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Hangout Music Festival 2014: The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, QOTSA and More

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If at any point you were under the impression that this festival fever is a game, then you were sadly mistaken. Next up on a big week for festival announcements is the Hangout Music Festival, which takes place on a beach in Alabama.  The headliners are solid and include The Black Keys coming out of hiding alongside The Killers and Outkast.

Other notables include Queens Of The Stone Age (who should be headlining ALL these festivals with their stellar work in 2013),Modest Mouse, The Avett Brothers, Tagan and Sara Pretty Lights, Childish  Gambino, The Flaming Lips, STS9,  Jack Johnson (wouldn’t be a beach if Jack Johnson wasn’t there), Reignwolf, Andrew W.K. and many many more.

For ticketing information head over to HangoutMusicFest.com. Start planning your mid May trips to the deep south now.

Music Midtown 2013 Announces Lineup

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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.

Queens of the Stone Age Reveal Tour Dates This Fall in North America

Live on Letterman - 06/05/2013

 

So if you’ve heard …Like Clockwork then it’s probably going to be blasting out of your speakers and headphones for the next couple of weeks. It’s alright, that’s what great records make you do. You know what they also make you do? Go see the band live, and Queens Of The Stone Age are giving some lucky cities that chance this fall. Check out all non-festival tour dates below. Spoiler alert. No New York or California. See the bands full tour itinerary by clicking here. 

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Queens of the Stone Age Fall Tour Dates: 

9/10 Toronto // Air Canada Center
9/12 Detroit // The Fillmore
9/13 Cincinnati // PNC Pavilion
9/14 Pittsburgh // Stage AE Outdoors
9/15 Columbus // LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheater
9/17 Indianapolis // Old National Centre
9/18 Louisville // Louisville Palace
9/19 Charlotte // TWC Amphitheater
9/20 Asheville // Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
10/5 Grand Prairie // Verizon Theatre
10/7 Nashville // Municipal Auditorium
10/8 Fayetteville // Arkansas Music Pavilion
10/9 Tulsa // Brady Theatre

Watch Queens of the Stone Age Perform on David Letterman

Live on Letterman - 06/05/2013

Queens of the Stone Age was in town for their Live On Letterman performance that aired via the internets at 9PM EST, so only fitting that they’d stick around and play “My God is The Sun” off their latest, incredibly sexy record ‘…Like Clockwork’. Take a listen to that album here, and then go buy it. For the performance that aired on broadcast television, just scroll down below because we have video courtesy of, our buddy The Audio Perv. Check it out below:

And below that, you can replay the band’s full hour ‘Live on Letterman’ performance.

 

Queens of the Stone Age My God is The Sun

Queens Of The Stone Age – Live On Letterman

Made In America Festival Reveals 2013 Lineup

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Jay-Z is the latest of festival curators to announce the lineup via an annoying Spotify playlist. Right as the ink is dry on the sale of his shares in the New Jersey Brooklyn Nets, the rapper/sports agent announced that Made In America Festival will be returning to Philly this Labor Day Weekend. Big names include Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age and Beyonce`. Other acts on the stupid Spotify playlist signifying their spots at this festival include Phoenix,  The Gaslight Anthem, Kendrick Lamar,Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul(that’s the whole Black Hippy crew FYI), A$AP Rocky, Solange, AlunaGeorge, Haim, 2 Chainz, Public Enemy, Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5,Fitz And The Tantrums, Emeli Sandé, Wolfgang Gartner, Jesse Rose, Walk The Moon and we are so sick of this stupid playlist that we’re gonna link you right up to it by clicking here and you can find out the rest of the bill. Head over to the official festival website for the rest details.

Check Out This Teaser Video that seems to be the hip thing to do nowadays:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V4AWqEEvxLA

Lollapalooza Announces Full 2013 Lineup

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Alight folks here we go. Lollapalooza 2013 has revealed it’s full lineup. We debated sharing the headliners with you when they broke a few weeks ago (  Phoenix, The Postal Service, The National, the Killers, Mumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend). We decided to wait for the full lineup, and it turned out alright.

In the artists we care about after giving the lineup a quick skim category we list these folks:

Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails ,The Cure, Ghost(not calling them B.C.!),Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Death Grips, Grizzly Bear, Major Lazer, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Haim, Cat Power, Beach House, Baroness, Smith Westerns, DIIV, Tegan & Sara, Baauer, Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 2 Chainz, Disclosure, Angel Haze, Wild Nothing, Eric Church, Father John Misty, Reignwolf

Check out this poster below for the full list, or head over to the official festival website by clicking here

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The Top 10 Jay Porks Experiences of 2011

As 2011 reaches a close, we take a look back at the year in concerts. In volume, I probably attend the least amount of total shows per year if you pool all of the contributors here at Concert Confessions. But never the less, by years end I will have reached 23 concerts, eclipsing last years total of 20. My only personal goal is to always get out to more shows then the year before. We did that in 2011, and here’s hoping we crack a bigger mark in 2012. Back to the reminiscing, here’s the Top Ten Jay Porks Exerperience’s of 2011

10)GWAR Music Hall of Williamsburg(2/20/11)

