Judging by the name this should be a good time. Fun Fun Fun Fest is set to return to Austin Texas from November 2-4th 2012. The lineup is pretty incredible seeing as how it is topped by a reunited Run-D.M.C. One must assume with the 10 year anniversary of the death of Jam Master Jay the ground-breaking rap group may be going the hologram route much like Dre and Snoop did with 2Pac at Coachella 2012.
The rest of the lineup is down below. Three day passes are set to go on sale at 10:00 am CST on July 12th. Click here to check out the festival’s official website.
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.
FYF Fest 2012 Returns To L.A. State Historic Park Labor Day Weekend
We called it last week when we assumed Refused would headline FYF Fest 2012. The festival returns to the L.A. Historic State Park with arguably the best lineup yet. Other highlights include a reunited Quicksand as well as Concert Confessions favorites Sleigh Bells, Dinosaur Jr., Baroness, Against Me!and Warpaint. Weekend passes start at $77 and all the additional details you need for this ever-expanding end of summer festival can be found by clicking here.
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.
The fine folks behind the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival have once again done something that is totally bad ass. They have launched a new YouTube channel called Bonnaroo 365. We will spare you the painfully unfunny ribbon cutting ceremony from Flight of the Concords star Rhys Darby. Instead we will just feature some great past performances from some of our favorite artists. But before we do, remember that the 2012 edition of Bonnaroo is about a month away. Click here to see who will be rocking Manchester this summer.
Oh and one thing to ponder. I wonder if this channel gets those annoying “Third Party Content” warnings like the rest of us?
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
I’ve been to a ton of concerts this year, thanks in part to my awesome Dad for putting up with my concert-going needs. Well out of the many I’ve been to this year, here are my top 10. I am not doing top 10 live bands, but the top 10 shows. So here we go.
10. Social Distortion 02/12/11 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Although I didn’t write a review of this show (I hadn’t discovered CC yet), this is the show that kicked off my 2011 concert season. Punk legends Social Distortion playing three sold out nights in a row in Seattle is just an outstanding feat. They played a great setlist and they were loud and crazy. Mike Ness and the boys may be kinda old, but they still put out great music and put on great shows (Photo from 10/29/11).
Two days before seeing Soundgarden at the Gorge, I was seeing Hassidic reggae/rapper Matisyahu at the Portland Zoo. Matisyahu put on an energetic, albeit short, concert to a mostly Jewish crowd (I think there was a Hebrew school field trip there). There was certainly more weed than I expected, but it was a cool show with great vibes. Oh and being Jewish makes it more of a rite of passage than a concert.
I also had the pleasure of not only seeing but also being the youngest person seeing 90s post-grunge superstars Bush. After a decade-long breakup, the British band got back together for a tour that hit theaters and small clubs. Seeing them at the brand new venue The Neptune Theater just made it that much cooler, and Bush put on a brilliant show that rocked very hard. Gavin Rossdale sings better than I’ve ever heard him before.
Bumbershoot is an annual music/arts festival that takes place at the Seattle Center. While 2010’s festival sported big name acts like Weezer, Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Meat Puppets, Hole, and Rise Against, this year’s festival was headlined by Wiz Khalifa, Presidents of the United States of America, Ray LaMontagne, and Hall and Oates. I was almost not gonna go until I won tickets for day 2 of the festival. I was able to see bands like The Kills (kind of), Butthole Surfers, Atari Teenage Riot, NoMeansNo, and internet comedy act The Gregory Brothers.
The recently reunited alternative metal band System of a Down did a short west coast tour earlier this year, including Seattle’s own Key Arena. Not only that, but they chose gypsy punk collective Gogol Bordello to open for them, a band I happen to love. Both bands put on amazing shows, with SOAD playing a 29-song set. It was also my very first review. (Read with caution).
Unfortunately, there are people out there unaware of Echo Movement’s mind-warpingly fantastic music. Lead singer Stephen Fowler and his brother, keyboardist, Dave, are the greatest songwriting duo since Lennon-McCartney. They inspire nothing but good vibes, and they are some of the nicest dudes ever. So take their motto to heart, and “listen to Echo Movement.”
4. Zeds Dead (12/9):
Say what you will about dubstep, I love it. The overall energy and feel of it just makes me want to get up and dance way more than Ke$ha ever will. Skrillex has more talent in his ridiculous glasses than Ke$ha does in her whole body. Well anyway, Toronto-based dubstep duo Zeds Dead (named after the famous Pulp Fiction quote) rocked the house with their rockin’ house music (see what I did there?). After numerous songs mashed into one (nonstop!), they encored with The Pixies‘ Where is My Mind?, and Weezer’s Say It Ain’t So. Long story short, see a dubstep show.
