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Suicidal Tendencies: 5/11/13 – Fox Theater – Pomona, California

Suicidal Tendencies is a legend among the punk genre for being one of the first hardcore punk bands. First formed in 1981, the band is still going strong with only frontman Mike Muir being the only remaining member. I got my first chance to see this band on May 11th at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California.

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The crowd was ready for Suicidal Tendencies. I could feel the fan-base’s energy just waiting to be unleashed. Even the opening bands did a great job. Normally opening bands don’t catch my eyes(or ears) but in this case they kept me entertained. Suicidal Tendencies was out supporting the release of their new album “13” that just came out in March. Suicidal Tendencies mainly played hits such as “Subliminal”, “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow”, “You Can’t Bring Me Down”, and my personal favorite, “Institutionalized”. As soon as they started, the crows wasted no time in getting crazy and mosh pits were going the whole night. Aside from greatest hits, they also played some songs off of their new album but I was unfamiliar with them. The crowd was different from the usual metal concerts I go to. It was nice to see a change of crowd other than the usual long-haired metal heads. The only complaint I have is the sound. For some reason I felt like it was a big mess. I had trouble hearing the guitars, sometimes I heard Mike’s microphone give out, and the bass was really loud to where sometimes I felt a sharp pain in my head. Not sure if that’s how their music is, or the Fox Theater had their sound mixed up. One thing I thought was really awesome, was at the end when Mike let the crowd rush onto stage and sing/hang out on stage and in the end the whole stage was covered by people. I recommend this live band for anyone that’s a fan of punk bands with a bit of thrash metal mixed in.

Suicidal Tendencies live – You Can’t Bring Me Down 5-11-13

Suicidal Tendencies live – Institutionalized 5-11-13

Suicidal Tendencies live – Subliminal 5-11-13

Suicidal Tendencies live – Pledge Your Allegiance 5-11-13

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Megadeth 12/7/12: Fox Theater Pomona, CA

Megadeth just finished wrapping up their tour in which they were celebrating the 20th anniversary release of their double-platinum selling album, Countdown To Extinction. As a huge Megadeth fan, I was super excited show and it was on their second-to-last stop at the SOLD OUT Fox Theater in Pomona, California on December 7th, 2012.

The venue itself is a decent size, it was my first time at that venue. The opening bands were: The Generators and Kyng. When Megadeth came on, they opened with their commercially successful song, Trust. They continued with the UFO/Area 51 themed, Hangar 18 which is the first Megadeth song I ever heard and is still one of my favorites due to the onslaught of shredding guitar solos done by Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick. Their 3rd song was Public Enemy #1 which is one of the tracks off of their newest album, Th1rt3en. After that, they proceeded to play the album, Countdown To Extinction from top to bottom.

The album contains some of their biggest hits such as Symphony of Destruction, Sweating Bullets, and Skin O’ My Teeth. After the album was finished, Megadeth came back out and played their hit single, She-Wolf and then their biggest hit-to-date and one of the greatest songs in metal and one of the best bass guitar riffs, Peace Sells. We all thought the show was over but then Dave Mustaine came back out to thank us for coming out and finished off the night by playing another one of my favorite Megadeth tunes, Holy Wars…The Punishment Due, which has one of my favorite guitar solos. This has to be one of the best times I’ve seen Megadeth. After the show, I caught up with Megadeth and talked with them for a bit and took pictures minus Mustaine whom was nowhere to be found. Dave Mustaine confirmed via his Twitter that the Pomona show will be released on DVD in the future so I definitely cannot wait to hopefully see myself on DVD!!