It was a cold night in February. I remember it like it was yesterday-it was the day before I was to get my Blackberry, and I remember the whole night being pissed about how if I would’ve gotten a new phone earlier that day I’d leave here tonight with better quality photos. Speaking of photos, the Reverend Justito was able to go through channels and gain me a photo pass for the first 3 songs of their set. It was at this time that I would stand about an arms distance from the late Cory Smoot/Flatimis Maximus while getting soaked in GWAR fluids, which would later add some difficulty to hailing a cab after the show-being that it looked like I was covered in blood. Awesome times [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXrJ0Kw6d_Y&w=480&h=360]

9)Slaughterhouse at SOB’s (5/25/11)

I know what your all thinking-How the hell does he throw Hip Hop into his Top Ten? Well, a week or so prior to Joe Budden replying to a Tweet of mine setting off a back and forth which gained me a collective middle finger from his fan base, he played with Slaughterhouse at SOB’s. This is the show that made me buy the tickets to see the man solo at Irving Plaza, and even though that was terrible, I can’t deny what Budden, Royce Da 5’9′, ‘Joell Ortiz’ and ‘Crooked I’ did to the stage at SOB’s that night. And that was setting it on fire. Also, one of the openers ‘Emilio Rojas’, I promise you will headline shows in 2012. He sounded like the future.

8)Chris Cornell @ Town Hall(4/13/11)

With a Soundgarden full on reunion tour not yet confirmed, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Mr. Chris Cornell on his Solo Acoustic Songbook Tour. The hair is back, and in full Jesus mode Cornell blessed us with hits from Soundgarden, Audioslave, his own solo catalog and mixed in a Beatles cover along with a, brace yourselves, acoustic cover of Ghostland Observatory’s “Sad Sad City”.

7)Dinosaur Jr w/ Henry Rollins, OFF and Fucked Up @ Terminal 5 (6/23/11)

Overlooking the balcony on the 3rd floor of Terminal 5 for an epic night of events. If it wasn’t enough that I was seeing Dinosaur Jr., we had Keith Morris in the building with his latest band. OFF!. In addition to that we had the critical acclaimed “Fucked Up”. And the frosting for the cake, Henry Freakin’ Rollins interviewed Dinosaur Jr on stage before their set, an interview I captured in it’s entirety and it up on YouTube. Also got most of their set, they had great lighting and my spot was of epic proportions. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n0mEa2r_hM&w=480&h=360]

6)Local H Mercury Lounge (4/21/11)

Local H is one of those bands that will probably always find there way on my year end best list if they come around to my neck of the woods, and that’s just what happened. Not only that, but they were booked for an “Early show” at the Mercury Lounge-which means doors at 7PM and show was to end promptly at 9:30. No problem for Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair, who kicked out about 20 jams in the time they had on stage, including 2 songs from a forthcoming Local H record: “Cold Matter” and “Another February”(which I have video of below this paragraph). Covered ‘Joey’ by Concrete Blonde and “Wolf Like Me” courtesy of TV on the Radio. During Wolf Like Me, Scott came off stage with his guitar and played, like, into the camera was recording with and eventually was jamming out leaning against me as people snapped photos of him in the crowd. What Mercury Lounge is great for in not having security so I can tape, they suck at lights-and there is no conclusive proof of this on video. At least my buddy who I met into at the Lemonheads show says he remembers me from the crowd and remembers seeing that happen. Got an autograph from Mr. Lucas after the show and gave it to my friend Pam, who was defeated by New York City traffic trying to make it there. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sXiip0fN78&w=480&h=360]

5)Flaming Lips&Weezer Get Freaky On The Same Stage PNC (7/28/11)

So when I saw the show listed on Ticketmaster it was billed “Weezer/Flaming Lips” yet when my ticket arrived in the mail it said “Flaming Lips/Weezer”. I figured at the least I save myself time seeing some crap opener, as I like both these bands. As the show drew near, it was announced that the bands would both set their gear up on stage, and take turns playing songs back and forth. Now isn’t this interesting? And it turned out to be even way more fun then I imagined. With limited time, sort of, Weezer wasn’t able to squeeze into their set a bunch of songs I hate. Plus they kicked off the night both bands on stage playing Black Sabbath’s “Sweat Leaf” with Wayne Coyne and Rivers Cuomo floating the pit area in space bubbles. After 2 hours of back and forth hits from both bands, they shared the stage again to play “She Don’t Use Jelly” followed by “Undone(The Sweater Song)” before going off. Awesomeness. I was still giddy as I wrote the review on a plane flying off to Washington State-that’s a hint for things to come on this list. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d2iws3WKGc&w=480&h=360]

We have a tie for 3rd/4th place:

3)Meat Puppets (11/4/11) & in Teaneck, NJ (11/6/11)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cw28zvA_Xk&w=480&h=360]

The Meat Puppets returned to New York City for the first time in 2 years to play Le Poisson Rouge. They would play 2 nights later in Teaneck, NJ at Mexicali Live with me in attendance as well. It’s a tie because on both nights they would equally scorch the stage they played frying hearts and minds-yet it was two totally different experiences for me despite the set list not varying much. Night one in NYC I got backstage, and was able to hang with the boys before the show and even got to meet Sean Yseult (bass player who started a little band called White Zombie with dude named Rob), who was nothing less then a bad ass chick-I mean that in the awesome sense. But after all that it ended up I couldn’t get a good spot up front and had to extend my arm up full length when recording songs(the good news being I don’t have to hide my camera from anyone, being the Social Media Assistant for the band I am actually permitted and encouraged to do so).

