before you don't know what you are missing out on! They know
how to rock and piss you off at the same time. They tell you how it is and if you don't like it too
bad! They pour their hearts and souls into songs like "Chelsea" and "Mother's Prayer". Frontman
Tony Lovato even wrote a song about his favorite type of car, the cadillac. On the songs
"Misunderstood" and "Yesterday" guitarist Jeremiah Rangel steps up to the mic to take on lead
vocals. So if all of you want to hear any good ska/punk bands check out Mest!



Flaw - Through The Eyes
Universal Records

Having toured with bands like Kittie and My Ruin, Flaw has been getting very popular really fast.
With their emotional lyrics and hardcore sound, they stand out from today's top metal bands.
Through The Eyes discusses everything from from depression to the suicide of singer Chris Volz's
mother. Their current video "Whole" seems to be getting really positive feedback from MTV viewers.
Be sure to catch the band as they are currently on this years Ozzfest.



Good Charlotte - The Young And The Hopeless
Daylight Records

It has been over two years since Good Charlotte released their self-titled debut and now they are
back with their sophomore release, The Young And The Hopeless. Their first single "The Lifestyles
Of The Rich And Famous" has recieved a great response from listeners because of it's catchy
heart-felt lyrics and enduring instramentals. This album has shown how much they have grown and
matured musically over the past two years. The song "Wondering" was inspired by Benji Madden's
dog Cashdogg and the guys even wrote a song for their fans called "Hold On". The album shot up
the charts to #7 when it was released back in October. If you liked their debut album you'll
definately love this. Congratulations to these guys, their album was recently certified platinum at
Billboard.com.


Avril Lavigne - Let Go
Arista Records

The young, talented Miss Avril Lavigne first hit the airwaves back in the spring with her first single
"Complicated" off her now three times platinum debut,
Let Go. The fast upbeat second single "Sk8er
Boi" about a guy getting rejected by his crush because her friends didn't like him has gained Avril
new listeners due to it's catchy lyrics and slamming guitars. Her newest single "I'm With You" is
more mellowed out but still has very powerful lyrics. Other songs on the album like "Mobile",
"Anthing But Ordinary" and "Things I'll Never Say" have very catchy choruses and melodies. In 2002,
Let Go sold more than 3.9 million copies and landed her at #2 on the Billboard charts. Miss Lavigne
will be heading out on a huge headling tour within the next month or so.



New Found Glory - Sticks And Stones
MCA Records

New Found Glory's third album Sticks And Stones is 60 minutes of energy filled high-octane songs.
Then again, could we expect anything less of New Found Glory? The boys hit it strong when the first
single off the album "My Friends Over You" got major radio and video play. Make it one of the theme
songs of the summer of 2002. This CD contains 12 tracks that will have you singing along and
jumping around your room through the whole CD. Not only does this CD have tons of energy
included in the package, it also features songs with deep meaning. Such as the song "Sonny" which
is about losing a loved one. It also includes songs of heartache, such as the track "Forget My
Name". Which shows these five goofballs from Florida have more under their belt than just their
pranks and humor. The album is a big jump from the bands 1999 release self-titled album. With the
second single off the album titled "Head On Collision"{ about to hit radio and MTV airwaves, I am
sure that this album will have some more growing success. The band has proved themselves as
artists who are here to stay. They have a strong future in store for them if they keep going at the
pace which they are at now. But the world we have to wait and see what they have in store and just
enjoy this album until the next comes out. Though if you can't wait that long, you can catch the
band out on tour in a few weeks with Something Corporate, Finch and Further Seems Forever. That
tour is guaranteed as a must see and it should be nothing but great artists and music thrown into
one ultimate show.



