Lawrence Arms Play For A Good Cause

Lawrence Arms
Subterranean – Chicago, IL
May 19, 2010

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The Lawrence Arms (so generously) played a very small sold out show to benefit the victims of a recent attack in Chicago. It’s quite a sad story. Two young women were on their way home from a night out and brutally attacked with a baseball bat. You can read more about it here. Thank goodness the perpetrator was caught, but these poor girls are still left with some serious medical bills. The Larry Arms stepped in to help…

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Singer Brendan Kelly discussed and announced the show on his blog, Bad Sandwich Chronicles

“I’ve been speaking with my co-conspirators and we all feel terrible. SO, here’s what we’re gonna do: Me and my friend Chris and my friend Neil (both fellow stumbling-home-in-Chicago enthusiasts) are going to get together one night and play some songs that we’ve written for anyone who wants to pay to come see us do it. We’ll be calling ourselves the Lawrence Arms, we’ll be performing at the Subterranean on Wednesday the 19th of May. The show will be 17+ and every single dime of the money will go to these girls to help them with their bills and their rehab and…fuck, honestly, I don’t even care what they do with the money. If they need some hot fudge sundaes, fine. Go for it, get the biggest fucking hot fudge sundaes you can get. It’s the least we can do as a city, right? Of course it is.” 

Damn straight, BK!!

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The Lawrence Arms proceeded to play a rockin’ set to a sold-out, insane crowd. See, when you pack approximately 400 die-hard fans of a (much loved) hometown band in a super tiny venue and declare the show is for a good cause – the end result is simple: extreme awesomeness. Well, except for the Miley Cyrus intro. I can appreciate the irony, but secretly felt ashamed for the 5 members of the audience that actually got pumped by (and sang along to) “Party In The U.S.A.”.

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I digress…

Long story short, Chris McCaughan, Neil Hennessy and Brendan Kelly put on a fun show. Drunken rants, good tunes and a crowd with energy that wouldn’t quit made for a fantastic show.

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Setlist:
Presenting: The Dancing Machine (The Robot With the Monkey Head)
Great Lakes / Great Escapes
Necrotism: Decanting the Insalubrious (Cyborg Midnight) Part 7
Turnstiles
On With The Show
The Revisionist
Recovering The Opposable Thumb
Chapter 13: The Hero Appears
Quincentuple Your Money
Brick Wall Views
The Rambin’ Boys of Pleasure
Lose Your Illusion 1
The Raw And Searing Flesh
The Disaster March
The Slowest Drink at the Saddest Bar on the Snowiest Day in the Greatest City
Are You There Margaret? It’s Me, God.

Encore:
100 Resolutions
Like A Record Player

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Most importantly as a fellow “stumbling-home-in-Chicago enthusiast” I really appreciate the effort put forth by everyone to make this show happen. Thank you Lawrence Arms.

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You can find information about other upcoming benefits and how to make donations at Friends of Natasha and Stacy

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