 

 

On this video, one of my friends who also attended the show, made a Megadeth flag. She throws it a Mustaine which he catches and in the video you can see him display it to the crowd, wipe his sweat on it, then throw it back to her. She still won’t stop talking about it but, can you blame her?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAJB06dL8w0&feature=share&list=PLSKJz6_8mmjgWPLBEv18b7rXfTdUiOkhj

 

 

 

Metal Blade Records Celebrates 30 Years With Free Concert

Metal Blade Records Celebrates 30 Years With Free Concert

The fine folks at Metal Blade Records have always been real kind to us here at Concert Confessions. It’s an honor for us to share info on a sweet show they are planning next month for residents of Southern California. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, they are putting on a free showcase at the Glass House in Pomona on September 15th. The all ages affair will feature headliners Six Feet Under as well as such hard hitting favorites as Cattle Decapitation, Battlecross, Gypsyhawk and Pilgram. In order to get in, you must RSVP with the fine folks at Scion. Note that just because you RSVP, it does not mean you get in so early arrival is suggested.

 

Goldenvoice Adds Coachella Week Shows For Southern California

Goldenvoice Adds Coachella Week Shows For Southern California

Goldenvoice just posted information on which Coachella 2012 bands will be playing shows in/around the greater Los Angeles Area during the week between each festival. Highlights include Kasabian at the Fonda, Refused at the Glass House and Pulp at the Fox Theatre. Check out the above poster to see which of your favorite Coachella Artists are playing in Southern California this April. As always, check out the official Goldenvoice page for up to the minute details on these shows.

 

The Vandals Announce Benefit Show To Help Fight Daily Variety Lawsuit

 

I am not going to come out here and act as if I am a giant fan of the Vandals.  I don’t even own a record of the band.  I have however in my 16+ years of concert going had the pleasure to see the band live twice and allow me to say they sure as hell deliver upon the stage.  That is enough for me to hopefully help them out in a nasty war that has consumed their lives over the past few years. 

So today I learned from our good friends at KROQ that The Vandals are in a bit of trouble.  It turns out some money hungry punks over at Daily Variety have had the band tangled in a lawsuit that is not only frivolous, but blocks the band’s first amendment rights.  So what can you do?

First off, you can read The Vandals take by clicking here.

You can write to Daily Variety and ask them to drop the whole thing by clicking here.

Finally, you can attend a benefit show by The Vandals on Sept 10th, 2010 at the Glass House in Pomona, CA.  You can purchase tickets ($20 plus service) by clicking here.

One Day As A Lion Makes Live Debut

 

While I was by the beach in Ventura celebrating one of the greatest publicists on the planets 31st birthday, our pal Johnny Firecloud from Antiquiet.com was braving triple digit heat to witness the live debut of the Zack De La Rocha/Jon Theodore collaboration – One Day As A Lion.

 You can read all about the show here.

Photo Credit - Johnny Firecloud/Antiquiet.com





2009 Epicenter Music Festival 08/22/09: Fairplex – Pomona, CA

Epicenter Festival 09

08/22/09 Fairplex: Pomona, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

Why waste time with a long introduction about the Fairplex at Pomona (you know, where they race ponies) lets just get to the f’n music!

Street Sweeper Social Club:

Street Sweeper Social Club: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

Chances are I would not have shown up to this festival till much later in the day if it was not for SSSC opening up the cavernous main stage.  As someone who spent their formative years (musically speaking) in the 1990’s I was not about to miss a chance to see Tom Morello live in person (having not seen him perform since the 90’s).  Not knowing anything about his new project (which features Boots Riley from The Coup), I was blown away by their oh so brief opening set.  Decked out in matching military jackets, the five piece outfit blazed through a handful of songs from their debut record.  When not having us take “The Oath” the politically charged band (strike that, as was repeated through the entire set by Riley, they are not a band, but a Social Club) was pumping out high energy rap meets funk meets MC5 jams like “Fight! Smash! Win” and “100 Little Curses”.  Perhaps the biggest crowd pleaser was their cover of MIA’s “Paper Planes” which became an all out assault against the current bank bail out by our Government.  Morello was going crazy the entire set, making his guitar produce noises that NO ONE has been able to replicate in 20 years.  I was so impressed, as soon as the Social Club closed with “Nobody Moves til We Say Go” I was off to the merch tent to pick up the album.

