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Hinder Live Review

Monday night I attended the Dayton stop of the Jagermeister Music Tour featuring Hinder, Shindeown, Trapt, Rev. Theory and Red. As you already know, I had the tickets as a make-up show from a previously canceled event.

I should have eaten the ticket cost and stayed home and worked.

First, a word about the concert venue. The show was held at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University. I've decided I absolutely despise seeing shows at the Nutter. The sound is just terrible and I'm sick of being manhandled before I even get in the door. Apparently, promoters were expecting a tough crowd as there were giant blinking signs everywhere warning against guns, knives, spike jewelry, moshing and...nudity.

When I was nearly strip searched at the door, I found myself longing for the ever-happy TSA workers at the airport. Then, a security guard of some sort rifled through my purse, looked at all my belongings and forced me to throw away a pack of M&Ms. It's not like I was planning on eating the candy during the show - but give me a break. Next time I'll try to smuggle in some acid. Clearly, M&Ms are far more offensive than drugs. Glam knows enough people around me were smoking pot.

Anyway, Eric and I went to the show and we missed Red and half of Rev. Theory. I've seen Rev. Theory before - at last summer's Rock on the Range festival. They were better then.

Trapt performed basically the same set as during Crue Fest. I actually liked them better at Crue Fest. Remember, I already said the sound was horrid inside the Nutter Center. This didn't help the bands in my eyes.

Eric was excited to see Shinedown and I'll give the band credit: they were the best of the night. Someone on their crew had enough sense to turn down the over-modulated sound. Anyway, the band has three albums - and they played sounds from each. Lead singer Brent Smith talks a lot from the stage. So much, in fact, I think the band could have done another song and skipped the stage banter. I've never understood the point of endless chatter, but it is what it is I guess. At any rate, I liked some of the guitar riffs in the songs and I'll be getting the Shinedown albums.

To all of you who said "You will love Hinder after you see them live" you are wrong. You know what? That's o.k. I don't need to like every popular band with even a bare hint of Glam influence. You can! That's the beauty of subjective art. I don't like Hinder. I don't get them or their songs and their live show was just bad. Now, again, let me say the sound was horrible so that's not on the band. It's hard to sound good when audio is bouncing against every wall, creating chaos.

Now, Austin Winkler's voice makes me crazy. It's raspy, but not in a good way. It was also completely shot Monday night, so it's possible Winkler was sick. At any rate, I'm not the only person that was unimpressed. I personally witnessed many people leaving, saying "They were awful" or "What a disappointment." The band performed all the suspected songs and opened with their newish single "Use Me" complete with dancing girls, a la Motley Crue. Too bad Motley Crue does it better.

I just have nothing else to say. I could have skipped the show but I didn't. I went with an open mind and I still don't like Hinder. It doesn't matter I suppose. I have to see them again in February with Motley Crue. Maybe they will be better. I'm not holding my breath.






Reader Comments (12)

Ok well at least u gave them a chance.

U never know cuz with the sound better in feb. u may like them
December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
I saw Hinder when they did some sort of live concert over the, if that counts. I didn't think they were a very good live band either. It only brought out the worst in his voice.

The CD I like, though.
December 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterr0ck0n
No, but wait, really... You'll like them once you see them live... really... I mean, give them a chance cause they're, like, you know, the hot new flavor of the month, and like... really... I saw them this one time in a magazine and that one guy... I think he's the singer... or maybe the guitar player... anyway, really, he's hot and I know you can buy all the same clothes at Hot Topic but, really... just give them a chance... cause you'll like them once you see them...

Hinder. It's what's for dinner.
December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
I never understood why concert venues want to turn the sound up so loud that it blows the doors open. In the end the show sounds awful. I agree Shinedown gave a very good performance and the fact that the sound engineers turned down the volume you could actually enjoy the band’s songs without hearing a distorted mess.
December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEric
Remind me to never ever go to a show at the Nutter Center. Why is the security so tight in that joint?

Judging from your past articles, I will never pay for tickets to a show at that venue.
Sorry to hear you had a bad show.
When I saw Hinder, Austin's voice was not shot, and while, he was definitely not as good as he sounds on the cd live, he was still pretty good, and better than quite a few bands I have seen.

Anyway, hopefully next time you see them they'll put on a good show like they did when I saw them.
December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMakel
ahahahaah @ Valentine....
December 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterr0ck0n
My husband likes Hinder...I'll admit to only liking "the hit." And not even the new hit at that. To me, they (with Nickelback at the helm and a few other bands following), define what I call 'modern generirock'. (TM) I kind of lump them in with all the other rock bands that my students were into when I taught high school a couple of years ago. Bland.

Sorry to hear it wasn't a fun show.
December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Since when did this site become Bitch About Glam instead of Bring Back Glam? Somebody needs a Midol. Jesus f'ing Christ.
December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRufus
Geez, Rufus, pick the sand out of your vagina and simmer down... It's Allyson's site and she can write what she wants.
December 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
Once you go out and buy the Shinedown albums you will be hooked!!! Sound of Madness is unbelievable!!!!!
December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCK
I went to the same show ... I didn't even realize it was Red playing until they played "Breathe Into Me." They were okay, as was Rev. Theory. Trapt disappointed, but the show I saw doesn't take waway from the fact that I like their music. Shinedown and Hinder, I thought, were both good, with Shinedown being a little better. Some of my friends left halfway during Hinder 'cause they despise Hinder. I though that was stupid since it was a free show. Speaking of which, it's too bad about X-Fest getting cancelled last Sept. I really wanted to see 10 years and Puddle of Mudd, oh well though I guess....
February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

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