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MMRBQ 2017: Godsmack, Live, Bush, The Pretty Reckless @ BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ

WMMR 93.3 FM is Philly is a rarity in this time: A terrestrial radio station with a rock format. Every year they put on the MMRBQ, a summer show in Camden, NJ. This year’s lineup features Godsmack, LĪVE, Bush, The Pretty Reckless, The Struts, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons and Dinosaur Pileup. It’s an all day event, with doors opening at 12 I believe. Excuse my tardiness tonight as there isn’t a bus that goes the full three hours from Staten Island to Camden directly. Still found ourselves on the Lawn (The Lundy Lawn!) by the time the Pretty Reckless was about to hit the stage.

The first I heard of The Pretty Reckless was on Concert Confessions and judging by their set I’m glad I did. Taylor Momsen is from Gossip Girl, but we’re not going to hold that against her because her band rocks. They can range from twangyish to shreddyness (yes, both of those words are made up) on the turn of a dime. You’ll notice there’s not a picture of the band above this. That’s because I believe I was actively sabotaged by some dude living the #VapeLife and blowing thick clouds of smoke in front of my camera. Jersey. At the end of their set, they covered “Like A Stone” for Chris Cornell. You could see Momsen wiping tears from her face throughout the rendition.

You ever see a band you like and leave saying “Wow, that was way more fulfilling than I thought it would be?” Well that’s Bush. Man do I miss Bush. In so many more ways than one. Came out with a blistering ‘Machinehead’. I caught that on the rail as I made my way around the massive (Lundy) Lawn trying to find good angles (which apparently never happened) for pictures and stuff. I moved back to the side to record ‘The Sound of Winter’ before I headed back mid-lawn to my peeps. While there, Bush continued to kick ass. I managed to find my way back to the far side to tape an amazing ‘Comedown’. I hadn’t been checking the set lists but Bush covering REM was pretty neat. Mixed in a Black Hole Sun tease. Was really good. I must have slipped into some sort of alternative universe when they played ‘Glycerine’ because I can’t quite remember when they played it.

Live and Ed Kowalczyk have kissed and made up. They’re back together. Slotted between Bush and Godsmack here in the one of the homicide capitals of America, Live managed to come out and kill it in their allotted time on a long day with tons of bands and moving parts involved. Opened things up with ‘All Over You’, Live was out here with tons of energy on a quickly cooling Camden evening. All the big ones tonight: ‘Selling The Drama’, ‘I Alone’ had the entire (Lundy) Lawn jumping. They explained how they’re kind of local, being from a “little town in Pennsylvania known for the Peppermint Patty among other things”.

Highlight of the evening was Live covering Audioslave’s  ‘I Am The Highway’ in honor of the late great Chris Cornell. This has been a tough week for all of us. It’s cool that bands pay tribute to their peers and allow us fans to partake in those moments. When Live did this, when the Pretty Reckless did ‘Like A Stone’ earlier in the night, those were precious moments that we as fans needed to help us see some hope in this strange thing called life and who is taken from us and who gets to stay on this earth. Seeing that was well worth the price of admission alone. They closed with ‘Lightning Crashes’.

If you would have said to me a year ago “Hey Jay, you’re gonna be at the Godsmack concert next year” I would have told you that you’re crazy. Then again, there’s a lot of things you could have told me a year ago that would be happening now that I wouldn’t have believed, the world is a crazy place.
If you were starting a band specifically to fit the tastes of Beavis & Butthead, that band would be Godsmack. They  opened their set up with a monstrous “I’m Awake” that included some cool pyro. It only took about two songs for me to turn to the people to the left and right of me and think “Yo, Godsmack freaking rocks!” The thing about Godsmack is that they have enough hits to keep a simple mind like mine entertained for the duration of their 75 minutes (or so) while simultaneously keep the Jersey fist pumpers pumping and doing that bald-headed head bang you see all the time. Fortunately, we didn’t see any mosh pits break out on the lawn. The Lundy Lawn.
You’ll notice I keep saying the Lundy Lawn. There’s a law firm that sponsors the venue called Lindy Law. So they call it the ‘Lundy Lawn’ as a play on words. Personally, if I was a lawyer, I don’t think I’d want to take on the liability that weekly rock concerts contained drunk and high people listening to heavy music would bring. I’ve seen too many episodes of Law and Order.
 
