Bane-Daltonic-The Purpose @ New Brunswick NJ 6-26-99

I actually went to this show to see Daltonic, who were a good band from MA that got down here from time to time. I think this was the basement show where we really bummed out some emos during Purpose. I didn’t even watch Bane. I remember being outside with a few friends trying to make dinner plans for after the show. This was a little before they really blew up, so they didn’t really get a big reaction. Like 6-9 months later, they were one of the biggest bands in hardcore.

Shark Attack-Fast Times-Tear It Up-Down In Flames-Holding On-Plan Of Action @ Brick NJ 3-30-01

I mostly remember this show for some of the covers that happened at it. Down In Flames covered Full Speed Ahead, while Fast Times covered Life’s Blood. I think I took pictures of both bands at this show, but I don’t have them anymore.Maybe Tear It Up too? I might have taken them for someone zine, so I just passed them off. Not sure. Shark Attack played a rousing set that had the room moving. They were so good live and got such a great reaction every time.

Mainstrike-Committed @ Manahawkin NJ Summer 1999

There is a long story about this show being moved from Waretown to Manahawkin that has taken on a legend of its own over the years. I was at work the whole afternoon, so I totally missed it until a friend called my job to tell me to go to Stewarts instead of Waretown. We had befriended Committed (especially Casey, who I still talk to today) and a lot of people from Cleveland, so there was some excitement for them playing. They were really good, but it was weird to get a pit going on concrete.A bunch of people I…
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Kill Your Idols-The Movie Life-To Each His Own-From The Black-Down In Flames @ Brick NJ 9-1-99

I remember this show being fairly lowly attended for some reason. Down In Flames covered Full Speed Ahead (I think this was the show), which was really cool. Shore bands who want to get over with the locals should do that. Kill Your Idols covered Sheer Terror (but not Here To Stay). I think I went to dinner during a few of the other bands. I remember this was right before a new semester began, or maybe it had begun that previous week, and after one of the worst summers of my life I was ready to go back to…
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Alive & Well 8-29-98

These “Alive & Well” shows were a huge deal at the time. I did a three show weekend starting with the Ink & Dagger/Bluetip show the night before in Philadelphia. I was really running my car all around the tri-state area. I cannot believe it lasted almost all the way into 2004! Day two was better than day one for sure, but more on that in a minute… So two big rumors that summer: Judge was rumored to be playing this, but the story went that Mike eventually said no. That actually seems reasonable. The other big rumor was Rest…
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Alive & Well 8-30-98

Mercifully, this show got moved to Casino Skate Park. The openers were Full Speed Ahead, OS101, and Kid Dynamite, who were still fairly new and I had not yet heard before this show. I was not impressed. The bottomline is every band got their normal excellent reactions, but especially Vision and Floorpunch. Burn were really good. There were a couple of scuffles during their set because people were going off hard. I remember being told to avoid someone because “you don’t want to fuck with him.” Whatever.

Count Me Out-True Blue-Striking Distance-Time Flies-Go Time-Desperate Measures-Faded Grey @ Manahawkin Elks Lodge Manahawkin NJ 7-14-01

What a week! I had car issues earlier in this week that nearly led me to wrecking my car, so there was a lot of nonsense about getting it fixed, paying for that, etc. I was really glad this show was right across town (literally down the street from the high school we all attended and that I would later work at for years). The big draw was True Blue, but Count Me Out and Time Flies had become two of the bigger bands in hardcore during this time. I don’t remember much about Desperate Measures. Isn’t someone from that…
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This Is Hardcore 7-30-17

I spent a lot of my time at this show catching up with friends, so not a lot to report about bands. Murphy’s Law were good. I had not seen Slapshot in 20+ years, and Choke looked and sounded great. They played a good mix of old and new plus Last Rites covers. Leeway tore the house down yet again. The next few bands were not…great, so I got out of there before Shelter. I had an early morning meeting on campus the next day, so I wanted to get home and get a good night of sleep.

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