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Sublime w/ Rome & The Offspring @ PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel 9/12/2017

Sublime w/ Rome & The Offspring – 09/12/2017

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Photos/Videos/Words – Jay Porks

 

School has begun, the leaves are changing and as we wind down to the first days of Autumn we take a step back to enjoy the remaining hours of the Summer. You know what spells Summertime? PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Sublime w/ Rome and The Offspring. The lawn is where the party is at tonight and thanks to that crazy Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster class action lawsuit, tonight cost the magical price of zero dollars.

Set List: You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid ,All I Want, Come Out and Play ,(Can’t Get My) Head Around You ,Hammerhead ,Have You Ever, Staring at the Sun, Want You Bad ,Bad Habit ,Gotta Get Away ,Gone Away (Piano),Why Don’t You Get a Job?,Americana, Pretty Fly (For a White Guy),  The Kids Aren’t Alright, Self Esteem

The Offspring kept it pretty concise, hitting all of their big numbers in a span of exactly one hour. The set list is posted above and I’ve got some pretty shaky videos (because, as you know, I’m not very good at anything) for everyone to enjoy.

Let’s talk about what we all came here for and that’s for Dex Holland to sit in front of a piano for “Gone Away”. In all seriousness,  a pretty cool twist on an old classic.  Five years ago, Offspring played with Dead Sara and Dex along with Emily Armstrong sang it as a duet. Click over the sentence to check that out. The Offspring played from 8:24 to 9:23.

Set List: Date Rape, Smoke Two Joints, Wrong Way, Murdera, You Better Listen, April 29th 1992, Panic, The Ballard of Johnny Butt, Badfish, Let’s Go Get Stoned, Doin’ Time, Scarlett Begonias, What I Got, Santeria.

Much like The Offspring, Sublime w/ Rome comes out and plays an hour of songs that I know. I’ve included the set list in this post. The lawn was cloudy. There was plenty of dancing. Beach balls aplenty as we’re really milking this final week of summer for all it’s worth.

Second to last song was What I Got and they brought a little dog named Cheeseball out to Rome (see what I did there?) the stage. I thought that was like the cutest thing and I’m a cat person. It’s funny, I had two extra tickets to this that I was looking to dump off for free and I had a friend laugh at me. That’s cool, but tonight was hours of fun for me at the cost of zero dollars. They were also giving out free, like, tote bag things, which I can use instead of plastic because the planet. I profited on this night.

Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups 06/23/2017 @ PNC Bank Arts Center

Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups – 06/23/2017

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

Third Eye Blind have kicked off a tour in celebration of 20 years since the release of their self titled debut record. Billed as The Summer Gods Tour, Stephan Jenkins and Co. have enlisted very special guests the Silversun Pickups. Roughly two weeks into the trek, the tour makes a stop off in Dirty Jersey at the PNC Bank Arts Center.

Silversun Pickups went on early. We barely were in our seats when Panic Switch hit.

Audible roars of the crowd on the lawn were heard during the duration of their set, especially during Lazy Eye. People were still filing in, but the entire lawn was jammed pack. Wish we would have known Silversun Pickups were going to be playing that early. Their set ended at 8 freaking 30.

It’s been 20 years since Third Eye Blind debuted with their self titled debut record. Let’s all allow that to sink in for a minute and realize that we’re old.

The night opened with Summer Gods. Opening up with a handful of hits before we jump into this record. Company of Strangers, Horror Show (aka “Heroin”) and Wounded followed. Crowd was getting loose at this point where dancing in aisles began to occur. The seats were pretty much pack out at this point, with the exception of the top sections.

Queen of Daydreams and Shipboard Cook finished off the non album cuts as the band ducked off for a second for a tiny break before coming out to play the record.  That’s where we went into video mode:

London, Thanks A Lot and Burning Man garnered the most noise from the PNC crowd other than the big hits.

After a 2nd tiny break they came back to kicking off this encore with Never Let You Go

which by this point I had forgotten about in the sea of awesome songs tonight. Alright Caroline and God of Wine closed out their fairly epic set crisply before 11.

High Road Tour w/ Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa @ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/02/2016

High Road Tour Featuring Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – 08/02/2016

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

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Another day, another awesome concert courtesy of Curt Schlesinger and Peter Lo Re v. Ticketmister lawsuit. That’s right, The Jay Porks Experience rolls through yet another show free of charge from that list of shows you all complained had nothing but terrible shows. The High Road Tour with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa rolled through Dirty Jerz at the PNC Bank Arts Center Tuesday night. Additional cool stuff: The free tickets were lawn seats. Ticketmaster’s app had an option for me to upgrade my tickets at $10. Upgrade to the fifteenth row. For ten bucks.

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Went into this with a No Spoilers mentality. Didn’t want to read previous shows setlists. I wondered if they would each do extended sets or like be on stage simultaneously doing a song each. Who comes out first? Well this was answered after the hilarious cartoon intro video, as Snoop Dogg came out to perform The Next Episode.

The night would progress with Snoop and Wiz taking turns for the first 45 mins or so of the set. 2 songs here, three songs here. Hits. All killer no filler.

 

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I won’t sit here and pretend I own Wiz Khalifa records. Radio ain’t what it used to be and it’s weird how you can get locked into you’re alone little musical corner alone without realizing there’s cool new stuff happening because you’re used to all that new stuff being terrible, making you miserable and ponder your existence on this planet.

That went to a dark place. Point is, Wiz Khalifa puts on a really fun show. One of the few bright spots in Hip Hop today. Besides  rare occasions like when Joe Budden decides to destroy Drake on a track or if Run The Jewels drops a new record.

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Snoop went through a slew of stuff, including making sure to touch base on all the classics. The Next Episode, Nothin’ But A G Thing, What’s My Name, Gin and Juice. Heck we even had some Drop It Like It’s Hot action. Was awesome.

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When Wiz was up there alone he got all his hits in too. We Dem Boyz, On My Level, Taylor Gang, When I Roll Up, The Race – some with Snoop assisting as a hype man. They’d do that for each other. Hashtag Friends.

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At 10 an apparent intermission with a cartoon playing on the screen.

Not so fast my friend, this is no intermission. There was another funny cartoon that played and roughly 90 seconds into it Snoop And Wiz appear what felt like miles away all the way leaning over the fence into the lawn section like from the 400 section of the seats. Doing Kush Ups with the rowdy lawn folk.

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Good for the lawn folk, they’ve kept this party jumping from the start. I was legitimately happy for them. Most of these peeps who bought seats just showed up.

Show sort of winded down nicely. What’s My Name had that place going nuts like cashews.

I personally hate that See You Again song, but I hate a lot of things. Crowd loved it. Then suddenly Snoop turns to the side of the stage and says “Five what?” That was the five minute queue as 11PM was approaching. Can’t find myself asking for more. Especially for $10 at the end of the day.

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Sublime W/ Rome & Dirty Heads @ PNC Bank Arts Center 07/08/2016

Sublime w/ Rome & Dirty Heads – 07/08/2016

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

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Back in the swing of things tonight at the glorious PNC Banks Arts Center to catch Sublime w/ Rome and Dirty Heads tear up dirty Jerz on a Friday night.  Doors scheduled for 6:30 but a thunderstorm rolled through so we waited it out in the car and walked in shortly before 8. That was after an extensive search at the door, which included metal detectors, because that’s the country we live in these days. While walking the lawn, noticed the crowd was a majority of children. Am I happy that younger kids are into decent music? I guess. Is being surrounded by high school seniors making me feel old? Heck yes. We got to our seats just as Dirty Heads were hitting the stage.

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Dirty Heads are the best act that is at all hip hop going these days. Fuck Drake.  That right there is some energy I wasn’t sure existed. Whole set was all killer no filler. Played a new song off the record they just put out this week, invited out Rome for “Lay Me Down.” I’ve listened to the Dirty Heads before, heck even saw them a couple years back. It’s a shame took me this long to catch them again, really didn’t expect to have that much fun during a set of a band that wasn’t going on last. The real deal. Grab the new record.

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I’m gonna make a note here, and I haven’t done this in a while. Sublime w/ Rome is up next. If anyone reading this wants to make snarky comments about how this “isn’t the real thing” because of Rome, I’m here to tell you people to go get lives. Listen to music you like. A band billing themselves as the Grateful Dead played shows with Trey Anastasio fronting the band. Alice In Chains isn’t Alice In Chains w/ DuVall. Who is fronting AC/DC these days? Oh, right. So I’m gonna enjoy seeing this band tonight because I was a child when they got big. Jay 90s they call me in some circles. This house is packed out, just let us enjoy this.

Sublime rolled out at 9:30 and decided to set a blaze to the entire township of Holmdel. Date Rape, Smoke Two Joints, Wrong Way,  and 40oz to Freedom, right out of the gate. And just like that I’m back on my couch. It’s 1996 and I’m watching Sublime videos on MTV.

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Isn’t that all one can expect from the live concert experience? Maybe enjoy things instead of looking around keeping a tally of how many people take a selfie over the course of the evening.

Speaking of taking things, I recorded a buttload of videos. We were so comfortable. Same spot as last year’s Smashing Pumpkins/Manson show.

Sublime has enough jams to keep the whole place jiving all night long sandwiched between a block of well known songs to kick it off and another back to back of classics to send everyone home happy. So I played it smart as you can see by the videos scattered throughout this post.

The boys ducked off at 10:39 before coming back out fairly quickly for some more jams.

If it need to be communicated to you that the two final songs of the evening were What I Got and Santeria then I can honestly say I have no idea how you found this write-up in the first place.

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Strongest moments of the even: A wicked Pawn Shop, August 29th 1992 and of course their interpretation the Toyes’ track titled “Smoke Two Joints.”

Pfft.. And you people said those redeemable Ticketmaster Vouchers were only for lame gigs.

Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson @ PNC Bank Arts Center 07/29/15

Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson – 07/29/2015

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

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If you’re somebody looking to get all the bang out of your concert buck that you can, may I be the first to suggest checking out the End Times Tour with Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson currently trekking across the country when it hits your town. On a toasty July hump day, End Times came to PNC Bank Arts Center. And it was phenomenal.

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Let’s just say this, to have Marilyn Manson start his set at 7:46 with the sun still up was very, very odd. That said, even with the joint still filling out the place was rockin’ pretty heavy. By the time we made it to our seats about a song or two in, Manson noticed a child in the crowd and questioned aloud the implications of that. It was hilarious.  Who knew we had a comedian in this house?

For Sweet Dreams the dude came out on stilts. Fucking STILTS. I’ve never seen Marilyn Manson live before and after tonight I have to ask myself the question of why. The new record ‘The Pale Emperor’ is actually his best effort in years. The new stuff got some volume from the crowd, Third Day Of A Three Day Binge came early.

Personal Jesus brought the first of a couple podiums tonight. Lots of sarcastic God slander. “You can find God but your arms ain’t long enough to reach the fucker” or something to that effect.

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Once it started to get a little darker, the cool stuff on the stage was able to stick out and actually be cool. The church-like stained glass, the smoke working the lights and all that. Great times. When Dope Show hit it was reefer madness in there. Coma White closed out their evening. Manson’s set was lively and the crowd was extremely into everything happening. Unlike later on this evening when those people got replaced with statues and mannequins.

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In the parking lot before the show there’s usually a car playing music from the band we’re about to go in and see. Tends to happen from time to time. Anyway when the car beside us start blasting “Today” and I thought to myself “Holy shit, I’m gonna get to experience that live tonight” a tingle shot down my spine. So safe to say when William Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins hit the stage around 9:30, I was way more than ready. Cherub Rock is kicking things off followed by Bullet With Butterfly Wings and I turn to Pam and say: “Two songs in and this is already amazing!”. And it was.

That’s the thing about both these bands tonight. This isn’t just a run of the mill concert tour, this is a SHOW. A Theatrical event. Tonight, Tonight because, just in case you thought this was a game, Mr. Corgan is gonna get everyone interested early playing back to back to back hits.

I noticed while recording their were people in the rows around me dancing with their hands up going nuts so I panned back to get a good look at what the folks were doing up front in the pit. They were STILL. Not moving. And there wasn’t a sea of phone lights either, I doubt all of those folks are going into business for themselves. I’m not one to judge other folks concert behaviors. Just saying it would have looked cool on the video if some of those folks pretended to give a crap. Not surprised at all my TNA chant didn’t catch on.

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Never fear because there wasn’t anything that was gonna stop this set from being anything but memorable. I know they have tons of hit songs, but it felt like I didn’t get a song to like, take a break and adjust my pants or whatnot. It was great. People singing, dancing, hugging. Some people feeling things when the song that brings to mind whatever memory they have with whoever the person. There were literal tears. Folks cried. Thought that was a pretty deep sight.

If I do say so myself, they ran through Zero really quick. And that’s definitely my favorite tune of theirs. Pam agreed. If you were there comment and tell me if I’m nuts. Again, much like Manson I have never ever seen the Smashing Pumpkins before and taking this all in is pretty incredible. And if you didn’t realize Jimmy Chamberlin is back with the band then the ‘JC’ on the drum kit should give it away.

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Before jumping into Disarm, Corgan strummed a diddy and told us that this was “a little song I play so you can all check your phone.” and continued “That’s what the Alternative revolution was about. It was so all of you can check your phones.”( *sigh*) Makes me wonder what was this “alternative revolution” all about and did we end up winning? Anyway, lectures aside, folks need to not jump on stage during performances. This isn’t a punk show where it’s cool to jump on stage and dive back out. A girl came up during Disarm and was removed. Later during 1979 there was a dude who rushed the stage and was stopped by event staff before contact was made (The video I shot of this has been hijacked by the folks at Spin Mag without even a thought to type the words ‘More at Concert Confessions.’ Fuck you Spin. Fuck you.). The first girl who did it Billy (William) seemed to smile about it,  but by the time we were getting to closing time he was frustrated. “I don’t know who those people are running up on stage but the next one who does is getting a guitar upside the head” was the quote.

Could we talk about Landslide for a second? This was a moment I needed. Hearing that fucking song everyday at work, the 14 different versions on the Fleetwood Mac Pandora station, not that any of them are bad, but I’m always at the aforementioned work when I hear them. This version is one I will have a memory of that’s doesn’t  involve serving food to strangers who scoff at the notion of paying full price for any item in life. It was great. Sometimes you just need a life break.

1979 was probably the crowds height for energy, with rows and rows of party-like atmospheres happening everywhere. That’s of course everywhere besides those first 20-30 rows of people standing in front looking at the band like they’re a dog who has just been shown a card trick. After a few more, Billy stated that it was “time to go soon, I can’t be your selfie anymore” and the band was off at 10:57. The ‘Encore’ of Today, which appeared on the bands set list for the entirety of this tour, happened to be absent this evening.

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Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction & Coheed @ Uproar Festival – PNC Bank Arts Center 08/17/13

Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction & Coheed And Cambria @ Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ 08/17/2013

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

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It’s been way too long folks, way too long. But your favorite self absorbed snob of an author is back to bring you the trials and tribulations of yet another Jay Porks Experience. Life kicks your ass sometimes, and at times it can keep you away from awesome shows for a four month span. But today that all ends as the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival hits PNC Bank Arts Center (one of my personal favorite venues) with Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction and Coheed and Cambria slotting one, two and three in our headlining spots. Other acts high on the list to check out, Duff McKagen’s Walking Papers and Middle Class Rut, a band that killed opening for the Meat Puppets at the Track 16 Gallery closing in Santa Monica not too long ago. So with tailgating permitted for today’s festivities, we headed out to Holmdel out in Dirty Jerz.

Interesting sidebar, the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival’s website has set times listed, and the set times included different stages. One might find this puzzling, because PNC Bank Arts Center has only one stage, and is not built in a way where other stages could be added. Wonder what their move here is, are we going to be walking through the parking lot and find a cheap, makeshift stage built outside the venue or something? Well, it didn’t matter because in the typical style that is this guy we didn’t roll into the parking lot until a little after 4PM, a parking lot that I thought would be a lot more packed out with cars than it was. We cracked the brews, along with the whiskey and cantaloupe and began the party that would be the rest of the day/evening. Note to the guy selling the bootleg tee shirts in the parking lot before the show: I really got you down from $20 to $5 BEFORE the show?? What kind of business man are you? Maybe I should grab one after the show from you for $1.50 or something. Idiot.

 

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The plan was to get inside for Coheed and Cambria and take it from there. We’ve turned this “festival” into like a regular night at PNC with Coheed, Jane’s Addiction and Alice In Chains. I was with friends and got a ride and stuff, so I didn’t have to do my usual “show up 5 hours early to a show’ thing. As we were walking in Coheed was in the midst of their set, so I had to quickly dart to the seats (I bought one additional ticket down in the seated area for video/picture purposes. Why take chances on the lawn?) to record a song or two of theirs. This writer and Claudio have two things in common. One being the overly fluffed out hair and the other is being around bitchin’ music, and bitchin’ music is what Coheed and Cambria are all about. This is my first time seeing them live, coming in I honestly couldn’t name one of their songs. Gravity’s Union was the song I got to record most of and see up close. Taking it all in, with the wicked licks the drummer is shelling out and the shredding going on out in front of him, it’s safe to say this is a band I’m going to have to see again. Even if I was in a seat the entire time, a nine song set at a festival that’s not even really a festival while the sun is still up is a tough way to judge a band you’ve never seen. But I digged those guys for sure.

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While I head back to the lawn and we’re groovin’ to Coheed and taking pictures (because the guy writing this lost 92 pounds over the last 14 months), we see a sea of empty seats and start game planning how we’re sneaking down. Not enough time to do it for Jane’s Addiction, because the lights have dimmed for them already, and here they come circa 8:20 kicking things off with a thundering “Underground”. I don’t know what it is but the darker it gets at this place the better it always seems to sound. During our drunken parking lot adventures earlier I kept saying “It’s all fun and games til we’re ‘COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN’!!”. Love that freaking song, and guess what came second.. you got it: Mountain Song. And during this I look over to enjoy the fatal riffs of one Dave Navarro. I follow him on Twitter, and I know he’s on some Tattoo show and hosts a radio show and stuff. Sideline reporting at the Adult Video Awards and all that, I almost forgot how awesome this guy was at his day job. Just Because followed, and later on the crowd pleasing Been Caught Stealing made an appearance before Ocean Size and Stop. In typical Jane’s Addiction fashion, there was almost naked models dancing along the stage at some point. Also, to keep things light hearted and cheery, Perry says at one point (anyone please correct me if I’m wrong) “My mom is buried in New Jersey”. Interesting factoid I guess.

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Set closer, of course, Jane Says, which is being played in steady rotation at the restaurant I work because I control the tunes nowadays. Jane’s never disappoints, second time I’ve seen them all the way from the lawn and the second time I’ve enjoyed myself. Sometimes people like me get lost in the “trying to remember stuff to write about” aspect of a concert… it was good to find a happy medium tonight between that and having fun.

Before Alice In Chains, we need to get down to those seats while folks are fitting in bathroom breaks. So we spot some stairs where they let you exit the seated section, but you can’t enter. There’s two sides. These assholes actually are standing on the same side just shooting the breeze. I turned around to check if Pam was still with me, and she wasn’t. Text came in that she’s in. Okay, now only my other pals Nay and Meggo left to sneak in. So I pull out my ticket and show it to these two idiots working here. I ask if they can let me in through this entrance and 15 feet to my right I’m like waving my arms for them to skate through the fence. And they did. Now to find Pam, the boldest of bold. She’s not only sneaking down, she made sure to walk down to the front row of this section. Fuck yeah. Now we’re high fiving and stuff and gloating when the lights turn off.. it’s Alice In Chains time 3 seconds after we acquire the new digs.

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The Hollow they opened up with hit me with so much more power tonight than I expected. As soon as they started banging the opening chords it was clear we were in for a memorable set. Them Bones followed by Dam That River and Again. I thought I was recording Again but I looked at the screen and saw no numbers moving on the ticker.

Damn. This no longer is a festival that isn’t really a festival, now this is Alice In Chains demolishing PNC Bank Arts Center and making everyone in the building forget about every other band that played here today.

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Check My Brain followed, and by this time we’re packed down here in the seats, as compared to the absence of people down there earlier in the day. This feels like a packed house and not a show they’ve been trying to give tickets away to for 3 weeks. “Tears to fill my bong”, how cool is that lyric? Man In The Box up next. I look over at the rhythm section and recall that one time I scalped fake tickets to an Alice In Chains show and couldn’t get in, and Mike Inez and Sean Kinney signed my fake ticket after the show and expressed remorse for my predicament. These are not only guys that rock, but nice guys that rock. Everyone screaming the lyrics to Man In The Box, what a scene.

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Tonight we got ourselves a Got Me Wrong. I saw video of them playing it on this tour and hoped we’d get the same treatment. Unbelievable. This set is amazing, it’s as if I made my own Alice In Chains mixtape or something! Well, almost. We haven’t heard Junkhead, and that’s probably my favorite song of theirs for several reasons.

Next up, Junkhead. Seriously?? Get the hell out of my head Mr. Cantrell, stop reading my thoughts.

You may or may not here me screaming the “Well what have you got” lyric on the video. Mike Inez’s bass work on this song is so crude and punishing, Jerry’s making his 6 string his absolute bitch over there. I don’t think he used the same guitar twice tonight.

Stone followed, to give us a taste of at least one other newer track before we broke into Grind followed by Nutshell (one of Pam’s favorites). Everyone stood for that one. Would and a harrowing Rooster would end the evenings festivities. Great times at the PNC Bank Arts Center stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, let’s do this again sometime.

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Hey Jerry, why’d you have to go and cut the hair for? The brotherhood of long locked folks shrinks by the day. Sad to see you leave, you’re welcomed back anytime.

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Summerland 2012 @ PNC Bank Arts Center (NJ) 07/21/12

Summerland (Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy Playground) 07/21/12

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Words/Photos/Videos By Jay Porks

Since late March the buzz has been huge for what people are dubbing the 90s throwback experience of a lifetime. It’s Summerland! Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground. With the exception of Sugar Ray, I love all these bands and I was too young to see when they were popular, so for them to be getting together and bringing this carnival to one of my favorite venues, PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel, NJ, is just the bees knees. According to the post breaking the story here at Concert Confessions, I was suppose to find a Big Dog shirt, bleach my hair and grab a wallet chain. Well, all the bleach in my house is being used soaking my work attire, I don’t own a wallet chain, and I have misplaced my Big Dog tee. But it’s cool, I found my Meat Puppets tee-shirt to make up for it.

 

PNC Bank Arts Center has a funky way of doing things with the prohibiting of tailgating. It’s as if you never know until you show up if it’s allowed. Well, this time after reading the FAQ on the venue’s website I decided to call up ( and you should too before you go to shows 1-723-203-2500)  and ask what the deal was. It was communicated to me that tailgating WILL be permitted and the parking lot opens at 5PM. Good to know, I’ll pack my cooler. Rolling with a crew, and that’s always more fun. We got my friends Pam, Ray and Lisa. Pam’s is a veteran to the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series by now, having been along for many of our 74 installments.  It was actually a year ago to the day that Pam, Ray, Lex and I scampered across the Garden State Parkway just to miss Sublime w/ Rome.

 

My irresponsible planning and driving directions that took us in circles around Staten Island for a extra hour or so, we finally pulled up to the parking lot at almost 7PM. That’s when show is set to start, I’d assume. But we decided that we’d walk in on “Sex and Candy” and it’d be no harm, no foul. We’re trying to drink our beer at supermarket prices here in the parking lot. So we were about to start the trek (more like the drunken stumble) towards the venue when, out of no where some yellow school bus suddenly suddenly pulls up. They opened the door and were shuttling people to the main parking lot by the entrance.  It was like a Summerland miracle..

Got to the gates, after being frisked like criminals we headed up to the Lawn to hit a beer line where someone gave me props on my Meat Puppets tee shirt. Anything to spread the brand. Still on this line at 8:29 is when the chords of “Follow You Down” kick off. Now we’re boozed up headed back to find a spot, which we found a good one. Not the best spot overall, but there was a path for a guy like myself to run up to the railing to get good video of songs I found important. So much weed was being smoked EVERYWHERE by the time “Found Out About You” came on. I turned to Pam and said “They’re gonna do that Allison song next”, and sure enough, here we are into “Allison Rd“.. Towards the end you realize: Wow, the Gin Blossoms are really kicking ass right now. None of their set disappointed, as you can certainly hear on my video of “Hey Jealousy” where it seems as if I had walked into a crowd of teenage girls, who proceeded to scream every single lyric. I’d do the same thing if I wasn’t wielding a camera. I finally got to see the Gin Blossoms, all those songs that represented all those shitty relationships I’ve had in my life I got to see live. That’s what this tour is all about.

You’ve figured out by now that we’ve already missed Marcy Playground AND Lit. That’s a bummer. But then again, I’m chalking this up as a victory with the Gin Blossoms-and I got Everclear later. Speaking of Everclear, at about 9:15 here comes Art Alexakis on stage, thanking everyone for coming out and talking about how awesome the 90’s were, and explaining a story about how he first met Mark McGrath in 1997 on acid (not sure which one of them was on acid). He then introduced Sugar Ray.

First song we hear is the Saved By The Bell theme song, I think it’s being played over the loud speaker. Ray and I are screaming the lyrics aloud grabbing the attention of a chick sitting in front of us (yea, we’re sitting on the grass for Sugar Ray), then the band played Wipeout and Mark McGrath appeared in a white sport coat on stage. McGrath has this cocky personality about him that anyone who’s seen him live will tell you something to the effect of “you hate him but you love him”. So I spent this set focused on not letting this douche nozzle win me over. After “Every Morning” and “Out The Window” almost made my head nod. I recognize way too many of these songs for me to openly admit. They broke into “Mean Machine/Blitzkrieg Bop” mashed into one song sort of-they’ve been doing that on this tour. The two fans were pulled up on stage, to sing verses on some more covers. The first dude got “You got to Fight For Your Right (To Party)” and it was pretty neat, then with the second dude the whole band got into “I Got A Feeling“. Yeah, that song by The Black Eyed Peas. I was this close to enjoying that set until I heard that non-sense. He handed them each a shirt by saying “Here ya go, a Collective Soul Tee for you, and a Third Eye Blind one for you”. Where are they on this tour? They closed out a crowd pleasing set with “Fly” which I taped and afterwards kept rolling for the first verse of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song he did.

 

So around 10:15 McGrath comes back out to introduce Everclear, proclaiming them “The ONLY band that can close out Summerland!”. Damn right. The people who think Sugar Ray is the band on this bill need to have their heads examined.

So a few minutes later Everclear hit the stage and kicked things off with “Father of Mine” and “Everything to Everyone“. I know people who disagree with my last paragraph will find joy in this, what bothered me was the mass amounts of people leaving while Everclear was just kicking off their set. It’s bad enough that the seated area between the lawn and the pit was half empty, but by the time Everclear was into their 3rd song the place was getting scarce. Then at about 10:45, Lisa says “hey, why don’t we sneak by that security guard into those seats”. I finished taping whatever song I was (because I have a railing to lean on the camera isn’t so shaky) and tapped Pam and said we were about to make moves. As soon as 3 hot girls passed in front of this dude, we walked right passed him with his back turned to us. That was bad ass.

So now we’re in what, $50-$60 seats for the rest of the show, which wasn’t too long but was everything we needed. “Wonderful” and “I Will Buy You A New Life

were beautiful and for all these people who say Art’s voice is “shot” and they’re “terrible live” please, comment below and tell me how that is fact? These songs sounded exactly as they did on record. Humor me.

Then they jumped into a Led Zeppelin cover(Rock And Roll) that they had the lead singer of Lit come out to assist with. I’m recording this song when a fight breaks out between these two drunken heavyweights a few rows up. Typical Jersey rock concert, people get drunk and argue over which one of them is the father of Snooki’s child. But wait, why is my 5 foot 2 friend Lisa over there now? She’s breaking up the fight is what she’s doing, for reasons none of us, including her are able to explain.

Dudes are covering Zep and I had to make sure some guy twice my size doesn’t toss Lisa to the side like a discarded napkin. It was a conflict that resulted in me NOT being manly and heading over there, and the video sucks anyway because I had my eyes on the brawl. The most I did was turn to the couple next to me, and we shared a shoulder shrug.

The last song of the evening was of course “Santa Monica“, which is personally the only song I can play on guitar-barely. But there were kids on stage, I believe the lead singer of Lit (who was still hanging on stage) brought his kids up to partake in the awesomeness. Show ended about 11, that was after Art said “See you next year, tell a friend!”. Well, I’m the friend that just told you.

 

What a moment. Been waiting since March for this, and even with missing Lit and Marcy Playground this still was such a great experience, no matter how cheesy some may view it as. This cost me $25. In this economy, I’ll take it! Anyway, those who stuck around to read I thank you, and hope you keep up with us at Concert Confessions because there is nothing but good things going on over here. Keep your eyes peeled.

 

LATE

 

Flaming Lips/Weezer PNC Bank Arts Center NJ 7/28/11

Better a few days late than never, The 52nd edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series takes us back to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel, NJ-the very same place we were 7 days ago, only tonight we’re here for The Flaming Lips & Weezer to put on a set in which they are sharing the bill. By sharing the bill, I mean I read that both bands will be setting their gear up on stage at the same time and each band will take turns playing a handful of songs. Read a quote that Rivers Cuomo asked Wayne Coyne if he has an extra bubble he can ride around in. Now this is something different. It refreshing to see bands trying new things, I wonder who’s going to encore? Will they play songs together? This has the makings for an eventful few hours. Having said that-lets not count our chickens before they hatch, doors open at 7:30PM and Yeasayer are the first openers. Planning an earlier arrival than last week, which means two things: Not gonna miss any of the sets we planned to see and two, most time to get wasted. And I tend to let the criticism fly more loosely when intoxicated, and I have a feeling these New Jersey folk are gonna get to me tonight after last week.. We shall see….

We pulled into the parking lot around 6, not pulling any punches today-lets not miss anything in case they decide to go on early….We parked in a lot that wasn’t miles away from the venue, so we were able to camp out til about 8 or so, when we headed in right after Yeasayer had finished. Grabbed our lawn spot (rented chairs for $5 a pop, why stand all night?). I notice the stage is already being set up, and its not far past 8…

Wayne Coyne comes out, and explains to the crowd how this is the first time they’ve done a show like this.. he tells us “Rivers needs you guys to help him out with the bubble when he gets in it”.. and Wayne also mentioned that “if our strobe lights are little too intense for anyone-then just don’t look at them. Simple solution”… then he said they’d be back as he ducked off stage for a little while….

So around 8:30-8:45 we have The Flaming Lips intro, where they come out of the big screen and walk down the ramp as two bubble inflate with Wayne Coyne in one and Rivers Cuomo in the other one. Smoke filling the stage, graphics hitting the screen. This is cool. Wayne and Rivers take to the crowd in their bubbles, and it doesn’t take Rivers long to fall down and have to be rolled back towards the stage by the crowd he’s rolling on.. then he busted out of if and The Flaming Lips jumped in three songs Worm Mountain , Silver Trembling Hands and Yeah Yeah Yeah Song… – At one point Wayne sat on a gorilla’s shoulders … they do those three songs and he says “Alright we’ll be back-Weezer everybody!”

Weezer comes out and kicks things off with “Hashpipe”, “El Scorcho” and “Perfect Situation”.. Whoa, what is this did Weezer finally get the memo to start playing their good songs live? Awesome. Girl I’m with turns to me and says “Oh I know this song from the Deftones” during “El Scorcho”.. I said “Really?” and returning home upon YouTube search, the Deftones do cover it… sweet. After Perfect Situation, they head off for the Flaming Lips to come back on..

Out comes Wayne and Co. again, this time to rock it out harder with “Is David Bowie Dying?”, “See the Leaves” and then we got into a little Laser Hands Jam, where the Gigantic hands come on.. lights bouncing off the disco ball thing into the lawn.. damn I wish I had a good enough camera to tape that shit.. And the Flaming Lips also have a whole bunch of chicks in outfits resembling Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz bouncing up and down.. awesomeness

So back out comes Weezer, and they play “My Name is Jonas”, “Suzanne” and one of my personal favs of the Weezer catalog “The Good Life”… Again, I’m still amazed at the fact that Weezer is playing good songs-this is like the set I’ve always wanted to see when I saw Weezer headline a show.. now for 25 bucks I’m on a lawn chair enjoying all those hits I thought I’d enjoy on days I spent 50+ dollars to see them. So far this was a great investment.
Now back to the Flaming Lips, as we seem to be grooving to 3 songs a clip before switching… As if this night couldn’t improve, it’s “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1” time. Yes! Love that freaking song, and the half filled PNC Bank Arts Center loved it too.. can’t believe more people weren’t at this show.. “Ego’s Last Stand” and “Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung” followed… as we shift back to the Weezer.

Island in the Sun.. it’s becoming redundant.. can’t believe I’m at the one good Weezer set to come to the tri state area… “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly” (B-Side from ‘El Scorcho’) followed. Then Rivers says “ Here’s a song we used to listen to when we were growing up, then jumps into a cover Radiohead’s Paranoid Android.. I didn’t like it when I first heard it watching the vid on YouTube but experiencing it live actually made it quite enjoyable.. one of the more listenable Radiohead songs of the past decade of so.. and apparently the 14 year old kids that surround us everywhere are loving the Radiohead. I’m on board..

Then the Flaming Lips came out for “What is the Light?” and “The Observer”.. I noticed Wayne has had a cool looking fur scarf on for the duration of the show.. Is he not the man?

back out for ‘Pork and Beans’, ‘Tired of Sex’, and ‘Say it ain’t so’.. So I guess Weezer is closing out this show-especially afterward when they played “(If your wondering if I want you to) I want you to”. They were trading off three for three, now Flaming Lips did two and Weezer did four?

So then the Flaming Lips come back out for “Do You Realize”…with full confetti and lights going I said to myself: Okay, so the Flaming Lips are closing this show…

That’s when Weezer came back out (stop confusing me guys!) for “Buddy Holly” and “Only In Dreams”.. which was making me think we’ve witnessed a Flaming Lips set minus “She Don’t Use Jelly”.. but Weezer stayed on stage as the Flaming Lips came back on to play it with them-Weezer and The Flaming Lips doing “She Don’t Use Jelly” with Rivers singing lyrics on the 2nd and 3rd verses. Awesomeness. And then “Undone- The Sweater Song” with both bands remaining on stage was a perfect end to a very cool evening. The Jay Porks Pre-Flight extravaganza

. Perfect send off to Washington! The Gorge Saturday: Soundgarden, Meat Puppets, Queens of the Stone Age and Mastodon.. the Willie Nelson on Sunday.. let the insanity begin!

2011 Unity Tour w/ 311 & Sublime: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Unity Tour featuring Sublime w/ Rome and 311

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

Words/Photos by Lexc666

 

If you read Jay Porks account of the night you already got most of the story. Lots of tailgating, too much actually, running across about 6 lanes of highway to get to the venue, and we missed Sublime with Rome. I won’t bore you with too many details, go read Jay’s review for more information. But I will give you my point of view on the night, and maybe rant a little. Don’t worry it will be short and sweet.

 

Now I’d really like to know who has two major bands playing and doesn’t have an opener. It’s supposed the Unity tour. So have some damn unity and grab a local band to open up so I can miss them and see who I paid to see. In addition according to a friend of Jay’s, Sublime with Rome went on a little after 6:30. That is complete insanity. Doors opened at 6:30, can you give people a chance to get in. I checked out the website for the tour and in addition to the two bands they had dj’s. Oh really that’s just great because I go to a live concert to hear a dj set. When we got the lawn the dj that was playing wasn’t that great either. He at least played a couple of good songs. But some where just bad mixes and as usual with dj’s they cut the songs short. Can I hear a whole song, come on. I would name the bad songs he played but I was a little wasted and I don’t like remembering bad things. At least he played No Doubts “I’m Just A Girl.” Appropriate for the night, figured it would be a flashback to high school kind of show.

Now on to 311, a band that I never really listened to a ton. But I know I am not completely lost when it comes to their music. Apparently I was wrong for the night. I swear one time I went to an Incubus concert, on a whim because it was free and half way through the set, I’m like holy shit I know almost all of these songs. And I listen to them about just as much. Though I figured it would be okay, I could pay 25 bucks to see 311. But guess what I got, a listening party for their new album. Running joke of the night, “Did you know 311 has a new album?” And you know what I wouldn’t complain so much if the new album was amazing but I really didn’t hear any songs from it that I like any where near all the old shit. Guess I have to agree with Jay we are getting too old for this. Other than not hearing enough music I wanted it ended about 10:30. I’ve been to PNC before and could swear bands went on past 11. Then again I might just be crazy but hey they could have easily stayed on a little bit longer. I feel like I was at a show for twelve year olds with midnight curfew.

 

I’m happy I did get to hear a handful of songs I knew and liked. And I did get video of “Hive.” The new stuff is okay, just not what I was expecting. I did have fun, thank god for good company.  Truthfully, we had more fun in the parking lot hanging out before hand. And I have to agree with Jay, really not feeling the asshole attitude of the crowd.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZCM0WD4gGY&w=480&h=390]

 

 

Untiy Tour 2011 hits PNC Bank Arts Center Homdel. NJ 7/21/11

Well THAT was an ordeal! The schlep that is the 51st edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series takes us to Homedel, NJ and the PNC Bank Arts Center to see Untity Tour 2011: 311 with special guests Sublime W/ Rome.. how could this not be fun? It’s summertime, we have a scorcher out there today getting near 100 at several occasions today(and not cooling off as the sun went down). One of the few days I bust out the shorts, met Lex at my job and waited for the rest of the posse, Pam and Ray.. cold beers in trunk.. Doors at 6:30PM, and I’m sure there has to be some third band on this bill, so we figured there was no rush.

Got to the parking lot before 7PM(with the guys in the parking lot selling tee shirts for $20, I got one after the show for $10 #Winning)….we had a nice ‘on the grass’ spot so we can have less cops walking around. All working out well, we start drinking, and we don’t head in until we see everyone around us walking in.. so instead of walk beside people going into the same place we are, I look left and see the venue, just over the grassy hill over there. The genius I am, we head towards it only to find none other than the Garden State Parkway waiting for us there… it’s not like a street, this is a highway with very tight gaps between cars. I still don’t know how we made it across, like the nut jobs we are we dodged across making it to the other side.. that’s where we found AGAIN, the Garden State Parkway(this end going south I guess)-so another deathly mission, but using the Jedi force we made it and walked all the way up more parking lots finally making it inside..