Something Corporate - Leaving Through The Window
Drive-Thru Records

Something Corporate's debut album Leaving Through The Window show how much talent these five
guys from Southern California really have. The tantalizing lyrics and genious instramentals are on
reason why these guys are becoming a household name. The melodic sound to their music is from
the piano that was added into the mix and it is no wonder they are becoming such a big success.
The CD contains 14 tracks of pure raw emotion and talent, showing that these guys aren't just here,
but they are here to stay. With catchy songs like "Punk Rock Princess" and "If U C Jordan", it is no
wonder why these guys pick up fans whenever they perform. With their second single "I Woke Up In
A Car" being hit on some radio stations, we know these guys are in it for the long run. The guys of
Something Corporate made a big impression by playing this year's Warped Tour. Not only did they
gain a lot of fans but turned plenty of people on to their new style of rock. I have a feeling these
guys are going to be around for awhile and be gaining more and more success as they go along. The
album is a combination of pure heart and soul such as songs like "You're Gone" and "Not What It
Seems" that reflect on lost loves and broken families. Their unique sound is what makes them stand
out the most and the album is a must buy if you love great artists who write incredible music. All I
have to say is I can't wait to see what they have in store for the world in the future. This album
ranks etremely high on my top ten list of favorite CDs of the year. If you love their CD and are
thirsty for more, make sure to catch them out on tour this fall with New Found Glory and Finch. That
tour is sure to be packed with non-stop great music.



Kittie
Run Like Hell Tour
with My Ruin & Flaw
Showplace Theatre
April 10, 2002

Kittie's first headlining tour seemed to go very well for them. They brought along new comers Flaw
and indie metal band My Ruin. Even though the Showplace is very small, I think it was the perfect
place for this particular show. My Ruin were the first to take the stage, they immediately went into
"Blasphemous Girl". They played a good eight song set before they brought a cake out and sang
"Happy Birthday" to Meghan. Next to take the stage was Flaw and they really got the crowd going
with the opening song "Reliance". They played their radio hits "Payback" and the newly released
"Whole", plus several others from their debut album Through The Eyes. Finally Kittie took the stage
and jumped right into "No Name". They played old favourites like "Brackish", "Charlotte", "Spit" and
"Suck" as well as songs from their new album Oracle. "What I Always Wanted", "Mouthful Of Poison"
and their cover of Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" seemed to be the favorites off the new album. They
ended their set with "Pain" and "Brackish" then headed outside to sign autographs. They took the
time to hang with the fans outside the building for autographs and pictures before heading upstairs
to celebrate Meghan's birthday. While Kittie was outside My Ruin was handing out at their merch
booth doing autographs and selling stuff. They gave free shirts to whoever bought something from
them. Then we all headed upstairs for Meghan's birthday. The bands on this tour did an amazing job
and they are all definately worth checking out.



Sum 41
Sum Like It Loud Tour
with Autopilot Off & H20
Rochester Institute Of Technology
April 6, 2002

Before heading back into the studio to record their third album, Sum 41 decided to do another tour.
They brought out some friends of theirs, H20 and label mates Autopilot Off. The guys in Autopilot
Off had just released an EP this month and H20 have also released a new album called Go. I had
the chance to watch Autopilot Off's soundcheck before the show and they were excellent! At about
6:00pm the doors opened and in poured the fans. Autopilot Off were the first to take the stage at
about 7:00pm. They got the crowd going with their Green Day meets Sum 41 sound. They did a
great 7-8 song set playing songs off the new EP like "Long Way To Fall". There was a twenty minute
block after Autopilot Off before H20 took the stage and played a lot of songs off their new album
including "Role Model". Up next was Sum 41 who totally blew away the crowd with their killer guitar
solos. They played most of the songs off All Killer, No Filler and a few favorites off their debut
album Half Hour Of Power. Drummer Steve Jocz came out from behind his drum kit to do lead vocals
on "What We're All About" (which they recently shot a video for) and "Pain For Pleasure" in which
frontman Deryck Whibley played drums on. The show was great! Good job to all three bands!