Hollywood Undead:

Hollywood Undead: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

I was curious about this six piece crunk rock outfit hailing from my old home town.  I have heard a few of their hits on the radio (and have seen plenty of graffiti left around the streets of LA bearing their name) and it’s not really my thing I suppose.  However, I went in with open ears was somewhat surprised with their 30+ minute set in the muggy Pomona heat.  Songs like “No. 5” and “Undead” got the mainly white male crowd excited.  I think my highlight was a song called “California”, that was still hard hitting, but had the alt/pop sensibilities of Weezer.  The collective closed their set with the hit “Everywhere I Go” which managed to get a small pit going at the front of the stage.  Personally, I don’t think I would rush to a merch booth to buy a record by this act, but they were somewhat enjoyable.  I am glad I went in with an open mind, and wouldn’t be opposed to seeing them again somewhere down the road.

Atreyu:

Atreyu: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

Atreyu was terrible.  I mean they were truly terrible.  We lasted 1 ½ songs, before running for some shade (where sadly we could still hear them).  Seriously, the fact that these complete tools have a career at all is shocking.  I am sure the corn in the dookie that I left in the port-a-potty could could better songs.  I now understand why their front man was booooed at the 2009 Golden Gods Awards.  Perhaps the biggest crime of these complete and total waste of sperm is their name.  They are not worthy of having such a cool band name, and I urge Congress to act quickly to strip them of it.  Hell, lets just have Congress drop a bomb on their tour bus.

Atmosphere:

Ant & Slug of Atmosphere: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

All I know is that Atmosphere has a great buzz around them (part of that buzz was actually featured here by our man BeeZnutZ a few months back) and they were set to close the Monster Energy Drink Side Stage at 4:20.  Seemed like the logical place to be for someone like myself.  Just before 4:20, the Minneapolis hip hop duo (featuring rapper Slug and DJ Ant) took to the tiny stage and figured they could start early and sneak an extra song in.  I couldn’t tell you a single song title excpet “Shoulda Known” but they were really good.  I have to assume the organic hip hop act would work better in a small club, this was a great taste for me into the infinite possibilities this act.  Plus he got the crowd to chant make dinner dinner so that was pretty cool.  I need to explore these guys deeper for sure.  We cut out about 2/3rds into their set to get a good spot at the main stage.

Wolfmother:

Wolfmother: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

Wow, where do I start on this one?  I won’t lie, when Wolfmother first came on the scene I somewhat dug it, checked out their record.  But as I got deeper into them, I was turned off by how it just lacked a certain something.  By the time Mike Patton was all over You Tube ranting about how unoriginal this Australian outfit was, well lets just say I was drinking his Kool-Aid and hoping off the Wolfmother bandwagon.  Knowing how front man Andrew “temper tantrum” Stockdale had fired the entire band, I went into their dinner time set with an open mind, but didn’t expect much.  I think it was about three minutes into their opening song “Dimension” when my mind was made up.  Wolfmother is a bad joke and truly generic, boring and un-stimulating.  The band played with no feeling at all.  Stockdale had to repeatedly ask their drummer (who sported a full on Mexi-mullet) to speed up, which sadly he was too fat and out of shape to do.  The band seemed to mix (dare I say) classic Wolfmother with songs from their upcoming “Cosmic Egg” record.  One new song, “California Dream” was basically Kasabian on their worst day trying to be Fu Manchu, while another new song “New Moon Rising” sounded like Black Sabbath being fronted by a goat.  I don’t know how anyone could have taken it seriously.  The band even struggled on their biggest hit – “Woman” with a very sloppy middle section that featured Stockdale running around stage like a four year old who was sent to his room without supper.  “Mind’s Eye” was an even bigger train wreck than “Woman” if you can imagine that.  Stockdale further grew upset by the lack of response from the crowd.  I guess no one told him that a field of sunburnt dope smokers are not going to waste their energy clapping for a band whose bass player appears equally burnt (no joke, I think he gave up at one point).  I have to assume that this may very well be the end of Wolfmother in the states.  Face it:  you’re an untalented cry baby who indulged himself by playing pathetic new material to close instead of a crowd favorite like “Joker and the Thief”.  The stop watch has counted down 14 minutes; make the most of it while it lasts.

