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Free Press Summer Fest Unveils 2013 Lineup

Free Press Summer Fest 2013

There’s a Festival Called “Free Press Summer Fest” that’s going to go down this year at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas June 1st – 2nd, has just released it’s 2013 lineup.

The upper tier names on the bill are The Postal Service, Iggy And The Stooges (Featuring Mike Watt on Bass) and TV On The Radio but the undercard isn’t bad either. Bands that don’t suck on the lower half of the bill include Arctic Monkeys, Japandroids, Of Monsters Of Men, Baroness, Social D, The Bronx , Grace Potter And The Nocturnals and added as of hours ago, UME. Hell you could even catch 2 Chainz if that floats your boat. Sounds good to me, who has a couch for me to crash on in Texas? For Tickets, head to the official festival website by clicking here. Full lineup below.

Free Press Summer Fest 2013 Lineup:

The Postal Service

Iggy and the Stooges

TV on the Radio

Passion Pit

Arctic Monkeys

Alabama Shakes

Cat Power,

Geto Boys



Social Distortion

Of Monsters and Men


The Men


The Bronx


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Kitty Pryde


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Calvin Harris

Mavis Staples

2 Chainz

The Head and the Heart

Matt and Kim

Milo Greene

Paul Banks



Ottawa Bluefest 2013 Lineup Has Been Revealed

Ottawa Bluefest 2013

The Ottawa Bluesfest has announced it lineup for the 2013 shindig. Over the course of 10 days (July 4th through the 14th), festival goers will have their chance to see acts like B.B. King, Weezer, Rush and fun. Other notables include Wu Tang Clan, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Tegan & Sara, The Joy Formidable, Killer Mike,Dixie Chicks, Belle & Sebastian, Flogging Molly, Sharon Van Etten and Atlas Genius.

If you’re into the “trance life”, then Skrillex gives you your fix, and other acts that don’t get first paragraph recognition are Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Zac Brown Band and Fitz & The Tantrums. Get the full list of acts announced so far below, and for ticketing information check out the festivals official website.

Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 Lineup:

B.B. King

Dixie Chicks

Wu-Tang Clan



Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

The Tragically Hip


Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Tegan and Sara

Great Big Sea


Belle & Sebastian


Grand Funk Railroad

Animal Collective

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Zac Brown Band

She & Him

Alex Clare

Fitz & the Tantrums

Neko Case

Adventure Club

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

Marianas Trench



Killer Mike


Sharon Van Etten


Eric Burdon

Matthew Good

Flogging Molly

A Tribe Called Red

The Cat Empire

Alejandro Escovedo

Los Lonely Boys

Mother Mother

Atlas Genius

Mississippi Heat

Zeds Dead

Joy Formidable

Amadou & Mariam

Blue King Brown

Femi Kuti

Hunter Hayes

Tommy Trash

Garland Jeffreys

Blues Broads


The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

Los Lobos

Ra Ra Riot

Frank Turner

Justin Townes Earle


Camera Obscura

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Eddie Shaw

Mitch Ryder

The Dunwells

The Knocks


Cold Specks

John Smith

Joe Robinson

2013 Firefly Music Festival Artists Announced

After a successful first year in 2012, Firefly Music Festival will return to Delaware this June.
Highlights of the 2013 lineup include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many more. You can check more of the notables below, as well as the  the complete lineup in the video under that.

Firefly 2013 Lineup:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Vampire Weekend

Foster the People

Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Passion Pit

Kendrick Lamar

Grizzly Bear

Alabama Shakes

The Avett Brothers

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


Public Enemy

The Walkmen

Dan Deacon

Toro y Moi

Action Bronson

Azealia Banks



Wild Belle


The Lumineers

Amanda Palmer


Matt and Kim

Ellie Goulding

Calvin Harris

Dr. Dog

The Joy Formidable

Atlas Genius

Big Gigantic

Django Django

Kishi Bashi

Hey Marseilles


St. Lucia

Kopecky Family Band

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

The Neighbourhood

Robert DeLong

Imagine Dragons


Learn more by checking out the official website.

Hangout Music Festival 2013 Lineup Is Here


The Lineup for the Hangout Music Festival (taking place on beaches in Alabama May 17th through 19th) has been revealed. Besides Kings Of Leon, things are shaping up to be a very serviceable festival experience. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Phish Spin-Off Trey Anastasio Band, and The Breeders top this list of notables while The Shins, Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit, The Black Crowes, Bassnectar, Jim James, Slightly Stoopid, The Roots, Bloc Party, Ellie Goulding, Public Enemy, Dirty Projectors, Best Coast, moe., Gov’t Mule and Grouplove among others to join the party.

Also, just like Governors Ball did with us a few weeks ago it looks like we have ourselves “Yet to be announced”  headliner, as Tom Petty and Kings Of Leon are only two of the three. Will it be “Guns N’ Roses”? Will it be Skrillex? What about America’s Favorite band Pearl Jam? How about this: Take a guess in the comments section. That’s right, we may not have fancy video equipment but we still would love to hear your guesses as to who the 3rd headliner is going to be. When announced if you guessed right we’ll send you an official tee shirt courtesy of Concert Confessions. Hey, it’s better than a hug right? Check out the full list of acts below, in alphabetical order. Head over to the Festival’s Official Website For More Information.


Hangout Music Festival 2013 Line Up:



Watch Passion Pit Play Saturday Night Live

Watch Passion Pit Play Saturday Night Live

Usually not a fan of Passion Pit, but their latest single “Take A Walk” is pretty catchy. Catchy enough to land the band the musical guest spot on Saturday Night Live this week. Check out the video below, courtesy of the Audio Perv.

Passion Pit – “Take A Walk” (Saturday Night Live 10/13)

Jay-Z Set To Curate Made In America Music Festival

Jay-Z Set To Curate Made In America Music Festival

Jay-Z has a lot of stuff. He has a basketball team, he has 99 Problems, an album with Kanye West and of course a baby with Beyonce. Now Jay-Z has a music festival.  This two day music event will take place in Philadelphia on September 1st and 2nd and will feature a diverse lineup spread across three stages. Some of the highlights include D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors and Pearl Jam. It will be known as the Made in America Music Festival and will take place at Benjamin Franklin’s Parkway in Fairmount Park. You can check out the entire lineup for yourself down below.

Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on May 23rd at 10 AM EST. To check out the official lineup when it’s announced,  head over to the festival’s official website,  MadeInAmerica.Com

Jay Z

Pearl Jam


Rick Ross

Passion Pit



Odd Future

Janelle Monáe

Dirty Projectors


Calvin Harris


Meek Mill


rince Royce

Rita Ora Savoy (DJ set)

The Knocks

Artist Update 07/31/12:


Chris Cornell


Jill Scott

Gary Clark Jr.

The Hives

Nicky Romero

DJ Shadow (DJ Set)

Otto Knows

Michael Woods


2012 Bumbershoot Music Festival Lineup Announced

2012 Bumbershoot Music Festival Lineup Announced

Long before the wheel was invented and fire was discovered, Seattle has hosted a massive labor day weekend music festival known as Bumbershoot. The lineup for the 2012 edition has just been announced and it is nothing short of fantastic.

Saturday 09/01/12:

Jane’s Addiciton, AWOLNATION, M. Ward, The Jayhawks, The Hello Sequence, City and Colour, The Heavy, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, King Khan & The Shrines, Heartless Bastards, Oberhofer, Thee Satisfaction, Damien Jurado, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Alela Diane, The Barr Brothers, Tacocat, Unnatural Helpers, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Polecat, Nude

Sunday 09/02/12:

Tony Bennett, Mac Miller, Big Sean, Keane, Blitzen Trapper, The Promise Ring, Yelawolf, Mudhoney, Wanda Jackson’s Dusty 45’s, The Greenhornes w/ Eric Burden, Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, Civil Twilights, Fruit Bats, The Jezabels, Why?, Barcelona, Lee Field and the Expressions, Harmonica House Party, Katie Herzig, Niki & The Dove, Am & Shawn Lee, THENEWN02, Gold Leaves, Karen Lovely, Deep Seadiver, Theoretics, Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, Ty Curtis Band, The Young Evils, Knowmads, Katie Kate, Eighteen Individual Eyes

Monday 09/03/12:

Skrillex, M83, Passion Pit, Low, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Vaselines, Fujiya & Miyagi, Fishbone, Lights, Rebirth Brass Band, LP, Ty Segall, Hey Marseilles, The Wombats, Ana Tijoux, Foxy Shazam, Bombino, Omar Souleyman, Tyrone Wells, El Vez, Debo Band, Star Anna, Seapony, Bryan John Appleby, Reignwolf, Noah Gundersen, Super Geek League, The Pharmacy, Ghosts I’ve Met, Posse, Cascadia ‘10

To check out our coverage of Bumbershoot 2011, click here. For up to the minute details on the 2012 edition, check out the official website by clicking here.


2012 Outside Lands Music Festival Announces Initial Artist Details

2012 Outside Lands Music Festival Announces Initial Artist Details

Last year our man Reverend Justito returned home to San Francisco where he enjoyed all three days of Outside Lands. Knowing this year he would not be able to make it, he was praying for a terrible lineup. Of course his prayers were not answered as Outside Lands is back with one of its best lineups yet. Headliners include beloved Bay Area natives Metallica and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Also high up on the list are the likes of Foo Fighters, Jack White and Stevie Wonder.

Three Day Passes go on sale Thursday April 19th at 12 noon PST. Prices will go up as each “level” sells out. Click here for all the ticketing details. To read our reviews from Outside Lands 2011, click here, here and here.


2012 Outside Lands Line Up:


Stevie Wonder

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Jack White

Foo Fighters



Sigur Ros


Norah Jones


The Kills

Regina Spektor

Passion Pit

Andrew Bird


Big Boi (maybe he will make it on time this year)

Bloc Party

Explosions In The Sky


Franz Ferdinand



Die Antwoord

Fitz and the Tantrums

Portugal. The Man

Amadou & Mariam

Wolfgang Gartner


Dr. Dog

The Walkman

Washed Out

City and Colour

Two Gallants

Of Monsters and Men


Alabama Shakes

Reggie Watts

Trampled By Turtles

Tame Impala


The Be Good Tanyas


Sharon Van Etten


Sean Hayes

Bomba Estereo

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Big Gigantic

The Oh Sees



Zola Jesus

White Denim

Allen Stone

The M Machine

Michael Kiwanuka


Father John Misty

Electric Guest


Yellow Ostrich


Honey Island Swamp Band

Animal Kingdom

Artist Update 05/16/12:

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchmen


Jukebox The Ghost

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons




Lollapalooza 2012 Line-Up Unveiled

Lollapalooza 2012 Line-Up Unveiled 

According to the Chicago Sun Times,  we officially have a list of the performers that will take the stage for Lollapalooza 2012.

After cancelling numerous tour dates earlier this year due to illness of Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath will headline the festival that takes place in Chicago August 3rd-5th alongside Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Black Keys.

Don’t worry folks, everybody’s favorite reunited band At The Drive In will be there too, along with AviciiFlorence and The Machine, Justice and The Shins.  And I guess it wouldn’t be a festival if Childish Gambino wasn’t involved.

The line-up listed below is courtesy of the Chicago Sun Times website,  and you can buy your tickets at the official Lollapalooza Website

Lollapalooza 2012

-Red Hot Chili Peppers

-The Black Keys

-Black Sabbath

-Jack White

-Florence + the Machine

-At the Drive-In


-The Shins


-Passion Pit

-Sigur Ros

-The Weeknd


-Miike Snow

-The Afghan Whigs

-Bloc Party

-Franz Ferdinand

-Frank Ocean

-J. Cole

-Childish Gambino

-Delta Spirit


-The Temper Trap


-Die Antwoord



-The Head & the Heart

-The Big Pink

-Twin Shadow

-The Tallest Man on Earth

-Toro y Moi

-Dr. Dog

-Of Monsters and Men

-Gary Clark Jr.

-Alabama Shakes

-The Gaslight Anthem

-Amadou & Mariam

-Band of Skulls


-Tame Impala

-The Walkmen

-JJ Grey & Mofro


-Neon Indian

-Dum Dum Girls

-Washed Out

-Aloe Blacc

-Trampled by Turtles

-Bear in Heaven

-Blind Pilot


-The Black Angels

-Yellow Ostrich



-Bombay Bicycle Club

-Sharon Van Etten

-White Rabbits


-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

-The Devil Makes Three


-The War on Drugs

-Michael Kiwanuka

-O Rappa


-Orchard Lounge


-The Growlers

-Hey Rosetta!

-JEFF the Brotherhood


-First Aid Kit



-JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

-Milo Greene

-Los Jaivas

-Kopecky Family Band

-The Jezabels



-Walk Off the Earth

-Animal Kingdom


-The Sheepdogs

-The Dunwells

-DJ Mel


-Kevin Devine

-Dry the River


-Haley Reinhart

-Imaginary Cities



-DJ Zebo

-Chancellor Warhol

-Laura Warshauer

-Red Oblivion

-Perry’s stage



-Calvin Harris



-Knife Party

-Zeds Dead

-Big Gigantic

-Skream & Benga

-Little Dragon

-Porter Robinson

-Sub Focus



-Paper Diamond

-Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

-Star Slinger


-DJ Nihal


-Kid Color



Firefly Music Festival To Be Held In Delaware

Editors Note: This is The 2012 Lineup. For the 2013 Lineup, Click Here

Firefly Music Festival To Be Held In Delaware 

Delaware, welcome to the world of States that have sweet Music Festivals.

The news broke last night, that the three day  ’Firefly Music Festival’, will be headlined by The KillersThe Black Keys and Jack White .  Solid, right? I mean, sure The Killers aren’t in the stratosphere of musical relevance circa 2012 as the The Black Keys and Jack White are; but hey, they could have went with the Beach Boys, so we’ll chalk up those headliners as a win.

The ’2nd tier’ if you will, of headliners consists of The Flaming Lips (what AREN’T the Flaming Lips doing these days?), Death Cab For CutieJohn LegendGirl Talk and Passion Pit (cancelled as a result of mental health issues). Modest Mouse, a late edition to the festivities, announced on June 25th they’d be in Dover as well that weekend.

Dubbed the “East Coast’s Premier Music Experience”, will  kick off July 20th  at Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware and end July 22nd with 3 day passes going for a modest $178 (as of 6/28, 3-Day passes have been sold out), at the Festival’s official website. The rest of the listed acts are below.


Click here to purchase your tickets: Firefly Music Festival TICKETS



Heartless Bastards


The Wallflowers (who’s absence from Summerland 2012 is baffling )

Lupe Fiasco

Mariachi El Bronx

Young the Giant

Ra Ra Riot

OK Go (treadmill dudes)

 Cold War Kids

 The Head and the Heart 

Tinie Tempah


The Felice Brothers

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

Mayer Hawthrone & The County

Kids These Days

Bombay Bicycle Club

Penguin Prison

Update 05/08/12 – The Firefly Website now shows an image similar to the gang Hangman. While they promise a full lineup tomorrow 05/09/12 we have done some detective work and believe this festival is adding the following artists.


Fitz and the Tantrums

Lower Case Blues

Moon Taxi


Silversun Pickups

The Knocks

Turf War



Muse @ Staples Center. 9/25/10

Muse 09/25/10

Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

Words/Photos by Hullabalooza


Note – Hullabalooza hit up almost every video our own Reverend Justito posted from the Muse show this past Saturday night in LA.  He also hit Rev’s review with a comment seconds after it was posted.  With the goal of the site being live music reviews by fans for fans, we asked Hullabalooza to share his T-shirt story.  We hope you enjoy. 


Believe it or not. My story starts… I believe exactly on April 22.

After getting completely angry after looking forward to buying Coachella tickets; then finding out I had to buy ALL 3 days just to see ONE band. Muse.

Believe me. If I had 300 dollars. I would have bought all 3 days. Sadly, I didn’t.

Next thing you know, I hear they’re playing at Staples Center! And that the presale is on the 22nd! I couldn’t believe it. Another chance. PRESALE. I had it planned out.

Sadly, everything didn’t go according to plan. However, I stayed home from school that day and my sister and I were on two laptops, awaiting the presale at 10 AM.

I was on the phone with my friends at school from 9 AM to 10 AM. We’re all so excited. I was litterally shaking. My heart has never pumped so fast.

9 :45… 9 :50… 9 : 58…. My sister says ” I HAVE TO GO PEE,” and I tell her.. “STAY SITTING DOWN. YOU AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE.”

PRESALE STARTS! I get TONS of errors, I’m panicking, I’m sweating, I’m yelling at my sister.

We buy four tickets, two tickets each. Sadly. I got seated seats. My sister got two GA.

We were buying tickets for us, and two of my friends, who are the ones that I’ve talked about nothing aside Muse for just about 3 years. Litterally, everytime we were at eachother’s houses, “Imagine if Matt….” “OMG WHAT IF…” “WE HAVE TO SEE THEM” “THEY HAVEE TO PLAY…”

About 300 dollars gone right there from presale.

There was no way I was going to make my friends fight for my sister’s GA ticket, even though it would be funny because they were willing to fight for it.

300 Dollars for our four already bought tickets. I found a site. Bought two more GA tickets. 150 Dollars each.

A little backround info: My parents, never even give me a dollar. 20 Dollars is plenty to me. 600? In the span of 5 minutes, 600 of my mother’s dollars gone.

I’m still shaking. I can’t believe it. I have PIT TICKETS.

And that’s where it started. My count down to the day. I don’t remember at how much it started at, but this past month, I’ve been thinking that it was 168 days. Every day at lunch “Dude. 167 days to go.”

Again, believe it or not. EVERYDAY, we talked about how epic it’s going to be. How early we’re going to leave. How complete our lives are going to be.

Funny quote: “We’re going to leave as men. Even your sister is going to leave with a beard.”

As the days passed, we were acting as if the show was the upcoming weekend, as if it was so close!

July. Me and my friends make a pact to stop listening to Muse. Just to make the concert feel so much better. Sure we failed a lot, but there was still a lack of Muse throughout our journey.

Just as a little funny story. My friends and I would hang out, litterally play the first HALF second of the song. We would know IMMEDIATELY what song it is. We laughed so hard at the fact that it was even possible. If you ever go to a Muse concert in Southern California on their next tour. We’ll be first in line. Try us.

September 17

During the summer. We had planned out to make a shirt for the show. We weren’t exactly sure.. Some of our ideas :

All three of us have a different shirt, each dedicated to Tom Kirk; Morgan Nicholls; Dan the Trumpet Man.. Individually of course.

Shirts that tell Twilight fans to go away.

Shirts for Chris, Dom and Matt; Along with a story of how EPIC they are on the back.

We ended up sticking to the idea of Dan, Tom, and Morgan.

Sadly, Josh (One of our trio) and I had no money.

Junior (EPIC MAN OF OUR TRIO) however, decided he was going to do Tom and Morgan OWN YOUR FACE.

September 17. After school. He’s going to finally make the shirt. I drop him off at the Swap meet (cheap quality, SO WHAT?).

An hour or so later, he shows up at my house with his master piece.

We plan out more stuff. We had the intention of making a HUGE poster board and having everyone in the GA line write a insert to them. The night before the show, I read that we can’t take posters bigger than 11×17 in. inside. So that idea was crushed.

Junior planned on throwing the shirt at Dom, right after KoC, we all imagined him getting it and just laughing. We loved that idea.


The day

The night before, I couldn’t sleep from being so excited.

Junior and Josh got to my house around 9 PM. As excited as we were, it still didn’t hit us that they were going to be playing RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. Infact, even as I type this. It feels like I’ve never seen them live.

3 AM. We leave my house and go buy food before we get on the freeway.

Taquitos at 7-11. ARE SO GOOD!!! I told them in the car. These are the PERFECT start, to our PERFECT day.

We get to L.A. at around 4 AM, we see a group of kids in front of Staples, we jump out of the car just thinking “NO FUCKING WAY. THEY DID NOT GET HERE BEFORE US.”.. They left. Tourists? Random people walking around at 4 am? Either way. We were just repeating. We’re here. We’re first.

Security sees us. Then makes us leave.

We wait in my sister’s car outside of a Taco Bell, at 6 AM, we go park the car in a lot and head back to Staples.

We get there, and just sit outside, knowing we’re going to get kicked out. Knowing we can’t be there for another our.

We get kicked out.

We walk over to Starbucks, having our usual “OMG WHAT IF MATT WALKED IN RIGHT NOW AND JUST SAT RIGHT NEXT TO US?”

6:50 AM

We scamper back to Staples. Repeating outloud, “THERE BETTER NOT BE ANYONE THERE.” “Dude. No one is there. We’re first.”

We get to the GA line.

We’re third.

I was so mad. They got in line before we did?!?!? It wasn’t even 7 AM yet!

One of the people, stayed outside in LA from 9 PM the day before. I was amazed.

Not because she got there at 9 PM, but just the ignorance! I’m suprised she didn’t get shot/stabbed/kidnapped/etc. LA is dangerous until light out. The other two people were brother and sister so they counted as 1 group to us. They got there right before we got in line. So TECHNICALLY. We were second.

We talk to our new aquaintances, finding out that they were, in our books, the coolest people ever. At our school; Junior, Josh, and I, are the only people who LOVE Muse. So it just amazed us that there were people like us there. Of all places, Los Angeles, where we thought no one appreciated Muse as much as we did.

And so our day starts, with nothing but two backpacks filled with food and water.

People arrive at around 9 AM, suprised to discover that they aren’t the first in line. That was just hilarious in my mind. I just thought to myself “It’s Muse. 9 AM is LATE.”

More people arrive, little by little, all with the same expression of “WE AREN’T FIRST?!?!”.

At around noon, Muse.mu members arrive. We already heard that they were annoying at the Honda Center show. So I was expecting the worse. They got there. Cut the whole line behind us. Wrote a number on everyone because we are so incapable of taking care of keeping our own spots. They basically acted like they were better than everyone else and that really bothered our group up front. We erased our numbers, and the product of their annoyance, was this.

Those 4 older women from Muse.mu, HATED HIM. It was the best part of the line… almost.

At around 4: 30. We’re still in line. I hear drums. I instantly move my ear to the door, telling the people in my group “I HEAR MK ULTRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” We’re all pressing ourselves against the doors, just trying to listen. The song ends. We’re amazed. At the song, and at the fact that nobody else cared when we were going crazy. We even yelled to the people in line that they’re playing.

We hear MK Ultra start.. AGAIN. Josh and Junior SPRINT to the Team LA store, because we found out earlier that it’s RIGHT NEXT TO THE STAGE. I didn’t run because I didn’t want to give up seconds of the song when I can hear it through cracks in the door.

It finishes again. Josh comes back running, telling me to “get the fuck over there”. I run to the store. I regret not going earlier. The sound was so clear. I heard Matt talking. Even though his voice is just blibberish to me, I HEARD HIM!

We all heard him say “We might do Bliss too” TWICE. Sadly it wasn’t played, but just that got us so excited. Junior and someone else yelled to Matt, not sure on what they said, but it was so thrilling.

The store closed at 5 PM. Basically making us leave while Muse was in sound check still. It was practically over, but we wanted to hear it all.

At around 5 :30, they start telling us to get ready… One hour till doors open.

It was the longest hour of my life. Just thinking that Matthew James Bellamy, Dominic Howard, Chris Wolstenholme, Morgan Nicholls, and Thomas Kirk are all going to be within reach. That they’re even in the same building. Was truely amazing.

6:29…. 6:30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doors open shortly after, Junior and Josh being in a seperate door entrance as I, they were yelling the whole time. I even told them “Imagine if your door lags because you guys won’t stop yelling? LOL”

Coincidently there was a problem with the scanner in that line. I was the 3rd person inside the arena. In the backround, I hear Josh and Junior yelling, “JUAN, YOU FUCK. JUANNN. FUCKK. OMG. HURRY UPPP. JUAN, FUCK YOU.”

I run to get my wrist band, I run down the steps even though there’s no one near me, no one inside yet. The run to the front was just excruciatingly exciting. I claimed my spot, where I planned months ago. Front middle, a little to the left to get Matt’s side.

I couldn’t believe where I was. It didn’t even feel like I was there to see my idols.

As soon as I get my spot, I take a picture of the beautiful stage.

As we sit there, just waiting for our wildest dream to come true in front of our eyes. I remember that I needed to take a picture of proof of Junior’s shirt..

Passion(ate) Fail  FINALLY gets on. I’m happy. It just means we’re that much closer to Muse.

I litterally almost fell asleep while they were playing; the only thing keeping me awake was the annoying sound of the singer’s voice, making my ears vomit.

They’re off. Intermission starts. It still hasn’t hit me yet. I’m about to see Muse. I’m in the front of the pit at a HUGE arena.

We see Tom. Junior IMMEDIATELY takes off his shirt, and gives it to Tom. I was just shocked in disbelief. He actually got the shirt to them. There’s a 100% chance of the whole band seeing it. OUR DAY IS GOING PERFECTLY.

Intermission almost over. I start to see shadows in Matt’s pillar. I start telling people. I see his guitar reflection. I EVEN SEE HIS KAOSS PAD. Then it starts.

The lights shut off. We can see Matt, Dom, and Chris moving up in their pillars.

We are the universe begins.


Before this, I let two people go in front of me so I won’t be squished against the barrier.

Uprising starts. I immediately begin to go mad. Half way through the song, I’m exhausted. I’m forcing myself to jump more, singing at the top of my lungs.

Crowd going ballistic, making the begining of the show ridiculously amazing.

Song ends. Matt throws his glasses. Where do they land? The EXACT spot where I was before I moved back a little. I wanted to kill that guy. Those should have been mine. I didn’t care after 5 seconds.

Resistance starts. Everyone is clapping. I’m yelling like a little school girl that just got a pink pony.

It could be wrong, could be wrong.

This was definately right.

Crowd again, AMAZING.

Before I realize it, I had just blacked out. I don’t remember being there. Everything felt so surreal. I was convinced that I was dreaming. I didn’t realize that I was still jumping and singing.

Resistance is over.

When New Born started. I already knew I was going to go beserk. I was still blacking in and out, but I was more focused on this show than my own well being.

Soulless is everywhere…

After that. The whole pit went nuts. The spineless were truely destroyed.

When Matt slid onstage near the pit, he did his trademark ‘sex-face’ DIRECTLY to Josh.. That bastard.

Practically dead. New born is over. Microphone fiend riff beings.

Typing this, I realize it’s almost impossible to put my feelings during these songs into words.

Let’s just say… I jizzed.

Honestly. I remember jumping and singing, however, I don’t remember Supermassive Black Hole. I blacked out once again.

MK Ultra. I regained actual conciousness. Seeing Matt so close to me. I was telling myself that I passed out at Staples, and this was just a dream. I remember MK Ultra perfectly. Seeing it live, definately made me love that song even more than I already did.

They’re breaking through….

Once again. Blacked out. I was suprised to find out they played the star spangled banner the next day.

I do remember them playing hysteria, but I don’t remember it during sadly.

All I remember is seeing Chris headbang like crazy, just thinking “HurHur.. iWolstenholmed” and the solo.


I slightly remember Nishe and United States of Eurasia, but I just mainly remember shouting at the top of my lungs


Next up. Feeling Good and Guiding light.

So happy. I was able to rest. Just to relax. To breathe. To listen to FEELING GOOD. ONE OF THE FEW SONGS THAT I WANTED TO BE A MUST FOR THIS SHOW. I felt my hair soaked, my backpack pressing the sweat against my back.
I was able to just record Feeling Good and regain energy as I sing along to every word.

Next up. Helsinki Jam.

I’m at a loss of words for this. Absolutely amazing. No one can truely understand how epic this jam is from a video. When you watch this live and hear it perfectly. You just want to punch someone in the face and yell “FUCK YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”

Another chill song, undisclosed desires. I was able to record it as well, and just get ready for the insane songs still left to come.

At this point. I realized how much I’ve blacked out. How much my body was in need of water. I didn’t care. There was no way I was letting this stop me from enjoying this show.



There was no way I was going to record this song. Clapping and singing were a must for this. This is the song that pulled me into Muse. This is the first song that I listened to 24/7 for two weeks straight. Yeah I heard it a trillion times, so what. No matter how many times I see this live, I’ll always enjoy it beyond my own expectations.

Next, PLUG IN MOTHER FUCKING BABY. Definately one of my personal highlights of the show. Four words.

I popped a hullaballoon. (A.K.A. The big eyeball balloons filled with confetti)

Not only that. I FUCKING LOVE THIS SONG. During the performance, I can just tell that Matt was having the time of his life. That the whole band loved the crowd. I never stopped jumping. Never stopped singing. The whole time they were onstage, I don’t think my mouth was ever just closed shut.

Next. House of the Rising Sun.

At first, I was suprised at how many people were singing along. I was amazed. And then hardly anyone sang “It’s been the ruin of many a poor boy and God I know I’m one” That was HILARIOUS. I felt so akward being the only one in my little area singing that part. It was awesome either way!

Hysteria again??!? Was my first thought when Time is running out started playing. I was completely out of it. I don’t remember the song until Matt impregnated EVERYONE at Staples Center with his voice. If you don’t know what I’m talking about. You’ve never seen this song live.

At this point. I couldn’t feel my legs, I never felt so desperate for cold air, and even though I was on the brink of going to the hospital, I was having the best night EVER. I’ve had dreams of seeing Muse this upclose, hell I even had dreams where Matt sang to me. This show already was beyond any dream I’ve ever had.

UNNATURAL SELECTION. My favorite song off the Resistance Album. Happy and excited are insulting understatements to how I felt when I heard the begining. When it was over. I refused to let them leave. So many people started chanting different things.

I went from yelling about 3 different things before everyone started yelling MUSE MUSE MUSE MUSE MUSE MUSE MUSE!

When they came back with OVERTURE!!!!!! I was glad I could rest, because I knew they were going to play something epic before KoC. I definately was not expecting Stockholm, but that IS one of my favorite songs, along with every other Muse song.

My body was WAY past its limit. I forced myself to continue to jump as high as I could and to sing along. I couldn’t believe I was actually watching this song live. That I was even in the same room as Matthew Bellamy.

Final song. Man with a Harmonica started. KoC obviously. I’ve always just LOVED the Man with a Harmonica intro. I plan on getting a harmonica just to learn that. I knew this was the last song. I gave it my all. No matter how many times the people from the mosh pit hit me or pushed me around, I pushed back harder. Jumped higher, sang louder. Making it so much more worth it for me to just be alive.

It’s so hard for me to describe this show to anyone reading this. One, because I blacked out constantly. Two, because it’s Muse. I can’t even begin to explain the feeling I get whenever I hear their music. The only way I could ever figure out how to begin to begin to begin to describe it is just through the most beautiful poetry known to man.

This show. Was definately the best night of my life. When it was all over, I thought I was just going to fall onto the floor and pass out, it felt like my calves were cut in half, even today, over two full days after, it hurts SO much to walk. I still have my GA bracelet on, I’m going to keep it on for as long as I can.

Saturday can only be described as the biggest orgasm known to man. How dead I felt afterwards made the show feel even more epic. My clothing has never been so soaked from sweat. I felt like I just went swimming.

There is so much more that I haven’t said. This isn’t even half of everything. I could talk about this for ages. And I plan on doing so.

It still hasn’t hit me that I saw them this Saturday, another reason why it’s hard for me to describe. Once it will. I will most likely die from the late excitement.

The next day. Junior found this on Muse’s twitpic.

Look familiar?

Well it should.


Muse 09/25/10: Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

Muse 09/25/10

Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

Over the past 15 years, I can think of a few times when I had an extra ticket to a sold out show and I gave that ticket to a random stranger for free.  In certain circles, this is called a miracle.  This week, karma came full circle and I got my miracle.  Although the show had been sold out for weeks, a good friend and a real big supporter of Concert Confessions asked me if I wanted to see Muse.  The best part of the offer was that our seat location would be one of the venues swank luxury boxes.  That’s right, open bar, questionable sushi and a desert cart of decedent treats while I watched Muse melt faces on a Saturday night.  Truly grateful, this was hands down the best time I’ve ever had at Staples Center.  A big thank you goes out to everyone who made it possible.

Let’s begin with the nights opening act Passion Pit.  For those who are not aware, I fucking hate this band.  Just listening to them while in line waiting to enter the 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast made me want to climb the venue’s chain link fence and slice my wrists open with the barbed wire on top.  It is not often that I am thankful for traffic, yet I found myself stoked that the average speed on Interstate 10 was well below the posted limit.  You see, Passion Pit is so bad I would rather look at break lights than have my ears tortured by the Massachusetts “musicians.”  Those in the box who did catch the band — well lets just say I heard the following:

“My ears have been raped and I want to cry”

“How much did these guys pay to get on this tour?”

“That shit made me want to abuse puppies and beat babies”

So there you have it folks, Passion Pit still fucking sucks.  But enough with the negativity, let’s talk about Muse.

When it comes to Muse, I must be honest and confess that I gave up on the band last year.  At the time of it’s release, Absolution became one of those perfect records and, truthfully, the band had no chance to surpass it.  I found Black Holes and Revelations to be a disappointment, and I also failed to make any connections with The Resistance.  I then heard that God-awful Twilight number and decided I was done wasting my time with Muse.  And yet, a rock show is a rock show, and when that rock show in in a suite for the low, low price of free, you know Reverend Justito will go with an empty belly and open mind.

The band opened the show with the powerful 1-2 punch of “Uprising” and “Resistance.”  The energy in the large arena was an insane level of intense devotion.  Fans on both the main floor as well as the seats bounced up and down in unison as the three main band members performed on large platforms elevated above the stage.  The trio continued to keep the energy high by performing rock radio hits “Hysteria” and “Supermassive Black Hole” early on.


While the band teased classic songs by everyone from Rage Against The Machine to The Turtles in their set, one of the evening many highlights was a cover of the Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover, “Feeling Good.”  With lead vocalist/guitarist Matthew Bellamy tickling the ivory on a grand piano covered in lights, the sold out crowd swayed together to the often covered classic.  Another amazing moment was the bass and drum jam between Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard that lead into a powerful version of “Undisclosed Desires.”


What was most impressive on a Saturday night in September was the sound the band made.  As far as arenas go, Staples Center is one of the larger ponds out there.  The group’s sound was so large and so overpowering that the cavernous room felt like an intimate club.  These three could no doubt make the Los Angeles Coliseum feel like The Roxy.  In reflecting upon the show, this is what truly stands out in my mind.  From Metallica to Phish, I have never seen a band overpower a large venue so easily.


With fan favorites “Starlight” and “Time is Running Out” helping to close out the set, the energy inside the arena managed to grow during the lengthy encore break.  When the band did return, the loyal fans were treated to a three song encore.  I found myself more focused on the video screen visuals during  “Exogenesis Symphony Pt 1 (Overture)” than the music.  My mind wandered, lost in the moment which, really, live music is all about.  The following songs were arguably the bands biggest hits.  “Stockholm Syndrome” took me back to the days where Muse could do no wrong and the song helped me survive the crazy roads of Los Angeles during rush hour.  The band then closed the night with easily their biggest stateside hit, “Knighs in Cydonia.”  With its futuristic wild west sounds, the rocking number gave the crowd one last chance to get down downtown on a Saturday night.  For me, it was the icing on the cake.  I attended this concert hoping for a free meal as the highlight of the evening.  Little did I know that the show would be an all out sonic assault upon my senses and my faith in Muse would be fully restored.  I may not put The Resistance on during Thursday night rush hour, but you can bet your backside that I will see Muse again in my lifetime.


Passion Pit Provides Pulpy Pumpkin Piss For Your Ears



Editors note:  If you enjoy Passion Pit, or just lack a sense of humor – go read about the KYUSS reunion or something.

As if the electric/pop powerhouse of pussies known as Passion Pit were not craptastic enough on their own – the putrid preppies from Cambridge Mass have decided to piss in our ears with a cover of Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins.  Now, I know what you are saying, it’s not front man Michael Angelakos fault that he had his testicles removed at an early age.  Perhaps you are correct, but just because he lacks balls does not give him the right to make crappy music for a new era of flawed hipster fuckstains in V neck shirts and tacky eye wear.

If having your ears pissed in happens to be your thing, you can watch a “making of” video for these talentless twats below.  If you’re really into kinky fecal play – you can download the song here


The 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast

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.
Passion Pit
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.
Against Me!
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:
@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?


    yeah why?

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.
Silversun Pickups
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.

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