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  Checking in as songs I actually knew before tonight is ‘Voodoo’. They mixed in a medley of covers. Had a big spot with two drummers going towards the end where they flips sticks and beat the heck out of stuff. It was rad. Covered the Beatles “Come Together”. Godsmack. Covered the Beatles. That was a thing that happened. Ended the night with lots of crowd participation for ‘I Stand Alone’ in which my camera died during filming.  A very enjoyable day of music. MMRBQ does it again.

Shinedown, Bush & Airborne – Prairie Capital Convention Center – Springfield, IL – 05-07-2013

In the thirteen years that I have been a fan of Shinedown, I don’t think I have ever had one of the best performances that I had last night in Springfield, Illinois. Brent and crew sounded amazing, clear, crisp, on point. It was by far one of there best performances I’ve seen in all my thirteen years as a fan. I’m not saying it’s the only one, way back when they first started there was some. I love being able to “hear” Brent’s voice, and last night it was heard loud and clear.

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My friend and I got to the venue around 2:30pm, and there wasn’t very many folks there, there was a couple guys that arrived around 9am, they were from Iowa, but overall there wasn’t a whole lot of folks. Both bands did have meet and greet and VIP access, so as usual those folks got in early, and took up most of the rail in front of the stage. But no worries, we were able to get to the side of the rail, and get a good view of what would be an awesome show.

The opening band wasn’t much, but I’ll say that Airborne sounded along the lines of AC/DC mixed with screams and mullets. I wasn’t a fan, they were from Australia and they rocked out, just not to the excitement of the crowd.

Bush was the second band, and they promptly took the stage at 8pm, to an hour set, roughly a little more. Gavin looked awesome and sounded great. I don’t know whether it’s the acoustics in the Prairie Capital Convention Center or what, but both bands sounded clear and crisp, even though I had about ten huge speakers in front of me, I could hear there voices over them. Gavin and crew started out with “Testosterone” to get the crowd moving, they also sang two brand new songs, which I’m assuming will be on an up coming album, they were titled: “Loneliness is a killer” and “This House is on Fire” the set list was as follows:

  1. Testosterone
  2. Machinehead
  3. The Chemicals Between Us
  4. Loneliness is a killer
  5. The Sound of Winter
  6. Everything Zen
  7. This House is on Fire
  8. Greedy Fly
  9. Come Together (Beatles Cover)
  10. Little Things
  11. Glycerine
  12. Comedown

During “Come Together” Gavin left the stage and made his way around the entire venue, singing the song. It was pretty cool, as I knew eventually at some point he would leave the stage, he had done it once earlier in a song, and I did manage to snap this photo:

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Bush put on a great show and with this being my third time seeing Gavin, they never disappoint. Excellent performance indeed.

Shinedown was up next and they took the stage around 9:30pm, and earlier in the day listening to there sound check I thought oh great, it’s going to be one of those shows where the music drowns out Brent’s voice, but that wasn’t the case, Brent sounded loud and clear, it was awesome. You could hear every word, and even hear Eric Bass singing who’s mic stand was almost right in front of us.

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Shinedown opened up with “Enemies” with an astounding vocal performance from Brent, they quickly moved into “Devour” which is always a favorite. I’ve seen Shinedown live many times, and through many stages of Brent’s life, there has been ups and downs, but here lately there is nothing but ups. He has really grown into an amazing musician you can tell he’s changed for the better on stage. The guys were all decked out in suits and ties, and granted they were sweating, that didn’t stop them from rocking out in a suit.

The set list is below:

  1. Enemies
  2. Devour
  3. Unity
  4. The Crow & the Butterfly
  5. Save Me
  6. I’ll Follow you
  7. Diamond Eyes
  8. If you Only Knew
  9. Amaryllis
  10. 45
  11. Sound of Madness
  12. Second Chance
  13. Simple Man
  14. Bully

Overall it was one of the most memorable performances I’ve seen of Shinedown, hearing Brent’s voice over the music just made it extra special.. I’m so glad that it wasn’t a music blast out, excellent job guys.

