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Against Me! Announce September 2012 West Coast Tour Dates

Against Me! Announce September 2012 West Coast Tour Dates

We here at Concert Confessions have been long time supporters of Against Me! and we plan to continue to support the talented punk outfit from the state of Florida. With the group coming to Los Angeles for a lil FYF Fest action over Labor Day weekend why not make an extended trip and perform up and down the left coast. Dates for the brief trek are below and support will come from Andrew Jackson Jihad (which is the coolest band name since FartBarf) and Joyce Manor.

Against Me! September 2012 West Coast Tour Dates:

September 2, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest @ LA State Historic Park

September 3, 2012 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

September 5, 2012 – Portland, OR  -Hawthorne Theatre (Musicfest NW)

September 6, 2012 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

September 8, 2012 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co.

September 9, 2012 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

 

Watch First Against Me! Performance Footage With Laura Jane Grace

Watch First Against Me! Performance Footage With Laura Jane Grace

It’s not the best quality, but the first footage of Against Me! singer Tom Gabel Laura Jane Grace has hit the web. In case you were unaware, the group’s mastermind has been undergoing treatments to change him from a man to a woman. You can read more about that here.

The gig occurred this past Friday night down in San Diego where the band kicked off their tour as main support for The Cult. To check out where this tour is heading over the next few weeks, click here.

 

Against Me! Cancel All 2010 Tour Dates

Against Me! Cancel All 2010 Tour Dates

Fresh off an appearance at this weekends Epicenter Festival, Consequence of Sound is reporting that Florida punk rockers Against Me! have cancelled all remaining 2010 tour dates. While no reason has been given as to why the plug has been pulled on the world trek, refunds are available at place of purchase.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7BS5A3Fnss

Cancelled 2010 Against Me! Tour Dates:

10/01 – Wellington, NZ @ Bathhouse
10/02 – Auckland, NZ @ Kings Arms
10/05 – Adelaide, AU @ Fowlers
10/06 – Perth, AU @ Capitol
10/07 – Brisbane, AU @ Hi Fi
10/08 – Melbourne, AU @ Hi Fi
10/09 – Sydney, AU @ Metro Theatre
10/10 – Newcastle, AU @ Cambridge
10/14 – Tokyo, JP @ Club Duo
10/22 – Southampton, UK @ Mo’Live
10/23 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
10/24 – Cardiff, UK @ Solus
10/25 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
10/26 – Coventry, UK @ Kasbah
10/27 – Glasgow, UK @ QMU
10/28 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
10/29 – Leeds, UK @ Met University
10/31 – Plymouth, UK @ University
11/01 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction
11/02 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy
11/03 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
11/05 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix Club
11/06 – Munsterland, DE @ Centrum Halle
11/07 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
11/09 – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
11/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
11/11 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser
11/12 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee Club
11/14 – Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle
11/15 – Stuttgart, DE @ Longhorn
11/16 – Saarbrucken, DE @ Garage
11/17 – Munich, DE @ Backstage
11/18 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
11/20 – Solothurn, CH @ Kulturfabrik
11/21 – Venice, IT @ Fucina Controvento
11/22 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv

Orion Music + More 2013: Deftones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against (And Metallica)

Orion 2013

We here at Concert Confessions would like to that Orion Music + More for putting together an awesome lineup in year TWO.  Coming to the lovely Detroit this year, the festival features the like of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones and Rise Against headlining along side festival curators Metallica. Other notables include Japandroids, Silversun Pickups, the FLAG version of Black Flag (How many years have people wanted Black Flag to tour now that they finally do there’s TWO of them?) and Death Grips. Check out the full lineup below, and for information on tickets and such just head to this link.

Orion Music + More 2013:

Metallica

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Deftones

Bassnector

Rise Against

Dropkick Murphys

Gogol Bordello

FLAG

Silversun Pickups

Foals, Tomahawk

Destroid

the Joy Formidable

Datsik, Borgore

Japandroids

Dillon Francis

Adventure Club

12th Planet

Death Grips

The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dirtbombs

Fu Manchu

the Bronx

FIDLAR

All Shall Perish

the Orwells

Cauldron

Dirtyphonics

DEATH

Battlecross

Check Out this photo gallery from last years festivities below:

Photo Gallery: Rise Against 09/28/12: Mesa Amphitheatre – Mesa, AZ

Rise Against 09/28/12

Mesa Amphitheatre – Mesa, AZ

Photos by LivingDedGrrl

For the first time since 2010 Rise Against set foot on stage in Arizona. Having called of their participation in the Sound Strike’s Boycott of the state after lawmakers passed SB 1070, the band returned to play a fierce career spanning set. Check out some photos from the night down below.

Watch Rise Against Cover “Ghost of Tom Joad” w/ Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer & Brian Fallon(of Gaslight Anthem)

 Rise Against Cover “Ghost of Tom Joad” w/ Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer & Brian Fallon(of Gaslight Anthem)

A few nights ago at the Honda Center, Rise Against were joined on stage by Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer, and Brian Fallon(Gaslight Anthem) for an epic eight minute rendition of a Bruce Stringsteen classic “Ghost Of Tom Joad“. You can check out the fan filmed footage below, in great quality I might add.

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest: San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca 11/4/17-11/5/17

The 2017 edition of the metal festival Ozzfest Meets Knotfest proved to be one for the books. Two days of pure in-your-face metal. The San Manuel Amphitheater was packed both days with metal fanatics and people looking to have a good time now that the year was coming close to an end. Both days were stacked with metal bands ready to thrust their way into your ears and fans were more than ready to mosh and drink lots of beer.

Day one was Ozzfest and featured a stellar lineup of bands. Starting early on the day on the side stages were Rings of Saturn, Fallujah, and SoCal natives, Night Demon. Even this early, dedicated metalheads filled the side of the venue where the side stages were being held. Tents with merch were plentiful as well as lots of food vendors. In the afternoon, bands like Suffocation ruled the Nuclear Blast stage and was extra special because vocalist Frank Mullen joined the band which he’s usually not able to do due to his regular job. Havok thrashed it up on one of the side stages. 1349 is a Norwegian black metal band which doesn’t come to the USA too often to it was a great opportunity for the band to reach out to new fans and play a large outdoor venue. Iron Reagan is a hardcore punk band which features members of Municipal Waste. Fans went wild for them as the mosh pits were fierce and crowd surfers were plentiful. Death metal legends and pioneers Possessed are one of Nuclear Blast’s newly signed bands so it was no surprise to see them on the bill. Plenty of Possessed fans were seen in the crowd and they got rowdy as Possessed delivered death metal classics like Pentagram and The Exorcist. High on Fire and Baroness are sludge metal bands that are sometimes referred to as “stoner metal” and they were so much fun to see live as fans raged on. Finishing up the side stage were the German thrash metal legends, Kreator. Earlier this year, they released their newest album Gods of Violence and fans were eager to get wild to some classic thrash metal. Kreator drove the fans wild with mosh pits and crowd surfers as they performed thunderous tracks such as Phobia, Satan is Real, Phantom Antichrist, Enemy of God, and finished up their show as they asked fans if they’re ready to kill each other as they played the grand finale, Pleasure to Kill. Now that the side stages were done, it was time to move out to the main stage where fans had completely skipped the side stages in order to secure a spot up front for the main stage bands. Orange Goblin started the main stage and warmed up the audience. Children of Bodom are a melodic death metal band from Finland and they were ready to bring that crazy metal from Europe that Americans love. They delivered blistering tracks like Needled 24/7, Hate Me!, and Downfall. Deftones are no strangers to the metal community and they are one of those bands that as a metalhead, you either love them or hate them. Fans in the mosh pit seemed to enjoy them as they played classics like My Own summer (Shove It), Shut Up and Drive (Far Away), Digital Bath, and Change (In the House of Flies).

Prophets of Rage are a rap/metal supergroup consisting of members from Rage Against the Machine, B-Real of Cypress Hill, and Chuck D from Public Enemy. Their music consists of covers from all three music acts which is something you have to see to believe. Fans cheered and went wild as the band played RATM classics like Testify, Bulls on Parade, and Bullet in the Head. Other covers were Insane in the Brain by Cypress Hill and Bring the Noise by Public Enemy. Prophets of Rage brought sadness and tears to fans as they performed an instrumental version of Audioslave‘s Like A Stone in Memory of Chris Cornell who sadly committed suicide in May. In Audioslave, Cornell was the singer/guitarist and the other three members were also members of RATM who were also in Prophets of Rage. The show wrapped up when they performed one of the greatest songs in the metal community and surely everyone in the venue knew what it was, Killing in the Name. It drove the mosh pits wild. Ending Ozzfest was none other than the prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy came back with Zakk Wylde after he was gone from the band for 10 years. The entire venue erupted into a roar as Ozzy came out and started the show with the classic, Bark at the Moon. This was a very cold night for this festival and lots of plenty were seen shivering from the cold. Ozzy suffered the most as he complained about it and his voice suffered from it too as you could hear he wasn’t at his best. Regardless, Ozzy played plenty of favorites which included Mr. Crowley, I Don’t Know, No More Tears, and Crazy Train. Ozzy is famously known for being the frontman for heavy metal gods Black Sabbath, so it only makes sense that the band also played songs like Iron Man, Fairies Wear Boots, and War Pigs. Wylde is known for his solos in his work and he showed that during an extended guitar solo ending of War Pigs which seemed to go on forever with what sounded like the same guitar notes for what felt like ten minutes straight. Ozzy and the rest of the band partied hard as they finished Ozzfest with what is easily one of the greatest songs in metal, Black Sabbath‘s Paranoid. Everyone cheered and sang along as Ozzfest came to an end.
Day two was Knotfest and also featured some of today’s top metal acts.

Starting the day early were band like Warbringer, Repulsion, Exhumed, and Stitched Up Heart. Just many metalheads showed up for day two of this festival. In the afternoon, bands like Oni, Death Angel, Goatwhore, and The Black Dahlia Murder made fans wreck each other in the pit. The side stage for that day was headlined by the San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends, Testament. The crowd was especially wild for them as Testament brought classic thrash metal to the festival with ripping tracks like Rise Up, Practice What You Preach, Over the Wall, and Into the Pit which the band wrote specifically for people in the mosh pit. Daylight Savings really took its toll on the festival as near the beginning of their performance, the sun went down and made it difficult to see the band. Road crew brought out lamps as an attempt to light the stage which singer Chuck Billy made a joke on how the band spared no expenses on their lights. Regardless, it was a great performance by one of metal’s finest bands. Even in almost total darkness, the huge swarm of metalheads made their way out of the side stage area like a horde of zombies and making their way to the main stage. Starting the main stage was Prayers which warmed up the audience. Eighteen Visions is a metalcore band that reformed earlier this year after having broken up ten years ago. A lot of fans were complaining on how the festival was called Knotfest, yet it didn’t feature Slipknot which is who always headlines the festival and are the creators of it. Instead, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor got his other band Stone Sour to perform at the festival so it was close enough. Stone Sour recently released their newest album Hydrograd and have been actively touring for it since. Stone Sour performed many of their classic hits like Made of Scars, Say You’ll Haunt Me, Get Inside, and the band’s biggest single to date and ballad, Through Glass. Shock rock superstar Marilyn Manson was up next. This was his first performance coming back from an accident a couple of months prior where his gun props fell on him which resulted in a broken ankle. In the middle of the show, he made a joke on how he, himself, was a victim of gun violence. Manson mainly stayed strapped to a throne as to not cause more injury to his ankle. He still performed plenty of his hits which included Disposable Teens, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), The Dope Show, and of course one of the most popular songs in the metal community, The Beautiful People. Ending Knotfest was horror mastermind, Rob Zombie. Zombie released his newest album in 2016 titled The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser. The stage was set as a giant boombox was at the center of the stage with monster and clown heads surrounding the stage. Rob Zombie came out with his band and started the show with Dead City Radio and the Gods of Supertown. Zombie himself stood on the top of the boombox while guitarist John 5 and bassist Piggy D stayed on the ground in full makeup and masks. A stunning light show combined with lots of pyro made for an amazing stage presence from the band. The second song performed was one of Zombie’s oldest and best songs, Superbeast. The energy to that song still holds even after all these years and always drives the fans wild. Zombie and his band always put on an energetic performance. They prove this as they performed lots of Rob Zombie classics and newer tunes which included Living Dead Girl, More Human Than Human (White Zombie song), House of 1000 Corpses, Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a UFO, and Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy). The band took a quick break except for John 5 who performed a nice guitar solo with backdrops specifically for him to showcase his underrated guitar skills. Rob Zombie and the rest of the band came back out with Zombie saying a few words to the audience that for this next song, for people to put away their phones and enjoy concerts like people used to back in the days.