Two nights later I meet up with Pam in Teaneck, NJ-a little hidden spot of Northern New Jersey I never even knew existed. My intentions on this night are to finally show off my favorite band still touring to one of my good friends- [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yeJftK_l5Q&w=480&h=360]
one of the few friends I have in real life who’s musical taste I respect. She’s never seen them, and this was to be my 9th time. Check this out, you know that band Black Box Revelation that’s been blowing up by the show? Yea, they opened up this one before they set off w/ Beady Eye on tour a week or so later. They were awesome. And my great spot for video during this Meat Puppets set as oppose to they Friday night set is not even comparable. I got everything I needed to get and more. About halfway during set Pam says to me “This drummer is amazing”. That drummer is Shandon Sahm (son of Doug Sahm, I’m gonna let you use Wikipedia for this one), and for the nights encore as it would have been Doug Sahm’s 70th Birthday day, we saw Curt Kirkwood relinquish his guitar to Shandon and took a seat at the drum kit. They then played “She’s About A Mover”, a Sir Douglas Quintet cover with Curt on drums and Shandon Sahm singing and playing guitar. Got Curt to autograph Pam’s ticket after the show. Freaking amazing weekend of the Meat Puppets, hence my tie for 3rd/4th place. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTZw1SJbg4g&w=480&h=360]

2)Ween Hammerstein Ballroom: Halloween 2011

For a second year in a row through circumstances beyond their control, Ween fall one spot short of the top spot on my best shows of 2011 list. It was Halloween, it was WEEN at Hammerstein Ballroom in the city. We tore the seated section 103 apart, stacking chairs creating a standing room frenzy. They did another “Evening w/ Ween” which includes no opening acts-and played for the better part of three hours dressed up for Halloween in skimpy sailor outfits. It was amazing, and even through picking up the pieces of my face on the way out the door-the number one spot had already been locked in. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn820V9WMhw&w=480&h=360]

1)Soundgarden, QOTSA, Mastodon,& the Meat Puppets @ The Gorge 7/30/11

Remember when I said I was writing the Flaming Lips/Weezer review on a plane heading to Washington State? Yea well, that was one insane weekend. With tour guides TheNaturalStoner and Mr. Sparkly taking care of me, we were off on Saturday July 30th of 2011 to the Gorge Amphitheater to see Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, and THE MEAT PUPPETS. This was before any Meat Puppets dates were locked for NYC so I had to make sure I caught them right? Plus opening for Soundgarden?!? A band I’ve been waiting to see for years and years. And sandwich in Queens of the Stone Age, which I missed out on a presale from their NYC show in March and how can we think this could get any better? Well, it got better as soon as we were at the top of the grassy hill looking down at the stage camped so behind it is the beautiful Columbia River and mountainside. 18,000 people get in this place, standing room exclusive. If it wasn’t enough that I got to see the Meat Puppets for the 7th time that night, I also got to see Soundgarden close out strong. And while Queens of the Stone Age kicked out songs I love, like “Go With The Flow” & “No One Knows” ,with the sun setting and beams of light bouncing off the river and silhouetting the people on the lawn.. man that 8-10 minutes right there may have been the greatest moment of my life(well, besides Jen Cartiglia). We had from what I counted 5 of us Concert Confessioners in attendance- Myself, TheNaturalStoner & Mr. Sparkly in one tent trying to get texts through to Phishbeard to meet up with us, while at the same time we tried to gain WiFi to find Jakob. The whole Washington experience blew me away, and the show being that epic wasn’t hurting matters either. Camped out afterward sleeping on a folding chair using a sleeping bag as a blanket starring up at the stars, which I can actually see in a state without the air pollution that New York City contains. Woke everyone around us camping up early due to my phone’s alarm clock still being on east coast time. The video I share below is not one that I shot, but shot by TheNaturalStoner. Since I was standing right next to him anyway, and his camera is way better then mine, here you go: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iou9tnsHt6w&w=640&h=360]

Honorable Mentions!!

I seriously wanted to put Charlie Sheen’s Violent Torpedo of Truth tour in here, but I didn’t want to take the crap from all the trolls out there who DIDN’T attend…But damn that was a pretty freaking epic night, awesome times with friends.. hence it’s honorable mention.

-Phish, Night 1 of their MSG New Years Eve run was pretty funky as well, had this list not been done before I attended the show on 12/28/11, it would have been up for nomination

Jakob’s Top 10 Concerts of the Year

Jakob’s Top 10 Concerts of the Year

 

I’ve been to a ton of concerts this year, thanks in part to my awesome Dad for putting up with my concert-going needs. Well out of the many I’ve been to this year, here are my top 10. I am not doing top 10 live bands, but the top 10 shows. So here we go.

10. Social Distortion 02/12/11 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

Although I didn’t write a review of this show (I hadn’t discovered CC yet), this is the show that kicked off my 2011 concert season. Punk legends Social Distortion playing three sold out nights in a row in Seattle is just an outstanding feat. They played a great setlist and they were loud and crazy. Mike Ness and the boys may be kinda old, but they still put out great music and put on great shows (Photo from 10/29/11).

