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, ThurstonMoore, 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.
Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction & Coheed And Cambria @ Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival
PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ 08/17/2013
Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks
It’s been way too long folks, way too long. But your favorite self absorbed snob of an author is back to bring you the trials and tribulations of yet another Jay Porks Experience. Life kicks your ass sometimes, and at times it can keep you away from awesome shows for a four month span. But today that all ends as the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival hits PNC Bank Arts Center (one of my personal favorite venues) with Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction and Coheed and Cambria slotting one, two and three in our headlining spots. Other acts high on the list to check out, Duff McKagen’s Walking Papers and Middle Class Rut, a band that killed opening for the Meat Puppets at the Track 16 Gallery closing in Santa Monica not too long ago. So with tailgating permitted for today’s festivities, we headed out to Holmdel out in Dirty Jerz.
Interesting sidebar, the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival’s website has set times listed, and the set times included different stages. One might find this puzzling, because PNC Bank Arts Center has only one stage, and is not built in a way where other stages could be added. Wonder what their move here is, are we going to be walking through the parking lot and find a cheap, makeshift stage built outside the venue or something? Well, it didn’t matter because in the typical style that is this guy we didn’t roll into the parking lot until a little after 4PM, a parking lot that I thought would be a lot more packed out with cars than it was. We cracked the brews, along with the whiskey and cantaloupe and began the party that would be the rest of the day/evening. Note to the guy selling the bootleg tee shirts in the parking lot before the show: I really got you down from $20 to $5 BEFORE the show?? What kind of business man are you? Maybe I should grab one after the show from you for $1.50 or something. Idiot.
The plan was to get inside for Coheed and Cambria and take it from there. We’ve turned this “festival” into like a regular night at PNC with Coheed, Jane’s Addiction and Alice In Chains. I was with friends and got a ride and stuff, so I didn’t have to do my usual “show up 5 hours early to a show’ thing. As we were walking in Coheed was in the midst of their set, so I had to quickly dart to the seats (I bought one additional ticket down in the seated area for video/picture purposes. Why take chances on the lawn?) to record a song or two of theirs. This writer and Claudio have two things in common. One being the overly fluffed out hair and the other is being around bitchin’ music, and bitchin’ music is what Coheed and Cambria are all about. This is my first time seeing them live, coming in I honestly couldn’t name one of their songs. Gravity’s Union was the song I got to record most of and see up close. Taking it all in, with the wicked licks the drummer is shelling out and the shredding going on out in front of him, it’s safe to say this is a band I’m going to have to see again. Even if I was in a seat the entire time, a nine song set at a festival that’s not even really a festival while the sun is still up is a tough way to judge a band you’ve never seen. But I digged those guys for sure.
While I head back to the lawn and we’re groovin’ to Coheed and taking pictures (because the guy writing this lost 92 pounds over the last 14 months), we see a sea of empty seats and start game planning how we’re sneaking down. Not enough time to do it for Jane’s Addiction, because the lights have dimmed for them already, and here they come circa 8:20 kicking things off with a thundering “Underground”. I don’t know what it is but the darker it gets at this place the better it always seems to sound. During our drunken parking lot adventures earlier I kept saying “It’s all fun and games til we’re ‘COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN’!!”. Love that freaking song, and guess what came second.. you got it: MountainSong. And during this I look over to enjoy the fatal riffs of one Dave Navarro. I follow him on Twitter, and I know he’s on some Tattoo show and hosts a radio show and stuff. Sideline reporting at the Adult Video Awards and all that, I almost forgot how awesome this guy was at his day job. JustBecause followed, and later on the crowd pleasing BeenCaughtStealing made an appearance before OceanSize and Stop. In typical Jane’s Addiction fashion, there was almost naked models dancing along the stage at some point. Also, to keep things light hearted and cheery, Perry says at one point (anyone please correct me if I’m wrong) “My mom is buried in New Jersey”. Interesting factoid I guess.
Set closer, of course, JaneSays, which is being played in steady rotation at the restaurant I work because I control the tunes nowadays. Jane’s never disappoints, second time I’ve seen them all the way from the lawn and the second time I’ve enjoyed myself. Sometimes people like me get lost in the “trying to remember stuff to write about” aspect of a concert… it was good to find a happy medium tonight between that and having fun.