HFStival 2002
RFK Stadium
May 25 & 26, 2002

So we took the smelly Greyhound bus for 12 hours down to Washington, DC from Rochester, NY,
just to support Good Charlotte. Well there was a lot more good bands than that too. The whole day
was hot, crowded and exhaustingly fun. I've never been that close to hundreds of strangers. Ewwy.
The first band that actually woke up and crawled out of bed to see was SEV. They were a local
celebrity in DC, a decent fan base showed up. Their sound was a metal/rock sound with a little
rapping involved in some songs. They knew how to get the pit started, that's for sure. Next up was
Quarashi, a widely known band from Europe. They came with a lot of energy and definitely pumped
the crowd up. Of course they played their hit song "Stick 'Em Up" last and it was a sweet ending.
N.E.R.D. played one hell of a set. I'm not a huge fan of this band but I was definitely impressed.
They had a rock/rap/pop sound, which they pulled off quite well. N.E.R.D. was the oddball band that
day and they left a good impression on everyone, they have a lot of musical skill. One of my
personal favorites, Our Lady Peace was up next. Considering they didn't a long set they put in a lot
of songs and effort for a half hour. The set consisted of a lot of older songs, hits and current single.
Luckily they played the next day, which I unfortunately missed. Being one of the few Canadian
bands there they made a good statement for a foreign band. I was psyched to see this band, they
didn't let me down. On one of the side stages later that afternoon was New Found Glory. The crowd
was packed, mostly teenieboppers but no one can hear their squeaky voices anyways. They played a
longer set than the bands that played the main stage. I was impressed by the energy they showed
through out the whole set, but then again it's New Found Glory, it's expected. The whole band in
general was very active and uplifting. The crowd wasn't still for a second. All the songs were played
to the fullest and the new single "My Friends Over You" kicked everyone's ass. It was cool of the
band to meet fans after the show that waited on the side of the stage. On the main stage we
caught the end of Hoobastank's set. Even though we only saw the last five minutes the crowd was
definitely pleased with the show. The only song I heard was "Running Away", the song was
awesome and it wasn't the worst sight to see half the band playing without shirts on. Eminem was
on second to last that night. After the thirty minute wait of police, security and medics, pulling
trampled people from the crowd that wouldn't move he finally started. It only took that long for that
crowd to space out after probably a hundred threats of not playing. His exact words were "If you
don't back the fuck up, they're not going to let me play". After one girl was sent to the hospital
practically dead and another 24 injured to accompany her, he finally started. It was a pretty short
set with a few cameos from D-12. The next day was a bad day (at least for me). The first set we
saw Sunday was the end of Dashboard Confessional. I would have hoped to see the whole set but
lunch called. There set was pretty good from what I saw. The crowd loved it, it was a good band to
go on before Good Charlotte. Going from emo to punk was a good set up. Kelly Osbourne introduced
Good Charlotte and everyone went psycho. The crowd was wild and no one could breathe but they
tore up stage up. It was all mainstream songs, which everyone could sing along to. The drummer is
still unidentified, but he had great skills. Their home coming concert was amazing, between their
set, the crowds quite aggressive positive endery made it one of the best sets the whole weekend.
Not everyone could take the suffocation in the pit, but it was worth it. Even worth the trip to the
hospital. The cool part is they played a song off the new CD, the name of it I honestly can't
remember. I heard the rest of the show was great, but unfortunately I missed it. Other bands there
were Papa Roach, Goldfinger, P.O.D., X-Ecutioners, Trik Turner, Little Kings (vertically challenged
band) and many more.



Weezer
with Saves The Day
Blue Cross Arena
February 7, 2002

Saves The Day were the first band to take the stage. They played some old songs along with a
bunch of songs off their brand new album Stay What You Are like "At Your Funeral" and their newest
single "Freakish". Even though the people in the crowd only knew the words to "At Your Funeral"
they really seemed to enjoy the set. Saves The Day put a lot of energy into the songs and really
interacted with the crowd. Weezer took the stage after about 40 minutes of stage set up. They
immediately went into their first song of the night as the crowd started to cheer. They played pretty
much all the songs off their first three albums like "My Name Is Jonas", "In The Garage", "Say It
Ain't So", "Buddy Holly", "Surf Wax America", "The Good Life", "Pink Triangle", "Island In The Sun".
Weezer also introduced us to songs that would be on their new release Maladroit like "Keep Fishin'"
and "Dope Nose". Good bands, good show!