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

Two days before seeing Soundgarden at the Gorge, I was seeing Hassidic reggae/rapper Matisyahu at the Portland Zoo. Matisyahu put on an energetic, albeit short, concert to a mostly Jewish crowd (I think there was a Hebrew school field trip there). There was certainly more weed than I expected, but it was a cool show with great vibes. Oh and being Jewish makes it more of a rite of passage than a concert.

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

I also had the pleasure of not only seeing but also being the youngest person seeing 90s post-grunge superstars Bush. After a decade-long breakup, the British band got back together for a tour that hit theaters and small clubs. Seeing them at the brand new venue The Neptune Theater just made it that much cooler, and Bush put on a brilliant show that rocked very hard. Gavin Rossdale sings better than I’ve ever heard him before.

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

Bumbershoot is an annual music/arts festival that takes place at the Seattle Center. While 2010’s festival sported big name acts like Weezer, Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Meat Puppets, Hole, and Rise Against, this year’s festival was headlined by Wiz Khalifa, Presidents of the United States of America, Ray LaMontagne, and Hall and Oates. I was almost not gonna go until I won tickets for day 2 of the festival. I was able to see bands like The Kills (kind of), Butthole Surfers, Atari Teenage Riot, NoMeansNo, and internet comedy act The Gregory Brothers.

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

The recently reunited alternative metal band System of a Down did a short west coast tour earlier this year, including Seattle’s own Key Arena. Not only that, but they chose gypsy punk collective Gogol Bordello to open for them, a band I happen to love. Both bands put on amazing shows, with SOAD playing a 29-song set. It was also my very first review. (Read with caution).

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

Unfortunately, there are people out there unaware of Echo Movement’s mind-warpingly fantastic music. Lead singer Stephen Fowler and his brother, keyboardist, Dave, are the greatest songwriting duo since Lennon-McCartney. They inspire nothing but good vibes, and they are some of the nicest dudes ever. So take their motto to heart, and “listen to Echo Movement.”

4. Zeds Dead (12/9):

Say what you will about dubstep, I love it. The overall energy and feel of it just makes me want to get up and dance way more than Ke$ha ever will. Skrillex has more talent in his ridiculous glasses than Ke$ha does in her whole body. Well anyway, Toronto-based dubstep duo Zeds Dead (named after the famous Pulp Fiction quote) rocked the house with their rockin’ house music (see what I did there?). After numerous songs mashed into one (nonstop!), they encored with The Pixies‘ Where is My Mind?, and Weezer’s Say It Ain’t So. Long story short, see a dubstep show.

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


After days of bugging my dad to get me tickets to this show, I had to settle with the upper seating area of Key Arena. It was ok, though. I had a great view of great bands such as Mumford and Sons, Death Cab for Cutie (blech), Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club, and Grouplove. The show was almost overwhelming with its sheer beauty, and it may have been more of a Christmas show (I am Jewish), but it was still wonderful.

2. Sasquatch 2011 Day 1 05/27/11 – Gorge Amphitheater – George, WA


Unfortunately, I only had the opportunity to see one night of the world-famous Sasquatch Festival. Fortunately, though, I was able to see Foo Fighters, one of the biggest bands in the galaxy. I also got the chance to see newly reunited garage rock duo Death From Above 1979, and new punk lords Against Me! The drive to the Gorge that day may have been difficult, but dancing to “Everlong” with strangers totally made up for it (Click here to read our review of Sasquatch Day 1 from our pals thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard.

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


No doubt, this is the best show I’ve been to. Not only did I have the opportunity to see the newly reunited Gods of grunge metal, but I got to see them with alt-rock stoners Queens of the Stone Age, muscular man metal band Mastodon, and classic indie rockers Meat Puppets. PLUS: I got to see them at the beautiful and fantastic Gorge Amphitheater. Soundgarden played through their classics, and I left the Gorge feeling tired and sore. Twas an awesome show.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10!

Here’s to another great year of concerts. *coughREDHOTCHILIPEPPERS*cough*TOOL*cough*NOELGALLAGHER*cough*BONNAROO*

-Jakob

Jay Porks Heads Out West for Soundgarden, QOTSA, Mastodon & The Meat Puppets! 7/30/11

Spent much of this weekend just staring around in amazement, repeating the phrase “Holy freaking God” over and over again. This is a special 53rd installment of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series as it took us to Newark Airport, where I hopped on a plane and came out to Washington State(Home of the Cougs) to meet up with some of the Northwest chapter of Concert Confessions: thenaturalstoner ,Mr Sparkly (Who Are Hosting Me) and possibly another 3 as at last check we were to have five Concert Confessioners  who will be in attendance at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA for the epic bill of Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, and The Meat Puppets on an awesome summer Saturday … Had NOOOO idea what I was getting myself into..

‘We’re not at PNC Bank Arts Center anymore’ is the thought in my head as we start to drive into the campground.. yea that’s right I said it, campground. A sea of tents pitched everywhere, people getting wasted everywhere; and this place was about 1000 times the size of ANY venue I’ve ever been to in my homeland on the Least coast. If I was at this show by myself, there’s no way camping out all night would’ve even been a thought in my head. We don’t camp in NYC, we take sweaty train rides after shows and get home at 2AM… but there I was after the show sleeping on a folding chair outside the tent using a sleeping bag as a blanket , but trust me we will get to all that later.

