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The Rocket Summer Live At The House Of Blues, Sunday November 15th, 2009: Inspirational Idol by Mary Magpie

Mary Magpie, with Mom playing chaueffer but in the back seat, takes you with her to see Down With Webster, My Favorite Highway, My Favorite Highway, Sing It Loud,  The Rocket Summer and Forever The Sickest Kids.

The just-short-of-two-hours ride to Boston started out with plugging in my iTouch to Weezer’s “Ratitude” album. Countless miles behind us and many more to come, I glanced to my right and noticed a dark blue van with a white pull-along behind it with Kill Paradise stickers on it. Thinking it was the band, I told my mom and she created a bit of traffic so we could get next to the car. I stuck my head out the window and waved, a goofy smily on my face. They pulled up next to us and I continued to wave at the two boys. I made a heart with my hands and it was exchanged(one eventually spotted me again, outside with my mom next to the car at a gas station where the passenger made eye contact, waved, and smiled). Kill Paradise is an excellent ‘myspace band’, check them out. A great start to a great night.

We arrived in Boston to see the bright House of Blues sign. Knocking into quite a jerk in the parking lot, we were questioning just how good this night would be. When going to Will Call, we came in contact with the drummer for Forever The Sickest Kids, Kyle Burns, where we waved, asked for a picture, and apparently he was too busy going to watch people bring his drum kit inside for a quick picture. -sigh-.

We walked inside and saw Down With Webster walk onto the stage. There were seven of them and they were all quite lively. I was anticipating The Rocket Summer, hoping the other bands would hurry the heck up so I could see who I came for. I didn’t have to. I fell in love with DWW and hopped along to their catchy beats. One band down, 2 more to go.

My Favorite Highway came on with an ego and nasaly voices. They were your typical, generic, alt band. The lead singer appeared to be a mix of Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low. Only not as good of a singer. Luckily my phone saved me during this set keeping me occupied. They left the stage, with an anticipating crowd and a very very excited me.

Sing It Loud came on and started pumping out melodic chords and a bigger ego than MFH. A fan of one or two songs, I could just stand there and listen. I expected a band this low on the totem pole to be very humble and just happy to be there, but they seemed to think they were the biggest thing to walk on that stage. I think some of Pat Brown’s hair contained some of it too…

Hurt, restoration, hope, triumph, failure, faith.


The Rocket Summer’s stage had bright lights with those words on them. Knowing him as very religious and positive, this was super deep. He walked onto the stage and the very sight of him brought a smile to my face. I suddenly became caught up in the band’s togetherness. Belting along to every single song, some words became clear to me as extremely inspirational. I almost cried out of happiness. His lyrics truly touched me. As for stage presense, I don’t think anyone there could take their eyes off the stage. Mine were literally glued to every move and breath Bryce took. For a song, a cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Maps, he came out into the crowd. Hearing him acoustic was something that made me love him even more. He is not only my idol, but one of the reasons I love music as much as I do. This just increased that feeling, and it feels like gold.

Forever The Sickest Kids had a super-cute intro talking about how they all had to come to the principal’s office for they were having detention. This was for their new cd, coming out tomorrow, “High School!” We stayed for a few songs, which were fun to dance around to. Same old songs off “Underdog Alma Mater”, which made me even more excited for their new release. It was never a dull moment with those six. Same kids with the same attitude, just a bit of a bigger ego.

I left that night with a The Rocket Summer shirt, cd, and great memories. That night I’m 100% sure I fell asleep with a huge smile on my face.

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