Rocklahoma 2013 Lineup Has Been Announced

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Another good day for festivals as Rocklahoma 2013 has announced it’s lineup. Alice In Chains, “Guns N’ Roses” and Korn with the backwards “R” represent your headliners May 24th through the 26th if your the type of person to choose to hang in Oklahoma for 3 days. Other acts playing sets that don’t suck entirely: Cheap Trick, Bush, Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach and Clutch. And stop me if you’ve heard these words before, but for more information check out the festival’s official website

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Carolina Rebellion Festival brings Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Deftones And More

Carolina Rebellion Fest

Another day, another festival announcement. For the third time, the Carolina Rebellion Festival will serve as Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival around and May 4th & 5th it will return to  Rock City Campgrounds in Concord, North Carolina. The big names are Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and the Deftones. Papa Roach, Bush, Rise Against and Bullet For My Valentine are other notables. For more information on tickets and all that jazz, head over to the official festival website. For a full list of announce acts, check below.

Caroline Rebellion Festival 2013:

Soundgarden
Alice In Chains
Limp Bizkit
Rise Against
Bush
Deftones
3 Doors Down
Three Days Grace
Papa Roach
Bullet For My Valentine
Buckcherry
Volbeat
Halestorm
Asking Alexandria
All That Remains
Steel Panther
Device (with David Draiman)
Hollywood Undead
Sick Puppies
In This Moment
Escape The Fate
Pop Evil
Nonpoint
Otherwise
Aranda
Thousand Foot Krutch
Red Line Chemistry
Young Guns
Tracer
American Fangs
Heaven’s Basement
Monstro

Rock On The Range 2013 Features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains & Smashing Pumpkins

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No matter what year it actually is right now, this Rock On The Range lineup for 2013 is indeed super awesome. Upon a Google search trying to see Soundgarden‘s set list from last night in New York City, we stumbled upon this line up of past, present and future heroes and wondered how exactly one would bring themselves to actually go to Ohio. Headliners include Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Smashing Pumpkins. Some may say “What is it 1993 or something?”, but those people might not be aware that all three of those bands released new, critically acclaimed records in the past two years. Korn (can’t type the backwards R), Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Swedish Rockers Ghost, Middle Class Rut and Heavy Metal favorites Sevendust are among the notables.

It’s all going down May 17th through 19th at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. And tickets are on sale February 1st and you can head to the festival’s official website for more details on everything that is Rock On The Range. This one looks like a lot of fun. The full lineup as released so far is listed below.

Rock On The Range 2013 Line Up:

Soundgarden
Alice In Chains
Smashing Pumpkins
Korn
Bush
Stone Sour
Three Days Grace
Papa Roach
Cheap Trick
Bullet For My Valentine
Volbeat
Lamb Of God
Skillet
A Day To Remember
Buckcherry
Halestorm
Hollywood Undead
All That Remains
Device (with David Draiman)
Steel Panther
Sevendust
Sick Puppies
Asking Alexandria
Pop Evil
In Flames
Clutch
In This Moment
Black Veil Brides
The Sword
Ghost
Motionless In White
Red
Deuce
Middle Class Rut
Big Wreck
Oleander
Otherwise
Red Line Chemistry
Young Guns
Thousand Foot Krutch
Mindset Evolution
Tracer
Beware of Darkness
Heaven’s Basement
American Fangs
Love And Death
Gemini Syndrome

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2012 Night 1: Gibson Amphitheater – Universal City, CA

For the past 23 years Southern California radio giant KROQ has held their Almost Acoustic Christmas charity concerts. This year I had just heard about it for the first time after hearing one of my favorite bands, Linkin Park, would be headlining the first day on December 8th, 2012. This event took place at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California. The bands for that day were: Linkin Park, Rise Against, Bush, Garbage, Slightly Stoopid, Awolnation, The Lumineers, Walk the Moon, The Gaslight Anthem, Two Door Cinema Club, and Youngblood Hawke.

The only band I was truly familiar with was Linkin Park so I will focus my review on them as well as other events throughout the night. Every band except for Linkin Park got a 1/2 hour set. The stage was a rotating stage in the form of a half-circle. So while one band was playing, the other side was being prepared for the next band. So once the current band finished, they left the stage and there was a 1 minute intermission, then the stage rotated and the next band started with the band ready to play and wasted no time.

