The Academy Is…
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
November 6, 2008
Not sure about you, but I was pretty sad about the fact that Chicago’s very own The Academy Is… did not sell out the House of Blues this time around. The band was originally supposed to play three consecutive nights at the HOB (Nov. 6-8). However, after failing to sell out any of those three nights, the third and final show was canceled. The first two shows still remained, but neither of them sold out. What is up with that?! The HOB only fits about 1,300 people! I have never been to a TAI… show that has NOT been sold out. I hate to say it, but I’ll say it anyway: the boys in The Academy Is… might be losing their touch. The band, which hails from the northwest suburb of Hoffman Estates, released their third album Fast Times at Barrington High in August. The only thing is, nobody knew that a new album was even available! Where the hell was the marketing and promotions behind the new record? Not even old school fans like my friend Rikki knew about the new album being out, and let me tell you, she has seen them more than anyone I know. She’s seen The Academy Is… back in the day at Mojoe’s Coffee House in Tinley Park and the Knights of Columbus in Arlington Heights.
Frontman William Beckett performed a brand new song solo on acoustic guitar while his four bandmates waited in the wings to rejoin him with more fan favorites. Beckett told the crowd that he wrote the song just the night before on the tour bus traveling to Chicago. Only three songs from the group’s sophomore effort Santi were performed at the show: “Neighbors,” “Everything We Had,” and “We’ve Got A Big Mess On Our Hands.” I was hoping they would also play “Seed,” “LAX to O’Hare,” and my absolute favorite track off Santi “Same Blood.” But this show was apparently all about Fast Times At Barrington High. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see how writing an album focused on high school memories is a sign of a band progressing in their musical career. The new songs just aren’t as catchy, nor memorable as the hooks found on their smash debut Almost Here.
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