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Cobra Starship Brings the Sass to Chi-Town

Cobra Starship
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
May 9, 2009

Cobra Starship Allstate ArenaGabe Saporta (lead vocals)

Cobra Starship always leaves me speechless when I see the band perform live in concert. Seriously, I am left at a loss for words. I don’t know what to say about this five-piece from New York City. Having been a fan since the launch of Cobra’s career in the summer of 2006, I’ve seen Gabe Saporta and Co. too many times to count. It never gets old, though. I never tire of seeing Cobra Starship and singing/dancing along to their catchy tunes. Cobra has come a long way from their massive hit “Bring It (Snakes On A Plane),” which was the official theme song from the 2006 film Snakes On A Plane starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Performing “Bring It” during Cobra’s set is a given. However, Cobra happened to play my favorite track off of their sophomore release Viva La Cobra!: “Kiss My Sass.” The song’s album version features a rap verse courtesy of Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes. Unfortunately, Travis did not make a special guest appearance at this show. To be honest, I cannot remember who came out on stage to rap McCoy’s verse with Cobra Starship. Probably some guy from the tour crew.  Cobra also performed “The City Is At War,” yet another favorite of mine from Viva La Cobra!.

For those who don’t know, Cobra Starship just released a new song entitled “Good Girls Go Bad,” which features Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester. I bought it on iTunes this morning, actually. The track was written by Kevin Rudolf and Kara DioGuardi and produced by Rudolf. Once you hear the song, which is the first single from the band’s upcoming album Hot Mess, you will be able to recognize the sound of Kevin Rudolf. The track’s guitar riff (especially in the chorus) is completely reminiscent of Rudolf’s hits “Let It Rock” and “Welcome To The World.” I can totally imagine Rudolf singing “Good Girls Go Bad.” It just sounds like his style of music, but with Gabe Saporta and Leighton Meester sharing lead vocals. Cobra Starship treated fans to another new song called “Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We’re Famous,” written for the band’s next record (due in August). In my opinion, this is the perfect title for a Cobra Starship song. Why? Because it is 100% true. Cobra Starship is signed to Wentz’s label Decaydance. Enough said.

More photos of the members comprising Cobra Starship after the jump. Make sure you look closely at the necklace that lead singer Gabe Saporta wore during the show. Yes, that is a picture of Justin Timberlake…

Cobra Starship Allstate ArenaNate Novarro (drums)

Cobra Starship Allstate ArenaAlex Suarez (bass, vocals)

Cobra Starship Allstate Arena

Ryland Blackinton (guitar, vocals, synthesizer)

Cobra Starship Allstate ArenaVictoria Asher (keytar, vocals)

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  1. rikki says:

    cobra was awesome in milwaukee. i love love the new single, i think this is the one that will bring them to mainstream radio.

    just a slight fyi, kevin rudolf didn’t write it he only produced it. gabe and kara co-wrote it.

    nice photos

  2. Anita says:

    great review like usual. So who is your fav upcoming act for lolla?

  3. ashley says:

    I didn’t know kevin rudolph did that song…totally makes sense.

    Good pics too

  4. Anna says:

    I love Cobra Starship and always have fun at their shows! They really know how to get the crowd excited!

  5. Alyssa says:

    I want your job! Seriously. You took some amazing pictures and I wish I could have been there.

  6. Dan says:

    great band, sick single, awesome show!

    new CD HOT MESS out AUGUST 11th

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