So we pitch a tent, camp out and pre-funk for a little while.. we decide to head down to the box office and claim the photo passes that were left for us through me via Meat Puppets personnel.. To not run off on a tangent here, lets just send out thanks over to those imbeciles (Livenation) that run the box office at this place for fucking that photo pass experience up for me. If I wasn’t walking over this hill and seeing heaven on the other side, I’d be super pissed-as opposed to just really pissed.

So after several up hill climbs through the scorching hot sun (Yea, I came to Washington State and didn’t see one drop of rain, not one CLOUD my entire time here! False advertisement right there-I thought I was escaping the heat), we finally make it to the the gigantic mountainside that is The Gorge Amphitheater.. I’ve been to venues with lawn based seating, but this is ONLY lawn seating and the hill is a hell of a lot of steeper then the one at PNC in Homdel or that similar, bigger venue in Camden, NJ.. and it’s not a polluted highway behind the stage, it’s a freaking river. It’s like this piece of land split in half causing a canyon to open-and they placed a stage in the middle. I know I sound a little too blown away by seeing the Northwest -but I’m from the city, this is all new to me. A one mile stretch without a cement building is something I’ve never seen before-let alone a valley(or a “Gorge” they might say).

Meat Puppets come out at 6PM with the guns blazing, they were heavy from the start..I knew it was gonna be “Oh, Me”  to kick it off by the sound of the guitar jingles.. but I didn’t know they were going to come out that intense with it. I was thrilled to see as many people down on the cement area in front of the stage(every part of this place is general admission-lawn tickets get you everywhere here) can walk down to the front and get rocking out.. Because I know a lot of people are missing them right now, and that sucks. Jumped into “Sam”, the lyrical demonstration that it is..moving faster than R.E.M.’s “It’s the end of the world as we know it”.. Then “Plateau”, which was fitting considering we hiked many hills and plateau’s to arrive where we are. Except there was way more “nothing at the top” at this Plateau, there was the freaking Meat Puppets right in front of me for the seventh time. It was the first time I’ve ever seen Curt Kirkwood use his Les Paul live with my own eyes before, the six times on the east coast I’ve seen them he played his teal Fender Strat.. That’s a query I need answered: Is it a coastal thing? Not like they sound any different, it’s just something that’s been in the back of my mind for a while. “Backwater” followed, the one Meat Puppets song I was able to get played on the radio when I was the in-studio guest at my local college radio station a week ago(88.9FM WSIA or www.WSIA.fm), so we were diggin our heels in, and again I loved the people up front so into it. That one time I caught the Pups as a first opener there was like 30 of us there at a 3500+ capacity venue it saddened me.. so glad I’m in WA. When they followed Backwater with “Sloop John B” (Beach Boys cover) I started getting really excited. Not for Sloop John B so much as for the fact that I was completely sold on the fact they would play “Hey Baby Que Paso”, I’ve been going over the lyrics to the song with the kitchen staff at my day job for months. Then I recognize the little lead in that’s about to be “Lake of Fire”.. as much as I love that freakin’ song, it hurt like a stab in the chest because I knew the set was ending in a little over 7 minutes when the end this song.. Damn, I figured this venue would give them at least 40 mins, they got a half hour, if not less. Again I’m not exactly from around these parts, but I know for a fact that the Meat Puppets didn’t request to only play six songs. I think doors should’ve opened earlier and had longer sets for the bands. It’s not like we’re in a residential area here-we’re all camping here all night.. I just don’t get it. The boys were done at 6:30

Which brings me to my next point: If there’s one band to remove from this bill to make this a full out amazing Ménage à trois of great bands playing long sets, which one would it be? Who’s the odd man out here? Then at 6:48 when Mastodon came out and we started to make our way back up the lawn, that was the question wondered aloud. And lets not take this as a shot at Mastodon, they do what they do and judging by the herds of people heading down for their set-they do it well. Caught them on the BlackDiamondSkye tour at it’s Madison Square Garden stop …so as they plowed through their 40 minutes set while we were walking up the mammoth lawn, they were plenty loud enough where we heard the entire set no matter how far away from the stage we went.

Another wild card to the evening, what is Queens of the Stone Age going to play? They’ve been on a album-themed tour, playing their first record in it’s entirety.. and we just had a 30 minute set followed by a 40 minute set. It’s 7:53 when they came out, there is a lot of show left tonight.

Not recognizing the first four songs was the indicator that this first album thing was going down. First song I recognized was “Giveth Then Take It Away”.. a little while later we had Josh Homme, who is the man by the way, saying “everyone’s waiting for it to get dark so they could do all those things they can’t do in the light” … introduced a song called “Make It Wit-Chu”, saying it was a song for the ladies. Then suddenly out of no where we turn and two people just got engaged during the song-now obviously that guy was aware of what the set list was going to be, we should’ve found him… from that guy popping the question and onward was magic.. my eyes are drawn to the left, as I notice the sun is beginning to set. I know it’s happens everyday, but man during those last three songs “Little Sister”, “Go with the Flow” and “No One Knows” with the sun setting and beams of light bouncing off the river, silhouetting the people on the lawn.. man that 8 minutes or so right there may have been the greatest moment of my life (well, besides Jen Cartiglia of course). They went off at 8:43.. epicness

So it’s coming up on 9 and Soundgarden is on deck.. Little note to keep in mind for the duration of Soundgarden’s set-I hate Eddie Vedder, and I hate Pearl Jam-personal preference, lets not muddy this up. Anyway, being the last show on Soundgarden’s tour and being in their backyard(even though Eddie Vedder is from California,he wears flannel so he can say he’s from there) combined with my luck I had a bad feeling we’d be having a Temple of the Dog section of the set and me in tears during everyone’s glee. All the awesome stuff I’ve seen over here in Washington, this gorgeous venue, this epic adventure can easily be turned into another Jay Porks Bogus Journey. I hate to be the one guy in the building praying for it not to happen(no I don’t), but I think I’m the only one in the building who traveled 3000+ miles for this. If would be the equivalent to finding out the hottest girl you know has a penis.