Static-X
Water Street Music Hall
May 14, 2002

A small bar in downtown Rochester is the only venue Static-X has played since it's five shows in this
city. As expected doors opened late, line was backed up around the block and around it again. Doors
opened half an hour late, everyone runs in to the bar to get a quick fix before the pits and then get
their smoke on before the openers come on. 40 Below Summer were a late edition to the line up,
which unfortunately couldn't make it to the show for disclosed reasons. But we still got Sinisstar,
Earshot and Static-X! Sinisstar was the opener and they did a good job starting out the show, no
violent bone breaking pits during their set though. Their sound alone was a lyrical Tantric meets
musical Metallica. They can come back any time. Not too bad for a thirty minute set. Next up was
Earshot, which set us up for the chaos the rest of the night was coming down to. The set Earshot
performed was energentic and loud, the way I like it. One hell of a skilled band, lots of talent and
enthusiasm. Oh of course they performed their hit song, of course it's hard to pick a favorite from
that good a set. After this everyone was eager and ready for Static-X. It took the longest, stuffiest
and pushy half hour of waiting on a solid packed floor wall to wall wait till Static-X finally came.
Thank you everyone there, we all loved the excruciating pain of elbows digging in backs and gates
under our ribcages. The chanting of "What the fuck?", "We want Static-X!" and more "What the
fuck?" kept everyone occupied. Wow, what a crazy hour of music after that wait. This was the first
show in Rochester with Tripp Eisen,the old guitarist of Dope. Once they made it out on stage it was
all out chaos, it was awesome! The shouting and pushing got worse, the pit made it's way up to the
line in front of the gate. Security was on pit patrol, for what reason I don't understand. I want a job
where I get paid to play in mosh pits! The beginning was all the old songs and the band drinking
some weird combination drink, which ended up on the crowd anyways, cup and all. I can't forget to
talk about pixy stix and how weird they were to those who never had them. According to Wayne
Static "You're not in Dope anymore lay off the crack". He tried one, didn't mind them. The whole
band had pixy stix, it was such a cute metal moment! The the moment of breathing and peace
ended, back to elbowing people in the head. The last part of the set was new music, a dedication to
all the vampires in Rochester by our dearest lead singer Wayne Static for the song "Cold".
Unfortunately I had no one to bite during this. The whole time everyone was shouting "Get To The
Gone" so of course it was going to be last. After the wild, super loud set full of explosive playing
nobody could hear without ringing for days, a few good days, three or four. Once they exited the
stage they came back after a few minutes of shouting. The corny South Park song was playing as
the band was throwing picks, drumsticks, laffy taffy, pixy stix and one single drum head which was
probably ripped to pieces after a short round of frisbee over the crowd. Oh my god it was such a
great show, so worth the hour of waiting, besides I like the elbowing and shoving deep down. The
music was running through your veins the whole time, it was the best time I've had in forever! No
one left disappointed. It was the best show Water Street Music Hall has seen and probably will see.
The floorboards almost gave way with all the music and movement. Static-X has such a great stage
presence you don't know what you're missing out on if you skip their shows. If anyone misses a
Static-X show, you're an idiot! Props to all the bands that played, it was an amazing show! All the
hardcore fans thanks for not de-heading anyone.



Van's Warped Tour
LaSalle Park
August 14, 2002

Warped Tour 2002 had a really good line-up with bands like Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Autopilot
Off, New Found Glory, The Casualties, MxPx, NoFX and many others. Throughout the day they had
about eight bands playing thirty minute sets at one time. Autopilot Off played the Drive-Thru stage.
They played songs off their new EP that they had released a few months ago. The crowd really
seemed to like these guys a lot. Finch also played on the Drive-Thru stage. They played their
singles "Letters To You" and "What It Is To Burn". Other bands on the Drive-Thru stage were The
Starting Line, Homegrown, Allister and Rx Bandits just to name a few. On the Ernie Ball stage there
were female rockers like The Halo Friendlies and The Eyeliners. Then there were more hardcore punk
rockers The Casualties who played on the Maurice stage. They played stuff iff their album Die Hards
and really got the crowd into the songs. There was a nice circle pit going during their set. After
Andrew W.K. had finished his set he joined The Casualties on the stage for their last song.
Canadian pop-punk band, Simple Plan played on the Volcom stage and drew a really big crowd. They
played their singles "I'm Just A Kid" and "I'd Do Anything" along with other crowd pleasers off their
debut album such as "The Worst Day Ever", "God Must Hate Me" and "Addicted". They seemed to be
the favorite out of all the other bands that day. The Damned, New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, MxPX,
Bad Religion and Flogging Molly rocked out on the Brian stage throughout the day. New Found Glory
played songs from their newest album Sticks And Stones. They played a really awesome set! The
crowd really seemed to enjoy them. MxPx played an amazing set as well playing their current single
"Responsibility" and old classics like "Chick Magnet" and "Punk Rawk Show". They played a bunch of
songs off their latest album The Ever Passing Moment. They got the pit going during their set and
the crowd really loved them. On the Teal (main) stage bands like No Use For A Name, The Mighty
Mighty Bosstones, NoFX, Something Corporate and Good Charlotte rocked out. The Bosstones really
got the crowd going with songs like "The Impression That I Get" and "You Gotta Go". Another crowd
pleaser was NoFX. They did songs like "Bottles To The Ground", "Three On Speed" and "Don't Drink
And Drive Or You Might Spill Your Drink". They had a pretty decent mosh pit going and lots of crowd
surfing as well. Rock band Something Corporate went on second to last on the Teal stage. They
played hit singles "I Woke Up In A Car", "If U C Jordan" and "Punk Rock Princess". Last band of the
day was Good Charlotte! Their set totally rocked despite all haters that stuck around to throw
bottles at them. They played a bunch of favorites from their debut album as well as two new songs
from their upcoming release. Everyone was really psyched to hear "The Anthem" and "The Lifestyles
Of The Rich And Famous" as well as songs like "East Coast Anthem" and "Festival Song". Warped
Tour was a lot of fun this year!