Rob Zombie performed one of metal’s most popular songs, Thunder Kiss ’65 (White Zombie song) and what a wild ride it was and a sigh of relief to not see any phones up in the air. Rob Zombie would entertain the crowd with something different and performed two covers. The first being Blitzkrieg Bop by punk rock legends The Ramones and School’s Out by legendary rockstar, Alice Cooper. To end the show with a bang, Rob Zombie played his most famous song, Dragula. What a show it was with giant tv screens and pyro everywhere. Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2017 was a very successful metal festival and hopefully the next edition of the festival is also held at the same location.

 

Ozzfest:

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Iron Reagan

 

 

Possessed

 

 

High On Fire

 

 

Baroness

 

 

Kreator

 

Jose Mangin of SiriusXM Liquid Metal

 

Children of Bodom

 

 

Deftones

 

 

Prophets of Rage

 

 

Ozzy Osbourne (Photos courtesy of Stephanie Cabral)

 

 

Knotfest:

 

Goatwhore

 

 

The Black Dahlia Murder

 

 

Testament

 

 

Stone Sour

 

 

Rob Zombie

 

Rise Against at Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ (7/9/2017)

Arizona? Oh, yeah….we go wayyyyy back. For several years, Chicago-based punk band Rise Against refused to play shows in Arizona in protest of Senate Bill 1070, which was a piece of controversial legislation passed in 2010 that segregated citizens’ rights according to ethnicity. In 2012, the prejudicial law which required law enforcement to arbitrarily violate Mexican-Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights and demand on-the-spot citizenship documentation was challenged, and Rise Against appeared at Mesa Amphitheater shortly after. Many artists were part of this state boycott, refusing to entertain fans here in hopes to incite more displeasure at the immigration law in a state whose population is largely Latino. While the band loves their fans, they have their qualms about the legislature and remained reserved in their returns. Rise Against did play UFEST 2015, and in 2016 the State Of Arizona entered into several legal agreements with a coalition of civil rights organizations and imposed limits the over-sweeping carte blanche law had previously bestowed on law enforcement. Whittling away at the overwhelmingly unpopular “show-me-your-papers-or-else” law and undermining several copycat laws in neighboring states was the defeat of long-time racist and minority bully Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was gloriously removed from office in the 2016 General Election. Rise Against once again graced the stage in Phoenix, AZ at Ak-Chin Pavilion, co-headling the show with So Cal’s own Deftones whose own front man Chino Moreno; Chino’s father is Mexican, and his mother is Chinese. True to their genrical form, nothing at a Rise Against concert is ever “just because”. During their portion of the show, Rise Against’s visionary and conceptioneer, Tim McIlrath, said that they weren’t going to pass over Arizona like a “satellite” anymore, which segued into the song selection of the same name, which was the fourth track on the Endgame album. Endgame‘s release in 2011 was the first time the band had officially drawn a line in the sand outlining their stand on human rights issues, particularly pertaining to the LGBT community. Animal and human rights are a largely prominent theme in all of the band’s lyrics.

While RA has been touring to support their new album, Wolves, which was released in June 2017, much of their song selection centered around The Sufferer And The Witness and Endgame…albums from the band’s more outspoken past that carry a much more gritty ear’s-eye-view of the band’s notable social and political stances and more aggressive musical styling than the more mainstream showings of Black Market and Wolves. The show opens with a general wake-up-and-pay-attention anthem “Ready To Fall“, which is off the 2006 Sufferer album, and followed up with the brilliantly worded “The Good Left Undone” from the same album. The band followed along with “Re-Education (Through Labor)“, which is about the sad immortality of Chinese sweat shops. Rise Against has had a long-running partnership with Vans Shoes, all of which are Vegan-safe, which not only means that the shoes do not use any animal products or animal product processes in their manufacturing process, but that the shoes are manufactured according to Fair Trade standards, which prohibits the use of children and exploited labor forces in developing countries where the product may be outsourced. The band continued their all-too-short powerhouse set with “Help Is On The Way“, which is about the debacle that resulted in Hurricane Katrina becoming as much of a man-made disaster as a natural one. Included in the set was a special selection of “Bricks“, who’s lyrics juxtapose the phenomenon of tolerance double speak regarding LGBT community issues. The song ended with the band’s ginormous LED screens displaying a rainbow flag. Half way through the set, front man Tim McIlrath was the lone player on the stage, offering a sad and mournful plea for unity in a solo, spotlight performance of Black Market’sPeople Live Here“, where he talks about how much music has helped Man work through His problems, individually and as a whole, and how music can unify us and help us work together because we all have to share the space. Just as the song says…”people live here”. McIlrath has always had a gift for eloquently turning the problems of society into a poem, and his monologue ends in the band’s exciting call to arms, “Survive“, from The Sufferer and the Witness, whose lyrics reiterate the band’s over all message for the evening:  “How we survive is what makes us who we are.”

Even though Rise Against is somewhat aggressive and immutable in their beliefs and in their message, the concert was warm and inviting. Tim McIlrath is a gracious host, even if you don’t subscribe to all of his tenets. The music is real, it’s live, and even if it does make the occasional disparaging remark, it is not sad or depressing. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The band is exciting to watch and the music is upbeat and engaging. Rise Against is fun with a purpose. They do not use tracks or tricks to produce their set, and over all the atmosphere felt close and intimate despite the vastness of the venue. Rise Against appeared with The Deftones as part of a colossal summer tour supported by Frank Iero and The Patience and Thrice.

All photos Copyright ©2017 JAM Vaughan (LivingDedGrrl™). All rights reserved. Do not use without written permission. Do not remove watermark.

The Reaper Comes To Phoenix: September Mourning at Club Red – 4/8/2017

It was a clear desert night when the stage became the page, and a house packed full of souls was saved by the songs of the reaper, September Mourning. On a dimly lit stage, the story of unfinished destiny unfolded as Mesa, Arizona became part of one woman’s war between worlds.

For the unsuspecting soul, September Mourning is a transmedia creative project that combines story into song of a journey into darkness and purgatory. Beginning as a dark fantasy comic and graphic novel, September Mourning uses song and print to advance concept and character. Portrayed by creator Emily Lazar, herself, September Mourning is a half-human, half-reaper hybrid with no past and a dark present full of voices. Her songs tell the story of a tormented being torn between two worlds, charged with reaping the souls of the broken and escorting them to meet Fate, who has turned against humanity and now secretly plans to gorge himself on the souls of the worthless and destroy the world. Struggling with the balance of dark and right, September is charged with bringing the souls to Mortem, the netherworld where Fate lies in wait in his tower of shadow and stone. Learning of his twist, September tarries the souls in her Hotel Sanctuary, helping them to complete the last unfinished deed from their life which releases them from their impending destruction. This infuriates Fate who sends The Dark Man and his minions to find her. Aided by the voice of her Skullfly tattoo, September stands against Fate to give the world a second chance.

On the stage, Emily Lazar appears as the half-reaper September come to life straight from the illustrated page. Flanked by a band of Fate’s reaper minions — Riven, Wraith, Shadou, and Stitch — September Mourning sings through her own struggle between worlds with the songs Skin and Bones and Before the Fall. As she absorbs the energy of the audience, September becomes the embodiment of the stories of her souls in such songs as 20 Below and Eye of the Storm, which are about finding release from cycles of abuse and violence through encouragement and inner strength.

September Mourning appeared as part of the Blood, Lust, Death 2017 tour with Dope, Combichrist, and Davey Suicide.

 

All photos Copyright ©2017 JAM Vaughan (LivingDedGrrl™). Do not remove watermark. Do not use without written permission.

The Offspring & Bad Religion @ Stone Pony Summerstage 08/01/14

The Offspring & Bad Religion – 08/01/2014

Stone Pony Summerstage – Asbury Park, New Jersey

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

Offspring

If the  ‘Summer Nationals’ Tour is doing anything correctly, it’s giving us to chance to catch The Offspring and Bad Religion on the same bill. Unfortunately, the only date of  this tour that I can make it to is the one at the Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park down the shore of the Dirty Jerz. As mentioned in the past,  The small, indoor  actual Stone Pony  is glorious, their ‘Summerstage’ is atrocious. If it wasn’t bad enough this venue is basically a parking lot with a stage and terrible sightlines, it’s gotten worse. How you ask? Well, they’ve added bleachers that block the view of half of your standing room only crowd and you can sit there for a fee of $25. That’s 25 extra dollars on a 46 dollar ticket to endure the struggle of trying to see the band you paid to see. Sodomy is always a fun time, I’ll pass on your bleachers.

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Bad Religion was on stage delving into their set at 7:55 the latest. It was pre-8 for sure. This is my 2nd time seeing Bad Religion and the 2nd time I saw them open for a band that hadn’t been around as long as they had (Rise Against headlined last time) and it was the 2nd time I found myself feeling the need for more Bad Religion when the night was over. They had a good mix of both old school and new school hits. Stranger Than Fiction, Sorrow and You Are The Government were huge crowd pleasers alongside a couple of my own personal favorites 21st Century Digital Boy and Infected, the latter of which I made attempts to get on video.

As fun as this is the picture is becoming more and more clear that we’re going to have to move up somehow. Pretend our friends are up front or something. When Bad Religion was closing up shop at what couldn’t have been too far passed 8:30( which is an insane thing to think about),  a couple of folks headed out of the pit and before we knew it, Pam and I found ourselves about 5-7 rows of people away from the front. Then the memories of the view of the pit last time I was here began to flush the the front of my head. I turned and said “You know we’re going to die, right?”

Offspring 7

A shade after 9, the intro played and the band came out to play Smash in it’s entirety, as it’s celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year. Smash can be used a few different ways here. It is indeed the record they’re playing. It’s also what’s happening to us as this set begins, endlessly. Tried to be tough and stick my camera into the air and just take the blows, but before the crowd went ‘all in’ on screaming the acapella  portion Bad Habit, I was being wildly flung back and forth like a rag doll in the mouth of a hungry pitbull. I stumbled back and found myself smack dab in the middle of this slam dance pit-circle thing and had to dodge some  200+ pound dude coming straight at me Lawrence Taylor style. Held my camera in both my hands for dear life and just took the hits for the most of the record, literally and musically. Got to have that “let loose and enjoy the show moment” (was forced to by savages) jumping around like a nutball,  but somehow before the record was over, I had made it arms length from the stage and avoiding any more moshing. The played Smash in order with the exception of skipping Self Esteem and saving it for the album finale. They took a short break where a juggler performed. Seriously.