Save the suspense, as we can read in Jakob’s review, there was no PJ sighting, no Vedder appearances, no Hunger Strike or whatever non sense it is that they do…Also in Jakob’s review he mentions the bootleg tee shirts they were selling outside the venue.. it had all four bands listed on it. Not only did it have the wrong Meat Puppets drummer on it in the picture, but above the words Queens of the Stone Age was a picture of Pearl Jam. I, of course, bought this shirt. With Vedder staring right at me, didn’t notice it til the next day.. (I can’t get away from this guy). So besides that, I’m also thinking “How is Soundgarden going to top this? Seriously, what are they going to do, play a 2 hour set of nothing but their best?”

To answer the question in my last paragraph-Hell yes. It’s exactly what Soundgarden did. The sky was still a bit pink as the sun was behind the mountains. I don’t care how far away I was the sound if freaking golden on some of these videos I got.. 9:10 was the official first riff. And speaking of video, “Spoonman” was the 2nd song in.. “Gun” followed. This place is rocking like I’ve never seen a place rock before. And I got to see “Jesus Christ Pose”! For that girl screaming it in the row in front of me at Town Hall a few weeks back for Cornell’s Acoustic Songbook tour. See, 2 years ago when Soundgarden said they were getting back together, I didn’t think I’d have to wait this long to see them-I thought they’d do some heavy touring-they never did. So these guys were going to have to earn it blowing me away tonight.. and when “Blow up the Outside” smacked me in the face, I knew they were doing just that. Seeing Cornell acoustic songbook tour gave me a reminder that I needed to see this band live, one day, some how. Blow up the Outside at Town Hall just didn’t pack the punch that I needed it too-now here, it’s laying heavy fists to my face repeatedly..

 Just an observation here, what’s up with the little slowed down version of “Black Hole Sun”? That’s the song I need to blow up in my face, not the song I can’t wait to hear toned down a bit-but that’s my only critique here about this set, and its minor. I’m just sayin’.. he’s screaming like hell on every other song so it’s not like he’s voice is out.. And then it was only 10:18 when the song ended, which begs the question: So when do they start packing up here? I’m not used to seeing bands just keep playing awesome songs for hours .. everyone else had short sets, who knows.. And keep in mind Vedder walking around the back of my head, me thinking I was going to have to walk out and meet the group at the campground.. Out of no where, Chris Cornell, in one of the more humorous displays I’ve seen, got pissed off that the NBA took Seattle’s basketball team. I don’t know what got him, maybe he spotted a Sean Kemp jersey in the crowd- but he starts saying “Man, they fucking took away our team-It’s fucking bullshit to take away a basketball team!”

Fell on Black Days, My Wave..-they’re still kicking out the fucking jams. During “Burden in my Hand” I asked thenaturalstoner if the lyrics were actually “I shot my load today”.. then around 10:40 he turns and is like “Pretty Noose and I’m good”.. Freaking psychic is what he is, and I forgot how much I love that song. Played “Rusty Cage” and “Head Down” right before it….By now I’m playing with house money, I had stopped taking pictures(or little video snippets) for a while to just sit back and enjoy this.. I’m in the Pacific Northwest watching Soundgarden tear the place apart. We kept saying to each other (Mr Sparkly by now is down front and apparently found Phish Beard) “So what else you think they got?, what else can they play?”

Well they could play , “Head Down” and“Outshined”before topping us off with  “Superunknown” before ducking off at 10:52, only to come back out at 10:56 and rock three more songs. On the last song they rocked out and eventually drifted into a pure feedback orgy.. it made me want to cream my pants. They distorted sounds from 11:13 to 11:20, and that’s when the sound was turned down.. it was over.

This is usually the time where I gloat about catching whatever scheduled train I need.. but not the case tonight.. we’re climbing back up the hill and all the way down back to the campsite, where we will spend the night in the tent.. not for nothing, NYC’s been sweltering the last few weeks.. and here, unlike home, when the sun goes down it actually cools off significantly.. I had an extremely comfortable folding chair, plenty of bud and brews- I said “fuck it , pass my sleeping bag over, now it’s a blanket”. After the show while we’re (Me and thenaturalstoner until Mr Sparkly eventually showed up, minus Phishbeard) discussing the night’s proceedings (so glad to be at a show with these dudes, usually when I’m telling a random cab driver or some stranger about an epic night, I spend most of the discussion explaining to them who the bands are. NY is so lame).. main topic is Sparkly being quoted to saying he was “Underwhelmed”.  And we’re just about to delve into this deep convo about what show he was watching,  those dickheads camped out next to us who where annoying as hell before the show ended up showing up and annoyed the crap out of us all over again. All of a sudden the drummer has a mouth. These dudes say they’re in a band that “sounds like NOFX and Blink 182” named after some actor I can’t remember the name of now. Anyway, your band sounds like NOFX/Blink 182? Yea, that’s just about the time we called it a night.

