Supersuckers at the Entry, 01/31/12
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
January 31, 2012
In less capable hands, this would have been just another aging, veteran rock band rolling through Minneapolis, looking to get paid for nothing, and eager to get the hell out of the Minnesota winter as quickly as possible. But we're talking about the Supersuckers here, the self-proclaimed Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band In the World, and they clearly don't go out like that. The seasoned Seattle quartet came to entertain the raucous, sold-out Entry crowd with everything they had, delivering rousing new songs as well as digging deep in their back catalog during their boisterous 80-minute set.
After an opening flurry of new songs as well as the classic "Luck" from their '92 debut The Smoke Of Hell, frontman Eddie Spaghetti addressed the swelling crowd: "What is this, a Tuesday night? It looks like we've got a really good Thursday thing happening here, or the start of a pretty good Friday night...If you want me to write your boss a note, I'll do that. I feel like everyone should get a bye after seeing a Supersuckers show. You ready to start the show now?" And from there the performance kicked into high gear, with the band tearing from one rowdy two-minute song to the next at a breakneck pace.
Eddie's weathered vocals are now a bit reminiscent of Mike Ness from Social Distortion, and the band's new songs, of which there were plenty, also have that polished, guitar-driven Social D sound to them as well. But the old songs were what got all of us out to the Entry on a Tuesday night to begin with, so "Bad, Bad, Bad," "On The Couch," and "Doublewide" all got the crowd moving and the devil horns emphatically thrust into the air.
Photo by Tony Nelson
The Supersuckers do a lot of posturing on the stage, with Eddie repeatedly holding his bass aloft for the crowd, and guitarists Dan Bolton (who even combed his hair in the middle of one song) and Marty Chandler both showed off repeatedly while they were soloing. But rather than come off as cheesy and cliche, their Rock 101 antics fit the music perfectly and only added to the wildly energetic performance. Hell, we even got a drum solo from former Reverend Horton Heat drummer Scott Churilla, and it was awesome.
Eddie joked with the crowd at the show's halfway point: "The Supersuckers may be the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world, but we're definitely not the smartest. We like rock 'n' roll songs about rock 'n' roll with rock 'n' roll right in the title. We're going to play three of 'em for you now." And with that, the band tore through rollicking versions of "That Is Rock 'n' Roll," "Rock 'n' Roll Records (Ain't Selling This Year)," and "Rock Your Ass," which all brought the house down.
The band never once appeared gassed during their rapid-fire set, churning out one booze-fueled anthem about women or drugs after another. And the decidedly older but still rambunctious crowd wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The main set closed with a burst of old songs, as "I Want the Drugs," "How To Maximize Your Kill Count," and "Goodbye" all were incendiary. At that point, Eddie addressed the crowd again, "As you know, the Supersuckers don't do encores. We don't believe in jerking you around like that. We're going to stay on stage and finish the fucking job we started."
The non-encore portion of the set was on fire, as "Pretty Fucked Up" got everyone singing along, as did the campfire anthem "Non-Addictive Marijuana." But it was the Supersuckers bold, emphatic cover of the Thin Lizzy classic "Jailbreak" which really made the night memorable. They even continued their adoration of the Dublin band by tagging "Cowboy Song" onto the start of "Born With A Tail," which closed out the night explosively. Eddie demanded that everyone in the packed club give him the finger, and was apparently impressed by what he saw, claiming "This looks so good I've got to take a picture of it." And after a quick group bow, the band were out, leaving the well-lubricated crowd thoroughly entertained, completely spent, and perhaps already scheming to find a way out of work the following morning.
Photo by Tony Nelson
Personal Bias: I saw the Supersuckers a bunch in the '90s, but it's been nearly 10 years since I've seen them last. Thankfully, they haven't changed much.
The Crowd: It was clearly an older crowd, but everyone in the place looked like they have seen some shit in their time.
Overheard In The Crowd: "I'll take eight PBR's, please."
Random Notebook Dump: I couldn't help but laugh as the Sanford and Son theme song played us out of the bar.
Beat To Shit
Hot Rod Rally
Bad, Bad, Bad
Evil Powers Of Rock 'N' Roll
Something About You
That Is Rock 'N' Roll
Rock 'N' Roll Records (Ain't Selling This Year)
Rock Your Ass
Supersuckers Drive-By Blues
I Want The Drugs
How To Maximize Your Kill Count
Pretty Fucked Up
Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)
Cowboy Song (Thin Lizzy)/Born With A Tail
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