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Now, back in wannabe journalist mode I was able to capture most of the 2nd half of the set. All I Want kicked things off followed by You’re Gonna Go Far Kid. Besides some pain, this is the most fun I’ve had at a show in some time.

Offspring really bringing the good times even if it’s to such a swampy shitty place to be. Swampy or not, Noodles is killing it just like it’s the old days, and Dex is somehow appearing to look like a ghost in every single picture I have. Some light drizzle started to fall, which didn’t bother me as much as all the beer that was dumped on us.

If I ever write a novel about going to concerts I’ll title it “A Cold Beer Drips Down My Leg”.

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Staring at the Sun and Why Don’t You Get A Job, probably not in that order were thrown into our greatest hits portion of the evening. Can’t Get My Head Around You, Americana, and Pretty Fly For A White Guy preceded The Kids Aren’t Alright and  before you knew it- just like that the show was over before 10:30.

The band played tons of songs, I don’t feel cheated or anything but I just wonder if they realize it’s a Friday night. It’s probably the Stone Pony’s idea, as they had a late show happening inside after we headed out.

Offspring

What a great night, fun times. Feels like I got gang raped in a prison yard but it was all in the sake of punk rock and nostalgia, and who doesn’t appreciate that in their lives from time and time again. For those interested in listening to me trash this venue some more, head over to JayPorks.Com to hear my weekly podcast.. or just check it out below.. I’m far from finished venting about this venue.

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Riot Fest 2014’s Mega Lineup Unleashed

RIOT FEST 2014

The plan here was to post the pic of all the bands and just name a handful of ones that us here at Concert Confessions are fans of and stuff like that. Then, as I kept reading into the poster containing the lineup for the 2014 Riot Fest in Chicago, this thing just has so much one would want to check out. Your top billing is The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, The National, Rise Against and Weezer while The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, The Offspring and Staten Island’s very own Wu-Tang Clan rounding out your ten highest billed performers. Dig deeper into the lineup and you’ll find Pussy Riot, Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile. You’ll also run into Failure and The Dandy Warhols. The Afghan Whigs are back, and you guessed it, they’re here too. My new favorite heroes(i.e. Dave Grohl/Safe Music) Mastodon is at this party as well. Feel free to have some fun too, throw a little Cheap Trick in your day. Things you don’t see here: Outkast, Lorde, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Skrillex and all those other garbage festival junkies you see on every card. Lots of music with guitars here.

Highlighted acts below, check out RiotFest.ORG for ticketing details and all that jazz.

Weezer

Jane’s Addiction

The National

Pussy Riot

The Flaming Lips

Slayer

Rise Against

The Cure

Descendents

Wu-Tang Clan

The Afghan Whigs

The Offspring

Failure

Thurston Moore

Kurt Vile & The Violators

The Dandy Warhols

Dropkick Murphys

Mastodon

Buzzcocks

Social Distortion

GWAR

Mudhoney

Tegan And Sara

Patti Smith

Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

Of Mice & Men

Cheap Trick

Metric

Anti-Flag

Metalachi: Whisky a Go Go 5/4/14 Hollywood, Ca

metalachiThere are few bands in this world that you could look at or see their name and think, “What are they supposed to be?” One of those bands is the band known as, Metalachi. So who is Metalachi? They are 5 men that do a fusion of rock and metal covers using mariachi instruments as well as play classic mariachi music. Their costumes take after a classic mariachi look mixed in with KISS, Gwar, and Rob Zombie. Sounds a bit odd at first, but once you see them live for yourself and are open-minded about music; you will see that they are a very interesting and fun band to see. The Sunset Strip witnessed the debauchery that Metalachi causes at the legendary Whisky a Go Go on May 4th, 2014 as part of a Cinco de Mayo concert.

 Metalachi

Metalachi came on stage at 11pm and were immediately greeted and welcomed by their fans both old and new as one by one they took their places and prepared to give their audience an amazing show. Metalachi started their set with a classic Mariachi song called, Guadalajara, but instead changed the title to Metalachi. After the quick intro, they jump straight into the Dio classic, Rainbow in the Dark which was perfectly executed using their mariachi instruments instead of traditional rock and metal music instruments. Throughout the night, Metalachi played many well-known songs such as: Breaking the Law (Judas Priest), Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth), Master of Puppets/Nothing Else Matters/Enter Sandman (Metallica), Raining Blood (Slayer) and Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine). Metalachi is known for their hilarious speeches between songs and their topics include women, boobs, and life stories and they also mock each other which adds to the fun and party of the show. One of their show highlights is when they bring up a random woman from the audience and sit her down on a chair and basically violate her while playing a song (not that the woman doesn’t like what they do to her). Metalachi always delivers a fun and entertaining show and if they ever happen to come to your area, they are highly recommended as long as you’re not easily offended by their sexual and stereotype jokes.

Local H @ Mercury Lounge – New York City 04/21/2014

Local H w/ Crook and Pony – 04/21/2014

Mercury Lounge – New York City

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

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I have an idea: Why don’t you just enjoy the show” says Scott Lucas to one of his biggest fans who happened to be wielding a camera in the front row on Monday night. That lucky fan was this very writer. It’s not surprising at all to spot a dude named Porks sporting a gigantic smile out front Mercury Lounge an hour before doors open for the early show tonight. Sixth time catching Local H, first since 2012. One of those bands that you always see the same folks at the shows. Those people you make friends with eventually and you find each other every time to preach the gospel that is this amazing duo. Parked my spine against the pine a part of the front of the building at roughly 5:15, forty five minutes before doors. Hell you know this guy’s excited, especially after the band dropped a Lorde cover on us earlier this week in video form. Hope we get that tonight. The opening act was doing soundcheck, and tonight’s headliners, Scott and Ryan, walked by me into Mercury Lounge around 5:30. I mumbled “woot woot”, as I’m very awkward in situation involving people I’ve come to idolize. Before you knew it we had ourselves a line and we were on our way in. Same spot as always at Mercury, front row right side. In front of Scott.

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Opening up tonight’s show is another duo, they’re called Crook and Pony. They’ve got the male/female dynamic going with a tall drink of water on guitar and a dude rocking the drums on the same side of the stage Local H new drummer Ryan Harding will be slamming later. Not sure which one’s Crook and who’s Pony, but they’re 7-8 song set rocked the house for the first half hour of our night. There’s was open skepticism about the band when the first song was slow and low with no drums involved, but right after that the set grew in intensity. I recall a song that had lyrics to the affect of “take my hand / like a drug” and from that point forward we got grittier and grittier til it came to it’s climax, a song called “Silent Twins” Damn, where was this girl when they decided to ruin my favorite band with Lorde at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? I made sure to get a photo of the setlist. Good tunes, good times.

crook and Pony setlist

Tons of people don’t grow up with the gift of being able to perform live music but love live music so much so that they find themselves trying to find ways to be around bands in general; whether that happens to be hitting as many shows as humanly possible, working for one or some capacity, or one might even fancy themselves a writer at a website or two that covers music. I happen to be all of the above, plus the aforementioned huge fan. So when Buffalo Trace kicked off the night, a song I don’t recall ever seeing played live personally, I was beyond aflutter at what this night can bring to the table.

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After that song, everyone in attendance tonight got to hear (and laugh at) Scott Lucas calling out a fan who had a camera in hand, who seems to have not shut his flash off. The person being looked dead in the eyes by Mr. Lucas is yours truly. He goes on to say “We look good in these lights.. you know what I even have an idea, why don’t you enjoy the show?” much to the delight of everyone judging by the roaring cheers from the crowd. And there I was glaring up at him, feeling like someone just told me my cat died or something. What’s the kicker to that you ask? Well, I don’t take pictures at concerts. Ever.

Scott Pissed

This photo above, it is the photo that set off Scott. As clearly seen here, this is NOT taken by me. I’m more off the right. You can guarantee that a flash did not come from me. I record video and obtain the pictures with screen shots. If it ever appears as if it’s a good picture I have taken than it came from sitting up all night going frame by frame through vids until a shot containing some light from another cameras flash happens. If I let off one single flash from my iPhone when they first walked on stage it was accidental. The flash that set him off, the flash that hit him in the face that put him over the edge, happened two dudes down from me, but blinded by the light and annoyed, Scott looked down and took it out on the dude with the camera hanging from his neck.

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The career spanning set that Local H usually delivers took a few delightful detours along the way. The aforementioned Buffalo Trace along with Chicago Phanfair ’93 early in the set really got the crowd wired up for some new set list blood. Mixed in They Saved Reagan’s Brain

one of the standout tracks from the band’s latest effort Hallelujah I’m A Bum between those two cuts and an early set appearance of Eddie Vedder-the man I loathe and the song that I love. You can see in the video that the lighting is spectacular. The One With Kid is a raunchy tune to hear live. It just makes you want all that shit from your ex girlfriends back you left behind. Hands On The Bible and California Songs were strong with the force tonight,

and Taxi Cabs into Another February was a great transition. Then I made a huge mistake.

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As you see scattered though this review, videos of complete darkness. Literally, this place gets darker every time, but at least the sound is very, very good for what it looks like. So I decided beforehand that at least for one song I’m recording with the iPhone camera. Well, the song I decided to do that one was the Lorde cover of Team, which not only doesn’t provide a brighter video, but destroys the sound completely. It’s a disaster on film, but being in the room experiencing it live was epic none the less, but I’m a guy who has a habit of making bad choices.

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After a harrowing Fritz’s Corner, Scott mentioned that Local H has a new single coming out (possibly Tues 4/22) but they didn’t play it. They played another new rocking track for us called “One Of Us”. Fitting to play the newbie before you go blow the roof off with your trademark fan favorites

closing the show out with Bound For The Floor straight into What Would You Have Me Do and High Fiving MF. Surprisingly at 8:57 the boys had one more for us, Heavy Metal Bake Sale before we hit the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan a tad after 9, walking up to Broadway.

It’s NEVER too early to Rock & Roll.

Partial Setlist(two songs missing):

Buffalo trace

Eddie Vedder

They Saved Reagan’s Brain

Chicago Phanfair 93

The One with kid

Hands On The Bible

California Songs

Taxi Cabs

Another February

Team (Lorde)

Alright, Oh Yeah

Cha! Said The Kitty

Fritz Corner

One Of Us (New song)

Bound For The Floor

What would have me do

High Fivin’ MF

Heavy Metal Bake Sale

4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Review

4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Recap

Words and Pictures By Bradley Darby

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LouFest 2013 - Main Stage TBT

The Fourth Annual LouFest Music Festival has come to an end. This year’s installment featured the addition of a third stage and expanded festival grounds in the beautiful and seemingly never ending Forest Park in St. Louis. The stacked lineup mixed some of the hottest up and comers with some grizzled veterans that have many large shows already under their belts. This was my third experience at a LouFest Music Festival… and I could tell it was certainly larger in scale and attendance than previous years. Early reports were that the organizers were expecting as many as 15K people each day. Previous LouFest’s averaged around 8K over the two day span! The first thing I noticed upon arriving was that the parking situation was starting to get out of hand. Luckily we arrived a bit earlier on Saturday than we did on Sunday, so we lucked out and found a spot. More on that later…

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Upon arriving we exchanged our paper tickets for wristbands and we were in the gates within minutes! Security was very friendly and rather quick with their searches, which I certainly appreciated. Right as we entered, Jukebox the Ghost and Kentucky Knife Fight both began playing at opposite ends of the festival. We decided to make a lap and see where everything was… we ended up at the Schlafly Beer booth. From there we could hear Kentucky Knife Fight on the smallest of the stages, the BMI Stage. After indulging in a few beverages we went to set up shop for the first band on our list, J Roddy Walston & the Business.

