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Thursday, 24 October 2013


Last night was a very bittersweet but amazing night for me and my sister as we headed down to London to see Bowling For Soup on their Bid Farewell tour! This is pretty much an end of an era for us so be warned, this post is a long one...

First of all, if you don't know who Bowling For Soup is, then you're probably lying. Most people have heard of at least one of their biggest hits, which include The Bitch Song, Girl All The Bad Guys Want, High School Never Ends and 1985. I guess it really depends how old you are, because Bowling For Soup have been around for THAT long. Last night they announced that they'd been a band for 19 and a half years, and have been touring the UK for ten of them. This four piece band that hail from Texas are one of the best rock bands of our generation and the fact that they've been around for so long proves that. They're such a genuine happy funny band; most of their songs are lighthearted and humorous which is great for when the deeper stuff is just too much. But they do also have a few really good 'balleds' so to speak which are so unexpected that you find yourself genuinely amazed at how moving they are and how great the lead singers voice is.

So last night was their London date of their Bid Farewell tour, which means unfortunately they won't be touring in the UK anymore. They're not splitting up thank god, but bar a few festivals, they won't be doing full on UK tours (I mean I'm pretty sure they're all over 40 now and married with kids) which is sad, because this is pretty much an end of an era for me and my sister.

Photo found via Facebook and copyright to Kate James

I have a lot to thank Bowling For Soup for, and I think they were pretty much the band that got me into alternative music among a few others - I think it was Bowling for Soup and Good Charlotte. I still remember seeing the music video for Punk Rock 101 on TV and just being like 'whoa' and going to listen to all their other singles. They were my first ever rock gig and therefore the introduction into my love of going to gigs and seeing rock bands live. The first time I saw them live was pretty much life changing! It was back in 2005 so I was 15 and that was a very long time ago! The atmosphere that evening just hit me in my core, it was what made me fall in love with live music and I've not looked back since. It was like a whole new world for me, walking into that crowded gig venue, feeling that excitement in the air, listening and seeing them perform so loud, moshing and even getting to meet them afterwards. I'll forever remember that night and it really did change my life. I still have my signed tie!

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Top - Chris and Jaret, Warwick University, 18th October 2005
Bottom - The most embarrassing outfits ever from that night, I even added a pink tie to this ensemble (but it now hangs proudly in my room as I met them afterwards and they signed it for me!)

Since then, my sister have seen them 5 or 6 times altogether! It kind of became our tradition to see them live every time they came to the UK. Unfortunately we didn't get to see them on their last couple of tours, just because I was away at uni and life got in the way a little, but there was no way we were going to miss their last tour ever. Last night really was the end of an era for me. I know I go on about The Maine being my favourite band, and they are, but Bowling For Soup will always be one of my favourite bands of all time full stop and no band could ever replace that.

Last night was truly, truly amazing. Despite the lead singer suffering from the flu, they performed for TWO hours straight which is probably one of the longest sets I've seen! They played a real mixture, from old songs and new songs. This was actually fun to experience because me and my sister haven't caught up with their newest stuff but we've definitely been long term fans. Looking around, some fans only knew the newest stuff and were stumped with the older stuff, and some knew all of it! The venue was packed to the brim, there were young people, old people - it was really great just to see how many people had come wish the band well on their send off. It's easy to forget just how many fans they've got after they've been around for so long.

But onto the gig - they played so many hits and a great mix of upbeat songs, a couple of slower ones and even a cover of Fountains of Wayne's Stacey's Mom (because apparently they get credited for that a lot!). In tradition, they held a photo opportunity and took time out to talk to and joke around with the crowd. They played every single one of my favourite songs and even The Last Rock Show which I was pleased about, if you ever listen to it then you'll know just how fitting it was. It was so nice to just mosh out to them one last time.

One of the guys touring with them even proposed to his girlfriend on stage which was one of the sweetest things ever, it was so romantic to see the whole venue just cheer and clap for them. So jealous.

I'm ever so grateful to have been able to experience a gig with Bowling For Soup one last time and I suppose knowing it was the last time, it made it just that more special. Bowling For Soup may not have saved my life and they aren't one of the most serious bands about, but they never manage to put a smile on my face and they've definitely changed my life. If it wasn't for them, I'd be lost when it came to my music.

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