A side note, my alarm on my phone set to 930 eastern time woke us, and the rest of the surrounding campers up.. seems I’m the only one who didn’t hear it until I was awoken.. So we packed up, and headed into Spokane to catch Willie Nelson at the Northern Quest Casino and Resort before I fly home Monday… Awesomeness.

Soundgarden/Queens of the Stone Age/Mastodon/Meat Puppets at the Gorge!!! 7/30/11

Soundgarden/Queens Of The Stone Age/Mastodon/Meat Puppets 07/30/11

Gorge Amphitheater – George, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

On July 30, two epic concerts graced the west coast. One of them was LA Rising, which featured Rage Against the Machine, Muse, and Rise Against. The other was at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. The bands included Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and Meat Puppets. Many other Concert Confessions writers were there that night, so here was one side to the same story. My dad and I got to the Gorge with little to no trouble. We didn’t get lost, there was no traffic, we got a good parking spot, and we arrived an hour and a half before doors opened. So with time to kill, we cranked up the Echo Movement and we chilled. At around 3:15 or so, a heavy metal looking dude with a nipple ring came up to us and asked us if we wanted to buy a shirt. I’d experienced this before, it was a bootleg. But it was cool and $20, so we bought it. I looked at the back where it showed all the bands, and saw a picture of Pearl Jam above the Queens of the Stone Age logo. Upon questioning the heavy metal looking dude, we found out that there was a rumor that Pearl Jam would play a few songs and that got me even more excited about the show.

Before going into the line, my dad had to get his wrist band so he could purchase alcohol, which is funny because I don’t think he drank at all that night. So we are in that line and it’s my dad’s turn and I am right behind him. My dad hands the dude his ID, and receives his wrist band. I wanted to have a little fun, so I said to the security guy, “I forgot my ID at home,” which got a laugh. We went to the real line at about 3:30 and we were towards the front of one of the lines. First, the VIP/Fan Club members were let in and then us regular people were let in. When we got inside, I bought a legal shirt and my dad bought a Queens of the Stone Age shirt. We bought some water to fill our Camelbak with, and we made our way to the amphitheater in hopes to find something to do for two hours until Meat Puppets came on. We sat in the shade, ate some mediocre food, and at about 5:30, we stood up in the crowd to wait for the Meat Puppets.

After a quick sound check, I immediately saw Curt Kirkwood arrive on stage, followed by the drummer (whatever his name is) and Curt’s brother Cris. They immediately broke into “Oh, Me” and they were jamming out. Curt didn’t sound great, but I wouldn’t expect him to since that song was written almost thirty years ago. Next was “Sam,” the song I was looking forward to most. If you don’t know the song, Curt and Cris both sing incredibly fast. Like 400 words a minute or something. And it’s great to see that they both still know the words and can sing them without any mistake.

Then they played “Plateau,” an odd song about nothing in particular, I think. After that, they played their biggest main stream hit “Backwater,” which sounded amazing. The Kirkwood brothers’ harmonies together sounded better than Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus by a mile. After that they played “Sloop John B,” a song originally written by the Beach Boys. Then they finished their too-short set with “Lake of Fire,” which, for some reason, induced a mosh pit. People are stupid when they are drunk. Meat Puppets finished their elongated jam version of “Lake of Fire,” and if there was anything I could’ve changed about the entire show, it would’ve been that Meat Puppets would’ve played longer. They were so great, and even at the ripe old age of 50-something, the Kirkwood brothers can still rock harder than Black Veil Brides ever will.

Sort of at the last minute, I decided that I didn’t care to see Mastodon. So my dad and I walked around, shared a funnel cake, and listened for the cue that Mastodon was done. When they finished playing “Blood and Thunder,” they left the stage and my dad and I went into the pit to wait for Queens of the Stone Age.

The roadies started setting up the back drop for Queens of the Stone Age, which was the detective notes for the assassination of JFK. Why they chose that, I will never know. Somewhere around 8:00, QOTSA came on stage. Josh Homme spoke in his lovely country accent, telling us how beautiful the Gorge was and how happy they were to open for Soundgarden. QOTSA broke into “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I’m a Millionaire,” which was a relatively short song. Afterwards they played “3’s and 7’s” and the hits just kept coming. They played songs like “Burn the Witch,” “Little Sister,” “Go With the Flow,” “No One Knows,” and “A Song for the Dead.”

The band sounded so great and the crowd was really into it. The problem was the two moshing idiots in front of me. One of them looked like the creepy dude in the Die Antwoord “Enter the Ninja” video.

When QOTSA left the stage, my dad decided he didn’t want to be in the pit during Soundgarden, so he left and went to the very back, while I stayed where I was. Some dude made his way through the crowd with his hand up to his mouth. He passed me and a few others, and then found out what happens when you drink a lot of alcohol.

