Written by Samuel Barker
Mar 20, 2003 at 08:00 PM
(hed) PEAnyone who has been to a bar or pool hall is aware of Jagermeister. This dark, opaque liquor has been peddled around to everyone who has stepped foot in an alcohol serving establishment.Usually peddled by young, attractive females looking to get frat boys to open their wallets, Jagermeister has done well for itself. So much so, that they’ve dropped the half-nude blondes and grabbed a group of bands that appear more like homeless people than musicians to peddle the liquor.

On this night, it has appeared to work.

The normally beer and wine only bars at the Verizon were all sporting a nice, shiny Jagermeister dispenser. Many a person visited the bar to sample exactly what all the hoopla was about.

In the end though, people came to hear some music. Jagermeister picked up an all-star line-up from the latest nu-metal acts to break into the scene, like Breaking Benjamin, as well as some of the larger names, like Saliva and (hed) Planet Earth.

Saliva closed the show and brought with them what they always do, hard rock at a ridiculously high volume and a repetoire of songs that make up the soundtrack for most X-games programs.

Songs like “Superstar” and “Click Click Boom” are crowd favorites that draw a huge response, but most of the other songs blend into each other and are played at such a deafening volume that few can enjoy them.

As with most of the audience, I was not too familiar with Saliva\’s new material and therefore enjoyed hearing something new. Unfortunately, by the end of the set most people had gone home to let their ear drums have a break.

(hed) Planet Earth received the strongest reaction of the night. Opening the set with their DJ starting a record and spray painting a sign to cue the audience to the first song, “Suk It Up”.

The band took the stage and exploded through “Suk It Up” and “Waiting to Die,” giving the audience a boost and leading them into the mellower “Swan Dive,” to give them a chance to cool down.

Lead vocalist Jahred communicated with the audience and even scolded them at points for not giving the return response he wanted. This always led to the audience screaming louder and singing the songs with him.

The band was amazingly tight for the duration of the set. Despite jumping around and playing to the audience, (hed) Planet Earth never broke out of sync with each other, which made their set even more impressive.

Closing with their most loved song, “Blackout,” (hed) Planet Earth brought the house down in a fit of insanity. This was, by far, the greatest response from the audience of the night. And just as quickly as the band had turned the audience into screaming, moshing maniacs, they were gone in a barrage of sound.

All the bands who performed did their best to get the audience involved and each added their own bit of originality to their sets, even though most of the music sounded the same.

Combine this with the oddball between set antics of the Lizard Man, who at one point put a grass snake through his nose and pulled it from his mouth and then acted as a human dart board, and you’re left with a strange event that would make anyone want to drink.