After days of bugging my dad to get me tickets to this show, I had to settle with the upper seating area of Key Arena. It was ok, though. I had a great view of great bands such as Mumford and Sons, Death Cab for Cutie (blech), Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club, and Grouplove. The show was almost overwhelming with its sheer beauty, and it may have been more of a Christmas show (I am Jewish), but it was still wonderful.
2. Sasquatch 2011 Day 1 05/27/11 – Gorge Amphitheater – George, WA
Unfortunately, I only had the opportunity to see one night of the world-famous Sasquatch Festival. Fortunately, though, I was able to see Foo Fighters, one of the biggest bands in the galaxy. I also got the chance to see newly reunited garage rock duo Death From Above 1979, and new punk lords Against Me! The drive to the Gorge that day may have been difficult, but dancing to “Everlong” with strangers totally made up for it (Click here to read our review of Sasquatch Day 1 from our pals thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard.
No doubt, this is the best show I’ve been to. Not only did I have the opportunity to see the newly reunited Gods of grunge metal, but I got to see them with alt-rock stoners Queens of the Stone Age, muscular man metal band Mastodon, and classic indie rockers Meat Puppets. PLUS: I got to see them at the beautiful and fantastic Gorge Amphitheater. Soundgarden played through their classics, and I left the Gorge feeling tired and sore. Twas an awesome show.
I hope you enjoyed my Top 10!
Here’s to another great year of concerts. *coughREDHOTCHILIPEPPERS*cough*TOOL*cough*NOELGALLAGHER*cough*BONNAROO*
Sasquatch! Festival – Friday 5/27/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre
Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard
Since we have 4 days worth of Sasquatch! content to post, I thought it would be best to put each days items up on ConcertConfessions.com individually. Friday was the opening night of the Festival, and it was a super rocking good time. There were less bands on Friday, and we were testing out our camera access limits, so the Friday content isn’t as voluminous as the rest of the days (we have a couple of HOURS of footage from Saturday-Monday!), but the party was just as strong! I think for these reviews I will talk a little about each band I saw, whether it be for a full set or only one song. Obviously I had to make decisions on whom to watch, so my review could be quite different from someone elses who was at the Fest.
We arrived at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre on Friday afternoon to a wind storm of epic proportions. Over the weekend we lost both of our tents and another shade tent, and we weren’t the only ones. Eventually everything settled, we met our neighbors (hey Phil!), got a solid buzz on (when I say solid, I mean SOLID), and we went in for the opening festivities.
Bob Mould opened my Sasquatch! Festival and the floor of the Gorge was pretty open, so we went close and got a great spot. The set was nice, a little more mellow than I was expecting, but good. I had been looking forward to this set and it went about as I expected, although I wish it was longer. Bob would also make a guest appearance (one of only two I saw all weekend-weird) later in the night.
After Mould, Phishbeard and I decided to walk up the hill and check out some of the smaller stage acts. Against Me! was playing on the Bigfoot Stage, the second largest Gorge stage, and we caught a few of their songs. I don’t know these guys at all, but their songs were good enough for my ears. Eventually we decided to go to the Gorge lawn and check out the end of The Bronx set. Again we only caught a couple songs (and we missed their ‘Mariachi el Bronx’ set on the Yeti stage), but they were fun and set the scene for the nights two biggest acts.
Death From Above 1979 was the second to last act on the Main Stage and we decided to go to the floor and get as close as we could for their set. We got a decent spot, but not as good as our friend and future ConcertConfessions reviewer Mr. Sparkly, and rocked the hell out for a solid hour of tunes. I have been hearing a lot about DFA1979, so I was looking forward to this one. It was a lot of fun and my ears may still hurt from their awesome sound. After an hour, DFA1979’s set was over and the stage was clear for the biggest name of the Festival to rock us home, The Foo Fighters.
The Foo Fighters are one of my favorite acts in the world, and one of the few bands that I love but have not seen live. I was looking forward to this set the very most all weekend, and the boys brought everything they could for over two hours. Bridge Burning opened the show and went into a loud Rope. Another new song came and then they opened up the setlist for some of the older stuff. I think my personal highlight was Hey, Johnny Park! > Monkey Wrench, which was unbelievably perfect, but the show was pumped full of hits. Times Like These, My Hero, All My Life, Learning to Fly, I’ll Stick Around and more blew the non-existant roof off of the Gorge. They got my favorite off the new album, Walk, in there, and brought Bob Mould out to sing on Dear Rosemary (a tune he sings on The Foos new ablum). An Everlong closer was the perfect way to send us back to the campground for an even longer night of drinking and general debauchery. I thought the Foo set was A+, but little did I know the best of the weekend was yet to come….
Foo was amazing! Probably a top 3 set of the entire festival for me.
I was a little too drunk this night. Not terrible, but a little more than I was going for. This contributed to the lack of video. My apologies.
Anyone who showed up Friday early afternoon to set up camp had to deal with one of the suckiest wind storms in a LONG while. I can’t believe my tent made it all 4 nights (but eventually lost the battle).
There was a Sasquatch! Festival birthday cake made from the Ace of Cakes guys from TV. They rolled it out Friday and then again during the Flaming Lips set on Sunday. During the Lips set we all sang Happy Birthday and then Wayne Coyne threw much of the cake into the crowd.
I would guesstimate that the Sasquatch! crowd was easily 50% Canadian. Could have been more like 66%. I asked my new friend Phil from Calgary why there were so many Canadians at the show and he said ‘Unless you are in Vancouver, there’s nothing else to do up there”. The “GO CANUCKS GO” chant got VERY old however.
I wish Bob Mould would have been a bit more rocking.
As we reported late last year, the Sasquatch Music Festival is set to return to the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. As we already reported, Foo Fighters will be headlining one of the four nights. Also on the bill are Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips and a lot more. Four day passes are on sale now and single day tickets will go on sale on Feb 14th.. For all the details on this festival (which we hope to have our very own Thenaturalstoner attend) please click here.
Fresh off an appearance at this weekends Epicenter Festival, Consequence of Soundis 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.
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
Black Pacific – featuring Jim Lindbergh from Pennywise
more to be announced
Ticket info is as follows:
General onsale at 10am on Saturday, June 26th.
2-day pass: $149.50
Single day ticket: $79.50
VIP Ticket (2-day only): $395.00 (VIP tickets include the following: Exclusive Monster Energy platform access with shaded, lounge seating, VIP parking and VIP entrance to venue, access to VIP food concessions, upgraded bar services (beer, spirits & wine), DJ spinning all day long, elevated viewing platforms, upgraded restroom facilities, and more.)
Rumor has it you can get some kind of camping four pack for $999.99. To be honest, for as much fan as I had at the 2009 version of this festival, I am not sure if I personally plan to head out. On paper, Sunday looks better than Saturday, but Fontucky (as many call it) is a far way away from Los Angeles, and I don’t know if I could deal with 50,000 low IQ’d individuals watching music on a NASCAR track.
2010 KROQ Weenie Roast
06/05/10 – Verizon Wireless Amp: Irvine, CA
Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
No longer a Fiesta, the annual KROQ Weenie Roast returned to Irvine, California on the first Saturday in June 2010. The long lasting corporate rock radio festival is not only a celebration of Summer’s arrival, but a chance for the stations simple-minded fan base to act like complete and total douche-bags. Despite this fan-base of brainless burnouts, KROQ always puts together a top-notch line up of artists young and old. Blessed enough to score a center terrace seat inside the out-dated live nation venue once known as Irvine Meadows – I headed south in hopes that great music could not be overpowered by an obtuse audience.
I have to admit, I only saw Passion Pit in action for about 84 seconds. The rest of their set was spent trying to get into Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Trained guards in yellow winbreakers conducted long slow searches yet failed to stop 16,000+ from bringing booze, drugs and various sex toys into the Live Nation venue. With the Bud Light Side stage about 600 yards from the line, we could hear Passion Pit just fine. I feel I didn’t miss out on anything standing in line. I have to assume cheesy synth-dance grooves over vocals that sound as if a cat is being skinned look pretty boring at 2:30 in the afternoon. Really, the only time the music worked for me was when I was close enough to watch a female guard (keep in mind lines for searches are split into male/female) softly fondle the breasts of all patrons in her line. Blessed by the good Lord with man hands, her touch was soft, slowly feeling for “joints” and “other contraband.” I won’t lie, for a moment I was even jealous of her. No matter what I do in life, I have the feeling I will never enjoy my work as much as this woman does. The way she rubbed the female buttocks – lets just say you were not sneaking any credit cards or parking ticket past her. For me, I just had to remove my cap off my bottle of water and throw it away. As soon as my guard turned to feel up the next boy in line, I made a throwing motion into the trash can without even taking my top off. I know, it’s true I am a bad ass.
The first band that mattered at the Weenie Roast was the Gainesville, Florida four piece (five if you count the touring keyboardist) Against Me! I planned it perfectly as I found my spot just as they took to the stage. With a new record White Crosses releasing in less than 72 hours from their stepping upon the stage – Against Me! opened with a very a straight up pop sounding song that I can only assume is new. The next 25 minutes ended up being everything I expected from my second Against Me! show. A few new songs, a solid amount of material from their 2007 breakout record New Wave, and a dash of classics. The Bonnaroo veterans packed in as much as they could in the abbreviated time slot, often not stopping between songs. One highlight was the new records title track which flowed perfectly into the classic “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong.” With the exception of the keyboards which felt out of place – the band sounded tight. “White People for Peace”, “New Wave” and even their current single “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” sounded as if the band had been on the road for months. Of course the biggest ovation from the crowd came from the bands most known rock radio number – “Thrash Unreal.” The folks in the crowd who actually listen to the radio sang along to the bah bah bah chorus oblivious to the actual meaning of the lyrics. Having now seen these guys twice on the festival circuit, I really need to make it to a full on Against Me! show.
While you won’t find the Chicago based band on my ipod, I have never had any issue with Chevelle. I understand the comparisons to Tool and have enjoyed the bands string of rock radio hits over the past decade. In my two previous trips to the Verizon Wireless Side-Stage Festival Grounds (aka a parking lot about the size of two-three football fields) the side-by-side stages have been set up in what would be the end zone. It made logistical sense. So leave it to some genius to switch the format and set the stages up at about the 40 yard line. In doing this, there was far less room for fans, thus making it impossible to move around, let alone between stages. Because of this, I watched Chevelle from the other stage (thus no video) not wanting to miss a second of Deftones. Their 30 minute set was solid wall of hard rock. I only recognized their hits – “The Red” and “Send The Pain Below” – which of course got a large reaction from the crowd. The way I see it, I get to cross Chevelle off the list of bands I have never seen live – and they were the perfect warm up for Deftones.
Had it not been for winning tickets to their Jimmy Kimmel Live taping – this would have been lucky #13 for Deftones and I. Having never seen the band in the same venue twice – I assumed the Sacto rockers would be playing before STP on the main stage. Knowing that Deftones shows loose something in seated venues, I was fired up when I learned the band would be headlining the Bud Light side stage. As a Deftones fan, I was shocked to find comments like this on the KROQ.com website:
@Chris writes: MOVE DEFTONES TO MAIN STAGE NOW! LET DIRTY HEADS HEADLINE 2ND STAGE! THIS IS RIDICULOUS
@ME writes: the deftones are the only reason i’m going! why the hell are they going on at 4 and some sh!!!ty side stage!
Yea I agree when they announced that the Deftones are playing I was like I’m not missing them but side stage?? Wtf?? Right?
So you see, I am not being harsh when I call KROQ fans brainless. Deftones for 45 minutes in the parking lot – how can one not be thrilled?
The band opened the set with “Rocket Skates.” Sadly the song never had a chance. For almost the entire song the crowd was unable to hear front man Chino Moreno’s vocals. So in the event you are looking for an instrumental version of “Rocket Skates” the 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast is for you. As soon as the mic issue was solved the band launched into the title track of their recently released record – Diamond Eyes. Even with fans packed in tight, two circle pits managed to form in front of the stage. Those pits calmed a bit with “Knife Party” but that break was short lived as they swelled even larger when the band busted out their first taste of radio success – “My Own Summer (Shove It).” Having seen the band in a similar setting at the San Francisco stop of the ’98 Vans Warped Tour, it felt right hearing so many songs from their 1997 release Around The Fur. The albums title track as well as “Lotion” are prime examples of what Deftones are all about. One of the biggest reactions the band received was from Fur’s biggest hit “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away).” While some fans grumbled over sound issues from guitarist Stephen Carpenter – most just went nuts over the chance to see the band in such an intimate setting. After playing their biggest hit “Change (In The House of Flies) the band closed their set with “Birthmark.” Having acted the previous night as if this was some sort of treat – I was hoping for “7 Words” or “Bored” when Moreno announced they would close with a song from Adrenaline. Regardless, there is a reason I have seen this band 14 times – they never disappoint. Looking forward to show 15 this fall with Mastodon & Alice in Chains.
