On Tuesday, Oct. 19, R-SPaCE hosted possibly the biggest event of the semester–3OH!3 in concert with guests Hellogoodbye, Down With Webster and The Secret Handshake. Before the doors even opened at 7 p.m., people were lining up around the Dedmon Center where the gig was held. Listening to the conversations before the show, you could easily tell that many people had come from other universities as well as the area high schools to have the opportunity to see these bands play live.
The night began with The Secret Handshake, which was probably the least known band on the bill, but the audience was very welcoming nonetheless. They were probably the most chill performers of the night as well as the most in sync (they were really into swaying along with their music). The next band was Down With Webster and the response they received from the crowd was only rivaled by the love showed for 3OH!3 further into the night. They really got the crowd pumped and showered them with red cups emblazoned with the DWW logo their fan base has grown to recognize.
Hellogoodbye performed a lot of songs from their new album Would It Kill You?, which drops Nov. 9. The crowd really seemed to enjoy the new tunes, but I also think they would’ve enjoyed hearing some more old favorites. And who could forget Forest’s claims that they were actually 3OH!3 and that they started a clothing line called Hellogoodbye that was selling at a merchandise table in the back. Good times. Then, after waiting with anticipation for what felt like forever, 3OH!3 took the stage. They played songs from all three of their albums and one of my favorites of the night was Sean’s rap about the wolves with laser beam eyes. If you didn’t go to the show, don’t have your vision checked because you definitely read that correctly–WOLVES WITH LASER BEAM EYES. Honestly, they were probably the coolest thing to be seen the whole night, not to mention the little Carlton-esque jig that Sean and Nat did during “Starstruckk.”
Having been to a concert at Virginia Tech the week before, I’ve got to say that I was really impressed with the RU crowd and how they treated the opening acts. At Tech, the first two bands didn’t really get much response from the audience. On the other hand, some people should probably brush up on their concert etiquette before attending a show because I know a lot of people who went home miserable because of the people around them.
Overall, the bands were great and each performance had really memorable moments. Be sure to thank R-SPaCE for putting together an amazing show and the various fraternities that helped out with the heavy lifting.
Interview with 3OH!3: