Review / photos: The Casualties, Necromantix give fans the stage at Crowbar in Ybor City
While most in the music-craving indie scene were pointing out beards and plaid shirts on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg Saturday night, there was, in fact, another concert across the bay at Ybor City's Crowbar.
New York's The Casualties returned to Tampa Bay with Nekromantix, and burst open a show I haven't seen in quite some time. From rockabilly slickers to Mohawk-toting punks, Crowbar was jam-packed, and not one of the attendees cared about Antwarpt.
The last time I saw The Casualties was with Gwar in 2010. It was my first time seeing them live, and I voted them as one of my favorite live concerts of the year. And Saturday’s show was no different. In fact, it was much better.
On the third song of the set, bass player Rick Lopez, told the crowd, "This isn't our stage. This is your stage, and we're just borrowing it. So everyone come up on stage and make use of it.”
From that point, a slight moment of chaos ensued. From a practically sold-out crowd, about 50 mohawks and studded jean vests crammed the stage. I was counting dives like they were coming from a factory assembly line. I believe I counted 143 stage dives before I lost count and gave up.
One problem with a large percentage of your front row jumping on stage is that it leaves fewer people to catch those diving. Well, there will be some sore punks in Tampa on Sunday. They continued this throughout the show, and I was watching in awe as I just saw the crowd take over the stage – grabbing microphones to do backup vocals, slam-dancing with the band and stagehands. Tthere were just no rules with The Casualties. It was one of those shows where Crowbar’s Tom DeGeorge must have been biting his nails in the back of the crowd. In the end, though, it was truly a night to remember.
Nekromantix played a decent set, along with Down by Law, Lower Class Brats and The Sheds. The humidity was thick but didn't prevent the action. Crowbar showed us once again it knows how to put a high-energy show into the hands of Tampa fans.
Review / photos by Andrew Carlton, tbt*