The Dirty Heads
I decided after 90+ mins at the side stage I wanted to empty my bladder and grab a beer. Irvine Meadows (sorry, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) was once a ground breaking venue (as it is my understanding it is one of the first sheds in the country). However now it is out of date and in major need of renovation. Lines for food, drink and restrooms are borderline criminal. Men’s restrooms average 8 urinals and three stalls. With limited rest rooms, you can imagine how long these lines are. The lines for the women’s rest rooms are even worse. Live Nation saves a buck by allowing volunteers to man the beer booths (some of the profit off $13.00 cups of brew are donated to charity). Not even allowed to accept tips, the volunteers did their best to keep lines moving. However a major lack of volunteers and small work space resulted in me missing the up and coming band cover “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones as well as the rest of their set. Granted I don’t know a thing about The Dirty Heads minus their recent hit, I had hoped to catch a bit of their set just to give them a shot. Perhaps next time?!?!?!?!
Cage The Elephant
I admit, I have lost touch with rock radio since I got an ipod. However, Cage The Elephant is one of the bands that has really stuck out to me on the rare occasions my ears have been tickled by KROQ over the past couple of years. Having recently picked up their self-titled album, I was excited to see the band who shares a home state with Wild Turkey Bourbon. Sadly, I missed their first two songs in lines for not only beer as well as entrance to the Terrace section. While solid, I am not sure if Cage is ready for prime time. I realize it’s no easy task to rock such a large space in the sunlight, but the bands rowdy sound felt as if it would fit more into a club or theatre vs. a large scale amphitheatre. Despite this – the band did an outstanding job rocking songs like “In One Ear”, “Back Against The Wall” and “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” and I expect big things to come.
As the rotating stage allowed Cage The Elephant to exit and Spoon to enter, I decided to go stand in line for the bathroom again. Having seen Spoon twice before, I knew I was not missing out on anything. To me, they are musically un-original and come off like self-righteous dickwads. I hear folks blow them like they are the second coming of Coldplay Christ – yet no one can explain what makes them so fantastic. So yeah, they came, they played, they sucked and won the “Reverend Justito’s Worst Band Of The Festival” award. This is a pretty amazing accomplishment, considering my hate for a certain band further sharing the bill.
My first trip to the Weenie Roast was in 2007. With “Lazy Eye” just breaking the charts – Silversun Pickups stole the show. This was rather amazing considering they played the side stage. I fell in love with their record Carnavas over the following months, but the bands follow up Swoon left a lot to be desired in my heart. The band opened the set with the slow building “Growing Old Is Getting Old.” While the setlist was not really what I was hoping for (all but one song was from Swoon) the Silverlake four piece did not disappoint. Songs like “The Royal We” warmed the crowd who were chilled by the marine layer that had taken over the once warm day. In our section, we had some very loud and flamboyant gay men who when not requesting for bassist Nikki Monninger to expose her tatas; insisted on screamed for the band to play “Substitution” even well after it has been played. With a loud idiots behind me and so-so setlist I struggled for the first 2/3rd of the set. I needed it to be so much more – I needed to connect. Thankfully the last two songs that made me fall in love with Silversun Pickups all over again. Granted they were the bands biggest hits “Panic Switch” and “Lazy Eye” Silversun Pickups always wins over the crowd over in the end. In fact – it is physically fucking impossible to see Silversun and not rock your ass off. For the first time all day, the band got fans in the seated section to get off their backsides and move. Both songs were huge distorted monsters that unlike friends/former tour mates Cage The Elephant managed to fill the cavernous venue. If it was not for a miracle at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre – there is no doubt I would be watching this band headline the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 6th.
I have no shame in proclaiming that I LOVE Paramore. I own all three of the bands albums and have never had the opportunity to catch the group live. The 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast was my chance to do just that. With a buzz in the air from the final two Silversun Pickup songs the young band hit the stage like the Toronto Blue Jays are currently hitting baseballs. The did a wonderful job by packing their time slot with hit after hit. Early on – energetic front-woman Hayley Williams lead the band through older numbers like “That’s What You Get” and “Pressure.” I have always cried foul when fans of “pop/dance” music defend lip syncing because of lack of breath from gaudy dance numbers. Williams is much like a pinball bashing across the stage all while nailing her massive vocals. I’m always amazes me when huge vocals come out of tiny people, which only adds to Williams allure. Equally amazing, yet often overlooked is the bands guitarist Josh Farro. Part of what won me over to these young pups was their love for one of my favorite bands – Failure. This kid has a great ear for melody rich gnarling distortion that just makes the hair on my back rise in delight. On a totally unrelated note – I would be doing a disservice if I did not mention the pot-bellied Latina sitting next to me. For most of the show, she was reading Twilight on her Kindle. When Paramore played “Decode” from the Twilight Soundtrack – the gal put her Kindle down and rocked out. By the time the band was on to “Brick By Boring Brick” the gal had returned to her electronic-book which held her focus the rest of the night. I won’t lie, I was sad when Williams announced they would be playing their last song. Paramore are a great live band with tight musicianship and raw power. They know how to play up to the crowd, which of course meant they saved their biggest hit “Misery Business” for last. Once again giving 110% the bands confirmed something I already knew – Paramore is something special.
