Review by Rachel Sloper and photos by Russ Tierney
Bowling for Soup took the stage after two enthusiastic sets by Patent Pending and The Dollyrots. The One Big Happy tour, named after the like-titled album, comprised of all of the collaborating bands that are featured on it. It is evident that they really are a big happy family, as put by Dollyrots singer, Kelly Ogden. The 18-year-old band showed no signs of fatigue tonight on this, one of the closing dates of their UK tour.
The high-energy set included all the hits, including ‘High School Never Ends’, ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’, ‘Almost’, ‘Punk Rock 101’ and ‘1985’. An interesting touch to their set list was their selection of cover songs. Frontman, Jaret Reddick talked about how everyone knows Bowling for Soup as the ‘Stacy’s Mom band’. He also joked of how they take credit for the song so much that they might as well put it on iTunes and make some money out of it, he crowd devolving into chaos as they played the cover of the Fountains of Wayne track.
The Bowling for Soup show seemed more like a stand-up comedy than a pop-punk gig, as they packed in seemingly endless one-liners with their own brand of smutty, teenage-boy style humour. On this particular tour, Bowling for Soup have adopted a new persona. “We are Bowling for Soup, the band you can wave at!” announced Reddick, much to the crowd’s delight. “Would My Chemical Romance wave at you? Would they f**k!” Almost whipping the crowd into a frenzy, Reddick invited all of the “sh**ty singers” to belt out the chorus of the well-loved pop-punk anthem. Mid-way through a powerful, high-speed performance of ‘Punk Rock 101’, Reddick stopped the song for a ‘photo-opp session’, in which the band posed together for a photo-shoot, whilst Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ played over the speakers. An energetic set was topped off expertly with an encore which included a cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ and ‘The Bitch Song’. This was a real highlight, as The Dollyrots’ singer Kelly Ogden stormed the stage one more time to join Reddick on vocals.
The Bowling for Soup show is just as energetic and entertaining (if not more so) than it was 10 years ago. What’s more, they’re showing no signs of slowing down.
And you can see more pix from the show here: