On August 2nd, the boys on the Unity Tour 2012 rolled into town at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel, NJ. Due to too much pre-show fun, I missed the opening act. SOJA was the reason I drove down the Parkway because I knew it’d be the only chance to see them this summer. It still boggles my mind why they not only were the openers, but they also only had a half hour set (that started at 6:30)! What gives?!
The show seemed to take a turn for the worse after discovering that we had missed the opener. Slightly Stoopid rose some spirits, as they were the middle act. They performed some of their classics, but really focused on their new album, Top of the World, as this tour served to promote their new songs. Unfortunately, us who enjoyed the pleasures of the lawn were subjected to lousy acoustics. As the average age at the show was probably 19, we could have appreciated a few notches up on the volume.
To be honest, at that point, I was not really feeling the whole experience, so I stayed for about three of 311‘s songs. Being that I have seen all three acts several times before, I wasn’t as bummed as I could have been, just a little let down. Such is life as a benny.