I don’t own DEVO records. I know a few songs, “Whip It” being the obvious favorite. I know a lot of folks act as if DEVO is some huge important band. I suppose they are if keyboards wet your whistle. I know they wear plastic hats. I know I once ran into Mark Mothersbaugh when I was eating breakfast with my mother-in-law. I have nothing against DEVO, so the chance to see them for a few minutes at a festival didn’t bother me. I don’t think I will be going out and buying any DEVO records, but they were cool. I always love that feeling at an all-day show when light loses the battle to dark while a band plays on stage. I felt excited watching strange video images as the post-punk/new wave band originally from Akron Ohio did their thing. I headed for the restroom during their last song. I am glad I got to see DEVO for the simple fact it gives me hipster bragging rights. I still don’t get it.
How is it 2010 and the three headliners of the KROQ Weenie Roast were all major players in the heroin haze known as the nineteen nineties? The one who OD’d, the one who should have OD’d and the one who couldn’t OD no matter how hard they tried.
I hate Courtney Love. I hate her music even more. Terrible songs, terrible vocals, terrible, terrible terrible. My original plan was to post not one, but two reviews from Jay Porks instead of talking crap on the living breathing trash dumpster. Then something changed as I paid a third visit to the filthy restroom (I have a small bladder and stayed hydrated – sue me). I couldn’t believe my ears, the nasty puss filled scab was opening with “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones. Not only was it the second Stones cover I heard while in line, I actually was bummed I was not inside the venue. After watching a crystal meth tweaker piss into a trash can, I made it back to my seat around the time “Malibu” was finishing up. As Love lead her hired hands through more songs, I noticed something. While no Hole song will ever sound good, she has assembled a group of top notch musicians who manage to keep the music focused and on course. From what I have seen of Hole back in the day, the crazed front-woman often lead her pack into disaster. In 2010, someone in her camp has figured out that with a really solid backing band – she can sound halfway decent. In fact, and it pains me to say it I actually cracked a smile or two. The bitch has fabulous stage banter. Who else introduces a Leonard Cohen cover with a discussion on personal douching habits? I can’t believe I am going to admit this, but I found myself rocking out a bit to “Miss World.” After bashing the lame requests of the crowd, Courtney obliged and performed “Doll Parts” but only after making fun of the song. I even forgave Courtney for lying last night. In dedicating an Alex Chilton cover to Kevin Weatherly, she thanked the program director for playing her records from Faith No More to the terrible (her words not mine) solo record she put out a few years ago. Regardless, not only did I survive a Hole show, they were better than Spoon. I never thought I would say that in a million years.
Stone Temple Pilots
STP was the main factor in buying tickets for this years event. While the solid support was there – Stone Temple Pilots are in a league of their own – not to mention they just have a sound that works for summer time outdoors. Great riffs, great grooves – when these four come together magic happens. It’s that rare spark that separates the legends from the greats and STP’s spark is big and bright. Taking the stage moments past 9pm the band opened with a triple shot of modern rock classics. From the opening notes of “Vasoline” I knew it was going to be an amazing set. “Wicked Garden” has always been my favorite STP radio staple, so having this in the two hole simply increased my already high level of excitement. In fine Weenie Roast fashion it was around the third song “Crackerman” that lug-nut fans began a giant bon-fire upon the lawn. The foul smell of burning pizza boxes and beer cups choked the amphitheatre as the DeLeo brothers played their trademark interlocking grooves.
The band used their Weenie Roast appearance to bust out some songs from their just released self-titled album. While not a bad song “Hickory Dichotomy” didn’t seem to fit as well into the hard rocking set as lets say “Between The Lines.” Front-man Scott Weiland played a trick on the crowd introducing another new song only to launch into “Plush.” While a majority of the sets songs came from the bands first two albums; a big highlight was “Tumble In The Rough” a song the band admits they have neglected over the years.