Before Alice In Chains, we need to get down to those seats while folks are fitting in bathroom breaks. So we spot some stairs where they let you exit the seated section, but you can’t enter. There’s two sides. These assholes actually are standing on the same side just shooting the breeze. I turned around to check if Pam was still with me, and she wasn’t. Text came in that she’s in. Okay, now only my other pals Nay and Meggo left to sneak in. So I pull out my ticket and show it to these two idiots working here. I ask if they can let me in through this entrance and 15 feet to my right I’m like waving my arms for them to skate through the fence. And they did. Now to find Pam, the boldest of bold. She’s not only sneaking down, she made sure to walk down to the front row of this section. Fuck yeah. Now we’re high fiving and stuff and gloating when the lights turn off.. it’s Alice In Chains time 3 seconds after we acquire the new digs.
The Hollow they opened up with hit me with so much more power tonight than I expected. As soon as they started banging the opening chords it was clear we were in for a memorable set. Them Bones followed by DamThatRiver and Again. I thought I was recording Again but I looked at the screen and saw no numbers moving on the ticker.
Damn. This no longer is a festival that isn’t really a festival, now this is Alice In Chains demolishing PNC Bank Arts Center and making everyone in the building forget about every other band that played here today.
Check My Brain followed, and by this time we’re packed down here in the seats, as compared to the absence of people down there earlier in the day. This feels like a packed house and not a show they’ve been trying to give tickets away to for 3 weeks. “Tears to fill my bong”, how cool is that lyric? Man In The Box up next. I look over at the rhythm section and recall that one time I scalped fake tickets to an Alice In Chains show and couldn’t get in, and Mike Inez and Sean Kinney signed my fake ticket after the show and expressed remorse for my predicament. These are not only guys that rock, but nice guys that rock. Everyone screaming the lyrics to Man In The Box, what a scene.
Tonight we got ourselves a GotMeWrong. I saw video of them playing it on this tour and hoped we’d get the same treatment. Unbelievable. This set is amazing, it’s as if I made my own Alice In Chains mixtape or something! Well, almost. We haven’t heard Junkhead, and that’s probably my favorite song of theirs for several reasons.
Next up, Junkhead. Seriously?? Get the hell out of my head Mr. Cantrell, stop reading my thoughts.
You may or may not here me screaming the “Well what have you got” lyric on the video. Mike Inez’s bass work on this song is so crude and punishing, Jerry’s making his 6 string his absolute bitch over there. I don’t think he used the same guitar twice tonight.
Stone followed, to give us a taste of at least one other newer track before we broke into Grind followed by Nutshell (one of Pam’s favorites). Everyone stood for that one. Would and a harrowing Rooster would end the evenings festivities. Great times at the PNC Bank Arts Center stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, let’s do this again sometime.
Hey Jerry, why’d you have to go and cut the hair for? The brotherhood of long locked folks shrinks by the day. Sad to see you leave, you’re welcomed back anytime.
Enjoy as many festivals as you can this year, because ticket sales tell us that next year we’ll have a lot less of these things here in America. This September 20th and 21st, Peidmont Park in Atlanta brings you a pretty solid lineup for Music Midtown 2013.
Acts you care about include : Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix,Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys,Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction,Tegan & Sara, Cake,2 Chainz, Imagine Dragons, Black Lips, Reignwolf,Capital Cities,North Mississippi Allstars, and Mona… and if you have bad taste in music, there’s always Journey.
Saturday June 22nd is when Tickets go on sale, and you can check out the full line up and stuff over at the festivals official website by clicking here. There’s a presale for Citi members beginning Wednesday, that information is also at the website.
Rockstar Energy Drink has announced the lineup and dates to the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Headlining spots go to Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction and Coheed and Cambria. Middle Class Rut and Walking Papers also make appearances along with others. Check out all the cool venues this tour will be hitting below, and also do not forget to hit the festivals official website for more information. Oh yeah, and customary with festivals these days, there’s a little lineup announcement video that goes along with it.
