American Nightmare-Death Threat-Striking Distance-Champion-A New Enemy-Outbreak @ Bound Brook NJ 5-31-02

Looking back, this was a really big show putting together some of the biggest bands of the time period. There have been so many bands called Outbreak over the years that I don’t even remember which one this was, nor do I really care probably. A New Enemy covered a Bad Brains song I think? Striking Distance were really good. I liked them live a lot more than I did on record. This how was really, really, packed, so I slipped onto the side of the stage to watch American Nightmare. Not my thing at all, but they always got…
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Cro-Mags @ New York City NY Winter 2002

This was, as far as I know, the first show back for the Cro-Mags with both John and Harley. I remember they went on around 1am and we had to wait for HOURS for them to play. Finally they did and it was pretty wild. I dove a lot and nearly landed on Harley once or twice, which he remarked on between songs. By the time we got back to the shore, the sun was already coming up. I had to drive someone to LBI and then come back to Manahawkin. It was absolutely exhausting, but worth it for the…
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No Warning-Breakdown-Foundation-Think I Care-Suburban Scum-King Nine @ Howell NJ 4-10-15

I was only at this show for Breakdown, of course, but I ended up getting there really early so I had to watch a lot of other bands. I liked Think I Care back in the 00s, but their last album was much slower and heavier and kind of dull. They played a good mix of songs at this show. Foundation were an Earth Crisis/Hatebreed hybrid. I guess they are a big straight edge band? Not really my thing. Breakdown were great of course. A handful of us were really going off and the crowd let us be. A few…
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Dillinger Four-Ensign-Voices Forming Weapons-Something In The Water @ New Brunswick NJ 7-23-00

Something In The Water had members of No Contest and a few other bands. I was very excited to see Voices Forming Weapons, who had members of the excellent band All Chrome. I don’t remember much about their set at all, but their demo and other records have been collected on an album. The vocalist for VFW is now in Sweet Jesus. I remember nothing about Ensign at all. I might have gone to eat with someone? I might be mixing up a few shows though. I stood in the hall and watched Dillinger Four for a few songs and…
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Good Clean Fun-The Hope Conspiracy-A Death In The Family-American Nightmare-Spark Lights The Friction @ New Brunswick NJ 4-23-00

I only went to this show to see A Death In The Family, which my friend Chris played in along with former members of 97a and some others. They did a demo that is pretty good. I don’t remember any of the other bands. This might have been American Nightmare’s first show in New Jersey. Like Bane, it took awhile for people to get into them, but once they did the band absolutely took off. I saw them 3-4 to minimal crowds, but then they got so big. My biggest memory from this show was hanging out with a friend…
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Sick Of It All-Ensign-Candiria-Indecision-IDK-Clubber Lang @ Edison NJ 6-6-99

I got in a brief scuffle during Sick Of It All’s set at this show. It was stupid and really bummed out afterwards because a few “friends” kind of distanced themselves from me. Whatever. In the summer of 99, I was so miserable and really falling apart. I don’t want to go into it too deeply on here, but right around this time was one of the lowest points in my life. I forget why, but during Ensign’s set a lot of people wore Strength 691 shirts. I guess because of Nate? I didn’t watch any of the other bands…
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Kill Your Idols-Full Speed Ahead-Life’s Halt-No Reply @ New Brunswick NJ 7-12-00

A few different narrative lines going on at this show. The first one is the Life’s Halt/No Reply tour coming to New Jersey. These bands were red hot during that summer and a lot of people wanted to see them. I wasn’t a HUGE fan of either band, but I remember them being good at this show. This was Full Speed Ahead’s final show. They got a really wild reaction for their brief set. I wish there was a video of it because they got a nice send off. Their set was short because, apparently, Kill Your Idols would not…
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Ink and Dagger-You and I-Try Fail Try-Purpose @ Asbury Park NJ 8-16-98

This was the second day of a two day fest in Asbury Park. We went back up to this show after I had gone for a bit the day before. I do not have remember any of these bands playing besides Ink & Dagger. A lot of my friends thought it was funny to go off for them like they were Breakdown. It got old after awhile, but it was pretty amusing at the time. I swear I took pictures at this show because we were going to interview Sean (which never happened…more on that in a future post), but…
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