It was clear the audience wanted hits – and the band delivered. “Big Empty” (dedicated to The Big Easy) “Interstate Love Song” and “Sex Type Things” were all highlights. With everyone on their feet, the band left for a brief break before returning for a two song encore. Screaming into his Megaphone – Weiland lead the band into a nasty version of “Dead and Bloated” before closing with another winner from the Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Giftshop album – “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart.” From the deep emotion and slight struggle in Weiland’s voice to the soaring solos of Dean DeLeo, it was the perfect ending to a wonderful day of music.
Sublime w/ Rome
Long before Bradley Nowell was found dead in a shitty San Francisco hotel room, I was making fun of his crappy band. When he passed, I laughed at my friends over their loss (I admit – I was a brain-dead 16 year old). When I heard that the living members of Sublime had reunited with a new singer, I grew angry. Look, I may not be a fan of Sublime, but if I know anything I know that it’s Bradley’s music. Just because some pudgie Ewok looking thing gets good playing those songs alone in his bedroom does not mean you have to piss all over your legacy. Sadly for Bradley’s family the two other guys who were in Sublime have. Now, I realize many fans believe it pays tribute to the music – however it’s anything but. The reason Blind Melon and The Doors failed with their new front men is because their bands had lost their voice – their souls. What happened to Long Beach Dub All-Stars? It might not be the profitable way to honor the music, but it’s the correct way. Walking the long path back to the car, I could hear the crowd singing along to opening number “Date Rape” drowning out the band in the process. If you want a Sublime w/ Rome review – once again I suggest you click here, because you are not getting one from me. For as wonderful as the intent of the KROQ Weenie Roast is, the fans themselves cause the event to fail. People don’t come to enjoy music, they come to get wasted and party with their friends. It’s the reason they cry when Deftones are added to the side stage and the reason they quickly forget their legend for a cheap knock off of the original. Perhaps as a music-snob I am too harsh on casual music fans, but it’s only because I love music so much and it breaks my heart to drown in a sea of disrespect.
(With Warped Tour kicking off this week, and things a tad slow here I figured we would look back at my experience on the long running festival last summer. Note, this first appeared on MTVnews.com)
A good rock festival is very similar to a good meal at a buffet. If planned correctly, you can get a nice sample of everything you love, try something new, and hopefully avoid items that you simply don’t agree with. As Southern California was hit with another day of record heat, I escaped 60+ miles up the coast from Hollywood to VenturaCalifornia for the 2008 Vans Warped Tour where the high was only 80, and a nice ocean breeze kept the crowd cool. Armed with a camera, VIP pass and a very empty stomach, I hit the pavement hard at SeasidePark, and left a very satisfied and fulfilled customer.
Cobra Starship 06/22/08
Myself and several lady friends arrived to the venue around 11:00 am and quicky started drinking. With the ticket saying doors at noon, I was very bummed to find out I missed up and coming metal band August Burns Red who took the stage at 11:30. Running into one of the guys later, it sounds as though I am not the only one to feel this way. After warming up in the lot, we made our way to the beer garden as The Bronx played one of the main stages. After another round, our timing could not of been better. As we made our way over to the Hurley Side Stage, I encountered Cobra Starship playing the Snakes on A Plane jam from a few years back. This is the only song I know of theirs, and really the only song I care to hear. That worked out pretty well.
Evergreen Terrace 06/22/08
Evergreen Terrace tore up the Hurley Side Stage with a 30 minute set of pure metalcore madness. I had not heard these guys before today, but was very impressed with the band out of JacksonvilleFlorida. Singer Andrew Carey could be mistaken for Angels pitcher Jared Weaver, held down the stage and had the crowd going the entire time. Their cover of Mad World sounded nothing like Tears of Fears or Gary Jules, but was dedicated to myspace celebutard Jefferee Star. As the band wrapped up their set, I made my way back to the main stage for Every Time I Die.
Hung over from yesterday San Francisco’s show, Every Time I Die was the first main stage act to truly get the crowd into a frenzy. Playing a mix of their last three albums, the bands set was sweet and to the point. Lead singer Keith Buckley, informed the crowd that many bands would tell them what to do on this beautiful day, but really they should only listen to him. They indeed did when before the last song of the set (No Son of Mine) they split the thinner “Emo” crowd in half to attempt the crawl of death. Moshers got onto their hands and knees and charged Braveheart style at each other as the band launched into the song. The crawl lasted all of about 12 seconds as the young crowd quickly returned to their feet and continued to mosh under the California sunshine.
