Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds


Finger Eleven
w/special guest Cold
by Holiday

When and Where? @ Club Soda, Montreal, Canada 1/10/02

When I got the news that Finger Eleven was coming to town, and I was going to get to cover it, I was ecstatic.  Then I found out I wasn’t going to interview them, I was still ecstatic.  It’s a ROCK SHOW!  AND I AM GOING!  Just what I needed to take away these Canadian winter blues. 

Unfortunately, due to a mess up on my editors part I missed Cold’s set.  (The message told me the wrong time....and yes, the correct time was posted outside the venue, so I will take 50% of the hate mail on it.)  I heartily apologize to the Cold fans out there.  I heard, however, from good sources, the band put on a good show, however, and I noticed more than the usual share of fans had bought their shirt.  I went and bought their CD to make up for it, if it makes anybody feel better. 

As if making a statement of longevity, Finger Eleven’s Scott Anderson kicked off their set with their single, “First Time.”  No waiting until the encore for these guys.  They’re going to get you, and get you going right away.  Not a bad move.  Scott’s emotive, dynamic voice was reflected in the bulging veins in his forehead, even if he didn’t have a big repertoire of facial expressions.  He didn’t tend to move around a lot, choosing to use his arms more for emphasis.  James Black made up for that, even if he went a bit too far in the Korn direction at times, jumping up and down on stage.  The whole backing band was very good, and tight as hell.  The drumming, the guitars, the bass; they were pretty much dead on all night.  For a first night on tour, I would say they were geared up and ready to go, tearing through “My Carousel”, with James clearly taking a good share of the audience’s attention.  In his stylish Jedi-meets-a-rave wear, and impish attitude on stage, and striking smile, it was definitely James who seemed to be pushing the audience tempo, straining for them to jump higher, mosh harder.  I won’t take it personally that I got a boot to the head—literally.  Occupational hazard. 

Throughout the night, they showed off their obviously diverse influences well, from the Doors to Our Lady Peace to Tool with some desert music thrown in there, culminating in a surprisingly accurate Depeche Mode cover of “Walking In My Shoes”.  My dj-technopop-head of a boyfriend snapped to when they crunched into that and they got his respect.  The look on his face was worth the price of admission, for sure.  To get my boyfriend headbanging is an accomplishment, indeed.

I will also say that the backing vocals done by what appeared to be all four backing members were nothing short of amazing, even if Scott’s voice totally and horribly gave out on him during the last final wails of “Drag You Down” during the encore.  For most of the night, his voice had sounded so strong and secure, so for that to happen to him must have been rough.  It was horrible, especially with that being the last note of the show. 

Overall, the show was good.  I would check them out again, and I suspect most people there would as well, judging from the faces on the crowd as they filed out.  I am looking forward to it.

Rating: (out of 5)

Just one thing, though that I must add.  While reading their webpage, I came across this little ditty explaining their name:

“finger eleven is not your penis. finger eleven is not your middle fingers corralled together in a triumphant “f*** you!” finger eleven is an instinct that lives in the back of your brain. It’s a decision made true to yourself, with a complete disregard of outside influence. It’s that one extra finger that you use to point you in the right direction. It’s the path of most resistance and that’s why it’s the perfect name for this band.”

What I want to know is then, what was their karmic reasoning for their old band name:
“Rainbow Butt Monkey”? 

Holiday N
Holly Go Heavy

Gotta have some more?

Listen to samples or purchase Finger Eleven CD's online

Visit the Official Page

tell a friend about this article

Holiday is a Feature Writer for the iconoFAN Network. Her column Holly Go Heavy appears every month at

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Van Halen Star Previews Debut Solo Album- Alice In Chains Announce North American Spring Tour- Morrissey Addresses Recent Controversial Interview Quotes- U2-more

Day in Pop Macklemore And Kesha Teaming For 'Adventures' Tour- Taylor Swift Performs 'Reputation' Tracks At Jingle Bell Ball- Ed Sheeran Reacts To Grammy Snub In Top Categories- more

B-Sides: Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Cancer- Rich Homie Quan Surrenders To Police Over Alleged Nightclub Assault- Justin Bieber Duets With Ariana Grande- Mumford & Sons- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

Trauma Interview

December in Red - The Way Out

Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

SOKO Interview

The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

On The Record: The Wild Beyond

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

Michael Ubaldini Interview

Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley

. .
Today's Rock News
. Van Halen Star Previews Debut Solo Album

Alice In Chains Announce North American Spring Tour

Morrissey Addresses Recent Controversial Interview Quotes

U2's New Album Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Teaming Up To Tour As A Duo

David Coverdale Reveals Whitesnake's New album Details

Karnataka Singer Hayley Griffiths Speaks Out On Surprise Band Move

Billy Idol Announce 2018 Summer Tour Dates

Anthrax Announce Kings Among Scotland DVD

The Killers Cover The Smiths At Festival

Van Morrison Announces 'In Concert' DVD And Blu-Ray

Famed Keith Richards Guitar Get Profiled

Royal Blood Take Over Rise Against Interview With Tough Questions

Neil Young's Model Trains Sold Fetches Big Price At Auction

Singled Out: Jane N The Jungle's Wild Side

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

Today's Pop News
. Macklemore And Kesha Teaming For 'Adventures' Tour

Taylor Swift Performs 'Reputation' Tracks At Jingle Bell Ball

Ed Sheeran Reacts To Grammy Snub In Top Categories

Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey Earn Golden Globe Nominations

Unreleased Vince Staples Track Fuels Animated 'Spiderman' Trailer

Lady Gaga Is 'Santa's Naughty Elf' For The Holidays

Beyonce Sends Bieryonce Beer Cease and Desist Order

Jeezy Announces U.S. 'Cold Summer' Tour

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Reveal Christmas Plans

Rihanna, Katy Perry, Cardi B, Others Rally Behind Bullied Boy

Singled Out: Ali B's Strangers In Love

Latest B-Sides News

More News
anti Worthy Links
AudioNationRadio.comThe Screen DoorA Journal of Musical ThingsLloyd Zeffler blogDemolish MagNightwatcher's House of RockCJ ChilversDeja VoodooThe 1st Fivethecopycat.bizHard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter


Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!


Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.