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Originally from Tennessee, J Roddy Walston & the Business play straight forward rock and roll music. Their live show was incredibly energetic and transferred well from the few songs I had listened to pre festival. Their new album, Essential Tremors, is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, but they were selling advance copies at the festival which I found to be pretty cool.

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After aimlessly wandering around a bit more and meeting up with some friends, we headed back to the Bud Light Mainstage for our second featured show of the afternoon, Trampled by Turtles. Straight outta Minnesota, Trampled by Turtles is a band that I really should enjoy, they are about as in my music wheelhouse as it gets… but for some reason I have now watched them three times and I just can’t seem to get into them. I’m not saying the show wasn’t good, they sounded great and the majority of the crowd seemed to really be digging their modernized bluegrass sound. The rapid fire banjo and fiddle both played at machine gun speed were definitely  standouts… but I can’t pinpoint what it is about TBT that doesn’t allow me to get sucked in. Don’t let that stop you from checking them out. The crowd went absolutely bonkers when they broke out “Wait So Long” from 2010’s Palomino.

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It was now time for us to check out the band who wins my award for Best Band Name of LouFest… Nashville’s soulful funky 8 piece Space Capone. Invading the smallest of the three stages and playing against the very popular Ra Ra Riot, we chose to check this new group out and see what the Chipotle VIP lounge was all about at the same time. What it was about was some FREE tacos and bottled water! We sat in the shade while enjoying the music of Space Capone while catching a few minutes of the Mizzou game and eating free lunch before venturing stage front for a handful of songs. Space Capone is apparently the stage name of the lead singer, who can get down while working the crowd. Behind him you find seven other band members playing drums, horns, tambourines, keys, guitar and bass. Capone had a unique voice, one that took me a few songs to really accept. But by the end of his set I was feeling the soul/R&B/funkiness. They definitely had an Earth, Wind & Fire / George Clinton thing going on. Be sure to check out Space Capone, my pick for hidden gem of Day 1. Watch this video, it has a Michael Jackson vibe to it.

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After the 70’s dance party ended, we kept the funkiness going with Fitz & the Tantrums back on the main stage.  Another band that I had previously watched and found myself less than impressed with, Fitz & the Tantrums call the City of Angels home and play a modern brand of pop-soul music. A few years back they headlined one night of the Taste of St. Louis and I was not a fan. I still tease my girlfriend about making me watch them. Going into this one I was less than thrilled, but in all honestly they sounded a lot better this time around. The two part harmonies provided by Fitz and the strong winded Noelle Scaggs worked really well and everyone in the field was dancing or swaying around to the grooves.

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Next on our lineup card was Jim James, but with a bit of time to kill we decided to spend some time venturing around. LouFest featured a great selection of food vendors from a cast of mostly local establishments including Atomic Cowboy, Local Harvest and Mission Taco Joint. There was a rather small grouping of vendors set up and drinks were incredibly easy to find from any stage. The only downfall was that Schalfy Beer was only available at one stand, the Schlafly Brewtopia, and was on the far side of the grounds from the Forest Park Stage. Euclid Records had a tent set up to sell the artists CDs and vinyl while there was a separate merch booth for your LouFest branded merchandise as well as posters and t-shirts. You could also wait in line to meet certain artists and get your albums signed at the Euclid Tent.

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 LouFest 2013 - The National

We wandered over to check out some of The National, a band that no one in our group was excited to see, but we were all at least a little intrigued to see what we were missing. At this point you couldn’t get anywhere near the stages, so we just hung out towards the back of the crowd. The National featured what I would call the best stage design thus far with a large LED screen in the background that had been teasing us all day finally being utilized. I am not at all familiar with The National, and I won’t even pretend to know any of their songs… but I will say they sounded a lot better than I would have imagined. It was now time to go claim our spot for Jim James.

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Best known as the front man of My Morning Jacket, Jim James is on his own for this tour promoting his first full length solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God. Prior to James taking the stage his signature flying V guitar was mounted center stage… right at 7:30 the lights dimmed and out came Jim James in a suit with his long curly hair bouncing around as he prowled around the front of the stage to the opening notes of “State of the Art.” Finally the lonely guitar was played, while still on its stand. The set featured most of James’ newest album and also a peek at Jim James playing the saxophone during one song. This one wins the award for Best Show of LouFest in my opinion. The only downfall was that the set was limited to only an hour, but this was consistent with most of the lineup as only headliners received more than an hour and a few bands early each day received 45 minute sets.

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Day One ended in style as 2010 LouFest headliner, and Belleville born and raised, Jeff Tweedy came back to Forest Park and brought along his buddies that make up Wilco. If you have yet to see Wilco, I truly am sorry. A lot of people give Tweedy a lot of flack, but the man can straight up write songs and watching the live execution is a thing of beauty. The set opened with a pair of songs from 1996’s Being There, “Misunderstood” and “Forget the Flowers.” Other highlights of the set included an Uncle Tupelo song, “Give Back the Key to My Heart”, “I Might”, “Handshake Drugs”, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “Heavy Metal Drummer.” In typical Wilco fashion, “Casino Queen” was featured near the end of the night before closing down LouFest Day One with “Hoodoo Voodoo.” Wilco proved yet again why they are one of the best live bands out there today. Make it a point to catch them at a more intimate venue next time you are given the chance. (Note: I didn’t get a decent picture of Wilco as we just posted up in the field… so instead of Wilco please enjoy this picture of some random dude that was in the zone rocking out on his keyboard while bands played on the stages in front of him. Rock on brother!)

This was yet another great LouFest and I look forward to the 2014 edition! They have found a truly beautiful place to hold the festival, but to come back to the parking dilemma I briefly discussed earlier, that is something that needs to be addressed. The Muny parking lot was being used and people were making their own spots wherever they damn well pleased. This led to an incredibly tight parking lot that was impossible to navigate with cars going every which direction and fighting over spots. Outside of that lot, there were numerous cars being ticketed all over the park for various reasons including creating their own spots, having 2” of their car over the yellow line, parking in wide open streets that were marked no parking for no apparent reason. If you want to draw 15,000 people a day there needs to be parking to accommodate those people. It took us an hour to find a legal parking spot on Sunday.  There were shuttle signs randomly around the park but I couldn’t find any other info on the shuttle service in the program that was passed out or near the signs stating it was a shuttle zone. I also never once saw a shuttle running.

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JIM JAMES

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LouFest 2013 - Alabama Shakes

ALABAMA SHAKES (Played Sunday)

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FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

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SPACE CAPONE

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FOREST PARK STAGE ILLUMINATED FOR JIM JAMES

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LouFest 2013 - The Killers

THE KILLERS (Played Sunday)

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In This Moment – Boondocks – Springfield, IL – 03-28-2013

What a show, when you start a review with ‘what a show’ for me it means I’m hurting beyond belief. I’ve been to some rough shows in my concert going career, but when a venue doesn’t use a “proper” rail in front of the stage, you pay the price, and I paid the price last night.

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This was my second time seeing In This Moment, and they never disappoint they always put on a good rock show, and this was no exception. Maria and company didn’t have much stage to work with, but she made it work, props and all. I had gotten to the venue, Boondocks as they called it way early, there wasn’t anyone there, I was waiting for a couple friends who were roughly three hours away to get there before going in, around 4pm they made it and we went into the building which was just a bar, all be it a nice bar, it’s fairly brand new and we waited by these two sliding wood doors to go into the concert area, which by the way,  had the maximum capacity of 800 people.

The doors opened a little after 6pm, and we made our way to the front of the stage where this black bike rake looking rail was, granted it was sturdy, but you get 700 people behind you pushing the sturdiness goes away, but that’s beside the point. There was only two bands, as the second band didn’t make it, and honestly I thought the lead singer of the first band looked familiar, he was roaming around earlier and I’m like I’ve seen this guy somewhere. Well low and behold it was Brian “head” Welch from KORN, yes, he was the opening act. Love & Death, his band, or rather “his baby” as he called it, was the opening act for In this Moment. Mind you I’m a huge Korn fan, love Korn seen Brian with Korn, so it was cool to get to see him sing and play with his band, and he did announce he was getting back with Korn, and played a “korn medley” of sorts, along with “Blindt” as his closing number, I can’t quite remember all that he sang, but he did an excellent job, it was his first time headlining and he had never seen In This Moment before, he said “he was rather excited to get to see them play”. Overall Love & Death put on a great little performance, props given to Brian.

The local Radio station WQLZ made a statement before he took the stage, that they did a video of him going around and seeing all the “Lincoln” sites, since Springfield, IL is the home of Abraham Lincoln, the video is located below, follow the link:

WQLZ Video of Brian Head Welch

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In This Moment took the stage shortly after 9pm, opening with “Rise with Me” and it was epic, from what I could gather. The pushing started and several folks started body surfing, but In This Moment’s security quickly had them pushed back down as they tried to come over the crowd. The rail wasn’t holding up, it wasn’t a rail that could hold up to the rush of a crowd, right after the first song, security guards came down and pushed there backs against the rail, with feet on the stage, to prevent it from making it’s way onto the stage. Maria has a huge set up right in front, as seen here in this photo:

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So, you can imagine I was almost touching that, in fact I could touch it, but didn’t want to if I didn’t have to. There was a box between the rail and the stage, but it wasn’t holding off the rush. First off if you are a concert venue and you know you are going to have a rock show, get a RAIL that is stable enough to hold the force of 800 people, I felt like I had been ran over by a herd of bulls, I’m positive I’ve bruised a rib as it hurts when I breathe, so that’s the price I pay, but I’m not complaining, I’d do it again in heart beat mind you.

In this Moment, sang songs from there album that was released in 2011, titled “Blood”, they have released two albums prior to Blood, but it seems Blood has put them on the band map. The set list consisted of:

  • Rise with Me
  • Adrenalize
  • Blazin
  • Whore
  • Beat Within
  • Burn
  • The Gun Show
  • Maria’s Dance
  • Blood Legion
  • Blood

Overall a great performance by In This Moment, I would have loved to have enjoyed it more, but being slammed up against sort of takes the enjoyment out of it, singing was pretty much all I could do, but regardless of that, a great concert was had.

The venue was called “Boondocks” and is located in Springfield, IL, which is roughly a couple hours away from my house. I would recommend going there as it’s a small bar type club, only holds 800 people, and is a good place for a rock concert, but they do need to install some sort of support rail, a rail that doesn’t sway, and is either heavy metal, or bolted to the floor. You can’t have a venue and put on rock shows without a major piece of equipment, so I suggest they get one after last night. You can’t guarantee that people won’t push, they always push, more so when liquor is involved, but it is what it is.  I never really know how bad I’m hurt at the time, once the adrenaline wares off, then I realize “oh, yeah that rail sucked”…….good rock show indeed.

Video: Sound City Players Take Over Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Last night, Dave Grohl and the Sound City Players took over Hollywood at Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform two songs.  The band played “Fortunate Son” w/ John Fogerty and then Rick Springfeild came out to sing on “The Man That Never Was”. Hulu has both performances for you, and we’ve embedded the video replays below.