Not to be outdone, Southern California metal band As I Lay Dying got the crowd to form a circle pit around the soundboard for their 2003 hit “94 Hours”. I had last seen this band in early 2004 down in Anaheim, and they have grown leaps and bounds since then. The band sounded tight, and managed to cover just about all their singles, as well as material from their latest record. From what I can tell, As I Lay Dying drew the biggest main stage crowd of the day, which makes you wonder why they played so early in the day?
Taking full advantage of the VIP access granted to me, I ended up taking a break by relaxing on one of the bands buses, watching the end of Vacation, and the start of Caddy Shack on VH1. Missing Story of The Year and some other main stage band I had never heard of was worth it in the long run. I did head back out and I caught the last two songs from Anberlin. I had never heard of them before today, and they were not my thing. No harm, no foul, as I was on the other side waiting for Against Me! so really it was more background music than anything.
Against Me! 06/22/08
A week removed from their set at Bonnaroo, Against Me! took the stage at 4:20pm and for the first time all day, the place smelt more like Bonnaroo then the Warped Tour. I am pretty late to getting on the bandwagon of this Florida based band. Late, as in last week bandwagon jumper. So the only songs I know, were the show opener Stop and the show closer, Thrash Unreal. Everything in between won me over and made me a fan. The crowd was very into these guys, who sang their politically charged songs to a mosh pit full of Obama T-shirts.
All day, fans of punk rock had complained around me, as they felt the Warped Tour had sold out, by having more Emo and Metal bands then punk and ska. It was interesting to see the crowd, as most of the fans of Emo & metal were open to all bands, while the punks cried like little children. So looking over the board, I decided to try to find any random punk band and ended up checking out 3OH!3 on one of the side stages. Boy, was I wrong to guess off of a name. Instead of punk, I found two white rappers, shooting off t-shirt cannons and singing dirty lyrics about a move called the Helen Keller I love bad white rap as it’s a total guilty pleasure. You see, it gives me hope that even in my old age, I could get up and do that. These guys were energetic, and had the crowd eating out of their hands. Definetly check 3OH!3 out if you get the chance.
3OH!3 – 06/22/08
I caught the tail end of Norma Jean on the main stage. It was much heavier than I expected, but didn’t strike a chord with me. A late addition, playing only the VenturaCalifornia stop of the tour was FEAR. I am familiar with FEAR, but have never seen them live. Not having anything to compare too, the band seemed a bit rusty and it felt as if the band could fall apart and need CPR at any second. I was depressed to see that the crowd for their set was rather empty (however, every crusty punk did make a rather large circle pit for the Los Angeles punk legends). Opening with “I Love Living In The City”, most Warped attendees missed a history lesson from the punk rock veterans. Lead singer Lee Ving joked with the crowd through the set, clamming that their record More Beer is the reason he lives in Bel Air next door to director Steven Spielberg, and dedicated Foreign Policy to our current administration.
Reel Big Fish 06/22/08
There was a bigger crowd waiting for Reel Big Fish to start then watching FEAR. The band opened with their biggest hit Sell Out, which took me back 11 years to senior year in high school. Trendy, followed that before the band moved into new territory. A quick cover of Enter Sandman got the crowd all pumped up, but no where as pumped as the set closer – a cover of the A Ha song Take On Me.
Katy Perry 06/22/08
I made my way to a small stage with my lady friends. They were all dying to see Katy Perry, Americas newest conservative sell out SLUT hypocrite christian cash cow popstar. I realize this is mean, but the 10 minutes I watched was pure garbage, as I find it tacky to sing about kissing gals (something Jill Sobule did SO much better) yet being afraid to do so on a press junket. Heck, even a hug from a gal sent this trashy pop wreck heading far far away from whomever was interviewing her on the E! network. I love the fact that the barely legal daughter of two ministers (hailing from Santa Barbara just up the coast from Ventura) flashed her undies (which were part of her dress) whenever she could to the crowd of pre-pubescent sheep looking for a new false pop idol to worship. Just standing in the beyond packed crowd full of underage females, I had this really bad feeling that Dateline NBC host Chris Hansen would bust me any moment simply for being there. I had to escape and high tailed it over to Pennywise.
Pennywise was the perfect way to end my day of music. Despite guitar issues which probably cost the band an entire song, Pennywise blasted through a set for the old school fan, more or less void of any type of radio hit. As three underage punks threw trash into the pit, Fletcher flowed his unique style of trash talk from his mouth. Fuck Authority got the biggest rise from the crowd until the set closer Bro Hym, a tribute to those who meant so much but are no longer with us.
Beat from the long day of music, I found my way backstage where I lounged around for a few hours with friends and bands. A perfect way to end a perfect summer day out at the Warped Tour.