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A 'homecoming' for Gym Class Heroes

When the Gym Class Heroes took the stage at the Evolution Entertainment Complex in Cheektowaga on Friday, it could've been considered a homecoming.

The musicians, currently headlining The Daryl Hall For President Tour '07, were most proud to be performing for fans not too far from their hometown of Geneva. Throughout the performance, lead singer Travis Mccoy remarked how good it felt to "be home" and how he always loves coming back to Western New York.

New York City band Young Love took the stage shortly after 7 p.m., delivering an energetic hour and a half long performance, featuring songs from their album. This Providence then took the stage after some technical difficulty, sporting not only their very long hair but a style of music which kept the crowd on their feet.

Finally, around 10 p.m., Gym Class took the stage, starting with "Papercuts, (the reason for lesions)", a single from their 2005 album "The Papercut Chronicles" which really gave the crowd an electricity that would last throughout the night. They followed with songs from "The Papercut Chronicles" and their latest album, "As Cruel as School Children," including their latest hit -- "Shoot Down the Stars" -- set to release as a single next month. What really separates the Gym Class Heroes from other alternative hip-hop bands is that the musicians use live instruments, producing a different and most intriguing sound.

Aside from the comments about being home, band originator Travis Mccoy drew the crowd into the show, telling stories about the music in between songs and engaging with the fans. He even edited Buffalo into the hit single, "New Friend Request."

The band concluded by performing Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 single "Cupids Chokehold" to deafening applause and cheering. After 90 seconds of chanting for an encore, guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo came back and asked the crowd if they really wanted another song. The band then performed "Clothes Off" as the crowd went crazy both on the floor and on stage as audience members stripped of clothing found their way to the stage. The show was an amazing stop for Gym Class Heroes; they'll be opening later this year for Gwen Stefani as part of her "Sweet Escape Tour."

Zach Sheldon is a senior at Clarence High School.

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