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival 2013 Tour Dates:
August 09 Toyota Pavilion at Montage // Mountain Scranton, PA
August 10 The Comcast Theatre // Hartford, CT
August 11 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center // Darien Center, NY
August 13 Saratoga Performing Arts Center // Saratoga, NY
August 14 Comcast Center // Mansfield, MA
August 16 Jiffy Lube Live // Bristow, VA
August 17 PNC Bank Arts Center // Holmdel, NJ
August 18 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater // Wantagh, NY
August 20 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre // Toronto, ON
August 22 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre // Tinley Park, IL
August 23 Klipsch Music Center // Noblesville, IN
August 24 DTE Energy Music Theater // Clarkston, MI
August 27 Zoo Amphitheater // Oklahoma City, OK
August 28 Gexa Energy Pavilion // Dallas, TX
August 29 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion // The Woodlands, TX
August 31 Isleta Amphitheatre // Albuquerque, NM
September 01 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre // Englewood, CO
September 02 USANA Amphitheatre // Salt Lake City, UT
September 08 Sleep Country Amphitheater // Ridgefield, WA
September 11 Shoreline Amphitheatre // Mountain View, CA
September 13 Desert Sky Pavilion // Phoenix, AZ
September 14 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula // Vista, CA
September 15 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater // Irvine, CA
Not sure if we mentioned it before, but tis the season to announce festival lineups. This time lets head to the land of the grapevine that is Napa Valley for what is dubbed Bottle Rock Festival. Cork-Fest must not have had as much of a ring to it as I thought it did. This one is interesting because, well, one might ask why the Kings Of Leon would be the lead headliner along with The Black Keys and Furthur. Furthur? Come on man. I like the Grateful Dead as much as the next guy but The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction and Primus are sitting on this same list of acts playing. Bad Religion could close this thing out playing songs only off True North.
It all goes down May 9th through 12th. If you’re having trouble reading the text in the above poster never fear, some loser went through the trouble of actually typing out every single band listed there-and that lays below. As usual, it’s always best to head over to the festival’s official website if you feel like partying with the Zac Brown Band,- do that by clicking here.
UR1 Music Festival Lineup led by Kanye West, Lou Reed and Jane’s Addiction
So it seems we’ve run out of creative names for festivals, but it doesn’t hurt to have an almost endless line up. That seems to be the case with UR1 Festival , which takes place in December 8th and 9th a Bayfront Park in Miami. Headliners include the likes of Kim Kadashian’s newest squeeze Kanye West, The Offspring, and that guy who ruined Metallica, Lou Reed.
Of course we kid about Lou Reed ruining Metallica (Metallica ruined Metallica this year). The rest of this line up rounds out pretty awesome with appearances from Slash(who split an awesome bill with Foxy Shazam this fall), fun., those weirdos Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, space rockers Ghostland Observatory along with Janes Addiction.
For up to the minute festival details, head over to the official website by clicking here. For the full line up, plus festival trailer, that’s all down below.
Editor’s Note: Emily is a life long friend of Reverend Justito’s wife. For years she has threatened to confess and on this Labor Day 2012 she finally has.
The first day of the annual Seattle labor day tradition of Bumbershoot was on a perfect late summer/crisp early fall in the air, sunny, Northwest afternoon and night. Crowds were still plenty thick even with the Huskies home opener, and PAX in town. You have to love music festivals though! So much to hear from the bands finding their voices and grooves, those hoovering on great-dom, and those who are seasoned professionals.
POLECAT: A Bellingham, WA local performed their energetic country, bluegrass, world, reggae brand of music! They were definitely our find for the day. Polecat made you sway to the bluegrass under the sun and they made you want to jump to reggae beats the next with effortless connection some how. They are worth driving two hours north to see and keeping an eye on what develops.
GOTYE: I hesitated to see Gotye. His single, Somebody I Used to Know, is so F&*%ing overplayed it makes me sick. Somehow though, I made it over to check out the Aussie. I have to say, Wally De Backe is quite the talented musician. He played many types of percussion and an assortment of random instruments from keyboards to a weird hosed accordion looking thing. He opened with a thunderous intro and didn’t let go my attention even with the animation that was playing in the background which could have proved as a distraction. The videos that played in the background reminded me of the artist, M.C. Escher, and his 50’s lithographs of cube like designs morphing into crows. Gotye’s trance, mood music lent itself to the liquid images. To which effect positively worked well with the music ebbing and flowing. I thought Gotye was much like Foster the People, in the way both bands have this chill vibe on their produced albums but live, have this strange, welcome, energy! Unfortunately, when he played the overplayed single three songs away from the end of the set, half the crowd dispersed. I’m not sure if that half should be scorned for being rude for leaving before the set was over or I was on a different page than others.
THE HEAVY: I knew the singles, How do you Like Me Now, and Sixteen before seeing their show. I was not prepared for the energy, the fun, the show, they put on!!! It was James Brown mixed with like a Flogging Molly type of energy. Kelvin Swaby commanded the stage and the audience! He knew how to get the crowd to participate well and consistently! That can be tricky up here in Seattle I’ve found. It was so much fun being a part of the crowd, watching rhythmic arms in the air to the beats like metronomes but, with rock infusion! I have to note, because I’m a sucker when the band communicates with the crowd (Broken Bells, I’m still mad at your performance over a year ago) I tend to fall head over heals for them! As I have with The Heavy! It also helps that they are English.
AWOLNATION: I personally was a fan of their single, Sail. I was hyped up to see them at work, in their element, and my hopes and hype quickly dwindled. They seemed to me to be another LA guitar rock band. The crowd in front seemed young, and ate up the front man’s crowd surfing antics and vocals. I however, wanted more substance for my favorite, Sail, and it didn’t take off.
JANE’S ADDICTION: I am not a fan of Jane’s Addiction. I know the major songs but, I do not own an album or even a single. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hearing the singles but, have never been connected. They were a blast straight out of the 90s though last night!!! Nude female silhouettes in the back ground, two Asian stripper like hotties parading around the stage in lingerie, Dave Navarro at full effect, random theatrics in the background (for example: an actor was slopping clay over his face to create a mask to cover his face, then poking holes for the eyes, feathers stabbed into his forehead). It was an old fashioned rock show! And for that I enjoyed it. Dave Navarro is a legend to be seen and appreciated with my own eyes and he did not disappoint.
Jane’s Addiction Extends Theatre of the Escapists US Tour
Keeping with the smaller is better approach, Jane’s Addiction have extended their ‘Theatre Of The Escapists’ tour with dates reaching into late May. The trek will focus mainly on markets in the southern portion of the United States with a portion of all ticket sales going to the Occupy Movement.
UPDATED: As of May 15th, Jane’s have added a THIRD leg to this Theater of The Escapists Tour heading around the U.S. In August the band heads up the East Coast before heading out to the Great North West at the end of August. Dates are below underneath the current dates..
Click here to read all about the tour kick off last month in St. Louis.
‘Theatre of the Escapists’ dates:
May 7 San Antonio, TX – LIla C Cockrell Theatre
May 9 Houston, TX – Bayou City and Event Center
May 10 Dallas, TX – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
May 12 Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
May 15 Lake Buena Vista, FL – HOB
May 16 Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
May 18 Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach
May 19 Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
May 22 Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
May 23 Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
May 25 Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
May 29 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
May 30 Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium
May 31 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall
Third Leg of ‘Theater Of The Escapists’ Tour(as of 5/14/12):
August 6 – Cleveland, OH at Jacobs Pavilion
August 8 – Syracuse, NY at Landmark Theatre
August 12 – New Brunswick, NJ at State Theatre
August 17 – Brooklyn, NY at Williamsburg Park(Pretty sure this isn’t a theater)
August 18 – Ledyard, CT at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino – MGM Grand Theater – .
Beale Street Music Festival Announces All-Star Lineup
Every year, something glorious happens on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. That glorious happening is Beale Street music festival, an affordable way to spend the first weekend of May. Like heavy metal? Like alternative rock? Like pop music? Like rap? Like country? Almost every existing genre of music is represented at Beale St., thus making it that much more appealing to a music fan.
When a band that helped pave the way for an entire genre of music likes Jane’s Addiction announces a show at a venue as small as The Pageant, you don’t wait around to pick up tickets. Many people were left in the dark after this show sold out in 30 minutes just over a month ago. Tickets were being sold for upwards of $100 a piece by online brokers and scalpers. The bar was set high for the first show of Jane’s Addictions 2012 tour in support of their newest album “The Great Escape Artist” released last year. This marked the first show with the “original lineup” of Jane’s Addiction including guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, and front man Perry Farrell, who was also the founder of Lollapalooza in 1991. The only exception is bassist Chris Chaney, who rejoined the band last year after brief stints with them over the last ten years.
Jane’s Addiction came on just after 9:15 as Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine” blared to an end throughout the sold out, jam packed crowd. They didn’t waste any time and went right into “Underground” from The Great Escape Artist before going right into fan favorites “Mountain Song”, “Just Because” and “Been Caught Stealing.” Perry and the boys were in excellent form and their excitement and emotion certainly shined bright.
The stage setup was pretty crazy. Earlier in the day it was being mentioned on social media outlets that the show was an “erotic circus for adults” and that there were signs posted at the venue educating the crowd that there were adult themes present throughout the show. Not only was the lighting setup pretty great, but there were burlesque dancers and actors performing during the show as well. One of the more interesting scenes involved a man doing some weird things with a baby, including hanging it from a noose, before inevitably slipping and hanging himself as the song came to an end during “Twisted Tales.”