Good Charlotte
The Young & The Hopeless Tour part 1
with Simple Plan & Autopilot Off
Showplace Theatre
October 15, 2002

Three awesome bands, one amazing show! Simple Plan took the stage first starting off their set
with "Perfect". During the set they played "I'm Just A Kid" and their new single "I'd Do Anything".
The guys did an amazing job warming the crowd up. People really enjoyed them and the energy they
put into the set. Next was Autopilot Off, the crowed really seemed to dig them too. They sound a
little bit like Green Day but definitely have their own sound. They played their first single "Nothing
Frequency" and ended their set with the popular "Long Way To Fall". Last were headliners Good
Charlotte. They played pretty much the entire new album including the first single "The Lifestyles Of
The Rich And Famous", "Moving On" and the very popular "Riot Girl". "Riot Girl" seemed to be the
favorite along with "The Anthem". They did a few of their old songs like "Festival Song" and
"Waldorf Worldwide" which they renamed "Buffalo Worldwide". They also played their song from the
MTV cartoon Undergrads called "The Click". Definitely a very good show!



Good Charlotte
The Young & The Hopeless Tour part 2
with Bif Naked, The Halo Friendlies & Homegrown
Water Street Music Hall
November 5, 2002

The second half of the Good Charlotte tour with new opening acts Halo Friendlies, Homegrown and
Canadian rock chick Bif Naked was really amazing! Bif Naked actually only played the Rochester
show on this tour. She played on the club side and she got a really good reaction from the crowd
seeing as hardly anyone knew who she was. She played songs from her second album,
I Bificus and
songs from her new album,
Purge. Among these songs was the popular songs "Moment Of
Weakness" and new single "Tango Shoes". Halo Friendlies and Homegrown played on the main stage
before Good Charlotte took the stage. They played a really long set despite frontman Joel Madden
being very sick. Due to Joel being sick they took "Hold On" out of the set and replaced it with "The
Day That I Die" which Benji Madden sings lead on. That give Joel a break from lead vocals. Good
Show!



Our Lady Peace
Water Street Music Hall
August 12, 2002

Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace played for a small sold-out show of diehard fans. The band played
old favorites like "Life", "Superman's Dead" & "Clumsy" as well as new songs like "Innocent" and
"Somewhere Out There" from their newest album
Gravity. After playing a two and a half hour set,
the band ended the show with "Starseed". Their set was full of energy and the crowd sang along to
every song. Vocalist Raine Maida climbed up on the bar and walked across it and climbed up the
side of the balcony towards the end of the set. He then falls into the crowd and go surfing over
everyone's head. What a great way to finish off the set!


