After 19 years, Bowling for Soup has announced that they no longer plan to tour the UK. This is for a number of reasons, some being they feel they are getting too old, or that they don’t want to spend so much time away from their families. Whatever the reason, British fans were not pleased.
The band have announced that they also plan to stop touring the US and anywhere else within the next few years, but have promised it’s not the end. They still plan to make music and they are definitely not breaking up – They just don’t want to tour much longer.
In October 2013, Bowling for Soup hit the UK to fulfil their ‘Farewell Tour’, playing in a number of venues across the country. Supported by their friends Patent Pending, the shows lasted a huge 3 and a half hours, with BFS playing for a solid 2 and a half hours; after the crowd had been warmed up by the likes of ‘Crowd Swimming’ and mosh pits.
As well as music, they spend a lot of time talking to and thanking the audience, which creates a friendly atmosphere. You’re never short of a laugh or two. The room was at full capacity with people desperate to get close enough for a glimpse of the band. They kept pushing all the way to curfew and beyond, trying to make the most of the time that they had left to play – this included covers of Britney Spears and Ozzy Ozbourne (Although, unfortunately not Bryan Adam’s Summer of 69).
They made sure to play all of the classics that people know, and a mix of lesser known tracks and new songs from their latest album Lunch. Drunk. Love so that everybody was kept happy.
All in all, the gig was enjoyable, due to a number of factors.
1-The mix of songs
2- The friendly laid-back atmosphere
3- The way you can tell they care about their fans
4- The laughing and joking
5- The fantastic support act that got everyone going, even though only a small number of people knew who they were
It’s almost a shame they’re no longer returning, and we may just have to keep an eye out at festivals and one off events, hoping for a mention of Bowling for Soup. The UK has definitely lost one of the best yearly events, and here’s to the future records we have been promised in it’s place.
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