February 07, 2006

Varsity Theater

Minneapolis MN US

Restless Sinner
Ain't No Easy Way
Shuffle Your Feet
Love Burns
In Like The Rose
Six Barrel Shotgun
Punk Song
Weight Of The World
Sympathetic Noose
High / Low
Red Eyes And Tears
Spread Your Love

Devil's Waitin'
Fault Line
The Line
Heart + Soul
Open Invitation

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alliezabu, bilzabub, Brandon_Jay, BRMCAdmin, ChetSparks, CJJ, Darbypsnm, defsmurf, dogbreth, ElizabethC, fuckminneapolis, Hawkeye, headuphigh, itsallgood, jbonner, johnnyb, kingley87, kweebs, lucky_jp3, mn_chick, mrbojangles, m_edmund, pineweasel, salvation, sampsonz99, snuggles, studiomorphic, we_will_fall

sampsonz99 says0 Votes UP / DOWN
This concert was f**king awesome. They had so much energy and they played the best songs. Thanks guys.
Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2006 am28 at 5:11am
kweebs says0 Votes UP / DOWN
Great show you guys! The Varsity is a great venue. Peter, good to finally hear you acknowledge your New York Mills roots....they are proud of you!Thanks and come back soon!
Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2006 am28 at 7:47am
headuphigh says0 Votes UP / DOWN
Heart + Soul!! YES!!! I've been waiting for the last three shows. Great show guys, you are always welcome and will have a dedicated audience in Minneapolis, come back soon.
Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2006 pm28 at 2:01pm
salvation says0 Votes UP / DOWN
It was surprising that BRMC was playing at a venue that I'd never been to in Minneapolis before. The Varsity Theater, in the heart of Dinkytown, on the University of Minnesota campus, has only been open as a music venue for a year. It used to operate as a proper theater. The show had been moved from The Quest to the Varsity after the Quest was shut down due to various violations. It was a good move, as the sound at the Varsity is much better than at the Quest.

Two opening acts were on before BRMC: The Morning After Girls and Elefant. The Morning After Girls are loud, drony rock. Many people have compared them to the Dandy Warhols, but I didn't hear that. The Dandys are much poppier. Elefant was not my cup of tea at all. However, the singer, Diego, is quite entertaining. Throughout the course of the show, he kept reaching out to various girls, grabbing their hands and swaying along with them to the music. During the last song, he took one girl on stage. After the song finished, she attempted to head back to the crowd, but he grabbed her and pulled her backstage. One guess as to what happened after that... . (And I don't know the answer, so if you do, tell me. Please.)

Early in the night, I had realized that I had forgotten my earplugs. Being cheap and unwilling to pay the $2 the venue was charging for them, I prepared to endure the inevitable noise. I wasn't prepared for how loud it was going to be though. Jesus, was it loud! It was a good loud though. Fantastic.

The setlist consisted of a lot of older material and less acoustic songs in comparison to last year's US tour.

There were quite a few technical difficulties during the night. Robert was frequently motioning to the techs to fix the sound on his side, and during Six Barrel Shotgun, his bass went out completely. The other guys kept playing and then picked back up where he left off to finish the song.

Other notable moments:

-A fight started up behind me during one moshing session.
-I started developing a migraine during the show and though my head was going to explode during Heart and Soul because of how loud it was.

Overall, the show once again reminded me of how great these guys are as musicians. I feel such happiness when I introduce friends to their music, drag them along to shows, and see their wondrous response after about how great and amazing BRMC are live. That happened again this time and I'm sure it will continue to as long as this band continues to exist.
Posted Saturday, February 11, 2006 pm28 at 4:37pm
snuggles says0 Votes UP / DOWN
Fucking rad! My fav part of the show was when robs guitar malfunctioned...and nick and pete just kept the beat goin...it sounded so cool! like a whole other song.
Posted Sunday, February 12, 2006 am28 at 10:33am
ChetSparks says0 Votes UP / DOWN
I can't add much beyond what has already been said about BRMC, but here are my thoughts on Elefant- To answer your question, the girl brought up on stage at the end of the Elefant set was back in the audience a few minutes later. It kind of reminded me of the Bruce Springsteen video where he brought Courtney Cox up on stage (am I dating myself?).

I was actually disappointed with the Elefant set. Don't get me wrong, it was good and they sounded good, but it was only eight songs. And six of them were material from their album due out in April, so not many people knew the songs. The only Elefant song non-fans might recognize is "Misfit," which they didn't even play. Hopefully they headline when they come back, or at least play a longer set.

I still can't believe how long BRMC played. I kept thinking "OK, this has to be the last song." I wasn't going to go to the show when it was slated to be at the Quest (the sound there sucks), but when the venue switched to the Varsity, I jumped at the chance. It's a great venue, and that's the most packed I've seen it. Go there some time to a smaller show and it's even better. The way they set the venue is totally different and very original.
Posted Sunday, February 12, 2006 am28 at 10:54am
ElizabethC says0 Votes UP / DOWN
I would have actually gone had I known it was changed to the Varsity. I DON'T go to the Quest. That place is gross. Sad that I missed it. The Varsity is a great place! Theatre's are great places to see great bands. Pantages. State. Orpheum. etc.
Posted Saturday, February 18, 2006 pm28 at 1:29pm
fuckminneapolis says0 Votes UP / DOWN

(it rocked.)

P.S. My friend John Ancel wanted me to relay a “thanks, man” to Robert (and the rest of BRMC).

[the fight mentioned in another review was less like a fight, more like one kid, who without violence figured out people didn't really feel like being 1993 "mosh pit"... the most peaceable thing i have ever seen since I started going to shows (before 1993, I grew-up in state where kids could go to shows before they could smoke and die in wars). I personally dig the long set, it seems like most bands play for 40 minutes (maybe) & don't give a fuck about music, those watching them or just about anything else (not to mention the 40 minute set kids are often bands with set lists resembling a live version of their new record down to the order of the songs).It’s nice to listen to real musicians with a little vision.]
Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2006 pm31 at 10:27pm

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