Dave Grohl will deliver the  keynote speech at this years SXSW festival in Austin, TX. On March 14th the band will perform at Stubbs with most of the star studded traveling band. John FogertyRick SpringfieldStevie NicksCorey TaylorAlain JohannesBrad Wilk(Rage Against the Machine) and Lee Ving(Fear) are confirmed to perform in Austin w/ Grohl. Desert punk legends The Meat Puppets will open the gig.

Japandroids Unveil Summer US Tour Dates Surrounding Festival Appearances

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So by now, we shouldn’t have to explain to you how hard Japandroids rock. On the heels of last week’s blazing performance of “The Nights Of Wine And Roses” on Conan(Video of which you can check out here), the band has announce headlining dates in the US this Summer surrounding their various festival appearances. Supporting the band on tour will be Cloud Nothings in April and A Place To Bury Strangers for six dates in May and June. You can view the tour itinerary below, and see if you’re lucky enough to catch them.

 

Japandroids Spring/Summer US Tour Dates:

03/08 – New Orleans, LA // BUKU Music + Art Project
03/09 – Winter Park, CO // Snowball Festival
03/12-13 – Austin, TX // South by Southwest

04/12 – Indio, CA // Coachella Music Festival
04/15 – Santa Barbara, CA // Velvet Jones (w/ Cloud Nothings)
04/16 – Oakland, CA // New Parish (w/ Cloud Nothings)
04/17 – Oakland, CA // New Parish (w/ Cloud Nothings)
04/19 – Indio, CA // Coachella Music Festival
04/22 – Pomono, CA // Glasshouse (w/ Cloud Nothings)
05/24 – George, WA // Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/27 – Milwaukee, WI // Turner Ballroom (w/ A Place to Bury Strangers )
05/28 – Indianapolis, IN // The Vogue (w/ A Place to Bury Strangers )
05/29 – Lawrence, KS // Granada Theatre (w/ A Place to Bury Strangers )
05/31 – Austin, TX // Emo’s East (w/ A Place to Bury Strangers )
06/01 – Houston, TX // Free Press Summer Fest
06/03 – Baton Rouge, LA // Spanish Moon (w/ A Place to Bury Strangers )
06/05 – Carrboro, NC // Cat’s Cradle (w/ A Place to Bury Strangers )
06/08 – New York, NY // Governors Ball Music Festival
06/09 – Detroit, MI // Orion Music + More Festival
06/11 – Chicago, IL // Metro
06/13 – Manchester, TN // Bonnaroo Music  And Arts Festival
06/15 – Louisville, KY // Headliners Music Hall
06/16 – Pittsburgh, PA // Mr Smalls Theatre
06/21 – Baltimore, MD // Ottobar

06/22 – Dover, DE // Firefly Music Festival

Bad Religion Unveil Spring North American Tour Dates

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Bad Religion announced a few things yesterday. They gave a release date for their latest record “True North”, hitting shelves on January 22nd. Along with that, they announced that they’re letting you stream the entire album online for free on YouTube via the Epitaph Records Channel. And finally, they dumped a creamy load of tour dates all over our smiling faces. If the price is right we might have ourselves another Jay Porks Experience at Terminal 5 in New York City on our hands.. and you our home girl ConcertChk is known to hit Pop’s in Sauget, IL from time to time, so chances are we’ll have some confessions for you from this tour. Check out the dates below, and below that we’ll link you up to the full album stream that we were tipped off from via the fine folks at AQ.

 

For the last Jay Porks Experience Involving Bad Religion (opening for Rise Against), Click here.

Bad Religion 2013 Spring North American Tour Dates:

1/23 Los Angeles, CA | The Echo (No Against Me!)
3/8 Costa Mesa, CA | OC Fair & Event Center
3/9 San Diego, CA | Soma
3/12 San Antonio, TX | Backstage Live
3/13 Houston, TX | House of Blues
3/14 Dallas, TX | House of Blues
3/16 Tampa, FL | The Ritz Ybor
3/17 Orlando, FL | House of Blues Orlando
3/19 Atlanta, GA | The Masquerade
3/20 Nashville, TN | War Memorial Auditorium
3/22 Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
3/23 Montclair, NJ | The Wellmont Theatre
3/24 Philadelphia, PA | Electric Factory
3/26 New York, NY | Terminal 5
3/28 Boston, MA –|House of Blues
3/29 Portland, ME | State Theatre
3/30 Montreal, QC | Metropolis
3/31 Toronto, ON | Kool Haus
4/2 Detroit, MI | St. Andrews Hall
4/4 Columbus, OH | Newport Music Hall
4/5 Chicago, IL | Congress Theatre
4/6 Sauget, IL | Pops Nightclub
4/8 Lawrence, KS | Granada Theater
4/10 Denver, CO | The Fillmore
4/11 Salt Lake City, UT | In the Venue
4/13 Vancouver, BC | Vogue Theater
4/14 Portland, OR | Roseland Theater
4/15 Seattle, WA | Showbox SoDo
4/18 Hollywood, CA | Hollywood Palladium
4/20 Pheonix, AZ | TBA
5/26 Las Vegas, NV | Punk Rock Bowling

The Cult Add More North American Tour Dates

The Cult Add More North American Tour Dates

Legendary rock band The Cult rose to fame in the 80s for their post-punk style, as well as Ian Astbury’s massive voice. And now, after a new album and a successful North American tour with the now female fronted Against Me!, The Cult are mapping out some more dates in North America (mostly Canada) that they didn’t hit before, after they finish touring Europe. Below are the North American dates for The Cult. No word on whether Against Me! will be opening for them.

08/19 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord (w/ ZZ Top)
08/20 – Portland, OR – Roseland
08/21 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater
08/22 – Vancouver, CAN – Commodore Ballroom
08/24 – Edmonton, CAN – EEC
08/25 – Medicine Hat, CAN – Esplande Theater
08/26 – Calgary, CAN – Cowboys
08/28 – Regina, CAN – Event Plex at Evraz Place
08/31 – Toronto, CAN – Phoenix
09/01 – Montreal, CAN – Metropolis
09/02 – Quebec City, CAN – Grand Theater

The Cult Summer 2012 North American Tour

The Cult Summer 2012 North American Tour

I went to a radio festival in San Jose (though most would say it was in San Francisco, technically it was in Mt. View) about a decade ago. I got to sit in a luxury box for most of the show. Highlights included drinking vodka cranberries, laughing at Blink 182’s Rainbow in the Dark amps and insulting the bass player from Fuel not knowing that he was the bass player for Fuel. Oh and then that douche from Disturbed yelled at us because we were not standing during their 4pm performance. Apparently they had come a long way to rock in the daylight for us so we flipped him the bird and he flipped us the bird back. Anyways, I digress the musical highlight of the day was The Cult. They straight up kicked the crap out of every other band on the bill despite being twice their age. I remember Ian Astbury running all the way from the stage to the back of the lawn section rocking with the fans. For like three weeks after I was The Cults biggest fan. With all that said, The Cult are about to hit the road for a North American Tour in support of their latest release Choice of Weapon. The new album drops on May 22nd. All the dates as of April 5th are below. For further details, check out their official website by clicking here.

 

Oh and perhaps the most bad ass thing about this tour? The Cult are bringing along Icarus Line and Against Me!
The Cult Summer 2012 North American Tour:

05/25 San Diego, CA – Humphreys By the Bay
05/26 Las Vegas, NV – M Resort
05/27 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
05/ 30 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
06/01 Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
06/02 Windsor, ON – Great Canadian Beaverfest, Riverfront Festival Plaza
06/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Indoor Stage
06/05 Boston, MA – House of Blues
06/07 Buffalo, NY – Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf
06/08 New York, NY – Terminal 5
06/09 Hampton Beach, NH – Ballroom
06/10 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
06/12 Washington, D.C. – The Fillmore
06/13 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
06/15 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
06/16 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
06/17 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
06/19 Houston, TX – House of Blues
06/20 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
06/22 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

06/12 Hollywood, CA – Palladium

String Cheese Incident Announce Summer 2012 Tour Dates

String Cheese Incident Announce Summer 2012 Tour Dates

The west coast sure is taking a beating this summer from the jam band community. First off, Phish skips us with their summer tour. Then to add insult to injury, String Cheese Incident plan to grace us with their presence out west. But don’t worry, the Colorado band is kind enough to not include service fees with tickets on this round of tour dates. Here is how they explain it:

Greetings from The String Cheese Incident Headquarters….the management team has been hard at work, racking our brains to try and come up with a couple of new and creative ideas for the Barefoot Boys that will properly capture the feeling of excitement we all get when we look ahead to Summer 2012…..we came up with a massive list of ideas that ranged from shooting Billy out of a cannon to having Kyle brew up a pool full of Summer Ale and inviting all of Boulder over for a swim…..unfortunately many of these ideas proved to either be prohibitively expensive, logistically impossible or just downright dumb…..however, we are pleased to report that we did come up with a couple that we wanted to share with everyone.

First, the most exciting thing we have seen sweep across the cultural landscape in the last couple of months has been the mania induced by New York Knick point guard Jeremy Lin….As Mr. Lin is often referred to by the global media as “the Michael Kang of Basketball” we felt that it was only fair for us to return the favor. Therefore, from this moment forth, the band will now be known as The String Cheese Lincident…. Not only are we thrilled by the obvious media boost this will provide for the band but think of the merch possibilities…..Lincredible!!

The second idea we are going to roll out this summer is one that we have actually been working on for a very long time. Way back in the summer of 2003, the band filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Ticketmaster. The basic gist of the lawsuit was that the band wanted to maintain the ability to sell a large amount of tickets directly to the fans with the intention of keeping the service charge as reasonable as possible. Some very pointed discussions took place, the issue was resolved and the band continued selling tickets as they had always done. Fast forward to today and pay attention…..this is the exciting part….The String Cheese Incident is proud to announce that we have figured out a way to finally achieve the ultimate goal with this whole ticketing exercise…. The Summer Tour of 2012 will be SERVICE CHARGE FREE. That’s right…..if you order tix thru the band’s website there will be no service charge add-ons aside from shipping(which is out of our hands)….the ticket price that is listed is the price that you will pay. The band is going to cover the credit card fee….the band is going to cover the cost to take the orders and fulfill the tickets…..the cost of a $49.95 ticket to Red Rocks will cost you $49.95……the cost of a $49.95 ticket to the Greek will cost you $49.95…..a $239 ticket to Horning’s will be $49.95…just kidding, it will actually be $239….that’s it….super simple. We’ve got a big batch of tix to sell but the supply is not limitless….get ‘em while you can…..

As you will see below, the venues that the band will be visiting this summer have been chosen with lots of love and care….they are all epic and we couldn’t be more psyched to get out on the road.

 

Hopefully you don’t run out and blow your savings on a new hula hoop and fairies wings. If you want to read past reviews of String Cheese Incident from members of the Concert Confession who don’t think these guys are total fucking tools – click here.

String Cheese Incident 2012 Summer Tour Dates

6/29 Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI
6/30 Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI
7/1 Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI
7/5 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
7/6 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
7/7 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
7/10 Snow Park Amphitheater, Park City, UT
7/12 Pepsi Amphitheater, Flagstaff, AZ
7/13 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
7/14 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
7/15 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
7/19 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR
7/20 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR
7/21 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR
7/22 Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR

L.A. Rising 07/30/11: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA

L.A. Rising 07/30/11

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

I moved to Los Angeles just shy of a decade ago. Before moving down here I was as Bay Area as it comes. The use of the word hella was still our thing. I didn’t eat meat, enjoyed public transportation and went green back in the late 80’s. I knew I was moving to a whole new world, but nothing could have prepared me for that first 18 months living in the City of Angels. The fact is Los Angeles is a hard city to live in and while you can keep your hippie dreams and try to make a dent you need tough skin. I would not have survived those 18 months without the guidance and protection of one man. Our initial bond was Rage Against The Machine. We shared stories of shows from Oakland to San Diego. So you had to know it would be him who would take care of me again with the offer of an extra ticket roughly 24 hours before the gates of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum opened.

