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The Bloodhound Gang
Get Happy Tour @ Newcastle Academy
By contributor Michael Seymour
Michael Seymour went home feeling happy after a high-spirited evening at the Academy.
Get Happy Tour @ Newcastle Carling Academy, Tuesday 16 October 2007
The title of the tour said it all. Throw out your meaningful lyrics, whiny indie, political rap and depressing emo, and replace it with nothing but pure upbeat "pop rock". The purpose was, of course, to create a memorable time.
The Get Happy Tour was all about letting loose. No standing in the corner pretending to be cool; no refusing to dance because you weren't in the mood.
It was an event for you to enjoy and the line-up made that possible.
Army of Freshmen kicked off the tour with their power-pop, offering an insight into what the rest of the night would contain - an abundance of energy and passionate performances.
Zebrahead were your stereotypical American punk rock band. Head banging, energetic and loud. They kept up the pace with a blistering set and boosted their reputation by interacting with the crowd afterwards.
With Bloodhound Gang, the fact that 30-plus-year-old men are still singing about sexual innuendos is something to either frown at or laugh at, of course, if you're laughing with them.
The band is well known for adding a comedy element to their music so there's no surprise at their inclusion on this tour.
Last night they were the most entertaining act courtesy of their on-stage antics.
Although at times crude - spitting on each other and throwing up beer - their humorous chants and excessive crowd interaction showed everything was going to go smoothly after a sound problem delayed their start.
Army of Freshmen
Bowling For Soup
Hit singles Chasey Lain and The Bad Touch created frenzy whilst Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo was accompanied by lurid nude videos - not something you'd see at your average gig.
Add guitarist Evil Jared drinking glow stick content, Jimmy Pop taking random photos and a personal joke that revolved around homosexuality, and Bloodhound took the plaudits for the most bizarre performance of the night.
Their cigarette break was clearly a dig at our own smoking ban, which Jared expressed his disappointment at via live feed video from backstage.
Bowling For Soup excelled in their headline slot as Jaret and co produced the happiest set of the night.
Chants of "BFS BFS" echoed around the packed venue as they burst into their tunes. I'm Gay got the biggest input from the audience whilst High School Never Ends and Ohio also produced a frantic sing along.
Girl All The Bad Guys Want, their most memorable song to date, received the reception you'd have expected.
Going home happy
Aside from the band changes, the momentum never changed pace. The crowd were eagerly anticipant of the next act while the bands were eagerly waiting their stage time. And it was all in the cause of happiness.
The audience was a sell out and it's safe to say they all went home happy. The only dampener on a good night was the price of a pint.
last updated: 18/10/07
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