Last night was a Boston take over in New York Citaaaaay. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were in town and they brought 2 Boston bands as openers. I felt like I was 12 again. Wait “What’s my age again?” Hearing the Bosstones was like listening to that thing called the radio while I was in middle school and high school. You know when those stations like WBCN and WFNX were still around and pretty influential on what tapes and discs you were going to buy at Newbury Comics… Funny enough these songs also brought back memories of over sized pants. Those days where gigantic pants were in and skinny jeans were out… Need more proof than this?
Although the crowd was chanting Mighty Mighty Bosstones! instead of the correct chant which is Bosstones, Mighty Mighty! The energy was there. The band members looked like they aged but they sure didn’t act like it. The hype man danced his butt off only to stop a few times to take off his jacket and clip tie off. The band rocked and as the show went on and on the difference between an “old school” show and the “new bloods’ shows” was unmistakable. I was recently at a Sleeper Agent show and Walk The Moon. Both good bands that I enjoyed enough to A. actually go to their show and B. to buy their music. Sleep Agent was actually much better in a smaller capacity venue than a big stage the first time I saw them. What killed me was their crowd. All these kids in the crowd cared about was getting picture after picture of the band and posting it on their facebook or whatever social media they were posting on…. ENJOY THE SHOW for crying out loud. Brag to your friends later. At the Walk The Moon show it was pretty much the same thing. Only difference was the kids painted their faces and were rude. They all felt entitled to pushing their way to the front. They all felt the need to turn their backs on the band in order to snap a picture of themselves with the band behind in the photo… you know… the famous “myspace photo opp!”
Last night I did see people whip their phones out to take a photo off the band or a video of their favorite song. But for the most part I saw crowd interaction and pure excitement of wanting to be part of the show. Kids were crowd surfing, clapping along, some made it their goal to get around security and get on stage to hi five the members of the band. Unlike at the shows like Sleeper Agent and Walk The Moon I felt more of a comradery with the crowd. A guy taller than my g.f. and I asked if we wanted to stand in front of him since he could still see over us. People didn’t shove to get to the front… everyone was respectful of each other’s space. If someone did try to start a fight or was in the wrong THE PEOPLE stood up for one another and ganged up on those being disrespectful and not abiding by the unwritten concert etiquette. The Bosstones put on a high energy show but they also look after their fans. When a young marine fell on his head and started bleeding Dicky had security hoist the kid up onto the stage and make sure he was alright. He then told security to take the kid backstage and give him a wet towel to wipe off the blood and a cold beer to ease off the pain! (Well he didn’t say it like that BUT that’s what he meant….)
Here is a little montage including the bleeding marine:
Bosstones, Mighty Mighty!