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Concert Reviews:
Modern Rock Fans Get Bamboozled At DTE

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- A bamboozle implies a scam, a swindle, a cheat.

But you would have been hard-pressed to find anyone who felt that way among the abundantly youthful crowd Tuesday (June 15) when the Bamboozle Roadshow 2010 rolled into the DTE Energy Music Theatre.

Thanks to far better than predicted weather and enough cloud cover to keep the roughly 8,000 fans from baking in the sun -- not to mention a smooth production that even wrapped up five minutes earlier than planned -- Bamboozle was a spirited day out that showcased the energetic modern rock of All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Forever the Sickest Kids and the Ready, as well as relative elder statesmen such as Third Eye Blind and Good Charlotte. And the bite-sized half-hour and 45-minute sets on two stages made sure nobody overstayed their welcome in this age of limited attention spans.

A few rivalries were revealed amidst the 13-act package -- but none particularly serious. The "party rock" duo LMFAO, comprised of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.'s son and grandson, talked up their home town Los Angeles Lakers, playing game six of the NBA Finals that night against the Boston Celtics. Not surprisingly, Boston-based Boys Like Girls had something to say about that during their set, and bassist Bryan Donahue even sported a Celtics jersey.

And it was hard not to notice that after Boys Like Girls' penultimate set, a good chunk of the crowd -- at least a third -- left, although that allowed closing act All Time Low to invite fans on the hill into the pavilion, where there was plenty of room even though frontman Alex Gaskarth marveled, perhaps wishfully, that "this place is (expletive) packed!" at the start of the Baltimore quartet's set.

If Third Eye Blind and Good Charlotte seemed a bit long in the tooth for this particular festival, they acquitted themselves well and were both greeted with genuine enthusiasm by the audience, which bounced along to the latter's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and knew the words to Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life" and "Never Let You Go" and even hung with group through a lengthy version of "Jumper." 3EB frontman Stephan Jenkins may have dated himself, however, noting that the last time the group played the amphitheater it was still called Pine Knob.

LMFAO certainly brought the party rock during its rowdy set, keeping the crowd bouncing to "La La La" and "I Am Not a Whore," swapping Detroit into the title refrain of "I'm in Miami..." and bringing on members of other groups for the chorus of "Shots." Boys Like Girls' frontman Martin Johnson added a solo acoustic rendition of "Summer" to a diet of hard rockers such as "Love Drunk," "Two is Better Than One," "Heart Heart Heartbreak" and "The Great Escape," while All Time Low sampled power pop ("Damned"), disco ("Poppin' ") and heavy rock ("Best Friend") during a good-humored set that found the band members trading verbal jibes about Gaskarth's father's testicles.

You had to be there, maybe. But those who were felt anything but bamboozled by the experience.

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