hmv.com reviews... Hoobastank, P.O.D, Alient Ant Farm @ London's KOKO
Hoobastank, P.O.D and Alien Ant Farm smashed the first night of their UK tour last night (May 7th). Here's our full review...
Hoobastank, Alien Ant Farm and P.O.D, three former giants of rock and metal, rolling back the clock and putting on a joint UK tour.
London's KOKO, the grand old venue at the edge of Camden.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was full to bursting with touts all over the place outside, buying and selling. The crowd were absolutely rabid, with mosh pits kicking off left, right and centre.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Each of the bands had less than an hour to get the job done, so focused on their hits and fan favourites. Alien Ant Farm dropped five songs from their big-selling Anthology record, including a massive-sounding 'Movies', a snarling 'Attitude' and a joyful run through their much-loved cover of Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal'.
P.O.D blasted through all their big hitters, smashing out 'Boom', a resounding 'Youth Of The Nation', which turned the whole of KOKO into one giant choir, a jet-fuelled 'Alive' closed the set, with the whole room descending into a sea of flying limbs. The newer cuts, like 'Revolucion', went down less well, but then any gig with a bill like tonight was never going to be about the future.
Hoobastank closed the show with a slick and punchy set, it kicked off with 'Crawling In The Dark', which got everyone moving and then pumped out banger after banger. 'Running Away' and 'Pieces' had everyone's arms aloft, 'The Reason' slowed the place right down for a quiet sing-a-long before it went bananas once again for 'Out Of Control'.
It was vibrant, it was full of people of all ages going demented and it was brilliant.
Any good between song banter?
Alient Ant Farm were first on and were full of chat, with singer Dryden Mitchell at one time ranting about MTV and then telling strange stories about his mum, P.O.D were less chatty, with more general geeing up of the place. Hoobastank opened up about the tour's nostalgic tinges and how none of it mattered to them as much as the music, but were mostly pretty joyful in everything they said.
Did they put on much of a show?
A nice backdrop each, but no fireworks or glitter cannons. They only had 50 minutes each, so there wasn't a tonne of time for theatrics.
What was the highlight of the set?
Seems only fair to pick a highlight from each band. For Alien Ant Farm, it all went crazy for 'Movies', while P.O.D sent the place int mayhem with 'Boom'. The biggest moment of the night though came with Hoobastank's closing 'Out Of Control'.
Where can I catch them next?
The tour rolls into Wolverhampton tonight and then across the UK. You can find all the dates and purchase tickets here.