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30footFALL, Bickley,
and Dynamite Boy
June 31, 2001
At Fitzgerald's
Houston, TX

by Samuel Barker
July 7, 2001

For as long as I can remember this bill has been a winner. No matter how lame the scene had become in Houston, this lineup would bring the kids out to Fitzgerald's and once again it worked.

First up was Dynamite Boy. As always, they rocked the place. Last time they came through they said they'd never play "TNT" live again, but after hearing the rockabilly tribute to AC/DC through the PA, Sean decided it had to be done. So they rocked the house with that track. Another highlight of the show was that they played "No Way Out," which they never play away from home, because Cruiserweight was playing in Houston that night so their singer could do the duet with Sean. This set was a lot of fun.

The second band up was Bickley. I felt ashamed because it had been nearly a year since I had last seen them. The funniest part of the night was when Dig Cox walked out and stated "We are what Dynamite Boy is going to look like in 10 years." And if know what the 2 bands look like, you can see the resemblance and find the humor. As soon as the show started I remembered why they're one of my favorite bands. Ben Fondled's voice was as irritating as ever and Rubio Coconut was back on the bass. This had everyone singing along and having a lot of fun. Ben got frustrated because no one would answer him when he talked between songs. It was great to hear classic rockers like "Stupid," "Sally," and the Jawbreaker cover "Boxcar." My throat was sore after their set, but that was a welcome condition.

The final band of the night was 30footFALL. It was straight up old school. Delron was back on guitar and Cory was on the drums. This was what 30footFALL should sound like. The sound was tight and the set was fun. At some points the sound wavered, but what can you expect with it being Delron's first show back. They played a set of all the old standards and some of the newer songs. It was a lot of fun and Delron was a welcome sight.

Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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