Alice in Chains:

Alice in Chains: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

Now this is what I was truly looking forward too.  I have been a huge fan of Alice in Chains for over 15 years now.  However, I was too young to catch them live the first time around, and sadly Lane was a waste of flesh and bones by the time I started going to concerts on a regular basis.  You can only imagine my excitement to see them at this festival.  I thought my brain was going to explode when the band opened their set with “Rain When I Die”.  It’s amazing how similar to Lane, yet distinct new front man William DuVall  sounds.  The man can belt it out, and has a great stage presence.  We were on bassist Mike Inez’s side of the stage, as he dropped bomb and bomb in classic Chains hits like “Man In The Box” and “Them Bones”.  The band played two new songs (sorry, I didn’t catch the titles) and both were very solid (and better presented than Wolfmother).  However it was the classics that got people moving (including the first full blown pit of the afternoon).  The group closed with the one-two punch of “Would?” and “Rooster” .  Despite being covered in sweat from the sun all day, I found myself having goose bumps during the last number.  Both axe slinger Jerry Cantrell and DuVall sounded so good together on the vocals of what I guess would be AIC’s biggest hit.  Perhaps the crowd (at near capacity) singing along the melody rich opening lyrics added a bit to my bumps.  As a life long fan, the 45 minute set was much too short for me, but also truly magical.  In fact it was a dream come true and my personal highlight from Epicenter 09.

Linkin Park:

Chester of Linkin Park: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

A funny thing happened as the sun set behind the grand stand of the Fairplex @ Pomona.  As roadies set the stage for the only North American appearance of Linkin Park in 2009, the douche bags came out in alarming numbers.  While I don’t go out of my way to listen to Linkin Park, I have nothing against them.  However, you can not turn on rock radio in Southern California without hearing at least one Linkin Park song an hour.  They are the Depeche Mode of heavy metal.  Catchy Pop songs with neat lil computer riffs and large Metallica-esque power chords.  While I prefer something with a little more thought behind it, this music is the perfect backdrop for simple minded douche bags in Affliction shirts who enjoy beating the snot out of each other after spending $100 on 10 cups filled full of delicious Rocky Mountain Goodness.  This is exactly what happened during the LP’s set.  The band played hit after hit after hit to the delight of the simple minded masses.  “Somewhere I Belong”, “Faint”, “Crawling” and “What I’ve Done”, you know, all the songs you and I are sick and tired of despite no longer listening to terrestrial radio.  I know that sounds a tad mean, but with the mix of earlier mentioned D-bags I found myself having more fun throwing trash at various tweekers who used a safety barrier to stand upon to enrich their view, and selfishly blocking the view of thousands behind them.  Musically there were two highlights for me.  The first was “Numb” which happens to be my favorite Linkin Park song.  As with all the other songs, the band played it to perfection, never missing a beat as DJ/band dictator worked hard on his laptop.  The other highlight was “Breaking The Habit”.  Towards the end of this one, the PA suddenly went silent.  While the band didn’t realize this at first, the crowd sure did.  Yet instead of getting hostile, the sweaty blob of humanity sang along with the band, turning it into a rather special moment.  The band eventually noticed, and managed to start back up where they left off as soon as the PA was restored.  A very pro move, showing that despite not being on tour all year, this band is very tight and play together very well.  For as special as this moment was, it was short lived as lead singer Chester Bennington used Epicenter 09 as the perfect chance to commit suicide.

