Bamboozle Road Show

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Monday, June 28, 2010

The Bamboozle Road Show features a variety of different bands across two different stages. Chip Tamplin had the chance to attend the show and took plenty of pictures. Check below for his impressions and photos.

Drive A:

This is the third time I’ve covered these boys in as many years. Fusing old school punk with new age rock is not easy, especially for kids who weren’t alive when punk was at its peak, but they manage to pull it off. Unfortunately for them they were playing to a crowd whose average age was probably 13 and whose main attendee were girls of that same age so, needless to say, they weren’t as well received as they should’ve been. But even with that, they still managed to put on a pretty good show. They’ve still never managed to WOW me, but they’ve always been a consistently good band and as I’ve stated before, I hope they continue to grow and evolve and fully utilize the potential they have.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 5
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 8

Great Big Planes:

Great Big Planes started off a 2-band splurge of out-of-place bands for the tour. Comprised of three guitarists (one electric, two acoustic), Great Big Planes were definitely one of the odd bands out. While they were very musically talented and a joy to listen to for anyone with eclectic music tastes, they weren’t ideal for this show, at least not following one of the hardest bands on the second stage, Drive A. With that being said, I very much enjoyed their set and actually considered them my second favorite band off the second stage.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 5
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 7
Overall Rating: 9

Cady Groves: 

Cady Groves was the next in the line of out of place groups. A solo artist with two touring musicians, Cady Groves had a pretty voice and a lot of nervousness (as this was one of her first ever tours) but she was still entertaining and a few members of the crowd really got into her set.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 5
Overall Sound: 7
Band Activity: 3
Overall Rating: 7

Vita Chambers:

Vita Chambers was easily my favorite band from the second stage. She and her band had an immense amount of energy and her voice was just gorgeous. Singing a stellar 5-song set, Vita Chambers seemed a rock veteran even though she’s only been singing professionally for a little over four years. Fusing pop vocals with rock never sounded so good. The crowd was very impressed by not only her voice, but also her energy. She was a very pleasant surprise amongst a second stage that seemed subpar compared to the talent of the main stage.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. Young Money
2. Get Go
3. Get Out Head
4. Telephone [Lady GaGa cover]
5. Like Boom

The Ready Set:

A band of “pretty boys”, The Ready Set is another band trying to break through in a pop/rock genre that is nearly bursting from the seams. With a singer who makes girls swoon with every wink or note hit, you’d think they’d be better than they were but The Ready Set lack any real depth to their music and it shows. While they were entertaining, they don’t appear to have anything special over any other band in their genre.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 8

Stereo Skyline:

Stereo Skyline was another band of “pretty boys” who, thankfully, were slightly better than The Ready Set. Luckily for them, they had a singer who had a pleasant voice and sounded like they had a bit more artistic talent than The Ready Set. I’ve never been too big on bands whose fan bases seem to like them more for their looks than their music, so when ever one of the members neared the crowd my ear drums were blown out from girls shrieking “MARRY ME” or “I LOVE YOU!!” After their set they were signing autographs and the line was consistently long for easily 2 hours even though I never saw people singing along to their music during their set.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9

Set list:

1. A Little More US
2. Tongue Tied
3. Downtown
4. Five-Tens
5. Me and You
6. Heartbeat

Forever the Sickest Kids:

Forever the Sickest Kids opened up the main stage to a monstrous crowd and loud screams from everyone in attendance. This was my first time seeing FTSK so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from them, but I was very impressed by not only their music and energy, but also the trueness of their fans. It looked like the entire crowd was singing along to every song they played, which was a nice change of pace from Stereo Skyline. While I still wasn’t won over as a fan of them at the end of their set, I would recommend them to fans of the genre and definitely can say I enjoyed them.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. She Likes (Bittersweet Love)
2. Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)
3. Hey Brittany
4. My Worst Nightmare
5. Believe Me I’m Lying
6. Catastrophe
7. She’s a Lady

Simple Plan:

Simple Plan were the band that I came to see. I’ve been a fan of theirs from the beginning and haven’t seen them since 2008 so I was very excited to see them again. Clearly their popularity amongst the mainstream has dwindled a bit over the last few years, but amongst the crowd in attendance it didn’t appear they’d skipped a beat. Opening with their first single “I’d Do Anything”, they got the entire crowd screaming along and on “Jump!” the entire crowd was jumping along and getting all sweaty and enjoying themselves. They even played a new song titled “You Suck at Love”. Overall I was very pleased with their set and definitely considered them my favorite band of the day, in spite of my personal bias towards them.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. I’d Do Anything
2. Addicted
3. Jump
4. Shut Up
5. You Suck at Love
6. Welcome to my Life
7. Perfect

Good Charlotte:

As the Madden brothers hit the stage, the crowd erupted in thunderous applause as the band quickly went into “The Anthem”. Lead singer Joel Maddens vocals seemed a bit off throughout the show but I believe he mentioned he was sick, so that slightly mitigated the negative impact of my review. Playing a host of singles spanning their entire career including a new song called “Like it’s Her Birthday”, Good Charlotte played a great set that was very well received. My only complaint was the obvious absence of their first smash hit “Little Things”, which I was expecting to be their closer, but even with that I loved their set.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9

Set list:

1. The Anthem
2. Girls & Boys
3. The Young & The Hopeless
4. Like It’s Her Birthday
5. Dance Floor Anthem (I Don’t Want to Be in Love)
6. I Just Wanna Live
7. Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous

LMFAO: 

I don’t even know where to begin with this “band”. Touring behind their new album “Party Rock”, LMFAO were somehow able to get the majority of the crowd behind them. “Party Rock” is a bit of an anomaly to me as none of their music seems like rock to me, or makes me want to party. In fact, LMFAO were single handedly the worst group there. It was painfully hard to even attempt to take them seriously. MC’s Redfoo and Sky Blu were painfully tone deaf and lacked even the simplest qualities that make rappers special. The only somewhat entertaining thing of their set was some random member of their posse who appeared to be a reject from Jersey Shore (pictured below) running around on stage in purple leopard print spandex and pelvic thrusting the crowd. While that was slightly entertaining it took away the last dwindling bit of respect I had for them or their music. How this group ever became big is a mystery to me. Awful…just awful.

Vocals: 1
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 4
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 4

Set list:

1. Rock The Beat
2. Get Crazy
3. Lil’ Hipster Girl
4. I’m in Miami Bitch
5. Leaving U 4 The Groove
6. I Don’t Wanna Be
7. Scream My Name
8. La La La
9. Yes
10. Shots

Third Eye Blind:

Third Eye Blind were by far the most seasoned veterans on the tour as they have been together since the early 90s. While I was not familiar with much of their music, I was very impressed with the maturity of their music, live show and general attitude towards a crowd whose majority was probably born around the time they were founded. I highly recommend them.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. Graduate
2. Never Let You Go
3. Wounded
4. Don’t Believe A Word
5. Semi-Charmed Life
6. Jumper
7. Summer Town
8. Monotov’s Private Opera

Boys Like Girls:

The last time I saw Boys Like Girls I thought they were awful. So when I found out they were playing this show too, I came in with very low expectations. But they definitely surprised me. Their energy was contagious and singer Martin Johnson clearly took the band away from the “Boys sound like girls” joke that has followed the band. While I still won’t listen to them in my spare time, I will say that they easily surpassed my expectations and my respect for them has grown.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Love Drunk
2. Heels Over Head
3. Hero/Heroine
4. She’s Got a Boyfriend Now
5. Heart Heart Heartbreak
6. Thunder
7. Two Is Better Than One
8. The Great Escape

All Time Low:

All Time Low were the headliners for our stop of the tour (as the tour rotated the top 4 bands). I’d never seen them before but I’d always heard positive things about their live shows so I came in with pretty high expectations, boy they didn’t disappoint. An extravagant entrance followed by a bra-donned mic stand and thousands of screams fans was just the tip of the iceberg for this band from Maryland. A perfect fusion of catchy lyrics, pop riffs and youthful energy made ATL my break out band from the main stage. I highly recommend their live show to anyone who likes pop/rock.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. Keep the Change, You Filthy Animal
2. Damned If Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)
3. Lost in Stereo
4. Jasey Rae
5. Poppin’ Champagne
6. Break Your Little Heart
7. A Party Song (The Walk of Shame)
8. Weightless
9. Dear Maria, Count Me In

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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