Couldn’t be to much past 8PM, maybe 8:30 but we get to the lawn and take our place in a sea of pot smoke.. Ray and Pam head off to grab drinks and stuff, upon coming back they told us they were hearing that Sublime had gone on and off already.. No freaking way this can be true, when did they go on 7:30? We didn’t hear this from the parking lot? Guy next to us turns and says “yea they went on and played for like 20 minutes”… What?!? it’s still light outside.. so what’s happening now 311 is gonna come on at 9PM and play 2 hours? I just accidentally missed an opener? An opener I WANTED to see no less-I’m one of the 27 people who’s into the new singer, and I missed it drinking Heineken Light in the parking lot? We could chalk that one up in the Fail column for me.. dammit.

So it’s cool tho, 311 is still gonna come out here and play an awesome set, right? They didn’t disappoint me the last two times I saw them so I figured the odds were in our favor.. Ray is Mr. Optimistic over here saying “It sucks, but I mean we still got 311!”.. then about 5 songs in (they came on at 9PM almost on the dot) I turn around and see Pam and Ray looking at each other puzzled.. I look at Lex and she gives me this puzzled look too-then I realize I feel a little puzzled myself. What songs are these? Obviously I’m aware that they have the new record out.. and I know bands like to sprinkle new stuff into their set when they first release it.. but I mean, after kicking off with ‘Beautiful Disaster’ and throwing ‘All Mixed Up’ into the first few songs, I went for what felt like the longest time before another song I knew, “Amber” was played. ‘Jackpot’ was in there too-but I don’t know that song on its own merit just know it from the last time I saw them.. This was beginning to get really disappointing… Can I get “Love Song”? Can you do me that favor?

Now at 9:42PM here comes the drum solo part, where the whole band bangs on bongo drums for a few minutes-not sure if its just a jam or an actual song but either way, it’s another few minutes of us looking at each other waiting for the good part. It’s not like I’m by myself, and I can totally fluff this piece up by focusing on all the scathingly clad chicks walking around-I’m with my friends here, one of whom will be voicing her own thoughts on this on Concert Confessions herself.. How dare you shove that new record down my throat like that, in front of my friends no less.

New Jersey is full of odd girls man.. I mean, lets start with this random chick who asks me for a cigarette. Back story: I had like 3 cigs left in my pack, Lex was supporting my habits all night under the condition that I’d give her back a few later(Which I forgot to do).. so this chick walks up and asks for a cigarette after seeing me get handed a bust down from Lex, gave me that “pretty please!” facial expression. So while grimacing I reach to give her one and I’m like “If you had a penis, I wouldn’t even consider this” and I hand it over. She of course needs a light (Want me to smoke it for you too?), then she walks away back to hang with her boyfriend or whatever. I spent the next 20 minutes trying to get a picture of this broad. I tweeted “To the girl who just grubbed a cig off me, welcome to the blog”. And with this pic I snatched, I stand by my tweet.

Fed up, and inhaling the second hand of all the awesome smelling weed that’s going around, I loudly state “Does anyone have weed? I have money!” just taking a shot in the dark, and wouldn’t you know it, there’s typical “I sell pot at rock concerts” guy standing over there calling me over.. hell, we’re at a 311 show what’s a guy to do.. hands me a 20 sack fatter than Snooki.. some nice smelling stuff too. But guess what, we don’t have any paper to roll in.. serious FML status going on all night long. So Ray is off into a sea of people through the darkness of this epic lawn and emerges with paper. Amazing. A God amongst men, but while that was happening, I asked these two girls if they had any paper on them who were standing close by.. she’s like “No we don’t have papers-do you have weed?” (No, I just want the paper because my notepad is out of sheets you moron) I reply with yes and the girl looks at me and is like “Alright when you find some paper come by and we’ll blaze”… I nodded and walked away. Balls. Seriously? What are you like Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher? Give me a nugget I’ll smoke it in the car like.. At least the shallow girls I run into in NY will pretend to be into you for the five minutes they want to take advantage of your stash. There weren’t even any guys with them, I promise if that girl woulda touched my freaking wrist she would been smoking with us.. come back when you get paper.. sure. And I get laid often..

But suddenly as we’re pouring the weed into the paper(Members of my family are probably loving all this getting high discussion right now-cannot compromise the truth, wouldn’t be fair to my any of the readers) I hear the “Come Original” riff starting.. Ray is doing the pouring, so I’m screaming at him “Don’t jump up! Please do not jump up!”.. we survived, and started burning a little herb.. impressive bud too-and then they played “Down”.. so like, as soon as I found some pot this night took a sharp left turn… they ducked off for a sec, came back to play “Who’s got the Herb”, and as a matter a fact we did! Played “Creatures for a while” and set was over like 10:40ish.. I mean, when you have til 11, you’d think they’d get close to it.

On the way out, we’re trying to figure out when Sublime w/Rome exactly went on, and all these people look like they’re the walking dead filled with Oxycontin I swear-I mean, we got wrecked before the show but on the walk out it was like amateur night here-ambulances and shit.. it’s called moderation people! But back to asking people, I got a lot of interesting replies. Went up to a group of girls by a car and asked when Sublime w/Rome went on (I specifically said the ‘with Rome’ part so I wouldn’t have to hear a lecture).. one girl says “They went on before 311”.. Wow, and the award for best zinger in a sHit-com series goes to.. They went on to say that it was early, but they don’t remember now(again, moderation)..The one chick says to me “Dude you’re old enough to be wearing a Sonic Youth tee shirt-you should know this isn’t the real Sublime”… As a matter of fact I did know that believe it or not. You see because I know the “real Sublime” could have had so many more great albums if Brad wasn’t such a junk box-I mean but what do I know, I wear the tee shirt of ‘ART’ ROCK band Sonic Youth. I must be clueless. And why are you here anyway? It’s like the people who go to Hole concerts hoping and praying Courtney Love falls down face plant style (everyone reading this nods saying “yea, that’s me”).. I don’t know people, maybe it’s me. Maybe Pam, Lex, Ray and I are old fogies.. felt like we were being starred at the whole time.. maybe we’re out of touch with music or something, and for me that’s fine. I’d rather sit alone and listen to music I like they be surround by people listening to the crap these people want today. Still reminiscing over Bradley-get over it. Like it, or shut the hell up. I hate people like that women I encountered in the parking lot. She’s giving me a lecture? Obviously hasn’t googled me.. But if you wanna do that go get a blog or something.. all these people have opinions and no one will document them publicly.. I mean, ended up an overall fun night for some reason, maybe my ranting throughout the parking lot on the way back to the car that, if you know me, is always a can’t miss. I’m the most humorous when I’m pissed. All of you New Jersey folk make me need to take a shower when I got home to wash off the stank of pretentiousness. Cargo shorts, no shirts looking like they’ve had heroin shot into their eyeballs.. You people make me sick

Having said all that, I’ll be in the exact same place this time next week watching the Flaming Lips and Weezer share a stage.. Rivers asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble he can ride around in.. should be fun. I HAVE AN EXTRA TICKET, was going to give it away Friday afternoon between the hours of 4-7PM because I’ll be the in-studio guest on 88.9 WSIA-FM (WWW.WSIA.FM), my local college radio station, talking all things Jay Porks Experience, and the world domination of Concert Confessions.. just basically me giving the verbal experience of all these shows I’ve been to and hopefully I’ll get to pick some songs… But we’ve been told that I’m not permitted to give away the ticket on air due to promotional complications-even tho it’s MY ticket, I’m just really looking to get a ride out of the deal. Anyway, I’ll catch all my faithful next week right here same bat time, same bat channel. Thanks for reading. LATE

An Evening w/ Third Eye Blind @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center 10/8/17

An Evening w/ Third Eye Blind – 10/8/2017

Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

This summer, we covered Third Eye Blind as they trekked through America on the ‘Summer Gods’ tour. That tour was in support of a record that is actually still being worked on. Fast forward to the Eve of Indigenous Peoples Day and the boys are back in my area. Well sort of my area. The Sands Bethlehem Event Center is tonight’s swanky venue where my girlfriend and I will take in some more Third Eye Blind action. Still supporting the yet to be released record, this tour with no opening acts is billed cleverly as The Fall of The Summer Gods tour.

Set List: Back To Zero, Narcolepsy, Faster, Wounded, Semi-Charmed Life, Company of Strangers, Dopamine, Graduate, London, Red Star, Don’t Give In, *Slow Motion, *Deep Inside Of You, Motorcycle Drive By, Crystal Baller, Jumper

Encore: Losing A Whole Year, Never Let You Go, How’s It Gonna Be

*Stephan Jenkins solo acoustic

Shortly after 8PM, Third Eye Blind came out to a packed room of high rollers, road trippers and misfits. In almost two hours, the band busted out something for everyone in their career spanning set. Different people here for their own different favorite songs, breaking out in screams when they came.

As an old person these days, I enjoy going to a show where I can hear hits for a majority of the evening. While that was the case tonight, a few surprises were in tow. Before playing ‘Crystal Baller’,  Stephan Jenkins had mentioned that they hadn’t played that song much over the years.

Earlier on an solo acoustic ‘Deep Inside of You’ was a shock to my girlfriend who says after seeing the band five times that that’s the first time she’s experienced that live.

Either my camera is going or the fog machines tonight we’re smoking out like it was Eric Foreman’s basement. Never Let You Go and Red Star were personal highlights of mine. As for everyone else, they were jumping the entire time. Set sent everyone home smiling around 10. Good times had by all.

