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Live 105 Not So Silent Night 12-10-2010

13 December 2010 No Comment

“Get on board, This train ain’t gonna stop/Where I’m going? I don’t know/Punch your ticket, it’s time to go”.

Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corrigan crooned  at Live 105’s Not So Silent Night. 11,000+ packed the ‘shark tank’ or better known by its demon name The HP Pavilion, in San Jose for an eclectic  lineup featuring The Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Broken Bells, The Black Keys, Phoenix, and Finish Ticket providing main support

Opening the nights festivities to a modest but devoted crowd was local band winner Finish Ticket. Young dance, pop band who are defiantly someone you want to check out it you are into that scene. Check out the Live 105 10 Questions with FINISH TICKET which should get you up to speed.

Broken Bells is the latest Danger Mouse collaboration project with James Mercer of The Shins doing the vocals/guitarsBurton plays organ, drums, piano, synths and bass. Check out Live105’s No Name talk with Broken Bells about about Nintendo, being nominated for a Grammy and their plans for 2011.
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The Black Keys were up next. A two man southern blues-rock band that are know for their intense live performances and they defiantly lived up to their reputations. They ripped through new cuts “Tighten Up” and “She’s Long Gone” (Brothers 2010) with an added keyboard and bass player before reverting back to a two piece drum/guitar to close out with blistering performances of “Your Touch” and “I Got Mine”.
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French alternative band Phoenix were up next. These guys made full use of the multi- level lighting rig as they began rampaging through their set with an intensity that seemed more appropriate for faster musical style. The sounded tight musically and the crowd sung along to the closer “1901”. I really thought drummer BLANK was trying to beat his fist through his snare as he pounded every note into unconsciousness.
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“What you are about to see go down on this stage is gonna blow your ass away”, the darkened stage lights up to reveal an American flag backdrop with a large spider across the surface. My Chemical Romance returns to the stage supporting their new release “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys”. To be fair they played for less than an hour so this was more like a preview of their return but catch them on the ‘World Domination Tour’ which will return to the Bay Area on March 3, 2010 at the Fox theater in Oakland or click here for tour dates in your area

Gerard Ward declares, “We just made a video for this song in which we all die. This song is called Sing.” The new cuts were ok,  pop and dance then glam rock  but it was Gerard’s bright red hair that was off-putting .  From row 22 of the lower lever he kinda looked like the cartoon ball that bonces over the lyrics as you sing along. That kept me through songs like “Sing” and “Na Na Na”. Gone is emo rock opera uniforms and stage show of the Black Parade but that didn’t seem to bother the now packed arena as they cordially rocked along to the new tracks. The place explode as soon as the played the first notes of Teenagers and The Black Parade as the entire crowd lite up and sung every word almost threatening to overtake the PA but since the volume was cranked well above 11 most of the night, they didn’t have a chance.

My Chemical Romance Setlist:  Look Alive Sunshine / “Na Na Na” / Thank You For The Venom / Planetary (GO!) / I’m Not Okay (I Promise) / Sing / Teenager’s / The Black Parade / Helena / Cancer
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The Smashing Pumpkins were the nights headliners. Opening with the set with “The Fellowship”, the forth track off their 44-song project “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope”. The driving beat with a swirling synth and an instantly catch chorus “Are you with us or against us?/Are you with us or against us tonight?” was the surprise of the night. One of two new tracks, Freaks being the other, which can stand up with their hits any night. Of course a few of the classics were dusted off during their 50 minute set including “Today”, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”, and an acoustic version of “Landslide” all of which had the crowd singling loud and proud.

Smashing Pumpkins Setlist: The Fellowship / Today / Ava Adore / Eye / Tarantula o / Drown / Freak / Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover) / Stand Inside Your Love / Tonight, Tonight
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We thought we would take a walk down memory late for an update of NSSN by year:

98 Rancid Hole offspring Garbage Cake Everlast
1999 Bush 311 Foo Fighters Filter Blink-182
2000 Weezer Green Day Deftones AFI
2001 Linkin Park System of a Down. Sum 44. Puddle of MudD. AFI. P.O.D. Alien Ant Farm
2003 Outcasts Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Rancid The Offspring Jane’s Addiction, Iggy Pop.
2004 Modest Mouse Franz FerdinandThe Killers Interpol Muse Taking Back Sunday
2005 The White Stripes Death Cab for CutieHot Hot HeatCoheed & Cambria,
2006 The Killers, Modest Mouse, The Racauteers, the Shins, Silversten pickups
2007 Modest Mouse, Jimmy Eat World, Angels and Airwaves, Spoon & Paramore
2008 The Killers, Death Cab For Cutie, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand
2009 Muse, AFI, 30 seconds to Mars, Vampire Weekend, Metric
2010 Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Pheonix, The Black Keys, Broken Bells

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