After the band took a short break they came back out to an even more intimate setup to the left side of the stage. There Navarro and Chaney were sitting around on amps with tables and lamps nearby while Stephen Perkins played a stripped down kit and Farrell hopped around stage crooning in a way that only Perry Farrell can for acoustic versions of “Classic Girl” and “I Would For You”, one of my personal favorites. They closed this portion down with their most popular song “Jane Says.” There was also a large stuffed bear on the stage with them to complete the living room show vibe.
As the show came to an end Farrell came out and addressed the crowd, thanking everyone for coming and telling us that he is glad we enjoyed the show because they had just come up with it yesterday on that very stage. They then closed the night out with another song from the new album, “Words Right Outta My Mouth” before sending the capacity crowd home with a ringing in their ears and stories of a fantastic show to tell to their friends. It was an incredible experience and I look forward to getting the opportunity to see Jane’s Addiction again.
Jane’s Addiction Announce Tour W/ Black Box Revelation
In non-Coachella and non-Radiohead related news, Jane’s Addiction has announced some 2012 tour dates as well. In support of their latest effort “The Great Escape Artist”, the band will hit 18 cities, bringing along The Black Box Revelation as support (who have been opening for all your favorite cool bands like The Meat Puppets and Beady Eye)
“Starting February 22, this special run of North American shows—called “Theatre of the Escapists”–will bring the band to intimate venues, most of which are classic theaters” –JanesAddiction.Com
We were able to obtain the names of the cities from the Jane’s Addiction Official Website below who offer their own presale Wed Jan 11th at 10AM(that’s tomorrow morning!) before they go on sale to the general public on January 14th.
2/05 — The Crane Bay, Indianapolis, Ind.
2/22 — The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
2/24 — The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.
2/25 — The LC Indoor Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
2/27 — Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
2/29 — Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, N.Y.
3/02 — The Palace Theatre, Albany, N.Y.
3/03 — State Theatre, Portland, Maine
3/04 — The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y.
3/06 — Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J.
3/07 — Palace Theatre, Waterbury, Conn.
3/09 — The National, Richmond, Va.
3/10 — House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
3/13 — The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Ga.
3/15 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Catoosa, Okla.
3/16 — Uptown Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
3/19 — The Brick, Minneapolis, Minn.
3/24 — Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wis.
It is no accident that i love taking pictures. in fact i graduated with a Graphics Arts Degree and worked in the advertising field for a time. though i make my living as a state employee my love for picture taking has never waivered. To “compose” a concert photograph and be given a few seconds to do it, is a challenge that i want in order to get that ultimate shot that is so rewarding. Now! i am not a professional photographer (i wish). i just have some knowledge and do have ideas as to what i want to capture. thank god for these digital cameras for they are so tiny but powerfull and that most venues and artists gave up the fight to banned them from concerts. Here are some of my faves.
Street Sweeper Social Club/Nine Inch Nails/Jane’s Addiction 06/07/09
Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
Words/Photos By Melorocker
When the announcement of a reunited jane’s addiction, to tour this summer along with nine inch nails was made it gave me chills and brought back some old memories of my first jane concert back in 1990 at the garden in n.y.c. this was a great show from start to finish. opening the gig was tom morello and boots riley’s Side Street Social Club. SSSC is a very hard and groovey outfit. nice songs and a bit of social comment/message along for the ride. NIN was next in line. though it was listed as a co-headline bill, many people thought that nin was headlining the event not providing support to jane. this was a lost point on many concert goers that began pouring in late as nin was playing during the early gigs in the tour. No matter who trent brings to play with him, his band always deliver the precision it needs to play nin songs on stage.
It has been 15 years since the original jane’s addiction took any stage. the wait was evidently worth it for jane played one of the most amazing concerts i have ever witness. the stage look amazing ,the lights were dark and intimate at times (which if you didn’t use a flash your pictures would be dark), the sound was blasting and even the wine bottle that perry was drinking from seemed elegant to say the least. jones beach is next to the atlantinc ocean and on this evening it was windy and a bit cool but the heat eminating from the stage was sufficient to warm everybody in the crowd. i did notice that some people left before jane took the stage i gues those were hard core nin fans and didn’t care much for the addiction. both bands played same amount of time though jane roamed the stage while nin stayed within a space alloted. the reason this tour happened is that trent reznor is producing the comeback album by jane due later this year or early next. I have to add that with all the celebrity happenings regarding david navarro (carmen electra, rock star supernova et all) i felt that he was happy to be playing in j.a. personally, he is one of the best guitar players i have ever seen or hear. here are some pics from the show.