August 22, 2010

Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Breaking Barriers Again!

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones return to the Trocadero Theatre in Philly on Monday night, Aug. 22, 2010. The ska-lords have a new disc out, "Pin Points and Gin Joints."
Was thinking how funny it's going to be to have all us grey-haired rude boys skanking it up again to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at The Trocadero in Philly Monday night.
It's been a while since the Boston Rascal Kings set their sights on on a Troc show. I can't remember the exact date, but there was this one time in I think 1995 when the guys were set to headline the the former Burlesque mecca, but had to move the show to the Theatre of Living Arts when there was a ceiling collapse at the aging Chinatown venue.
I had seen the Bosstones a couple times before that at the Troc and every time - even when that dude from The Goats poured a bus-boy tray of rain water on me when I finally squeezed my way to the stage - they rocked the house.
By 1997 - with the commercial success of "The Impression That I Get" and national ska-boom - it be became harder and harder to see the band play a mid-sized venue like the Trocadero. And that seemed to anger frontman Dickie Barrett a bit.
He hated that that show moved to the TLA. At least that was the impression that I got (no pun intended) - saying something in the effect of, "nice barriers," referring to the iron wall that separated the crowd.
"I miss The Trocadero. The Stone Pony. Trenton City Gardens," I remember Dickie saying.
The Troc at the time had no wall separating the band from the crowd and it made for landmark punk rock and ska experiences of the day when fans could and would jump on stage to dance along with the band during the ska shows and take a leap of faith back into the crowd during punk shows. Saw bands like The Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Suicide Machines, CIV, Queers, Skakin Pickle, Goldfinger and Spring Heeled Jack during those times.
The shows were wild, uninhibited and fun. And the interaction with the band had never been matched since venues started putting up these iron steel curtains. I blame the grunge era, the influx of jock moshers and kiddie crowd surfers. One fell on his head, sued a venue and Bosstones shows from then on never had that same sort of closeness to them.
I had the Bosstones' people ask Dickie about how he felt about his now return to the Troc on Monday. This is what is said.
"From a Bostonian to The Trentonian, we honestly could not be happier to back in the area, we have fond memories of the Troc," Dickie tells On The Beat. "Please come out and see us create some new memories and hear classic Bosstones tracks."
See you then, Dickie - with my silver maine and achy 34-year-old body ready to head-bang and flail my arms in celebration of one more Bosstones shows at The Troc. Not like I'd have the energy to get my plump frame on the stage anyway. So you can keep your barriers in place.
"Kinder Words" is my favorite Mighty Mighty Bosstones video. I first heard it on a CMJ sampler and remember its MTV debut on "120 Minutes." It was my first introduction to the band. Several concerts followed - maybe saw them in total six times. Probably one of the best live bands I've ever seen.
Found this on YouTube, too. It's a trailer of sorts to the '90s flick, "Clueless," which featured The Mighty Mighty Bosstones in the movie playing "Where Did You Go?" and "Someday I Suppose" at a frat party or something in the film.
Here's the official release about The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' tour. The Irving Plaza show is sold out.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have stuck more pins in the map and pulled more Gin from taps than they care to remember. Over the years they’ve earned the reputation as one of the hardest touring bands in rock. Now they about to hit the road for a trek of summer dates to support with their first full length studio release in seven years, featuring 14 new songs “Pin Points and Gin Joints” produced by BossTones Dicky Barrett, Joe Gittleman and producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, Street Dogs, Gaslight Anthem) out now on the BossTones Big Rig Records.
With Pin Points and Gin Joints the BossTones have taken their trademark power chord, driving horns, wicked backbeat sound back to the barroom for another round of shots.
Don’t miss the fun:
August 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre with Teenage Bottlerocket & The Flatliners August 24 - New York, NY- Irving Plaza with Teenage Bottlerocket & The Flatliners August 26 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom with Teenage Bottlerocket & The Flatliners August 27 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall with Teenage Bottlerocket & The Flatliners August 28 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave/Eagles Club with Teenage Bottlerocket & The Flatliners

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