Bands in Attendance: Lola Ray, Hazen Street, Sum41 & Good Charlotte
When & Where: 11.13.04 @ ECC Flickinger Center - Buffalo, NY
By: Amnesty Phillip

As I awaited for what was supposedly to be "one of the best shows of the year," I guess it's safe to say, that I held my expectations high. -- Incredibly, too high.

I heard a lot of great things about Lola Ray and I was excited to see what they had to offer. Sadly, I had no choice but to miss their set, due to "pre-door obligations." So, let's continue on with Hazen Street.

After missing Hazen Street when they appeared on the Story Of The Year tour back in April, I wanted to see what I had been left out on. I really enjoyed their tracks, "Are You Ready?" and "Fool The World," but, I soon found out, I really didn't miss much at all. The ghetto-punk sound that these guys "perform," lacks a bit in the performance department. However, I do give them props for trying to the best of their abilities to get the crowd going, considering about 2/5 of the crowd was enjoying them.

I began to grow impatient. After hearring nothing but excellent reviews of their new album, "Chuck," I wanted to see what all the "buzz" was about. Soon, a funny, but not-quite hilarious video started to play on the screens and the band took their places on stage. I really enjoyed their performance, unlike the lifeless "zombies" that stood all around me, only awakening whenever they would sing one of their radio hits. ("Fat Lip" and "We're All To Blame," for example.) I couldn't help but feel like I had already saw the stage antics that singer, Deryck Whibley was putting on. What was he doing? He seemed to be playing the role of none other than, Billie Joe from Green Day. Don't get me wrong, I love Sum 41, I was just baffled by this. This would mark the first time seeing them and I have to say, I was slightly disappointed.

The disappointment only stayed with me during the course of Good Charlotte's set. Everytime I've seen these guys live, their set has always been nothing short of impressive. Although this time, that would soon change. With their worldwind of success, I was expecting the crowd to repsond far more than what they were giving the opening bands and a newly written set-list, consisting mostly of new tracks. I was correct with one of my expectations. I can't say that I was disappointed that they were singing a majority of the tracks off their new album, "The Chronicles Of Life and Death," but I was disappointed that the crowd would only liven up, as the band sang their new single, "Predictable."

Both, Sum 41 and Good Charlotte have always been old time favorites of mine, and I know they can put on great live shows. Maybe, I would have had a better time, If I hadn't attended this show, while being as sick as I was. So, with that being said, I will give them the benefit of the doubt.