One of the most memorable moments of the Punk Rock Bowling weekend was being able to see Cock Sparrer in a much more intimate environment than normal – the energy of a small show versus a festival setting is truly night and day.
Our good friends at Pirates Press Records set us up with entry to the ‘surprise’ show, and the performance was incredible. Being surrounded by good friends and familiar faces as one of the most talented and enduring punk acts took the stage was probably the best ‘midway point’ to the weekend that anyone could ask for.
Cock Sparrer had just headlined the PRB main stage the night before, but if you talk to any fan they’ll tell you they could see ’em seven nights in a row and never tire. I have never left a Sparrer show disappointed; bruised, bloodied, shirtless, and limping – but never disappointed.
The set began (in frequent typical fashion) with “Riot Squad” – the sirens indicate shit is about to kick off. Staying hard the band followed with “Watch Your Back” before “Working”, “Sussed”, “Teenage Heart”, and “What’s It Like To Be Old”. The band really hit the mark with the songs they played – covering most of my favorites including “AU” and “Argy Bargy”. Many songs were repeated, and the band finished the night with the almost obligatory encore of “England Belongs to Me” and “We’re Coming Back”.
Thanks again to Eric (PPR) and Brian (BCS) for thinking of me!