Shout outs to the crack staff of Sands Bethlehem Event Center for enforcing that “Strict No Video” policy.

Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups 6/25/2017 Festival Pier @ Penns Landing, Philly

Third Eye Blind w/ Silversun Pickups – 06/25/2017

Festival Pier @ Penns Landing – Philadelphia, PA

Words/Photos/Video – Jay Porks

The Summer Gods Tour rolls on into Philly in what was an almost perfect Sunday for the beach. This tour came through the PNC Bank Arts Center on Friday and for a video heavy recap you can just hover over this sentence and click to check it out. That venue that’s been featured in several concert confessions. Tonight it’s Festival Pier @ Penns Landing in Philly. Penns Landing is a waterfront venue along the same lines as Williamsburg Waterfront or the Stone Pony Summerstage.  Simple venue concept: slab of flat ground in front of a stage. The stage set up did have that 2PM side stage at a festival type feel. Making up for it is a sweet breeze and sand on the ground as we’re literally on the beach. So we ended up here after all. On time too, so we made it for Ocean Park Standoff and the entirety of Silversun Pickups set as well tonight.

Ocean Park Standoff opened up the night at 6:45. They have a female guitar player doing the heavy lifting, so I googled and it’s Samantha Ronson, sister of Mark. It’s a big world. After a couple songs I made a note: this slot they’re in is where I usually unfairly give a band the cold shoulder just because I’m really douchey. But no! All of their songs had sweet melodies and someone in this group can write catchy songs. The band released their debut EP in March and are already opening up on a major tour. Guess I’m not the only one that doesn’t hate them. They went off at 7:10.

The Silversun Pickups! Wow, you want to talk about making it count, that’s what this band does. Unlike Friday, we’re on time today and can watch the full scale of SSPU set in action. Songs we know, songs we don’t, songs we didn’t know we knew. In that hour, Silversun Pickups slayed the dragon that was an ugly “festival” stage, flat non elevating stand room and the high school basketball team situated right in front of you. They made me forget. The Royal We, Substitution both early in the set headbangers. Shocked some life into the crowd of bros who all shared an outfit. Really hope the world is in a place where the Silversun Pickups are back out there touring regularly again. How hasn’t anyone told me how good this is?! Panic Switch, Dots and Dashes and Lazy Eye ended their night at 8:30.

Third Eye Blind came on at sharply 9 and by this time the jam packed crowd has tightened up towards the stage. They opened with the same sheet gimmick as Friday (and is assume on this whole tour). They play Summer Gods behind a curtain and then drop it, but tonight the sheet malfunctioned a bit and didn’t all come down on queue. Nothing tops the live concert experience.

Pictures and video were tough on this night as the standing room doesn’t elevate or anything towards the back. I planned ahead for that and got all the hits on Friday. So for the first time in a while, I also brought words and sentences to the table. #Journalism. Stephen mentioned how this is the first night of the tour without seats. “I hate seats” he says. I get it. It’s a rock show. But tonight, my sciatica is acting up so I personally miss the comfort of seats. At least for this one night.

Such an extensive list of awesome songs. Some may call this band a one hit wonder. They are not that. And they’re not even a band with two hits that sound exactly the same. Even after the other night I still popped for Never Let You Go to lead the encore. By that point it feels like there’s no way they got another banger. As the set progressed, I noticed a benefit of not having seats. A sea of heads rockin on a beach was a scene to be had. I may judge the process, but you can’t argue with the results. For example, Jumper tonight had like a little singalong portion that was absent from the show up in PNC. Maybe the beach vibes. The set was the same exact set songs wise as Friday with playing the entire self titled debut record and all, but I couldn’t have underestimated more how awesome of a time Third Eye Blind could be live.

The handful of decent photos can be chopped up to Amanda Porks, who you can follow on twitter here. Set list lays below. If the Summer Gods tour is coming your way, it’s a fun night out that’s highly recommended.

Summer Gods intro

Company Of Strangers

Horror Show

Wounded

Queen Of Daydreams

Shipboard Cook

==Break==

Losing A Whole Year

Narcolepsy

Semi Charmed Life

Jumper

Graduate

How’s It Gonna Be

Thanks A Lot

Burning Man

Good For You

London

I Want You

The Background

Motorcycle Drive By

===Encore===

Never Let You Go

Alright Caroline

God of Wine (yes that’s on the first record. They save it for the encore)

Linkin Park Touring North America w/ 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI

LP Tour

So with all that Stone Temple Pilots stuff on the back burner for now, it looks as if Linkin Park will dust off their gear and hit the road once again. Joined by a band fronted by a movie star 30 Seconds To Mars and special guests AFI, the trek will hit loads of outdoor venues and arenas beginning this August in Florida. They’ll take things up the east coast and back across the country through Texas and wrapping up in California on September 19th. The glorious Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy rocks a show along the way in addition to PNC Bank Arts Center and Susquehanna Bank Arts Center, both of which reside  in dirty Jersey. For more information, read the flyer above and it tells you where you can find more info. For now, map out where you’ll be seeing this gig by scrolling the tour dates below.

Linkin Park w/ 30 Seconds To Mars & AFI Tour Dates:

08.08 West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
08.09 Tampa, FL, George M. Steinbrenner Field
08.12 Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
08.13 Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
08.15 Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
08.16 Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
08.18 Holmdel, NJ, PNC Banks Art Center
08.19 Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08.21 Darien Lake, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08.23 Montreal, QC, Park Jean Drapeau
08.24 Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
08.26 St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
08.27 Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
08.29 Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08.30 Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Theatre
09.05 The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09.06 Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
09.08 Englewood, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
09.10 Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
09.11 Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09.13 Quincy, WA, The Gorge Amphitheatre
09.15 Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
09.16 Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09.18 Wheatland, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09.19 Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion


Dave Matthews Band Announce Acoustic/Electric Summer 2014 Tour Dates

In a shocker to no one, Dave Matthews Band will hit the road for a massive North American summer tour in 2014. What is shocking is the format the shows will take.

Each show will be a two set affair. The “evening with” is being billed as both acoustic and electric. According to Rolling Stone, the band will change their configuration as needed while performing songs from their expansive catalog. Matthews goes on to tell Rolling Stone that they are trying to keep the shows “loose” this summer and that “It seems like the opposite of a safe plan, so why not?”

The trek will feature some interesting locations, including three nights at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley California and their first appearance in Bend Oregon.

The online presale for the Warehouse fan association begins Thursday, January 16 at 10 am ET. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, February 7.

dmb summer

Dave Matthews Band Summer 2014 North American Tour Dates:

5/16 Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/17 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/21 Tulsa, OK – Bok Center
5/23 Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
5/24 Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
5/30 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
5/31 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/6 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/7 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
6/10 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
6/11 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
6/13 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
6/14 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
6/20 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
6/21 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
6/24 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
6/25 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/27 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
6/28 Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
7/2 Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater – Summerfest
7/4 Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/5 Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/9 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7/11 Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
7/12 Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
7/15 Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
7/16 Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/18 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/19 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/22 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
7/23 Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/25 Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/26 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
8/22 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
8/23 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
8/24 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
8/26 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheatre 
8/29 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
8/30 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
8/31 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/5 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/6 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

 

Stone Temple Pilots Hitting The Road This Fall In America

Stone Temple Pilots

With Scott Weiland and the band currently suing one another, Stone Temple Pilots won’t let that stop them from hitting the road this Fall with Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park fame) taking over frontman duties. The band will be supported by Filter, who oddly enough served as the opening band for STP at the infamous PNC Bank Arts Center show in New Jersey where Weiland came out an hour late just days into the band’s reunion tour. Chances are, that won’t happen this time. The dates are below, for tickets head over here.

Stone Temple Pilots Fall Tour Dates:

09/04 Bethlehem, PA // Sands Bethlehem Events Center
09/06 Sayreville // Starland Ballroom
09/07 Atlantic City, NJ // Ceasars – Circus Maximus
09/09 Boston, MA // House of Blues
09/10 Huntington, NY // Paramount
09/13 Oklahoma City, OK // Downtown Airpark (w/ Motley Crue)
09/14 Newkirk, OK // First Council Casino (Without Filter)
09/17 Sunrise, FL // BB & T Center (FLA Panthers Event)
09/18 Orlando, FL // House of Blues
09/20 Columbia, SC // Township Auditorium
09/21 Ft Myers, FL Shockwave Festival // Jet Blue Park
09/24 Midland, TX // TBA
09/26 Tempe, AZ // Marquee
09/27 Las Vegas, NV // Freemont Street Experience
11/ 01 Biloxi, MS // Hard Rock Live

Stone Temple Pilots – Out Of Time

Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival Announces 2013 Lineup

uproar

Rockstar Energy Drink has announced the lineup and dates to the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Headlining spots go to Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction and Coheed and Cambria. Middle Class Rut and Walking Papers also make appearances along with others. Check out all the cool venues this tour will be hitting below, and also do not forget to hit the festivals official website for more information. Oh yeah, and customary with festivals these days, there’s a little lineup announcement video that goes along with it.

Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival 2013 Tour Dates:

August 09 Toyota Pavilion at Montage // Mountain Scranton, PA
August 10 The Comcast Theatre // Hartford, CT
August 11 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center // Darien Center, NY
August 13 Saratoga Performing Arts Center // Saratoga, NY
August 14 Comcast Center // Mansfield, MA
August 16 Jiffy Lube Live // Bristow, VA
August 17 PNC Bank Arts Center // Holmdel, NJ
August 18 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater // Wantagh, NY
August 20 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre // Toronto, ON
August 22 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre // Tinley Park, IL
August 23 Klipsch Music Center // Noblesville, IN
August 24 DTE Energy Music Theater // Clarkston, MI
August 27 Zoo Amphitheater // Oklahoma City, OK
August 28 Gexa Energy Pavilion // Dallas, TX
August 29 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion // The Woodlands, TX
August 31 Isleta Amphitheatre // Albuquerque, NM
September 01 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre // Englewood, CO
September 02 USANA Amphitheatre // Salt Lake City, UT
September 08 Sleep Country Amphitheater // Ridgefield, WA
September 11 Shoreline Amphitheatre // Mountain View, CA
September 13 Desert Sky Pavilion // Phoenix, AZ
September 14 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula // Vista, CA
September 15 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater // Irvine, CA

Black Sabbath Announce Four Tour Stops in North America

Black Sabbath

Monday, the recently reunited Black Sabbath announced four tour dates on North American soil, with stops in New Jersey, Toronto, Washington and LA. The good news about this: besides fans getting to see the newly single Ozzy along with Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi live in person, two of these four venues they’ll play are awesome. The Gorge in George, WA is the closest thing to heaven us satan worshiping souls will ever get, plus the PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel, NJ is always a party. A wise man once told me that the Los Angeles Sports Arena “is the most run down piece of shit So Cal has to offer”. So there’s that.

The band will be supporting their new record “13”,  due out June 11th, which is the first recordings by the original members in 35 years. For the four dates, check below. Also hit up the band’s website for further info.

Black Sabbath North American Tour Dates:

08/04 – Homdel, NJ // PNC Bank Arts Center
08/14 – Toronto, ON // Air Canada Centre
08/24 – George, WA // Gorge Amphitheatre
09/03 – Los Angeles, CA // Los Angeles Sports Arena

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2013 Reveals Lineup and Dates

Mahem fest

Good news for fans of Metal everywhere, The 2013 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival has announced the artists and dates that will keep heads swinging on both ends of the country this summer. Rob Zombie will headline and play along side Amon Amarth, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch while Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Battlecross and Machine Head will occupy the rest of your festival day. Check out the dates below, along with a announcement video that every festival seems to be doing these days. For more information, head over to the official festival website.

 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2013 Dates:

June 29 – San Bernardino, CA // San Manuel Amphitheater

June 30 – Mountain View, CA // Shoreline Amphitheatre

July 2 – Nampa, ID // Idaho Center Amphitheatre

July 3 – Auburn, WA // White River Amphitheatre

July 5 – Phoenix, AZ // Desert Sky Pavilion

July 6 – Albuquerque, NM // Isleta Amphitheatre

July 7 – Englewood, CO // Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre

July 10 – Toronto, ON // Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

July 12 – Burgettstown, PA // First Niagara Pavilion

July 13 – Camden, NJ // Susquehanna Bank Center

July 14 – Darien Center, NY // Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

July 16 – Mansfield, MA // Comcast Center

July 17 – Bangor, ME // Bangor Waterfront

July 19 – Scranton, PA // Toyota Pavilion

July 20 – Saratoga Springs, NY // Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 21 – Hartford, CT // The Comcast Theatre

July 23 – Holmdel, NJ // PNC Bank Arts Center

July 24 – Bristow, VA // Jiffy Lube Live

July 26 – Noblesville, IN // Klipsch Music Center

July 27 – Tinley Park, IL // First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre

July 28 – Clarkston, MI // DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 30 – Atlanta, GA // Lakewood Amphitheatre

July 31 – Tampa, FL // 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

August 2 – Austin, TX // Tower Amphitheatre

August 3 – The Woodlands, TX // Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

August 4 – Dallas, TX // Gexa Energy Pavilion

rockstar mayhem 2013

The Last Summer On Earth 2013 Bringing The 90s To A Town Near You

LastSummerOnEarth

For those of us waiting on a Summerland 2013 lineup announcement, well, we can’t promise that it is in fact coming. But, if you want to check the engine of the 90s with your dipstick, we just might have the concert tour for you.  The Last Summer On Earth 2013 tour features Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster traveling the country hitting all your favorite outdoor venues. For the dates, just check below. Some of which don’t include Guster and some not including Ben Folds Five are noted.

Last Summer On Earth 2013 Tour:

06.17 Verizon Theatre/Dallas, TX
06.19 Red Rocks Amphitheatre/Morrison, CO
06.20 USANA Amphitheatre/West Valley, UT
06.22 Santa Barbara Bowl/Santa Barbara, CA
06.23 Greek Theatre/Los Angeles, CA
06.25 Mountain Winery/Saratoga, CA*
06.26 Mountain Winery/Saratoga, CA*
06.28 Botanical Gardens/Boise, ID
06.29 White River Amphitheatre/Seattle, WA
06.30 Big Sky Brewing Company/Missoula, MT
07.03 Newman Field/Fargo, ND**
07.05 LC Pavilion/Columbus, OH
07.06 TBD/Cincinnati, OH
07.08 Commonground Festival/Lansing, MI
07.09 Charter One Pavilion/Chicago, IL*
07.11 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre/Toronto, ON
07.12 DTE Energy Music Theatre/Detroit, MI
07.13 The Woods @ Fontanel/Nashville, TN
07.15 Merriweather Post Pavilion/Columbia, MD
07.16 Bank of America Pavilion/Boston, MA
07.18 Mann Music Center/Uncasville, CT
07.20 PNC Bank Arts Center/Holmdel, NJ
07.21 Waterfront Park/Bangor, ME
07.23 Tanglewood/Lenox, MA
07.25 Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre/Charlotte, NC
07.26 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre/Alpharetta, GA
07.27 Family Circle Stadium/Charleston, SC
07.28 Red Hat Amphitheatre/Raleigh, NC
07.30 Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Bandshell/Brooklyn, NY

Phish Map Out Summer Tour Plans

Phish Summer Tour

After months of fans holding off on committing physical harm to themselves, Phish have finally announced their tour plans for this summer across North America. Kicking things off in Maine followed by three nights upstate where they race the pony’s in New York, the band has two night runs in most of these tour stops, with San Fran, Chicago and the ending run in Colorado all getting the three night treatment. PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel is where Jay Porks told us the party is at while our fearless leader and Phish Phanatic Reverend Justito gets, wait for it, one night in LA. Hey, it’s least it’s not Long Beach right? For the dates, just check down below.

Phish 2013 Summer Tour Dates:

July 3 Bangor, ME//Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
July 5 Saratoga Springs, NY//Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 6 Saratoga Springs, NY//Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 7 Saratoga Springs, NY//Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 9 Toronto, ON//Molson Amphitheatre
July 10 Holmdel, NJ//P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
July 12 Wantagh, NY//Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach
July 13 Columbia, MD//Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 14 Columbia, MD//Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 16 Alpharetta, GA//Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 17 Alpharetta, GA//Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 19 Chicago, IL//Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 20 Chicago, IL//Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 21 Chicago, IL//Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 26 George, WA//The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 27 George, WA//The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 30 Stateline, NV//Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
July 31 Stateline, NV//Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
August 2 San Francisco, CA//Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
August 3 San Francisco, CA//Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
August 4 San Francisco, CA//Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
August 5 Los Angeles, CA//Hollywood Bowl
August 30 Commerce City, CO//Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
August 31 Commerce City, CO//Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
September 1 Commerce City, CO//Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Dave Matthews Band Announce Extensive Summer Tour Of North America

dave matthews

Things promised to us in life: Death, Taxes and The Dave Matthews Band announcing massive tours of North America. From April til September the band will play 44 shows on US soil (one in Toronto). Lots of multi-night stints and a Labor Day Three night run at the Gorge Amphitheater. So grab your hacky sack and sandals and get ready for the funky vibes of DMB to hit your town. Check out the dates below:

Dave Matthews Band 2013 Summer Tour Dates:

04/06 – Pelham, AL // Oak Mountain Ampitheatre
04/27 – Southaven, MS // Snowden Grove Ampitheater
04/28 – New Orleans, LA // New Orleans Jazz Fest
05/17 – The Woodlands, TX // Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
05/18 – Dallas, TX // Gexa Energy Pavilion
05/21 – Austin, TX // Tower Amphitheatre
05/25 – Saratoga Springs, NY // Saratoga Performing Arts Center
05/26 – Saratoga Springs, NY // Saratoga Performing Arts Center
05/28 – Toronto, ON // Molson Amphitheatre
05/29 – Scranton, PA // Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
05/31 – Burgettstown, PA // First Niagara Pavilion
06/01 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH // Blossom Music Center
06/06 – Holmdel, NJ  // PNC Bank Arts Center
06/07 – Hartford, CT // Comcast Theatre
06/08 – Hartford, CT // Comcast Theatre
06/15 – Mansfield, MA // Comcast Center
06/16 – Mansfield, MA // Comcast Center
06/21 – Noblesville, IN // Klipsch Music Center
06/22 – Noblesville, IN // Klipsch Music Center
06/25 – Wantagh, NY // Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
06/26 – Wantagh, NY // Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
06/28 – Camden, NJ // Susquehanna Bank Center
06/29 – Camden, NJ // Susquehanna Bank Center
07/02 – Bethel, NY // Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
07/03 – Darien Center, NY // Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/05 – Elkhorn, WI // Alpine Valley Music Center
07/06 – Elkhorn, WI // Alpine Valley Music Center
07/09 – Clarkston, MI // DTE Energy Center
07/10 – Maryland Heights, MO // Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/12 – Cincinnati, OH // Riverbend Music Center
07/13 – Hershey, PA // Hersheypark Stadium
07/17 – Tampa, FL // Live Nation Amphitheatre
07/19 – West Palm Beach, FL // Cruzan Amphitheatre
07/20 – West Palm Beach, FL // Cruzan Amphitheatre
07/23 – Orange Beach, AL // The Amphitheater at The Wharf
07/24 – Charlotte, NC // Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/26 – Virgina Beach, VA // Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
07/27 – Bristow, VA // Jiffy Lube Live
08/23 – Commerce City, CO // Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
08/24 – Commerce CIty, CO // Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
08/27 – West Valley City, UT // USANA Amphitheatre
08/30 – George, WA // The Gorge Amphitheatre
08/31 – George, WA // The Gorge Amphitheatre
09/01 – George, WA // The Gorge Amphitheatre
09/04 – Stateline, NV // Lake Tahoe Harveys Outdoor Arena
09/06 – ChulaVista, CA // Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09/07 – Irvine, CA // Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/08 – Mountain View, CA // Shoreline Amphitheatre

2012 UPROAR Festival Announces Dates and Artists

2012 UPROAR Festival Announces Dates and Artists

I have spent many nights in the city of Los Angeles with fellow music snobs making fun of ‘Red State Rock.’ You know the type of bands I am talking about, Shinedown and Godsmack and even Papa Roach.  There are nothing wrong with these bands, I would much rather put on a Staind record than a record by Lil Wayne. Yet you can’t help but notice how these acts can sell out massive basketball arenas in the heartland yet can’t sell 4000 tickets smack dab in the middle of Hollywood.

