Friday, June 20, 2008

Locksley/Rooney Concert Review

Never in my life did I think The Strokes could be topped as the best concert I've ever been to. I was wrong. So this past Tuesday evening, I attended the sold-out Locksley and Rooney show. (Rooney headlined) Now, the only way I was even able to go to this show was because I called in a favor from Locksley and they put me on the guest list, which was very nice of them. I promised to bring them cookies next time I see them. Now, Locksley is a band from Brooklyn that added ME on myspace three years ago, back when they had four songs. I listened to those four songs over and over and over and never got sick of them. Then they came to Boston to play a show at the Paradise Lounge, a tiny, tiny little bar. Turns out my sister and I were the only ones there to see them, since they were just the house band that night and weren't expecting an audience. I think it was about a 6 or 7 song set and they were so psyched to see us singing along with their songs that they gave us a copy of their album a few months prior to its release. I can't recommend this album enough; it's fantastic as far as real garage-ish rock and roll goes. Fast forward to the show. The Bridges opened, who were actually very entertaining. Mostly because it was a band of four girls and a guy and the chicks were all very attractive. Then Locksley came on and they had this brilliance about them that was clear from the second they stepped on stage. I wish I could explain how intense the next 45 minutes were, but I've been searching for words to describe it since Tuesday (it's now Friday) and haven't come up with anything. They were so perfectly energetic that their charisma and stage presence were instantly soaked up by the crowd and had all of the pre-teen girls who were there to see Rooney jumping around and screaming. It was the closest thing to Beatlemania I'll ever experience. They even covered the White Stripes song 'Hotel Yorba' and it was no less than a million times better than the actual song, which is saying something because I do enjoy the original. OK, well basically you get the idea: they're amazing. This band is about to explode in popularity, I'm saying it here first. And I swear to God if MTV does to Locksley what they did to my beloved OK Go, I will be a very, very upset Patrick.

I urge you to go see this band if you get a chance. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. I mean, GUARANTEE.

Here's their remaining summer tour schedule:
Jun 20 2008 8:00P
Rams Head Live! (w/Rooney) Baltimore, Maryland
Jun 21 2008 8:00P
Cat’s Cradle (w/Rooney) Carrboro, North Carolina
Jun 22 2008 8:00P
Variety Playhouse (w/Rooney) Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 24 2008 8:00P
Jack Rabbits (w/Rooney) Jacksonville, Florida
Jun 25 2008 8:00P
The State Theatre (w/Rooney) Saint Petersburg, Florida
Jun 26 2008 8:00P
House of Blues (w/Rooney) Orlando, Florida
Jun 27 2008 8:00P
Revolution (w/Rooney) Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jun 29 2008 8:00P
The Parish @ House of Blues (w/Rooney) New Orleans, Louisiana
Jul 1 2008 8:00P
Workplay Theatre (w/Rooney) Birmingham, Alabama
Jul 2 2008 8:00P
Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom (w/Rooney) Little Rock, Arkansas
Jul 3 2008 8:00P
House of Blues (w/Rooney) Dallas, Texas
Jul 5 2008 8:00P
Emo’s Alternative Lounging (w/Rooney) Austin, Texas
Jul 7 2008 8:00P
Launchpad (w/Rooney) Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jul 8 2008 8:00P
Club Congress (w/Rooney) Tucson, Arizona
Jul 9 2008 8:00P
House of Blues (w/Rooney) San Diego, California
Jul 10 2008 8:00P
House of Blues (w/Rooney) Las Vegas, Nevada
Jul 13 2008 8:00P
Hawthorne Theatre (w/Rooney) Portland, Oregon
Jul 14 2008 8:00P
Chop Suey (w/Rooney) Seattle, Washington
Jul 18 2008 8:00P
House of Blues (w/Rooney) West Hollywood, California
Jul 20 2008 8:00P
House of Blues (w/Rooney) Anaheim, California

The above video, which you probably have figured out by now, is from the Jimmy Kimmell Show they did awhile back. I couldn't find a decent video from the night I saw them. They're playing two of their songs "Let Me Know" and "She Does"

So, thank you to Locksley for getting me into the show that I will no doubt remember for years and years, for topping The Strokes as the best show I've ever seen, and for not letting me down when I could have been watching the Celtics win a championship.

Oh yeah, Rooney was OK.


1 comment:

K-Rock said...

Any argument from the man who saw Chick Corea last night? Can we top this? John Legend was pretty sweet, but the crowd could have been better. Too many leftover 40-somethings who were more excited about the smooth jazz (see Dave Koz video from earlier post) and not so much about John Legend.