Sasquatch! Festival – Friday 5/27/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre
Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard
Since we have 4 days worth of Sasquatch! content to post, I thought it would be best to put each days items up on ConcertConfessions.com individually. Friday was the opening night of the Festival, and it was a super rocking good time. There were less bands on Friday, and we were testing out our camera access limits, so the Friday content isn’t as voluminous as the rest of the days (we have a couple of HOURS of footage from Saturday-Monday!), but the party was just as strong! I think for these reviews I will talk a little about each band I saw, whether it be for a full set or only one song. Obviously I had to make decisions on whom to watch, so my review could be quite different from someone elses who was at the Fest.
We arrived at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre on Friday afternoon to a wind storm of epic proportions. Over the weekend we lost both of our tents and another shade tent, and we weren’t the only ones. Eventually everything settled, we met our neighbors (hey Phil!), got a solid buzz on (when I say solid, I mean SOLID), and we went in for the opening festivities.
Bob Mould opened my Sasquatch! Festival and the floor of the Gorge was pretty open, so we went close and got a great spot. The set was nice, a little more mellow than I was expecting, but good. I had been looking forward to this set and it went about as I expected, although I wish it was longer. Bob would also make a guest appearance (one of only two I saw all weekend-weird) later in the night.
After Mould, Phishbeard and I decided to walk up the hill and check out some of the smaller stage acts. Against Me! was playing on the Bigfoot Stage, the second largest Gorge stage, and we caught a few of their songs. I don’t know these guys at all, but their songs were good enough for my ears. Eventually we decided to go to the Gorge lawn and check out the end of The Bronx set. Again we only caught a couple songs (and we missed their ‘Mariachi el Bronx’ set on the Yeti stage), but they were fun and set the scene for the nights two biggest acts.
Death From Above 1979 was the second to last act on the Main Stage and we decided to go to the floor and get as close as we could for their set. We got a decent spot, but not as good as our friend and future ConcertConfessions reviewer Mr. Sparkly, and rocked the hell out for a solid hour of tunes. I have been hearing a lot about DFA1979, so I was looking forward to this one. It was a lot of fun and my ears may still hurt from their awesome sound. After an hour, DFA1979’s set was over and the stage was clear for the biggest name of the Festival to rock us home, The Foo Fighters.
The Foo Fighters are one of my favorite acts in the world, and one of the few bands that I love but have not seen live. I was looking forward to this set the very most all weekend, and the boys brought everything they could for over two hours. Bridge Burning opened the show and went into a loud Rope. Another new song came and then they opened up the setlist for some of the older stuff. I think my personal highlight was Hey, Johnny Park! > Monkey Wrench, which was unbelievably perfect, but the show was pumped full of hits. Times Like These, My Hero, All My Life, Learning to Fly, I’ll Stick Around and more blew the non-existant roof off of the Gorge. They got my favorite off the new album, Walk, in there, and brought Bob Mould out to sing on Dear Rosemary (a tune he sings on The Foos new ablum). An Everlong closer was the perfect way to send us back to the campground for an even longer night of drinking and general debauchery. I thought the Foo set was A+, but little did I know the best of the weekend was yet to come….
Foo was amazing! Probably a top 3 set of the entire festival for me.
I was a little too drunk this night. Not terrible, but a little more than I was going for. This contributed to the lack of video. My apologies.
Anyone who showed up Friday early afternoon to set up camp had to deal with one of the suckiest wind storms in a LONG while. I can’t believe my tent made it all 4 nights (but eventually lost the battle).
There was a Sasquatch! Festival birthday cake made from the Ace of Cakes guys from TV. They rolled it out Friday and then again during the Flaming Lips set on Sunday. During the Lips set we all sang Happy Birthday and then Wayne Coyne threw much of the cake into the crowd.
I would guesstimate that the Sasquatch! crowd was easily 50% Canadian. Could have been more like 66%. I asked my new friend Phil from Calgary why there were so many Canadians at the show and he said ‘Unless you are in Vancouver, there’s nothing else to do up there”. The “GO CANUCKS GO” chant got VERY old however.
I wish Bob Mould would have been a bit more rocking.
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