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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday To-Do: Hoobastank

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM

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HOOBASTANK
9 p.m., Juanita's, $18 adv., $22 d.o.s.

With a name that sounds like the one-word term for aged bongwater long in need of replacement, the 10-million-album-selling American post-grunge commercial sensation that is Hoobastank brings all the pain, love, glory and emotional realness in support of its latest release “For(N)ever.” Maybe it's just me, but such wordplay resembles Michael Jackson's “HIStory” album titling just too much. Maybe they hung out together. So anyway, in an interview with Launch Yahoo!, vocalist Doug Robb, who slightly resembles Harold (friend of Kumar) before his treacherous journey to White Castle, said of the band's ridiculous name:  “You're going to ask me what it means. It doesn't mean anything. And it's really cool, it's one of those old high school inside-joke words that didn't really mean anything.” In 2003, however, the story changed when on the Dec. 16 broadcast of Loveline, the band claimed Hoobastank was the name of a gas station in Germany near where a friend lives. See Definition One above. PP

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