The Festival Experience

I walked around the entire horse shoe of the stadium. The entire time I saw three things. Lite Beer stands, Merchandise stands and Food stands. OK, there was a poorly placed stage where KROQ was blasting Rush/Faith No More mash ups, but not much else going on. I couldn’t even find a first aid stand to see if they had earplugs (I picked a bad day to forget them that’s for sure). I finally made it to the other side of the stadium for the promised revolution, something called the “Re-Education Camp.” While it was nice to see organizations like Greenpeace, Food Not Bombs and Iraq Veterans Against The War be allowed to set up for free, the area felt more like an Indian Reservation then an opportunity to save the world. The camp was a small parking lot adjacent to the grounds. Tents were small, poorly lit and the whole thing felt depressing. We know you can hardly make ends meet, but we need help so please sign up for our email list and give us cash.

 While I understand that you need many stands to feed what I am guessing ended up around 85,000 people, the entire stadium walk around was capitalism at its best. $8 Hot Dogs, $30 T-shirt and $9 Beer as far as you can see. Speaking of beer, I assumed a festival would have more than Coors Lite, Miller Lite and if you were lucky enough to find it tucked away in the corner behind section 25 Dos Equis. So when it comes to being a festival, L.A. Rising has a long way to go. This is not the revolution; this was a corporate cash grab stadium gig at its finest.

To make things worse (and I realize that this only happened to a small percentage of guests) when I made it to my seat I discovered it was covered with a large black cloth. As it turns out there was a last minute security change where they decided to cover these seats to help prevent individuals from sneaking onto the floor. Between Immortal Technique and Lauryn Hill I walked back around the stadium for my seat exchange. The guy at the tent asked if I was alone or with a group. I told him I was meeting 5 other people and he promised me that my ticket was with them. I look at my new ticket and it was for the same exact section, except seat 10 was now found in row 5 instead of row 2. Knowing my group was in the stadium, I finally texted them between Muse and Rage worried that I had not seen them in the empty seats next to me. As it turns out, they were given tickets in section 8 clear across the stadium from me. So instead of sharing the day with the folks I was supposed to share it with I sat alone. Going to shows alone all the time it could be worse I suppose, but I lost my chance to see Rage with someone I really wanted to see Rage with and I don’t know if I will ever get that chance again. I do want to say thanks EC for getting me into the revolution, it means a lot to me.

Immortal Technique

I am not a huge hip hop fan so where I have heard the name Immortal Technique, I didn’t know who they (or as it turns out he) was.  I missed the first half of his set checking out the Re-Education Camp and that was a huge mistake on my part. Just walking down the long tunnel towards my section I liked what I heard coming from the stage. Instead of finding my seat near the side of the stage I decided to head up and over to get a better view for photos. When not joking with the crowd and his crew on stage, Immortal Technique dazzled the crowd with hard hitting rhymes that spanned his entire career. Highlights included the song “Memories,” his banter encouraging folks to steal his music so they can hear the message and a guest spot from Chino XL. As some folks kicked me from a seat which I had no right to be in, the east coast rapper unleashed a harsh yet often hilarious rant attacking hip hop played on the radio, Summer Jam, Amy Winehouse and Casey Anthony. If I do listen to hip hop, it needs to have bite and both Chino XL and Immortal Technique managed to show me they had that bite in a sun drenched college football stadium. Consider me a fan.

Ms. Lauryn Hill

I get it, she had some solid jams over a decade ago. But for the love of God Goldenvoice, why the hell do you shove this shit down our throats? At least at Coachella you have 14 different options if you don’t want to watch a fucking train wreck. I could think of 24 acts that would have been better for the slot. I watched the opening “Killing Me Softly” which sounded more like a Rastafarian who has been smoking oxycontin for three days then oh I don’t know music?  I tried to give it a chance but it was rough with a bad PA and a band that sounds like they were pulled together a day before the show. Whatever came next was even worse but hey don’t worry. It gave me a chance to go drink a beer with Skwerl of Antiquiet fame. Yes I could still hear her butchering hits from the concourse area, but that didn’t ruin my Dos Equis drank by this blatant name dropping music snob.

Rise Against

This was make or break for me when it comes to Rise Against. I had seen the band twice before, once was great and the other left me wanting a bit more. Could these guys who have headlines sold out arenas in this town make the jump from that level to dinner time/twilight stadium rockers? The answer was clear – Yes.

For the first time that I saw all day, huge circle pits broke out on the floor (which was divided into an A section up front, a middle B section and a rear C section upsetting many fans). Despite the sound system struggling throughout their set, the band bashed out hit after hit including “The Good Left Undone,” “Prayer Of The Refuge” and “Ready To Fall.” The highlight of the set however was when front man Tim McIlwraith strapped on an acoustic guitar and sang the powerful anti-war number “Hero Of War.” You could hear a pin drop it was so quiet inside the only venue to host two Olympic Games. Los Angeles has always given Rise Against a lot of love and it was great to see them take the next step in an already well accomplished career.

Muse

Having purchased a ticket for Outside Lands last Spring, L.A. Rising did me a huge favor by having Muse booked as a headliner. Having seen the band last fall, and now at L.A. Rising I have high hopes of having my Girl Talk cherry popped in Golden Gate Park. The band who can headline multiple nights in Football Stadiums across the pond felt right at home inside the massive Coliseum (further cementing my beliefs last fall that the 20,000 seat Staples Center was too small for the group).  On a pure technical/skill level this was hands down the best set of the night.

Much like Rise Against, Muse spent much of their set rocking their wildly popular radio hits. Early on “Supermassive Black Hole” and “Hysteria” got fists pumping from the crowd in between deeper cuts like “Uprising” and “United States of Eurasia.” What is scary about Muse is how easy they make it look. Front man Matthew Bellamy can transition effortlessly from guitar to piano within the same song and own your ass on both instruments.

Packing their four biggest hits within the last five songs, the energy of the near capacity crowd was something truly special. From the TV spot friendly melodies of “Starlight” to the edge of manic meltdown that is “Stockholm Syndrome” the band had the crowd eating from the palm of their hands. It’s almost too easy for Muse; it’s really not even fair. Keep in mind I was unable to view the light show/effects the band had on stage and I was still blown away. As the final notes of “Knights Of Cydonia” rang through the PA, I knew even if I do see Muse at Outside Lands, I will still be blown away.

Rage Against The Machine

The last time I saw Rage Against The Machine was at the Battle of Los Angeles Tour Kickoff at the then Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA. That was almost 12 years ago. With the Olympic Torch lit and the arches of the Coliseum lighted up blood red, a brief video history of Rage Against The Machine played to the cheers of the crowd. Where love and respect was had for most of the other acts at the inaugural L.A. Rising, it was clear that this crowd was here for the lone appearance of Rage Against The Machine in 2011. The band started it off right with “Testify” and while it sucked to have the PA cut out twice it was clear that the band was beyond ready to bring the Coliseum down.

I was personally excited for how early Rage made it into the set After “Testify” the next seven songs came from the group’s first two releases. Highlights included an explosive “Bombtrack” along with fierce versions of “Bulls On Parade” “Township Rebellion” and “Bullet In The Head.” While there was one or two missed notes, the band sounded as if they had been on the road for a year. Vocalist Zach De La Rocha sounded great and even added a few new lines into songs like “Down Rodeo.”

During the set closing “Wake Up” De La Rocha took a large moment in time to address what he feels is a violent tension rising within Los Angeles. He compared foreclosures to empty hotel rooms in brand new developments downtown as a bonfire blazed towards the top of the stadium. It has been a few years since we have had a good riot here in Los Angeles, and the way things are going in this world we are probably due for one and De La Rocha made sure to encourage the crowd to take to streets. The band closed the night with an encore featuring their most explosive songs “Freedom>Killing In The Name Of.” With 12+ hours in the sun, the floor exploded into the biggest and most chaotic pits of the night as the hometown heroes celebrated a triumphant performance in downtown Los Angeles. Will this be the last Rage Against The Machine show as some have hinted? Who knows?

In closing L.A. Rising was a raging success for all the wrong reasons. Corporate America sold the revolution to a bunch of angry music fans. No doubt it will return next year with Common and System of a Down and the folks who struggle to make ends meet will throw down $100+ a ticket to get into the Electric Daisy Replacement revolution. For my taste there needed to be more then bands reminding me that times are fucked. Where were the forward thinking food options? Where was the fair and affordable food options? The fact is the movement spent Saturday afternoon handing their hard earned cash back to the ones who have used our politicians to steal it from us in the first place. Turns out the joke is on us.

Soundgarden/Queens of the Stone Age/Mastodon/Meat Puppets at the Gorge!!! 7/30/11

Soundgarden/Queens Of The Stone Age/Mastodon/Meat Puppets 07/30/11

Gorge Amphitheater – George, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

On July 30, two epic concerts graced the west coast. One of them was LA Rising, which featured Rage Against the Machine, Muse, and Rise Against. The other was at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. The bands included Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and Meat Puppets. Many other Concert Confessions writers were there that night, so here was one side to the same story. My dad and I got to the Gorge with little to no trouble. We didn’t get lost, there was no traffic, we got a good parking spot, and we arrived an hour and a half before doors opened. So with time to kill, we cranked up the Echo Movement and we chilled. At around 3:15 or so, a heavy metal looking dude with a nipple ring came up to us and asked us if we wanted to buy a shirt. I’d experienced this before, it was a bootleg. But it was cool and $20, so we bought it. I looked at the back where it showed all the bands, and saw a picture of Pearl Jam above the Queens of the Stone Age logo. Upon questioning the heavy metal looking dude, we found out that there was a rumor that Pearl Jam would play a few songs and that got me even more excited about the show.

Before going into the line, my dad had to get his wrist band so he could purchase alcohol, which is funny because I don’t think he drank at all that night. So we are in that line and it’s my dad’s turn and I am right behind him. My dad hands the dude his ID, and receives his wrist band. I wanted to have a little fun, so I said to the security guy, “I forgot my ID at home,” which got a laugh. We went to the real line at about 3:30 and we were towards the front of one of the lines. First, the VIP/Fan Club members were let in and then us regular people were let in. When we got inside, I bought a legal shirt and my dad bought a Queens of the Stone Age shirt. We bought some water to fill our Camelbak with, and we made our way to the amphitheater in hopes to find something to do for two hours until Meat Puppets came on. We sat in the shade, ate some mediocre food, and at about 5:30, we stood up in the crowd to wait for the Meat Puppets.

After a quick sound check, I immediately saw Curt Kirkwood arrive on stage, followed by the drummer (whatever his name is) and Curt’s brother Cris. They immediately broke into “Oh, Me” and they were jamming out. Curt didn’t sound great, but I wouldn’t expect him to since that song was written almost thirty years ago. Next was “Sam,” the song I was looking forward to most. If you don’t know the song, Curt and Cris both sing incredibly fast. Like 400 words a minute or something. And it’s great to see that they both still know the words and can sing them without any mistake.

