The Loved Ones, hailing from Philadelphia, may not have been around for twenty years but they took stage and played their hearts out to the welcoming crowd. This Fat Wreck Chords act has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years now, so it was great to finally see them play the stage. They played songs from their recent EP Distractions as well as former releases Build & Burn and Keep Your Heart, including the catchy song "The Bridge". The band sounded solid and looked to be having a great time performing to the near sold out crowd.
Before the Bouncing Souls even took stage fans were screaming the trademark Bouncing Souls soccer chant "Ole" jointly. The moment they started playing the temperature rose a good ten degrees in the venue from all the movement in the crowd. With arms in the air, and some legs too, the fans were truly going ballistic for the main act of the evening.
Greg Attonito and crew were all smiles as they ripped through show starter "True Believer". Classic tracks such as "That Song", Here We Go", Lean On Sheena", and "I Like Your Mom" continued the set with almost all the fans singing along too. At times the lead singer looked more of a lounge act as he slowly graced the stage to the left and right and just seemed so at peace with the environment surrounding him.
Towards the middle of the set Greg Attonito grabbed an acoustic guitar and played a very chill version of the Misfits' "Hybrid Moments" which brought grins to the faces of all the real punk rockers in the crowd. I sang along with everyone else and for a brief moment felt like a kid all over again.
I was not at a Bouncing Souls show that night, I was at a Bouncing Souls celebration for them being a punk act for 20 years. Having been a fan of them for most of that time, I felt so fortunate to be a part of the festivities and enjoyed every moment of the evening. Openers Black President were a treat to see live as were The Loved Ones making for an ultimate night of punk rock fun.