Review by Jo Lloyd, Photos by Mark Lloyd
A bittersweet event this one as one of the most amusing bands, Bowling For Soup bid us “ta ta for now” playing their Farewell show at the O2 Academy, Birmingham.
Due to an unfortunate mix up at the door, our photographer missed the opening act, Patent Pending. A group of pop fuelled punk rockers hailing from Long Island New York, they were the perfect opening act for BFS. These guys are simply idiotic, all out silly fun. In fact, Jaret even popped onto stage to sing a verse of co-penned track “Classic You”. My highlight was when they burst into a rendition of “Soft Kitty” followed by their version of the Big Band Theory theme!
With guitar solos from the balcony, crowd swimming competitions between band members (complete with arm bands and goggles) and impersonations of Super Mario for track “Hey Mario”, Patent Pending are quite frankly a band I can’t wait to see again. They just so happen to be touring next year with People on Vacation and I’m already expecting great things.
Embarking on their hilarious 2 hour journey through the band’s almost 20 year history, Bowling for Soup took to the stage to what can only be described as their theme tune “Here Comes Bowling for Soup” to rapturous applause and audible excitement.
Complete with witty banter, dick and fart jokes and an on stage pub, this was the perfect farewell party for the band. They had promised something special for this tour and they certainly delivered. With fantastic lighting, four CO2 canons at the front of the stage and amazing energy from every single person in the room, the O2 was bursting at the seams. Patent Pending even rejoined the guys on stage for “Lets go to the Pub” serving beers to Jaret and the guys.
Some of the crowd were a little quiet during the newer tracks from Lunch.Drunk.Love , but as soon as the old classics came out, the sold out crowd were in their element. Despite the length of the set, the time passed by in a blur of laughs, jumping around and great joking with the crowd. The band also performed their usual cover of Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacey’s Mum” as well as Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” during the encore, plus an impressive 29 other tracks including “Turbulence”, “1985” and my personal favourite “The Bitch Song”.
Fans young and old really couldn’t have asked for any more from Bowling for Soup and although this was billed as a farewell tour, Jaret admitted that farewell doesn’t necessarily mean goodbye. I’m certain this isn’t the last the UK will see of BFS and I for one can’t wait to see what they can offer us in the coming years. Farewell BFS, we’re going to miss you, but what a send off!
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