Then they played “Plateau,” an odd song about nothing in particular, I think. After that, they played their biggest main stream hit “Backwater,” which sounded amazing. The Kirkwood brothers’ harmonies together sounded better than Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus by a mile. After that they played “Sloop John B,” a song originally written by the Beach Boys. Then they finished their too-short set with “Lake of Fire,” which, for some reason, induced a mosh pit. People are stupid when they are drunk. Meat Puppets finished their elongated jam version of “Lake of Fire,” and if there was anything I could’ve changed about the entire show, it would’ve been that Meat Puppets would’ve played longer. They were so great, and even at the ripe old age of 50-something, the Kirkwood brothers can still rock harder than Black Veil Brides ever will.

Sort of at the last minute, I decided that I didn’t care to see Mastodon. So my dad and I walked around, shared a funnel cake, and listened for the cue that Mastodon was done. When they finished playing “Blood and Thunder,” they left the stage and my dad and I went into the pit to wait for Queens of the Stone Age.

The roadies started setting up the back drop for Queens of the Stone Age, which was the detective notes for the assassination of JFK. Why they chose that, I will never know. Somewhere around 8:00, QOTSA came on stage. Josh Homme spoke in his lovely country accent, telling us how beautiful the Gorge was and how happy they were to open for Soundgarden. QOTSA broke into “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I’m a Millionaire,” which was a relatively short song. Afterwards they played “3’s and 7’s” and the hits just kept coming. They played songs like “Burn the Witch,” “Little Sister,” “Go With the Flow,” “No One Knows,” and “A Song for the Dead.”

The band sounded so great and the crowd was really into it. The problem was the two moshing idiots in front of me. One of them looked like the creepy dude in the Die Antwoord “Enter the Ninja” video.

When QOTSA left the stage, my dad decided he didn’t want to be in the pit during Soundgarden, so he left and went to the very back, while I stayed where I was. Some dude made his way through the crowd with his hand up to his mouth. He passed me and a few others, and then found out what happens when you drink a lot of alcohol.

After a sound check and some technical difficulties involving the images on the screen, we were ready to let the Sun set on the Gorge while Soundgarden jammed away. We heard some feedback and then what was certainly the opening bit of “Searching With My Good Eye Closed,” (This is my good eye; do you know a cow; a pig says; this is a rooster; the Devil says.) The band broke into that song and played it like it was nobody’s business. Chris Cornell sounded better than I expected him to. Ben Shepherd wandered the stage, made funny faces, and was a very entertaining performer. Matt Cameron banged the drums like a gun was being held to his head. And Kim Thayil looked like a gun was being held to his head if he didn’t reunite with Soundgarden. He had a smile on his face, but it didn’t seem like he was enjoying any part of it.

Soundgarden broke into hit after hit. They played “Spoonman,” “Blow Up the Outside World,” “The Day I Tried to Live,” “Superunknown,” “Slaves and Bulldozers,” “Black Hole Sun,” “Outshined,” “Rusty Cage,” and so many more that I can’t even remember. They even played some old songs like “Gun” and “Beyond the Wheel.”

I was in a lot of pain after the show, and my hopes that Pearl Jam would come out were crushed. No Pearl Jam. Just Matt Cameron. Not even Eddie Vedder would come out and play “Hunger Strike” with Soundgarden. It wouldn’t be much of a Temple of the Dog reunion since 5/6 of TOTD is Pearl Jam, but whatever. All in all, one of the best shows I have ever seen.

So I hope that Justito had a good time at the RATM show, because I definitely did. Unfortunately I didn’t run into any of my Concert Confessions peers, but I met a guy named Jeremy who saw Slightly Stoopid last weekend. That’s just as good, right?

Kaki King – Traveling Freak Guitar Show comes to the Old Rock House (6/27/11)

I first heard of Kaki King right around the time her second album Legs to Make Us Longer was released in 2004.  At the time, I was obsessively exploring the acoustic performances and recordings of the ayatollah of rock-n-roll-ah Tim Reynolds, and someone on the timreynolds.com forums recommended checking out Kaki King.  The recommendation, paraphrased 7 years later, was more or less “She’s like a female Tim Reynolds, man!”.  While I think that statement is a fairly significant overgeneralization, in terms of the big picture it kind of works:  Like Tim, Kaki possesses a unique mastery of the guitar.  Saying that she plays the guitar is not entirely fair – it’s like saying that a doctor practices medicine, or a lawyer practices law.  She doesn’t just play the guitar – She thumps, beats, taps, strums, and picks it, weaving the resulting sounds into intricate pieces of music (pieces of music that leave guys like me at home, unable to figure out the chord formation for a B#, wondering “Damn, what made her think to try THAT?”).

On June 27th, Kaki brought “Traveling Freak Guitar Show” to the Old Rock House.  This was a rescheduled date – originally Kaki was supposed to stop at St Louis in March, but an injury resulted in the St Louis date (as well as several other dates) being cancelled.  Incidentally, the rescheduled date worked out well for me, as I would have had to miss the March concert but was able to make it to this one.  The 27th was a Monday, and in an effort to be a little bit less of an old man, I decided to brave the wild, wild world of “going out on a week night” to see Kaki perform.   Fear not – this sudden youth is temporary, and I go right back to my curmudgeonly ways in the next review.

This was my second time seeing a concert at the Old Rock House, and my first seeing a show that was a part of the ORH’s Listening Room series.  The biggest difference between normal ORH shows and Listening Room shows is the layout of the main floor.  The ORH is typically general admission/standing room only on the main floor, and general admission on the second floor with some limited seating.  For Listening Series shows, the main floor dance floor is converted to “reserved” limited seating (which is still first come first serve, but access is limited to those who bought reserved seating tickets) and the rest of the venue is general admission.  We bought reserved tickets as I really wanted to be able to sit close and be able to listen and see without having to see over, around, or through a bunch of other people.  I was also taping the show (which will be available on archive.org’s live music archive once it’s tracked and ready) and wanted to be able to get a prime location to set up shop with my gear, so the reserved section seemed like the best option.  I was a little worried that there wouldn’t be anything keeping people without reserved tickets from coming into the reserved section and claiming a table, but the ORH staff did a great job at making sure that only the right folks were allowed into the reserved section.  My only complaint about the venue is that for whatever reason some of the cushy bar stools in the reserved area were kind of wet.  They were dry on the surface but somehow the middle of the cushions were wet, and by the time I noticed and moved to a dry stool, my ass was soaked.  Like, “Did that guy piss himself?” soaked.

Doors opened at 7PM, and the show was scheduled to start st 8:30.  We arrived at around 8:00 and set up shop at a tall bar-height table against the wall near the front – not in the center of the room, but still a great seat, and I wouldn’t be obstructing anyone’s view with an eight foot mic stand and 18 inch shotgun mic.  Kaki hit the stage promptly at 8:30, and played for roughly 90 minutes.

There were three big things to love about this night.  First, the crowd.  I generally hate people in large groups – anyone who knows me will confirm my disappointment in our species as a whole – but this was a group of awesome human beings.  I have never been to a concert with such a quiet, intimate, respectful, and interested crowd.  Sometimes intimate settings are ruined by the random bad apple – the obnoxious crystal meth fiend, the guy on a cell phone, the drunk girl who won’t shut up – but there was none of that here.  This room full of people was so quiet and attentive that I could hear the springs in the seats squeak when the person in front of me would adjust how they were sitting.  This was my first Kaki King show, so I don’t know if all of her fans are this exemplary or if we just really lucked out on this Monday night, but this crowd was perfect.  I wish that more people behaved this well during every quiet, acoustic performance – it would do great things for my anger management issues.

The next thing to love was Kaki herself.  There is nothing worse than a performer who gets on stage and acts like they have someplace they’d rather be (even if it’s true).  On the flip side, there is nothing better than when a musician is genuinely engaged with their audience and interested in being there and spending their evening with us, the fans.  Kaki was personable and chatty with the crowd the entire night.  She talked at length in between songs about a variety of subjects ranging from the Gateway Arch to Brazilian bikini shopping to gay marriage rights.  She shared the stories behind the music (or the post-coital picture used in one of her album covers).  She even explained the origin of the various guitars that she played – my personal favorite being the Veillette Gryphon 12 string (but the 7 string acoustic with the fanned fretboard layout is pretty rad, too).  There wasn’t a single moment where I doubted that she genuinely wanted to be there, in that room, with us.

The final thing worth loving (arguably the most important item on the list) was the performance itself.  As someone who tinkers with a guitar now and then, seeing her create was a fascinating experience.  Sitting in this room and watching her hands move effortlessly in complicated patterns and rhythms (and making it look really, really easy), noticing the occasional cringe in response to the unexpected technical glitch, or seeing the concentration in her facial expression or the discomfort in her posture when reaching for a really tough stretch made this hour and a half set one of the most memorable and remarkable live performances I have ever seen.

I am, unfortunately, still piecing together song names for the full recording of the show, so at this point I still don’t know what the full setlist was.  We did, however, make it a point to try and capture as much video as possible (and nearly filled up a 4GB memory card in the process).  I will link to all of the videos at the bottom of the review, but here are some of the really interesting and stand out performances from the evening:

Note that I can’t possibly imbed all of the youtube videos I have. Seriously, go to the bottom of the post, click the links, and watch them all. They’re all worth checking out.

 

This song, Brazilian, is pretty cool. Before she started playing she told a story going into great detail about the pleasure of shopping for bikinis in Brazil, compared to shopping for one in the states. Having never bought a bikini in my life, I’ll take her word for it. Kaki’s playing is impressive enough on its own here, but she lays down some really complicated percussive patterns on top of what is already a complex set of notes and chords.

 

Kaki performs her version of Andrew York’s “Andecy” in this video using the seven string guitar that she had custom built. No crazy percussive rhythms, but definitely some fancy fret work and a beautiful song.

 

Playing with Pink Noise – In spite of a technical snafu mid performance, this song really shows Kaki’s percussive playing style quite nicely. It quite nicely sums up what left me so impressed about the night.

 

This is a song that Kaki wrote for her sister’s wedding. If you have ever played – or tried to play – a guitar, watch this video. This shit is nuts. I just can’t get my head around how she can play so many notes so quickly and make it look so simple. Plus, she plays it on the Veillette, which makes it 50% more awesome by default.

I’ve said some glowing things here and I’m sure that I’ve come off as the superfan, but believe me when I say that there is no hyperbole in any of this review – this evening really was as fantastic and perfect as I’ve described above.  Kaki King’s  set was a 90 minute display of instrumental virtuosity and music-as-an-art-form, and Kaki is a master of her craft.  If you think that there is even a possibility that her music may appeal to you, and the “Traveling Freak Guitar Show” (her name – not mine) is stopping in your part of the world, take a chance on it and go.

 

Setlist/YouTube Links:
Goby
Brazilian
Ingots
Jessica
Andecy
Playing With Pink Noise
untitled new song
Doing The Wrong Thing
Ahuvati
Zeitgeist (with Dan Brantigan)
Wedding Song
Sunnyside
Night After Sidewalk

 

Bad Religion and Rise Against Play East St. Louis Parking Lot.

Bad Religion/Rise Against 05/10/11

Pop’s Outdoors – Sauget, IL

Words/Photos by BeeZnutZ

 

I love outdoor shows. They remind me of summer days spent outside seeing some of my favorite bands with good friends. When Rise Against announced they would be touring with Bad Religion I was sold. Even better the venue Pop’s 24/7 in Sauget, IL was hosting the show outside, in the parking lot in between two nightclubs.