Dead By Sunrise:

Dead By Sunrise: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

We were treated to a very large promotional blitz for Bennington’s new project all day.  Street teamers covered the venue with glossy promo posters, while a small place circled the venue for hours dragging a banner that read “Who Is Dead By Sunrise?”  Towards the end of LP’s set, the band left, and roadies quickly brought out some synthesizers and drum sets.  Chester returned and mentioned how he would be debuting some new songs with his new band (featuring Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh formerly of Orgy) and wanted to know what we thought.  I think he found out as the entire crowd sent a thunderous collective boo towards the stage after the first song.  Simply saying thank you, the band launched into the next song, which somehow managed to be worse than the first one.  It was at this time when trash was thrown upon stage, middle fingers were raised and the crowd quickly grew upset.  It was clear by the third and final song that this little promo stunt had gone horribly wrong.  Shuck (who is now a fat bloated old man still trying to act like he’s a cool hip 21) threw a temper tantrum that would have made Wolfmother proud, throwing his guitar and once again coming to the shocking realization that no one gives two craps about his piss poor techno guitar rock sound.  As chants for Tool came from the crowd, the musicians quickly left the stage with their tails between their legs. Hell, it may be the first time in history that a drummer threw sticks into the crowd only to have the person who caught them throw them back.  Atreyu owes these guys a gift basket of cookies or something, as it saved them from being the worst band all day.  Thankfully, Linkin Park came back out (with Chester seemed to be holding back tears) to play the Transformers 2 song, another nameless hit that sounds like all the other hits before finally closing with “One Step Closer”.

Tool:

Adam Jones of Tool: 08/22/09: Epicenter Festival - Pomona, CA

I am a huge fan of Tool, and along with Alice In Chains, they were the reason I purchased a ticket for this festival.  Having seen Tool four times over the years, I knew exactly what I was in for – a skull fucking sensory overload of massive proportions.  However, despite playing a very similar set list as the 10,000 Days tour, this set a unique twist.  Mr. Maynard James Keenan was “kicked in the balls by God” or so he said, and was on crutches with a bad leg.  After the band opened with a skull crushing version of “Jambi” a very chatty Keenan shared how he had hurt himself, and how he should be praised for even showing up, as lesser pretentious singers such as HIMSELF would have cancelled the gig.  He mentioned how he knew it was important for the audience to “get drunk and run into each other” and he didn’t want to let em down.  Despite Keenan’s numerous apologies for his lack luster performance, I thought he and the rest of the band sounded fine.  Hits like “46 & 2” and “Stinkfist” kept the crowd happy while crazy images created by guitarist Adam Jones were projected upon giant video screens.  “Schism” caught me off guard as it had a really fast middle bridge section, almost more punk rock than prog.  It was during this song that a large fire made from a days worth of trash and or various promo material broke out on the large infield, prompting Keenan to encourage the crowd to “Stop, Drop and Roll.”  My personal highlight was the intense ode to acid and aliens that is “Rosetta Stoned”.  I must be honest, instead of the normal lighting fast verses, I think Keenan was just making lyrics up.  I have no clue what he said, but I must assume it was inspired by any and all pain killers the wine enthusiast was on because of the bad leg.  Perhaps the highlight for the massive audience was the title track to the Aenima record.  With Keenan opening the song by saying “Nothing Personal”, the Bill Hicks inspired song attack on collective home of Los Angeles was perhaps the loudest sing along of the night.  Honestly, despite playing for 90 minutes and going well past curfew, the Tool set was not nearly long enough for me (I think Linkin Park actually had a longer set).  Despite aches and pain from standing for hours, I wanted so much more, but sadly that was not to be.  I truly figured the band would close with “Lateralus”, but thankfully we got to end with the recent modern rock radio hit “Vicarious”.  As drummer Danny Carey (in full Kobe Bryant uniform) pounded out the final notes, we began the long walk back to our car, satisfied knowing that we got to not only witness Tool during one of their down times, but were able to witness a wonderful day of music.

In closing, the 2009 Epicenter Festival was a massive success.  Sure, all the bands may not have been pleasing on the ears, but it was a great day, with a great vibe.  Kudos to the event producers for putting on a truly fan friendly festival with hardly any flaws.  I truly hope this new festival continues to grow and that 2010 is even better than this year.

The Crowd @ Epicenter 09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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