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For the first time in four years, the Berkley-based psychobilly band Tiger Army added a San Diego date to their tour. The show was apparently much anticipated, as there was cheering between every recorded song played before the band came onstage. The waiting time between the opener and the headliner was very short. The former, the Sweet and Tender Hooligans, a Morrissey/Smiths tribute band, elicited a positive audience reaction (the singer sounded uncannily like Morrissey).

When the patchwork curtain parted, with joyful shouting from the crowd, Tiger Army began playing “Ghost Tigers Rise.” The crowd went wild. Unfortunately, though, the show ended up being a bit disappointing. While there were certain songs that were fun‚ such as “Nocturnal” and “Rose of The Devil’s Garden,” the show created a lot of aggression among audience members. While I can always appreciate enthusiasm at shows, the amount of pushing, shoving, and fighting inside and outside of the pit (and, conversely, the amount of passivity from some audience members), was uncalled for. And the 17-song show was brief — about 70 minutes. Though there were parts of the show that were pretty fun, the Tiger Army set was less than spectacular.

  • Concert: Tiger Army, Sweet and Tender Hooligans
  • Date: April 6
  • Venue: House of Blues
  • Seats: Floor
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