The morning of the show was gloomy, rainy and anything but exceptional weather for an outdoor event. As the day progressed the weather slowly turned around until it was a pretty nice overcast day. The day concluded with a nice sunset and my friend and I racing towards the east side. Home of Strip Clubs, Pop’s, that one off track betting gas station and factories!

As we pulled in I noticed a bunch of people sneaking in the parking lot to avoid paying $5 dollars.They were being chased down by the security guards. However I wanted to drink a beer in peace in my car. And 5 dollars sounded like a great bargain not to be heckled by parking attendants.

Parked the car, cracked a beer, slammed one and opened another. As we started walking the first song of Bad Religions set was being played. We hustled made good time and only missed one full song.

We found good spots middle of the crowd and were treated to a great show from the California punk veterans. The crowd was very into the set and the band gave the energy right back.

Greg Graffin is a pretty cool guy, never had the chance to meet him yet, but you can tell from his cool stage demeanor.Turns out he his also pretty damn smart too! This fall Greg will be teaching evolution at Cornell University. He sounds great live and makes Bad Religion a can’t miss for me always.

The rest of the band is equally amazing with original members Brett Gurewitz on guitar and Jay Bentley and bass still! That is incredible considering they have been around since 1979 Up next was a old school jam I love. ” Do what you want”

I was having so much fun during the set. So many memories of Bad Religion at various Warped Tours over the years instantly came to mind. The outdoor setting was perfect for this show. Next they rocked the classic ” Infected ” a tune written by the guitar player Brent Gurewitz. Who writes a lot of the bands songs and also started the record label Epitah Records back in the 80’s to sell Bad Religion records and merch.


They closed out a great set with ” Sorrow ” another song Brent wrote, that appeared on the 2002 album ” The Process of Belief ” which is hard to believe was their 12th full length album.

Another solid set in the books for Bad Religion. Everytime I am impressed by them! These new sissy wannabe bands coming out today should relax and take notes.

There was a quarter of a moon lurching in the sky above during the Bad Religion/Rise Against set change. Nice T-shirt weather night outside. The crowd was buzzing and the beer lines were long.

Since this is concert confessions I will confess that I didn’t go for Rise Against. That being said about everyone else did. So fair being fair they headlined and rocked it for all their fans in attendance.

They brought a good sized chunk of the crowd, who bounced and sang along with all the songs. The weather was just right and made everyone that much more excited to be there.

They had the crowd bouncing the entire night and almost everyone was having a great time. My friend and I were enjoying each others company breathing in the fresh industrial smog and rock and roll that was thick in the air.

They kept the energy and crowd going at a decent level the whole show. It was fun to watch them work the stage. They broke into the new single from the new album ” Endgame “. This song has been getting a lot of spins at the local station 105.7 KPNT The Point.

After seeing the one song I did know, we decided to stay for a few more songs. Up next was ” Swing Life Away” I remember that getting played 4,506 times back in the day. So maybe it is understandable why they are headlining after all.

We decided to beat traffic and make good time home, and that we did. My friend had a great night, I had fun and I can’t wait to do it
all again. Till next time….

Bad Religion :

1. The Day The Earth Stalled

2. Wrong Way Kids

3. American Jesus

4. Before You Die

5. Let Them Eat War

6. The Resist Stance

7. Cyanide

8. Meeting Of The Minds

9. Do What You Want

10. Social Suicide

11. Dearly Beloved

12. Infected

13. We’re Only Gonna Die

14. Los Angeles Is Burning

15. Sorrow

Rise Against :

1. Chamber the Cartridge

2. The Good Left Undone

3. Heaven Knows

4. Re-Education (Through Labor) Play Video

5. Survive

6. Make It Stop (September’s Children) Play Video

7. The Dirt Whispered

8. Help Is on the Way

10. From Heads Unworthy

11. Prayer of the Refugee

12. Swing Life Away

13. Hero of War

14. Audience of One

15. Architects

16. Ready to Fall

Encore:

17. Entertainment

18. Savior Play Video

19 . Give It All

Social Distortion 5/14/11 Stone Pony SummerStage Asbury Park,NJ

Now that’s what I call a punk rock show-It’s just continuous awesomeness for the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series, in which the 47th installment brings us out to Asbury Park, NJ to the Stone Pony “SummerStage” for Social Distortion, a band I’ve been dying to see forever, but especially since I missed them last year. And since I’m rolling with Pam, the “Pam-Van” is in full effect picking me up from work and headed out to the show after a supermarket/liquor store stop to grab a 6 pack of Heineken light, bottle of Jack and a bottle of Captain . That’s how we roll. Doors open at 5:30-that’s not a typo, 5:30 doors. Let’s get down to business shall we?

After parking and trying to pregame as much as possible while keeping our bladders in tact, We rolled in at 6:30. On the walk over, I heard some security dude telling this chick “if you’re alone you should stand on this side of the street cause it’s a real shady neighborhood down that block”. Awesome, because you know how much I love danger and everything. We found the entrance and got in after I was searched to the maximum. Felling every pocket every item and stuff. Sucks that there’s something they didn’t find that was there-moving on. When we got in one of the openers, ‘Sharks’ was in full swing on stage.. Focus on the band for a second: These guys looked like they were straight out of a time capsule from England circa 1971. The leather was in full effect, pins on the jackets, the tight pants-all of it. Looked like a girly Sex Pistols. We’re scouting out standing spots, we notice the “21 and Over Section” sign, and head through there towards the bar area.. That’s when Sharks finally caught my attention by covering the Replacements “Can’t Hardly Wait”, which was pretty cool. They played their last song at 6:55PM

So as people file in-this is what I call a punk rock show. Holy God, I have never seen so many mo-hawks and chain wallets in my life. Skin heads to people draped in leather. Everyone is a character I swear, whether it’s army fatigues and knee high boots or green hair-this is what I wish I would’ve seen last week at Bad Religion/Rise Against. I’m standing outdoors surrounded by many people who wouldn’t mind breaking my face-the perfect desired atmosphere.

We headed inside for a little bit, grabbed some drinks as Chuck Ragan was on in between Sharks and Social D-but walking around the actual ‘Stone Pony’ venue where the bars and stuff are, I started to check out the walls that had signed guitars all over the place. So I’m checking these things out, signatures from bands of the likes of State Radio and Govt Mule.. until I found my way around to the back door and there in the corner hanging was a signed Gene Ween guitar.. took me all that time to find some taste around here..slow working bartender is keeping us inside long than desired I must say, but at least some dude bought Pam a drink.

Let me get on a pedestal for a second and rant: This preconceived notion that we can place a stage in the middle of any random parking lot-esque open area and call it a rock venue is completely ridiculous. I know I seem like I complain about every single venue, but venues like this(and Williamsburg Waterfront) make me SICK. You can’t just take a parking lot and put a stage there and hype it up to be a “Summerstage”. Sounds so fancy, it’s actually gross. Besides me being a huge proponent of size order at standing room only shows-maybe if you guy built the stage, I don’t know, two feet higher maybe we’d be able to see what going on. It was like a blind show, the only pictures I got was my arm held as high in the air as possible. I mean, if you had like a tilt effect, a slight downward hill thing going on where people were able to see as they got further away; maybe even some ascending levels or something, anything! Sound was loud as hell and amazing, it was awesome to hang out and hear the tunes of Social D for an awesome set on a nice night out-but for 45 dollars, throw up a video screen or something. You know who had a better view than I did? An entire floor of a hotel a few blocks away standing out on the porch enjoying the show for free. They had a great view I’d imagine. I’m standing here behind thousands of people who should be playing the in NBA. Social D as a very tall following if tonight is any indicator.

So at about 8:20 some dude gets on stage and to hype us up. He says “Social D has some awesome stuff planned, lots of surprises in this full two hour set! They’ll be out in a few minutes!”. Wow, a two hour set we’re going to get? That’s odd, because we’re in a residential area with a 10PM “noise curfew” . They’re not even on stage yet and you already only have and hour and forty left. Dude could’ve easily said “And rock it til 10!” and he would’ve saved himself from looking like a moron who can’t do math.

Those last two paragraphs aside, once I heard that “California Love” intro it was freakin’ showtime, I was into it. What’d you expect from Mr. 90’s over here? I suddenly realized why I was putting up with all this non-sense in the first place. Social freakin’ Distortion! Now I’m really in search for a good spot walkin’ around jammin’ out to “Road Zombie” and “So Far Away” before we found a by the back bar there was this little deck about 8 inches up from the ground, so we stepped up-still nothing, as another pretzel stand has gotten me. So we’ve settled on just chilling out enjoying this great show from this spot, as oppose to spending the rest of the night walking around missing things. So we’re rocking out to hit’s like “Bad Luck” and “Mommy’s Little Monster” as I’m scoping out chicks walking by in between attempts and some somewhat decent photos.. During this I smell the scent of ‘sexy lady’ to my left, cool chick, attractive and all that.. she was rocking all night next to what appeared to be her husband I’d assume. So he walks away to hit the bathroom or something and I see her glance over and then she leans into my ear and says “I F*cking LOVE your hair. I’m a hair dresser, I wouldn’t touch it! It’s perfect”. Now there’s a day brightener right there! Being this is the one rock show I’ve been to where having long hair seemed to be the minority, it was good to get a compliment from an older, kinda hot chick who may or may not have been hitting on me while her hubby was in the bathroom. I’m not stating that that’s what I believe was the case, just saying the onlooker may see it in that light. She said her son wanted to come to the show but it’s 16+, and I handed her some typical punk rock cliché “See, there’s the establishment at work prevent your son from rocking out” I’m so quick witted aren’t I?

“Machine Gun Blues” happens to not only be new but also awesome. Lots of little speeches in between songs and honestly the crowd was like, totally not interested. The crowd was asked for “back up singers on this next one”.. and I swear like 4 people raised their hands out of thousands. They were into the tunes, just not anything going on when guitar riffs were not involved. And my only issue with their set tonight was the version of “Ball and Chain” they did right after “Prison Bound”… it was like, a much slower version of it, as if the song was being dragged by the proverbial Ball and Chain.. First time seeing the band, kinda wanted to get the full effect of one of my favorite songs by them, but I’m still having fun through songs like “Lude Boy” and “Don’t Drag Me Down” before we heard “Okay, it’s time for another story” and this was like 9:43, so I knew this story was going to be the “Story of my life”, which is was before they said goodnight and ducked off for maybe a minute or two…

Came back out to play “California(Hustle and Flow)” and “You can’t take it with you” before closing the night with, what else? A classic from an artist everyone’s on board with, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”… I tried to record some of it, but let us not even waster our time with what I just saw on the video. These words give you a better picture than that. So it was 10:08 when they officially went off. An hour and 38 minutes keep that “2 hour set” quote in kind from earlier

Awesome night of punk rock. So glad I got to catch Social D-my issues with the venue did not interfere with me and Pam enjoying ourselves yet again-Bad Religion last week, Social D this week-I mean what’s next? Well, you’ll have to check the concert calender for the official purchases that have been made, but June 11th there’s a free Coheed and Cambria show at the Williamsburg Waterfront that some smart folks are highly recommending I attend. It’s a Saturday and I work til 4 and I have a feeling the line for this show is going to start the night before the gig-I have a few friends heavy into them who want to attend, maybe they’ll be a spot held in line for me. Headed out there anyway, just hope I make it in. Anyway, thanks for putting up with my non sense for a little while, and keep checking back at ConcertConfessions.Com and of course JayPorks.Com for some HUGE plans later on this summer. Things are happening-stay tuned.

LATE..

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