Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
April 21, 2009
Just when I thought I would never need anything more to confirm the fact that I am a fan of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, the band goes ahead and makes me love them even more. Two things happened during the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus show in Chicago last week that solidified my being a lifelong fan of RJA. Mind you, I have loved their music since March of 2005, so I don’t think I will ever not be a fan. But I digress… First of all, lead singer and head songwriter Ronnie Winter (whom I interviewed before the concert) walked out on stage wearing a Chicago Cubs hoodie. Now, seeing as how I live on the North side of Chicago, I am automatically a Cubs fan. It is the rule of Chicago. If you live on the North side, you root for the Cubs. If you live on the South side, you root for the White Sox. That’s just the way this city is. I also live less than two miles away from Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville, so I am surrounded by anything that has to do with the Cubs all the time!
More pictures and review after the jump….
I loved that Ronnie had the guts to wear the Cubs hoodie during RJA’s show. Eventually, he did take it off after he warmed up enough. But most artists are too scared to chose one major league baseball team over the other when performing in Chicago. There’s too much of a divide between the fans. People are super territorial and can get pretty defensive about their favorite team. But I guess Ronnie didn’t care if he upset any Sox fans at the band’s show, and I think that’s great. Second of all, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus chose to perform one cover song during their opening set for Secondhand Serenade. Now, out of all the bands in this world that RJA chose to cover, they happened to choose my FAVORITE BAND EVER: blink-182! Without dropping the name of the band, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus began playing the opening guitar line to “Stay Together For The Kids” by blink-182. My jaw just about hit the floor, I was so shocked – in a totally good way! God, I wish I had my camera at that show so I could’ve recorded that performance.
Ronnie and Co. did something pretty cool at the Chicago show too, which I’m not sure they do every night on this tour. The band decided not to go off of a set list and instead simply chose songs they wanted to play as the evening went along. Of course, the guys took in consideration the song suggestions being shouted out by fans in the crowd. The only bit that bothered me about this was that the fivesome from Florida took so much time talking amongst themselves trying to decide what the next song should be that their set was shorter than it should’ve been. There was so much wasted time in between each song that RJA didn’t play as many songs as the audience would have liked. Oh well, I hope they learned from that experiment. Here are some of the chosen few that made the cut:
Cat And Mouse
Pull Me Back
You Better Pray
Stay Together For The Kids (blink-182 cover)
Your Guardian Angel
Duke Kitchens (lead guitar, piano, backing vocals)
Joey Westwood (bass, backing vocals)
*Not photographed: Jon Wilkes (drums, backing vocals)
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