Kissmas Bash
HSBC Arena
December 5, 2002

On December 5th, Simple Plan got their break in Buffalo. Well that is how I see it.  With never
being played on this station before and having hardly any fans there, Simple Plan blew us all away.  
Receiving recognition from old fans and young, Simple Plan was a new hit here.  I went with all
intentions on seeing these five guys, who I have seen many times before and loving them.  I went
with my best friend and my other bud.  They seem to enjoy Simple Plan especially my "girlfriend",
after seeing them she was inspired to buy their record.  Well first it seemed like FOREVER for them
to come on.  I waited to see Simple Plan through artist, that right now I can't remember the names
and at the time I didn't even know.  Avril did perform at this show and I must say was hella cute.
Yes. Simple Plan played the normal routine, "God Must Hate Me", "I'd Do Anything", "Addicted" and
others.  How I missed those guys.  After seeing them, I heard they were doing a signing, I went.
When i got there, like WOAH! I knew they are making it now.  There were trillions of tie wearing
new dedicated fans in line.  Pushing, shoving, bickering and screaming the girls stood in line for a
good while.  While still missing the acts, their new favorite band tried to make their way out.  Girls
screaming "Pierre" and "Sebastien" (the only names they said throughout the show, eh go figure)
and trying to push their way to the front, disallowed the guys from coming out.  Disappointed?
EXTREMELY!  Thinking that they would come out after everything cleared from security pushing us
away, I waited another 30 minutes.  I was fine with it though, I knew I was going to see them
again.  With the luck I have, nope.  They didn't show.  I was so upset.  I went back to my seat and
soon the guys came out again on stage to apologize for not signing.  Oh well.  I knew the next time
I'd get them, and that I did.  So all in all, good performance and they certainly do have the
GREATEST MERCH MAN EVER!  And Busta Rhymes was pretty cool, I never saw a rapper before so it
was cool.  Also Avril did amazing people!
                       


Unwritten Law -  "Seein' Red"
Directed by: Marc Webb

The first single off Unwritten Law's new album, "Seein' Red", looks like a great start for the guys.
The video captures the entire esscence of the song. The video is based around Scott Russo and an
actress who portrays that of a struggling couple who essentially break up. And all that Scott can see
is this girl in his mind. Red is a symbol of the girl and the love they probably shared. The video used
great cinematography and it also included some very excellent performance numbers. It is great to
see a band like them doing a video that both combines a live performance complete with fans with
the real concept of a video. Most bands today are just doing performance videos, which is
completely and utterly cool. But it is always nice to see a band that mixes performing with a
concept showing the meaning of the song. It gives the video more live when bands include some
background of the song. In the end though, the video itself is quite incredible. The video shows true
emotion, which can be rare in some music videos of this day. I definitely recommend that you check
this video out, and see for yourself what a great band Unwritten Law truly is.



Simple Plan - "I'm Just A Kid"
Directed By: Smith N' Borin

The video itself is quite comical and clever. It ties in the theme of the movie The New Guy, which
was recently released since the song was the title track of the movie's soundtrack. They shot the
video at a local high school in California. The video portrays the guys trying to impress the girl
(Eliza Dushku, the leading acress in the movie). This video starts out with the guys gathering in
front of the school, except for one of the members. Sebastian arrives in his car and proceeds to walk
over to the guys when unfortunatly a school bus hits him. The other guys don't get away unharmed
either. Chuck decides to show off his mechanical skills and tries to fix her car, when he accidently
crosses the wires and gets electrocuted. Ouch! Then David decides to show off how great of a
skateboarder he is and ends up nearly breaking his neck, when he doesn't land his trick. Jeff, who is
in PE, gets in a wrestling match with a guy twice his size. He ends up getting slammed ino the mat.
And of course, then we have Pierre, who decides to take one of the cameras that line the hallways
and run around the school with it. He runs around the halls, singing in the camera until finally
someone opens a door and he gets slammed in the face. In the end, the other guy (DJ Qualls) gets
the girl. The performance sequence in the video was great and it shows that a band can still be
comical and yet come across as a serious band. The weird ironic twist of the video and the song is
it's actually based on being in a band and not being able to see your friends and being able to act
like a normal kid. But one thing that the video did do is show what it really is to be a kid, so I
guess it makes up for it. Conceptions of this video were awesome, the director did a great job
catching onto each guys personality. Hopefully Simple Plan's next video will be just as great as "I'm
Just A Kid" is or maybe even better. I guess we will all just have to wait and see about that.


