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Truckstops tour 'The Academy Is -' headlines a soldout show

For fans at the Town Ballroom on Friday night, the concert was completely worth the long wait in line outside in the cold. The venue was packed for the soldout show featuring Hellogoodbye, Acceptance, Panic! at the Disco, and The Academy Is, as part of the "Truckstops and Statelines" Tour sponsored by XBox 360.

First to perform was Hellogoodbye, which was recently featured on MTV's "The Real World." The band welcomed the crowd and opened their set with "Call and Return." Their danceable melodies and fun lyrics were clearly a crowd favorite. They had the whole audience dancing, or at least tapping their feet, particularly with their best-known song, "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn." Lead singer Forrest Kline was also sure to say "Buffalo treats us so good!" They closed out their seven-song set in typical, fun Hellogoodbye fashion, being joined on stage by two guys dressed in costumes, one as a ketchup bottle spraying confetti into the crowd.

Seattle-based band Acceptance opened its eight-song set with "In Too Far" from latest EP "Phantoms." They played songs from their new CD, and got the whole crowd to clap along. The band really interacted with the crowd, and even pointed out a fan from Syracuse in the crowd who has been a fan from the beginning.

The disco ball on the ceiling lit up as Panic! at the Disco took the stage next, opening with "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage" from new CD "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out." They got the audience energized with their upbeat songs and quirky lyrics. The crowd was continually enthused by Panic!, especially when they played such popular songs as "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have --" and their single "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies," for which a video recently premiered on MTV. They also thanked the crowd for support and gave support to the other bands saying "Good dudes, good bands -- it's awesome." Panic! ended the set with an outstanding performance of the last track on their CD, "Build God, Then We'll Talk." They left the crowd wanting more and concluded with: "Thank you for coming to the disco."

Fresh off a tour in the UK with Panic! at the Disco, came The Academy Is -- to close out the show. They opened with "Checkmarks," which they recently performed on MTV and is off their most recent CD "Almost Here." They then got the crowd jumping with "Attention." Lead singer William Beckett broke out his acoustic guitar to play "Seasons" and later played a new song "Pour Yourself a Drink." Beckett also broke out a tambourine to play the catchy tune "Classifieds." The Academy Is -- then brought out Travis Schleprock from the band Gym Class Heroes, which they share a label with, to perform a song which has never been performed live. The next song, "Down and Out" was a moving moment, because it is an important song to Beckett. The Academy Is-- closed out the show with the catchy tune "Black Mamba" which truly exhibited how great a performer Beckett is and was a fantastic way to end a great show.

After the show, fans who purchased CDs by The Academy Is -- or Acceptance were able to meet and greet the bands.

Rachel Gruber is a junior at Mount St. Mary Academy.

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