So it should be no surprise that the 2012 UPROAR Festival is not stopping in the great state of California. The trek (which could of course add a date here) is coming close with stops in Oregon and Arizona but zero dates for the Golden State. I am okay with this, and hopefully our friend Concertchk can catch this tour when it comes within a 300 mile radius of her home. Check out all the artists and dates for the trek down below:

Main Stage:

Shinedown

Godsmack

Staind

Papa Roach

Adelitas Way

Jagermeister/Ernie Ball Side Stages:

P.O.D.

Deuce

Fozzy

Redlight King

Mindset Evolution

In This Moment

Thousand Foot Crush

Candlelight Red

Dates/Venues:

Friday, 8/17 Kansas City, MO Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone *
Saturday, 8/18 Little Rock, AR Arkansas State Fairgrounds (KDJE Radio Show) *
Sunday, 8/19 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre **
Tuesday, 8/21 Grand Rapids, MI Rock The Rapids (downtown)
main stage bands only
Wednesday, 8/22 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre *
Friday, 8/24 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center *
Saturday, 8/25 Syracuse, NY TBA
Sunday, 8/26 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center *
Tuesday, 8/28 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain *
Wednesday, 8/29 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center **
Friday, 8/31 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion *
Saturday, 9/1 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center *
Sunday, 9/2 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live *
Wednesday, 9/5 Simpsonville, SC Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park *
Friday, 9/7 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre ***
Saturday, 9/8 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center ****
Sunday, 9/9 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center ***
Tuesday, 9/11 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek ***
Wednesday, 9/12 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood ***
Thursday, 9/13 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre ***
Saturday, 9/15 Houston, TX Woodlands Pavilion ****
Sunday, 9/16 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion ***
Tuesday, 9/18 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater *****
Wednesday, 9/19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre ***
Friday, 9/21 Spokane, WA Greyhound Park and Events Center ***
Saturday, 9/22 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre ***
Sunday, 9/23 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheater ***
Tuesday, 9/25 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater ***
Saturday, 9/29 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion ****
Sunday, 9/30 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion ****

*Thousand Foot Krutch will not be performing at this show
**Fozzy and Thousand Foot Krutch will not be performing at this show
***In This Moment will not be performing at this show
****In This Moment and Thousand Foot Krutch will not be performing at this show
*****Fozzy, Redlight King and In This Moment will not be performing at this show

 

 

The Wallflowers Announce A Few Tour Dates, New Record

The Wallflowers Announce A Few Tour Dates, New Record

Bob’s favorite son, Jakob Dylan is back with his band The Wallflowers, and they’re set to release a new album in the Fall. They’ve also announced a few tour dates over the summer.

If I remember correctly, back when I was first writing up a post on the Firefly Music Festival that’s going to be held in Delaware, I noted next to The Wallflowers name “who’s absence from Summerland 2012 is Baffling “. Well I don’t want to get my hopes to high here, but their New York City date at the Bowery Ballroom July 24th, is surprising close to the 90’s throwback  Summerland tour stop (7/21) at PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel, NJ. A guy can dream right? Besides what would be the personal gain from me making up a rumor? Like I would ever do something like that to add length to a post about four new tour dates. Not the kind of guy I am. All the ticketing info can be found at TheWallflowers.Com

Wallflowers Tour Dates

June 2nd – San Francisco, CA (The Black And White Ball)

July 20th – Dover, DE (Firefly Music Festival)

July 24th – New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)

July 25th – Asbury Park, NJ (The Stone Pony)

July 27th – Chicago, IL ( Schubas)

September 23rd – Pensacola Beach, FL ( DeLuna Fest)

Jason Mraz Announces “Tour Is a Four Letter World” Tour

The title may sound redundant and quite ridiculous, but just bear with me.

To celebrate the upcoming release of his fourth studio album “Love Is a Four Letter Word” (the first since the wildly successful “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.”), singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has announced a world tour that brings him to Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Mraz will be supported by Christina Perri in North America only. “Love Is a Four Letter Word” comes out Tuesday, April 17. Below are the dates for the North American leg of the tour, which is more than likely coming to a city near you.

August 9 – New Orleans, LA – Lakefront Arena
August 11 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 12 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 14 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater
August 15 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater
August 17 – Orange Beach, AL – Amphitheater at the Wharf
August 18 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheater Lakewood
August 19 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
August 21 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 22 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 24 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 25 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theater
August 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
August 28 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
August 29 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater
August 31 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
September 1 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach
September 2- Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
September 5 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
September 7 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
September 8 – Montreal, QC – Bell Center
September 9- Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheater
September 11 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 12 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theater
September 14 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
September 15 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
September 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
September 21 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
September 22 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheater
September 24 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 28 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
September 29 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
October 2 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
October 4 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
October 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
October 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Red Rock Casino

 

Summerland Tour 2012 Brings Back The 90’s In A Big Way

Summerland Tour 2012 Brings Back The 90’s In A Big Way

As a teen growing up in the 1990’s I laughed at all the 70’s and 80’s nostalgia bands teaming up for summer tours. The time to laugh at my decades music is now here as the ultimate 90’s nostalgia package just announced plans to hit the road for a coast to coast tour. Going under the name Summerland – Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit, Gin Blossoms and Marcy Playground will be rocking some rather large venues this summer. So grab your wallet chains, bleach your hair and put on a Big Dog shirt because this one is going to make you remember the days where NBC was America’s best station and America Online was ground breaking technology. Click here to check out the tours official site (we promise it’s not an Angelfire site).

Summerland 2012 US Tour Dates

06/28 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA

06/29 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

06/30 – Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV

07/02 – Del Mar Fairgrounds – Del Mar, CA

07/03 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

07/04 – Speaking Rock Entertainment Center – El Paso, TX

07/06 – ACL Live @ Moody Theatre – Austin, TX

07/07 – Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX

07/08 – SpiritBank Event Center – Tulsa, OK

07/10 – LC Outdoor Amphitheater – Columbus, OH

07/11 – PNC Pavilion – Cincinnati, OH

07/13 – Chastain Park Amphitheater – Atlanta, GA

07/14 – Raleigh Amphitheater – Raleigh, NC

07/15 – TWC Uptown Amphitheater – Charlotte, NC

07/18 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY

07/20 – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts – Bethel, NY

07/21 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ

07/22 – Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion – Gilford, NH

07/24 – Sands Bethlehem Events Center – Bethlehem, PA

07/25 – Wolf Trap – Vienna, VA

07/27 – Ovation Hall – Atlantic City, NJ

07/29 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT

08/02 – Sound Board @ Motor City Casino Hotel – Detroit, MI

08/03 – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL

08/04 – Bayfront Festival Park – Duluth, MN

 Click Here For The 2013 Lineup And Dates/Venues!

KISS and Motley Crue Team For “The Tour”

KISS and Motley Crue Team For “The Tour”

If you are a fan of fat bloated talentless hacks, do we have good news for you. Unable to fill Amphitheaters with corporate sponsors on their own, KISS and Motley Crue are teaming up for a North American Summer Tour. The trek has been dubbed “The Tour” because well, if you are willing to spend your hard earned cash on this package chances are you need things to be as simple as can be. Who knows, perhaps this is the tour where Mick Mars will actually die on stage? Hell, Eric Singer could die on stage and no one would even know who the hell he is. I swear, the only thing missing from this tour is a cool rock band to open like Hinder or Buckcherry.

Regardless, if this joke of a tour actually excites you then know tickets go on sale Friday via Live Nation and Ticketmaster. Special artists pre-sales go down tomorrow (03/21/12) at the same location. Chances are the password is something like “Cashcow” or “Seniors Eat Free After 5 at Denny’s”

KISS & Motley Crue – “The Tour” 2012 North American Tour Dates:

Jul 20: Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

Jul 21: Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

Jul 22: Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

Jul 24: Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Jul 25: Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Jul 27: West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater

Jul 28: Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

Jul 31: Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Aug 3: Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Aug 4: Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavillion

Aug 7: Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion

Aug 8: Englewood, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

Aug 10: Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion

Aug 11: Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Arts Center

Aug 12: Chula Vista, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Aug 14: Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Aug 16: Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord

Aug 18: Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre

Aug 19: Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater

Aug 24: Grand Junction, CO – Rock Jam

Aug 26: Tulsa, OK – BOK Center (on-sale 3/30)

Aug 27: Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Aug 29: Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota State Fair (on-sale 3/31)

Aug 31: Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend MusicCenter

Sep 1: Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

Sep 2: Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagra Pavilion

Sep 4: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

Sep 5: Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sep 7: Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Sep 8: East Troy, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Sep 11: Allegan, MI – Allegan County Fair (on-sale 5/5)

Sep 12: Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Sep 13: Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sep 15: Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Sep 16: Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center

Sep 18: Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Sep 19: Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

Sep 21: Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

Sep 22: Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sep 23: Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre

 

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