Aside from Taking Back Sunday's headlining set, there were plenty of other memorable moments at The Bamboozle Day 2 (a.k.a. Long Island Day) at the Meadowlands yesterday:
Dashboard Confessional, “Stolen”
Dashboard's Bamboozle set was pretty much perfect – nothing but hits and shoulda-been hits, including the esteem-building anthem “Vindicated” (take that, Gaga!) and a practically giddy sing-along of “Hands Down.” But “Stolen” stood out because Chris Carrabba dedicated it to “that girl from 'Tron'” (a.k.a. Olivia Wilde) and then got jokingly dissed by the crowd who claimed ignorance of the geek-beloved hit. “Oh sure,” Carrabba said, laughing. “Not one of you saw 'Tron.'” Of course, the crowd still sang along lovingly, with numerous twentysomething girls all pointing at Carrabba as they sang, “You have stolen my heart!”
SETLIST: The Swiss Army Romance / The Good Fight / Don't Wait / As Lovers Go / Screaming Infidelities / Again I Go Unnoticed / Remember to Breathe / El Scorcho / Stolen / Vindicated / Hands Down
The Movielife, “Jamaica Next”
The hard-hitting set of the reunited Movielife was a Long Island scenester dream come true. The band – singer Vinnie Caruana, who will play Bamboozle again today with his band I Am the Avalanche, guitarists Brandon Reilly and Dan Navetta, bassist Phil Navetta and drummer Evan Baken – haven't lost any of their chemistry in their eight years apart. And their headliner-sized 45-minute set was packed with all the shout-along songs that established them as leaders of the scene in the early Aughts. Caruana said “Jamaica Next” was the one song the band most wanted to play and it showed as they bounced around to the hardcore stomp while the crowd screamed, “Breathe in, breathe out, survive.” Will there be another Movielife show? “Stranger things have happened,” said Caruana.
SETLIST: This Time Next Year / 10 Seconds Too Late / I Hope You Die Soon / Face or Kneecaps / Walking on Glass / Kelly Song / Jamaica Next / Pinky Swear / Hand Grenade / Barefoot / Hey / Ship to Shore / Jamestown
Gaslight Anthem, “Bring It On”
The pride of New Jersey was in fine form throughout its set, but “Bring It On” had something extra. There was a bit more passion in Brian Fallon's delivery. There was a bit more Phil Spector Wall of Sound in the guitars. And there was a bit more girl group swagger in the “Wait a minute, wait a minute” breakdown. In other words, amazing. (Another memorable moment that was a close second was Fallon telling a story of how he met Taking Back Sunday's Adam Lazzara in a Chicago bar and Lazzara told him, “We should be in a band together.” Fallon then joked, “So you can expect a Taking Back Gaslight Anthem Trio EP coming out soon.”)
Hoodie Allen, “Tighten Up”
The Old Bethpage rapper is a full-fledged Internet phenomenon, but he's got a bit to go before he can fully transfer his studio skills onto the stage. His Bamboozle set had some issues – he had to run to the stage because his van broke down, the sound was mixed too low so his clever samples were hard to hear. That made him press a bit too much at the end of the set, singing over the samples to help hype the crowd since they couldn't hear much when he wasn't rhyming. But he had full control at the beginning with “Tighten Up,” riding the Black Keys sample and turning on his full charm. His new song “The Chase Is On” was another victory, showing that Hoodie's fame is only going to grow.
SETLIST: Look at What We Started / Tighten Up / Freestyle / Swimming With Sharks / January Jones / So Much Closer / The Chase Is On / You Are Not a Robot
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