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CONCERT REVIEW

Hooba Don’t Stank

Bringing the Floor Down

By Cindy Yuan

Hoobastank, Greenwheel and Blindside

The Roxy

Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.

Hoobastank came this past weekend to perform at the Roxy, bringing with them Blindside, Greenwheel, and hundreds of eager fans. In a relatively early show, Greenwheel hit the stage at 6:30. Performing six songs, including their single “Breathe,” and crowd favorites “Shelter” and “Dim Halo,” the band received a warm welcome. As one concertgoer said, “I’d never heard of them before, but they’re definitely cool.” In a rare concert move, however, the group was interrupted just as they were about to begin their seventh song and told to leave the stage. As the crowd stood curious and confused, the band apologized and left the stage as directed by superiors. While everyone was naturally disappointed, it provided lead singer Ryan Jordan with a natural exit. “Well, Boston, we’ll just have to come back and finish that song.”

A group inspired by bands like Panic, Live, Tool, Radiohead, and guitarist Jeff Buckley, they described their incredible gratefulness for the amazing fans they have at such an early stage in their career. “We actually have really sweet, generous fans. They’ll cook for us, make us care baskets, and bracelets with our names on them. We really get a lot of admiration and support from them. It’s very flattering. Hopefully that means good things, but we’re really appreciative,” said guitarist Andy Dwiggins. Originally from the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, the group has appeared on such blockbuster movie soundtracks as The Fast and the Furious and Spiderman. Dwiggins went on to comment about the experience touring with a band like Hoobastank. “The fans are really young and excited and have a great energy every time we play a show. We’ve been fortunate to have really awesome security people working. The big venues for us are still very intimate so you don’t feel disconnected. You feel right there with them rocking out and sweating.”

Having nearly literally kicked Greenwheel off the stage, the stagehands started setting up for Blindside. The crowd, accompanied by filler music, started chanting various comments that expressed their discontent (fill in the blanks for yourself). After a half hour wait, the crowd forgot their irritation and openly welcomed Blindside onto the stage. A seemingly oxymoronic Christian heavy metal band, the group seemed to have a devoted following. Performing many tracks off their new CD Silence, the lead singer, Christian Lindskog graced the crowd with his occasional bursts of water spewing glory and mid-air jumps. The crowd quickly packed the wooden dance floor, transforming the usually ritzy nightclub into a true rock concert-worthy setting.

Upon Blindside’s exit, people further packed the already sardine-like dance floor in anticipation of the headliners: Hoobastank. The much-anticipated entrance of the band transformed the crowd into a frenzy mosh pit. In a typical high-energy set, the band performed their world-wide hit “Crawling in the Dark” and their latest single “Running Away.” As the band prepared to play “Pieces,” the pit was invited by lead singer Doug Robb to “jump and bring the floor down.” Naturally, the fans responded and before the lyrics even started and the crowd quickly started rocking the house. Literally. Security quickly stepped up and kept the crowd-surfers and moshers to a minimum. While it was quite humorous to see a very built 250-pound man in sunglasses stand with his arms crossed in front of an insane crowd waiting to scoop up crowd-surfers and bring them to safety, their purpose was well served as they protected numerous fans from potential crashes into the ground. After a 45-minute set, the band wrapped things up, much to the crowd’s chagrin. However, before departing from Boston, the group announced to the crowd that, “thanks to your help, our CD has finally gone platinum.” As soon as the band finished their last song, the crowd quickly dispersed. As the staff ushered the immense crowd out the doors, any fan you spoke to could only speak great words of the concert, and naturally so.