During Bush’s performance, Gwen Stefani came out to sing “Gylcerine . Rise Against was one of the highlights of the night, they had the audience pumped up the whole time. Once Linkin Park came on, the whole place went berserk. They started with the first track off of their new album, Lost in the Echo. Throughout the night they did a good job of mixing it up with old and new songs. They played primarily singles from throughout their career such as “In The End”, “Numb”, “What I’ve Done”, “Breaking the Habit”, and “Waiting for the End”. The stage was a bit small so they weren’t able to move around as much as they usually do. Chester Bennington, the lead singer, sounded amazing as always and pulled off his screams perfectly. When they were finishing up with “Bleed It Out”, singer/rapper/guitarist Mike Shinoda, went out into the crowd and crowd-surfed for a bit and eventually made his way to the middle walkway on the floor and ended up a few feet from. I would’ve loved to get up close and personal with him but there was a wad of people surrounding him and if I had gotten in the way, I would’ve been turned into a tortilla for sure.

 

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With me primarily being a metalhead, I felt out-of-place being at a show like this since the crowd consisted of people who look like they had no clue who the bands were or were just there to take up space. Regardless, I had fun seeing my favorite band for the 5th time.

 

Full recording of Linkin Park, Rise Against, and The Gaslight Anthem: KROQ: Linkin Park, Rise Against, The Gaslight Anthem 12-8-12

Bush 12/06/12: Pop’s – Sauget, IL

It had been ten years or more since I first seen Gavin Rossdale and Bush live, I still remember the event, as he left the stage that night and came up close to where I was sitting, an unknown band at the time called Muse opened up for them, and that’s all I remember really, couldn’t tell you anymore, just remembered the event in my head.

So I was slightly excited to see Bush again, since it had been so long and I just wanted to make sure I was down in front of Gavin, but so did the fifteen or so fan club members that were there before us. My friend from Michigan flew down to St. Louis and we made a evening of it, as we were attending another concert the next day. Being about 15th, or 20th, in line wasn’t to shabby so the chances were good to get a rail when walking into the venue.  Getting to the venue early always allows you to make friends, visit and talk about other concerts that you have went to, and this was no different, Bush fans are really nice and they do love Gavin that’s for sure, but when security came out to tell the ones that had waited in line since noon or more, that only a few of them could go in, the bush army quickly became the blood army, but in the end all that were there before noon got to go in before us, still a rail was had.

Bush took the stage around 9pm I believe, and started out the night with “Machinehead” and Gavin looked mighty fine I will say. He sounded just like the album, voice and all didn’t miss a beat. They continued on with “All My Life”, “Chemicals” and the lead single off of there current CD “The Sea of Memories”. During “Afterlife” Gavin decided to leave the stage and make his way completely around the venue he started with the balcony and worked his way all the way back to where he started, of course a sweat trail was made. The man sweats a lot, so much so that he has plastic over his sound board, that’s how bad he sweats, but he’s getting a work out none the less. I’ve heard that the cold air affects his throat, so I understand why it’s warm in there and why he sweats, he doesn’t need to work out after a show that’s for sure.

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The set list consisted of:

  • Machinehead
  • All My life
  • Chemicals
  • Sound of Winter
  • Zen
  • Heart of the Matter
  • Greedy Fly
  • I Believe in You
  • Afterlife (where he left the stage)
  • Break on Through
  • Little Things
  • Glycerine
  • Comedown

Overall it was a great show, I found myself taking more photos then normal, as Gavin is just so man pretty, the dude is flawless and he’s just sweet as he can be. I was able to met him afterward as there was a line, and he made his way down the line and hugged everyone, talking to them for a bit, posing for photos, and just overall gentlemanly. I told him one day I will meet your wife, he said he hoped to met her one day too.

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Bush had two opening bands, Brookroyal a local St. Louis band whom I’ve seen a couple times on tour, they are a great rock band. They got the crowd moving and ready for Bush, along with Hollow Point Heros who from what I remember where pretty good. Both put out excellent performances while the crowd waited for Bush to take the stage.

