Band Concert Review
Jamming at Tweeter with Q101
By Bill Schupp
Q-101 JamboreeQ101 Web Site
The unseasonable chill at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park could not short circuit the electricity in the air for the Q-101 Jamboree. Two full stages and the Sonic Boom tent kept festival revelers hopping to catch the action. Even the security forces couldnt even put a damper on the days events. Its a good thing that most were smart enough to leave their missile like objects at home. The hassle that this reviewer got for a pack of smokes in the pocket, left him oddly appreciative of the airport baggage checkers whose name he cursed merely one week earlier. Still, the show rocked.
This band absolutely deserved a better spot, as they played to a still bumming cold crowd. Thats the power of hindsight. After all, who can guess the weather? This band came out rockin. The screeching trademark guitar was powerful and the distortion intense. Too bad the crowd was cold; the band was hot. They delivered one of the best big finishes in a long time. Dont miss these guys at the next opportunity, they are still on a roll.
Our Lady Peace
A restructured band did not let down. They brought the girls screaming to their feet for the opener, and the band did not let up as they delivered their mass consumed radio hits. The band did project a driving beat and the guitar interludes had passion bringing the crowd to some real highs and lows. Look out for their new release. Based on the performance and energy projected at this show, the CD should jam as well as provide an emotional force.
HoobastankThis band came out thrashing. Definitely made the day worthwhile. Pounding rhythm and soulful vocals really brought the crowd into gear. Cant write enough good things about this act, a definite crowd pleaser. Power like this hasnt been around since Iron Maiden was kicking out 70000 watts of it back in the 80s. They brought the crowd to their feet and sent us off in a feeding frenzy craving more.
The StrokesThe band opened to a crowd on their feet in anticipation. Although they possess a driving rhythm and melody, this was not the day. Although the audience was mostly pleased, after the intensity of Hoobastank, this band brought many more back to flat. This band will hang in there and succeed though. The Lou Reedish vocal, good guitar breaks, and Cheap Trickesque rhythm were worthwhile. They were a crowd pleaser, but the 3-chord blandness did not produce the anticipated blockbuster that was expected.
X-ecutionersThis was the wrong act for that crowd at that moment, especially after the build up of the previous acts. After working through the initial set, they did put out an interesting 4-scratching version of Aerosmiths Walk This Way. Run DMCs collusion with the original band was more interesting, however. Not much to say here---Pass.
Tenacious DThe crowd definitely needed the boost provided by these minstrels. Even with the large standing audience, the act had the feel of hanging out around a keg in Jack Blacks basement singing, laughing, and having a good time. Thanks are in order for the tribute to Dio, and the Cosmic Shame. Rock on, Jack Black.
ZwanBillys back. The trademark pounding beat, powerful front and Billys rocking your soul vocals from the Pumpkins remains, albeit tweaked Billys way. The band truly projected power, and although the emergence of our old friend Marianne Faithful sent many of the young ones fleeing; this is not to detract from the overall performance. Billy must have slept through Metallicas foray into the abyss with Marianne Faithful, but hes definitely back with a full force band made to his specs. ComEd should bottle some of this energy. Pounding thunder, awesome bass and beat, and great guitar work throughout the set enhanced an entrancing musical embrace, Jesus, I. Goodbye DArcy and James.
Kid RockA great cap to the day, Kid Rock brought the house down. Mancow introducing the rocker with his full cast brought the day to its close. Kid Rock riding in on his bike set the house ablaze. If youve seen his show before, theres nothing new to report here. Hopefully Kid will be kicking out a new twist soon.