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Filter Concert Review – 8/21/10 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

22 August 2010 11 Comments

By: Andrew

Listen to our interview with Richard Patrick here.

Read our review of The Trouble With Angels here.

On Saturday evening, August 21st, 2010, Filter played the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.

Yours truly, and several All Knowing Force listeners were in attendance.

I’d like to commence by stating the obvious – I’m a huge Filter fan. Although All Knowing Force is part of the media, I attended the show as a fan. Therefore, this review is being written by a fan. I wasn’t taking notes. I wasn’t looking for inconsistencies in chord progressions. I was a fan, at a rock show, that happens to be one of the main people at a popular entertainment media site. If you’re looking for metaphorical musings by the overeducated, read a review on another site.

As I was walking to the venue, I made a right on Delancey and immediately saw a woman puking her brains out right next to to Filter’s bus. I thought, God D*mn Me, as I walked away from her. Look, if you’re at a rock concert and you’re throwing up before the headliner takes the stage, you’re a loser and have failed at life. Also, another loser that failed at life is the Bowery employee that stopped me as I was walking up the stairs. I’m a big guy. I’m 6’3″, 265. This guy says, “Nah bro, move it down, or I’ll take you down.” Anyone that knows me knows I’m a respectful, non-confrontational guy. I didn’t even say anything to this animal. In a perfect world, I would have taken him outside, bounced his skull off Filter’s bus, rubbed his head in the puke and pushed him right in front of an Escalade. That would be a long walk to jail, thought, huh? YOU DO NOT TALK TO PEOPLE LIKE THAT. YOU ARE A 45 YEAR OLD MAN THAT GUARDS STAIRS. YOU HAVE FAILED AT LIFE. A WELL-PLACED CHAIN ROPE CAN DO YOUR JOB.

I can’t believe Richard Patrick is 42 years old. The guy has more energy than people half his age. They sounded amazing. Plus, they had an amazingly receptive crowd. You could see Filter do the same set each night and would see a completely different show. The set was packed with everything you’d expect, and the new songs fit-in just right right. I’ve seen hundreds of shows over the years, and this was up there, and by far, the best I have ever seen Filter.

I’m 30 years old, and very little excites me about music these days. I left the show hoarse. My feet were killing me. My ears were ringing. I felt 60, skinny, and soft inside.

I was at a rock show and saw the rock band Filter. Filter is back and absolutely better than ever.

If you don’t check them out when they come to your town, you’re like the woman that was puking. You’re like the loser guarding the stairs. You will be a loser that has failed. Filter, hands down, one of the best live bands in the world. Worth every penny. Open your wallet. Open your mind. Let the venue take your money. Everything will be a-ok. Thank me later.

Do you want to legally download (yes, legally), Short Bus, Title Of Record, The Amalgamut, and Remixes For The Damned, as well as The Very Best Things (their greatest hits), head over to our free music page and scroll down to Filter. Thank us later.

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  • Carla said:

    I agree with Andrew. I moved around a heck of a lot to catch Filter at Bowery and all I can say is OH MY GOD. This was the best NYC crowd I’ve seen in a long time. Richard is a man possessed.

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  • lmao said:

    The opening bands sucked balls and the show started late. Filter took the stage and fucked shit up. I thought the veins in Richard’s neck were going to pop out and hit me in the face. Dude was going ape shit.

    The band also took the time to meet fans and sign stuff at merch. Personable, great guys. Beautiful experience. Filter is back.

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  • 5150 said:

    I catch the Filter references in the article. Neat stuff.

    I second this review. I’ve always been so-so with Richard because of the bullshit from his alcoholic days but this was a new man. I saw them on Anthems and he’s just different. Whatever lit a fire under his ass, I want.

    The sound guy should be fired.

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  • Alpine said:

    I saw the RSS notification that you posted this review and wanted to add to it.

    Richard played Bowery in 05 with Army of Anyone and the show sucked. I saw him at Mercury Lounge (paid $40 for a scalped ticket) in 08 and it sucked but the small venue was nice.

    I’m loyal so I went last night. NEW MAN. NEW BAND. NEW ATTITUDE. Throw all your preconcieved notions out and catch them. I paid $250 to see Aerosmith at Jones Beach and Filter blew them out of the water.

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    I had my doubts but ate it all up. Tremendous show by Filter last night.

    The openers sucked.

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  • Laura in NJ said:

    This show was worth every minute of traffic we sat in while going through the Lincoln Tunnel. A wonderful $105 parking ticket as well parking in what should have been a perfectly legal spot. All of the stress and financial loss was worth it. I am still pumped 24 hours removed from the show.

    I must say the openers were just horrific. I’m a positive person but have to be honest there.

    @5150: You are right. The sound guy should be fired. Amateur.

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  • FxBLeSSeD said:



    I creamed all over myself during the show. Best I have seen in a while.

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  • Uriah Heep said:

    You guys got my ass to Bowery. I wrote these guys off years ago but it was well worth it. I’m out in LA for work beginning Wednesday so I’m going again when they play Thursday. Fuck yeah.

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  • Buddy said:

    I’ve had run-ins with the Bowery employee you mentioned as well. Both times when arriving at the venue and he was completely unprovoked. Once when I arrived around half an hour after the tickets said the doors were supposed to be opened and they hadn’t been opened yet. I didn’t complain, but he was appalled that I dare walk up to the door at that time. Another time he asked what I was there for, like I was at some exclusive club I needed to be on a list for. I was there with a ticket to see a concert. I love the venue, but between him and the fact that my Jack and Cokes don’t taste like Jack and give me headaches the next day, I’m not so fond of it sometimes.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    @Buddy: I had to read this twice. Someone agreed with me. And for a genuine reason. My day is so much brighter.

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  • frenzeed said:

    They performed the same set as NY in LA Thursday. I wish Richard would switch it up and pay a lil more attention to The Amalgamut.

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