Pops is a great venue in East St. Louis, I’ve been to it so many times the security guards hug me, that’s how much I’ve frequented that venue this year, it’s great for concerts and I’ll always feel safe there regardless of if others think it’s in a bad part of town, yes it’s between two strip clubs, but hey, it’s a rocking venue that’s all that matters. Pops does Rock!!

Check Out Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale sing Glycerine at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas together by clicking here.

Check Out Bush & Gwen Stefani Share The Stage For “Glycerine”

Check Out Bush & Gwen Stefani Share The Stage For “Glycerine”

Call me a loser, but I actually thought this was pretty cool. Yesterday at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas in CA while Bush was playing, Gavin Rossdale’s wife-better known as Gwen Stefani jumped onstage and the couple did a duet on Bush’s biggest hit to date.  So if you’re interested in watching the lead singers of two bands that were relative in the 90’s and are slightly less so today, then just scroll down the page a little further and check out the video before Rolling Stone buys the YouTube account and doesn’t allow anyone to share it because they’re wimps.

Epicenter Returns to Irvine, Announces 2012 Lineup

Epicenter Returns to Irvine, Announces 2012 Lineup

Epicenter has returned for a fourth year to sunny Southern California. For the second year it will be held in Irvine California at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Past lineups include Tool, Linkin Park, Alice in Chains in 2009 (You can read our review here); Kiss, Eminem, Blink-182 in 2010; and the greatly disappointing Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach triple “threat” in 2011.

This year’s lineup appears to be a major improvement from 2011, with some of the most massively overlooked bands of the 90’s topping the bill: Stone Temple Pilots who are coming off a triumphant reunion, Deftones (who are going on tour with System Of a Down next month), and Bush, who are currently on tour with Nickelback (we’re just as disturbed as you are.)

Also on the bill are the System of a Down side project Scars On Brodway, formally party rap but now more leaning towards emo kids Hollywood Undead (who rocked the first Epicenter back in 2009), and fresh off of Warped Tour 2012 Dead Sara. Rounding out the lineup are Chevelle, Escape The Fate, Crash Kings, Hyro Da Hero and Beware of Darkness. No doubt additional artists will be added at a later date.

This all goes down September 22nd 2012. Tickets go on sale July 14th at 10 am PST. You can watch the official trailer for the festival down below.

Jakob’s Top 10 Concerts of the Year

Jakob’s Top 10 Concerts of the Year

 

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).

9. Matisyahu 07/28/11 – Oregon Zoo – Portland, OR

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.

8. Bush 09/15/11 – Neptune Theater – Seattle, WA

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.

7. Bumbershoot Music Festival 09/04/11 – Seattle, WA

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.

6. System of a Down 05/13/11 – Key Arena – Seattle, WA

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).

5. Echo Movement 07/13/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

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.

3. Deck the Hall Ball 2011 12/07/11 – Key Arena – Seattle, WA


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.

1. Soundgarden w/ Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, and Meat Puppets 07/30/11 – The Gorge – George, WA


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*

-Jakob

BUSH Live at the Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA, 9/15/11

Bush w/ Dead Sara 09/15/11

Neptune Theater – Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

2011 seems to be the year for 90’s reunions and nostalgia. 20th anniversaries all around, whether it is Nirvana’s Nevermind, Lollapalooza, or Reel Big Fish. Great bands have made great comebacks: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182, Soundgarden, and British post-grunge superstars Bush. Bush broke up in 2002 due to declining record sales and lack of support from their label, but they reformed last year and returned this year with their ballad heavy The Sea of Memories.

 

Being the youngest person alive who actually knows who Bush is, I was excited to see them at the Neptune Theater, the newest venue in Seattle. It used to be a movie theater, but was bought by STG (who also own the Paramount and Moore Theaters) and turned into a music venue. The Neptune Theater has some great things about it. It’s small, it’s intimate, it’s beautifully decorated (like the Roman God, not like the planet), and you don’t have to wait for the doors to open to actually go inside.

There wasn’t much to do except wait, so while my parents were up in the balcony, I stayed down and waited for the opening act, Dead Sara, to come on. I had never heard of them, and I don’t think anyone else has. They came on stage at exactly 8:00 PM, looking horribly nervous. The singer paced the stage back and forth as the rest of her band set up. Dead Sara were loud, energetic, and very melodic. It was kind of like Taylor Swift meets Florence and the Machine meets The Joy Formidable. I know those are all chick-based bands, but you get the point. The bass boomed and blapped as the bassist fiddled with his distortion and wah pedals. It was almost Les Claypool-esque. Dead Sara did not have a lot of room to move, but they made the best of it, and they certainly kept me entertained. They left the stage at 8:30 and we waited once again to get our daily dosage of Gavin and the Gang.