Saves The Day - "Freakish"

The second video they shot from Stay What You Are is really cute. While frontman Chris Conley is
singing and playing piano in a bar, there are girls dancing with fuzzy muppet-like creatures. The rest
of the band can be found sitting at the bar or serving tables until the very end when they go sit
around the piano with Chris and the muppets and sing along.



Incubus - "Warning"
Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Incubus' third video from their newest release Morning View, which shows a girl going to different
places like an office building to the middle of the street. In each part they show her standing there
with a grin on her face till all of a sudden she screams on the top of her lungs. Between each of her
scenes it will flash to Incubus playing the song in an empty room in a big building.



Simple Plan - "I'd Do Anything"
Directed by: Smith N' Borin

This video starts out with fans trying to get into a Simple Plan show and the bouncer is only letting
certain people in. The bouncer kicked the bands merchboy/webdesigner Patrick Cunningham in the
nuts before letting him into the show. Some young teen boys dressed like the members of the band
get denied access into the show while the bouncer lets two older girls and a kid into the show.
Towards the end of the song Blink 182 bassist Mark Hoppus sings with frontman Pierre Bouvier out
on a bench in the junkyard. And Mark also flirts with some punk kid which is pretty cute. Throughout
the video you see fans doing some crazy things in order to get into the show. It also has shows of
the band playing for some fans. At the end of the video all the kids that couldn't get in charge at
the bouncer and run into the show to see the guys play. The guys will be heading out on the road in
April and May with fellow Canadian pop-rock singer Avril Lavigne and pop-punkers GOB. If you don't
make it out to that be sure to check them out on the Van's Warped Tour.



Bowling For Soup -  "Girl All The Bad Guys Want"

The first single/video off Drunk Enough To Dance is pretty fuckin' hilarious! It starts out with a clip
from an old video called "The Bitch Song" and it catches the attention of a girl walking by The video
goes through some pretty funny scenes that poke fun at nu-metal bands Staind, Limp Bizkit and
Slipknot. In one part frontman Jaret Reddick is dressed as Aaron Lewis of Staind and he is writing a
song about a puppy on his accoustic guitar. He is smoking and ends up dropping his cigarette on the
floor which sets the room on fire and he's running around like crazy trying to put it out. Later they
show him as Lewis singing on the toilet. Jaret also dresses up as rap/nu-metal singer Fred Durst of
Limp Bizkit and is dancing around. Three of the guys from the band Slipknot show up and bash him
over the head with a bottle. They then proceed to stomp him into the ground.



New Found Glory - "My Friends Over You"

New Found Glory's first single off the album Sticks And Stones called "My Friends Over You"
produced a very entertaining video. The concept of the video was based on the band's inside joes
that had between one another. If you watch this video you will find that there are cameos from Tim
Armstrong (Rancid), Brody Dalle (The Distillers), Travis Barker (Blink 182) and Rob Aston. The
director of the video did an excellent job of bringing out each guy's personality. This video is a basic
performance video, which is great to see from such a high-energy band like New Found Glory.
Though if you have ever seen one of their live shows, then you know how much energy they put into
their performances, even in their videos. And if this is the first video from them, I can't wait to see
what they have in store for us next. You can catch this video streaming on all the MTV channels and
on Much Music. If you haven't already checked this video out, I highly recommend you do!


Something Corporate - "If U C Jordan"

The first single off Something Corporate's debut album Leaving Through The Window, is no other
than the perfect high school revenge song titled "If U C Jordan". The song encompasses everything
someone would want to say to the one person that made high school worse for him or her. The
video was shot in a California high school. The video starts off with Andrew (pianist/lead vocalist)
sitting in class. Then they shoot to the guys running out of class and running down the hallway of
the high school to this basement area where they rock out for everyone at school. The performane is
high packed energy, which is no surprise since their live show is the same way. This video has been
streaming on MTV2, look for it in the late evening hours around 1-6am, because MTV has a problem
with playing good videos during primetime. This video can also be seen on Much Music in the
primetime hours. Keep your eyes open for Something Corporate's new video for the new single "I
Woke Up In A Car". I have a feeling that the new video will be as much or even bigger of a success
than their first single and video. I can't wait to see what these five guys have in store for music
fans in the future.
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