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A Concert Review

June 28, 1996

The New World
Music Theater

Tinley Park, IL

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I saw Filter for the first time at a little radio station jamboree. That time I only got to see them for about the three songs I took pictures for, but I did like what I saw and heard. This time, with no photo pass, I got to kick back, relax, and enjoy the musical interludes that would be Filter.

I know one song, really, from Filter. You know, the "Hey man, nice shot" song. With that, I won't be telling you much of a set-list. But, what I will be telling you is that Filter is a band that gives it their all no matter the situation, and this night at the World Music theater was no easy situation.

A mosh-pit definitely enhances the Filter experience. Unfortunately, the World is an outdoor venue where the only place to mosh is on the lawn outside the cave that I call the pavilion area. That being the case, the poor guys in the band had to try their best to excite a crowd, and they tried, and tried, and tried.

They tried by pounding a loud, driving bass, whipping drinks into the crowd (I was duly impressed at the ability to whip a full cup of beverage about 30 to 35 rows into the crowd), by singing with total energy and just, whether the crowd did or not, have a good time.

Well, it took a while until the "Hey man" song, but the mosh-pit had started in the lawn a little earlier. With "Hey man" the cave crowd finally got on its feet, and finally seemed to have a good time.

I will say this - Filter puts out tons of energy, and in the right venue would get a better rating. But, since the crowd weighs heavily on my rating, it's only ONE THUMB UP this time around. They definitely have the potential for a two thumb upper, just not this day.

Until the next one, I'm The Dude on the Right. L8R!


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