About 45 minutes later, after numerous false applauses, the British four pieced came on stage and were ready to rock. They opened their set with the first song off of The Sea of Memories, “The Mirror of the Signs.” The crowd didn’t seem that into it, but that’s ok. It wasn’t until song #2, old gem “Little Things”, that the crowd actually went nuts. And I mean that, halfway through “Little Things”, a fight broke out. There was moshing, struggling, fighting, and people being tools. It was rough and I got scratched up, but I survived.

Next they jumped into another new song, power ballad “I Believe In You.” Gavin Rossdale sang even better than I imagined he could, and even if they played songs I didn’t know, they played amazingly. They set featured a lot of new songs like “The Sound of Winter”, “All My Life”, “Afterlife”, and “All Night Doctors.” But they played mostly old stuff, like “Greedy Fly”, “Everything Zen” (with a snippet of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”), “The Chemicals Between Us”, “The People That We Love”, “Swallowed”, and “Machinehead.” After their first set ended, and some chanting of “WE WANT BUSH,” the four-piece came back on for a four-song encore, consisting of “Alien”, an awesomely Soundgarden-y version of The Beatles “Come Together”, and their biggest hits in a back-to-back slushie of nineties goodness. The band left the stage so Gavin could play “Glycerine” alone, and they came back on to change that second-gear song into a fifth-gear song by rocking out the last verse. Then they played “Comedown” with a crowd sing-a-long, but then, sadly, Bush’s concert was over.

Bush blew away all expectations, and it was great to see these guys. I am happy about the choice of venue, and had a great time, despite having to go to school the next morning.

And when Gavin Rossdale took his pony tail out, he bore a striking resemblance to Survivor’s Coach.

 

It’s Official: 2010 Epicenter Festival To Rock Autoclub Speedway

As we have reported here – the lineup for the 2010 Epicenter Festival will include Blink-182, Eminem, Kiss, Rise Against,  a reunited Bush (who also debuted a new song today, which you listen to at this location) and as we broke to the masses Suicidal Tendencies  .  

The full line up as of 06/21/10:

Saturday 9/25

Sunday 9/26

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. 





Epicenter 2010: Eminem Confirmed – Possible Lineup To Include Bush, KISS & Blink-182

 

Update 06/21/10: No Need for silly rumors.  Official lineup can be found here.

Update 06/21/10 – KROQ (who was a major partner in the first Epicenter show) has reported that they will announce the lineup today at 5pm.  In addition, Gavin Rossdale has basically confirmed his involvment via Twitter today by informing the masses that he will be visiting KROQ at 5pm today.

Update 06/18/10 – Eminem has posted this on his blog.  It now appears the festival will be two days – September 25th & 26th at the Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, CA

In addition  – Coheed and Cambria have mentioned via twitter that they have a major announcement on Monday.  Could the band be part of this massive festival?     Update 06/21/10:  So the Coheed announcement was about their summer tour.  Details here.

 

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I can’t deny – one of the best shows I attended last year was the inaugural Epicenter Festival.  Put on by the fine folks who bring you Rock On The Range – the Fairplex @ Pomona was treated to killer performances by Tool, Street Sweeper Social Club, Alice in Chains and more (we were also treated to less than stellar performances by Wolfmother and Atreyu, but hey it’s a festival – what can you do?). 

With the 2010 Epicenter announcement just days away – folks on the Coachella boards are claiming that the below graphic leaked earlier this week on the festivals website. 

 

One look at the routing schedule for KISS this summer would make one believe the festival would be held on September 25h (Saturday) – which is a month later than last years event.  In addition, I have confirmation from a reliable source that a certain band of So-Cal Skate Punks will be on the bill, yet are not listed on this graphic.

As of Thursday afternoon 06/17/10 – who knows who is really playing the 2010 Epicenter Festival?  Make sure to keep an eye here Monday once the official lineup is announced.





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