After a sound check and some technical difficulties involving the images on the screen, we were ready to let the Sun set on the Gorge while Soundgarden jammed away. We heard some feedback and then what was certainly the opening bit of “Searching With My Good Eye Closed,” (This is my good eye; do you know a cow; a pig says; this is a rooster; the Devil says.) The band broke into that song and played it like it was nobody’s business. Chris Cornell sounded better than I expected him to. Ben Shepherd wandered the stage, made funny faces, and was a very entertaining performer. Matt Cameron banged the drums like a gun was being held to his head. And Kim Thayil looked like a gun was being held to his head if he didn’t reunite with Soundgarden. He had a smile on his face, but it didn’t seem like he was enjoying any part of it.

Soundgarden broke into hit after hit. They played “Spoonman,” “Blow Up the Outside World,” “The Day I Tried to Live,” “Superunknown,” “Slaves and Bulldozers,” “Black Hole Sun,” “Outshined,” “Rusty Cage,” and so many more that I can’t even remember. They even played some old songs like “Gun” and “Beyond the Wheel.”

I was in a lot of pain after the show, and my hopes that Pearl Jam would come out were crushed. No Pearl Jam. Just Matt Cameron. Not even Eddie Vedder would come out and play “Hunger Strike” with Soundgarden. It wouldn’t be much of a Temple of the Dog reunion since 5/6 of TOTD is Pearl Jam, but whatever. All in all, one of the best shows I have ever seen.

So I hope that Justito had a good time at the RATM show, because I definitely did. Unfortunately I didn’t run into any of my Concert Confessions peers, but I met a guy named Jeremy who saw Slightly Stoopid last weekend. That’s just as good, right?

Soundgarden Announces Remaining Summer Tour Dates

Soundgarden, one of Seattles great all time bands, has announced the remainder of their 2011 Summer Tour. 

Spanning from July 2 through July 30, Soundgarden will hit up parts of Canada, the East Coast, Chicago and some West coast spots (Sorry to those of you in the South!). 

Guests opening random shows of the tour include Coheed and Cambria, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, The Mars Volta and the Meat Puppets.  These will be shows NOT to be missed!

 

Full tour itinerary (Please note, I believe there is a typo on the Vancouver date on the Soundgarden website- likely to be July 29):

Date City Venue PreSale Times
July 2 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheater On Sale Now
July 3 London, ON John Labatt Centre Mon, May 9, 10:00 am PDT
July 5 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Blues Fest On Sale Now
July 6 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena Mon, May 9, 11:00 am PDT
July 8 Newark, NJ Prudential Center Mon, May 9, 9:00 am PDT
July 9 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre Mon, May 9, 7:00 am PDT
July 10 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center for the Performing Arts Mon, May 9, 12:00 pm PDT
July 12 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center Tues, May 10, 9:00 am PDT
July 13 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing On Sale Now
July 14 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center Tues, May 10, 10:00 am PDT
July 16 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion Tues, May 10, 11:00 am PDT
July 18 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater On Sale Now
July 21 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Tues, May 10, 1:00 pm PDT
July 22 Inglewood, CA The Forum On Sale Now
July 23 Las Vegas, NV The Joint Tues, May 10, 2:00 pm PDT
July 19 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena Tues, May 10, 3:00 pm PDT
July 30 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheater Tues, May 10, 4:00 pm PDT

 

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Coheed and Cambria: all shows 7/2-10 (Toronto, London, Ottawa, Uncasville, Newark, Wantagh, Mansfield)
The Mars Volta: all shows 7/12-23 (Fairfax, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Chicago, Morrison, San Francisco, Inglewood, Las Vegas)
Queens of The Stone Age, Meat Puppets: 7/29 (Vancouver)
Queens of The Stone Age, Mastodon, Meat Puppets: 7/30 (George, WA)

Queens of the Stone Age 04/12/11: Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

Queens of the Stone Age 04/12/11

Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

When Queens of the Stone Age announced they were hitting the road in support of the re-release of their self-titled debut album, I knew I couldn’t miss it. After all, I am one of the few who can say they saw Joshua Homme and friends when they originally supported the debut album over a decade ago. It was a hot August night in San Francisco, and the band “opened” for Ween at the Warfield. Ask any Ween fan who showed up early on that Friday night what they thought about the set and chances are they will tell you QOTSA 15 minutes on stage was a total fuckin’ disaster. Those who could stand had to prop themselves up on mic stands. I am pretty sure Nick Oliveri played most of the set upon his back. By the time the group crawled off stage well before they were due to be done, most in attendance (myself included) came to the conclusion that QOTSA was the worst band on the planet. 12 years and 7 QOTSA shows later, I was off to the Wiltern looking for some self-titled redemption.

It was earlier in the day that I discovered the opening act was none other than The Dough Rollers were main support. As you may recall, we caught the duo 361 days earlier opening for Joseph Arthur at the Stronghold in Venice. I was a bit shocked that the blues based duo would be opening, and assumed that folks would either go nuts or pelt them with trash. On this particular tour, Jack Byrne and Malcolm Ford brought along a bassist and a drummer which was a smart move. While the duo still cranked out slow blues jams with smoking guitar licks and gravel filled vocals, the additional musicianship on this particular night was enough to win over the rabid crowd. Performing for 30 minutes, the band entertained while not over-staying their welcome. If you were one of the cool kids who showed up late, you truly missed out.

For once in my life, I actually wish the change over time between bands was longer. It was great to catch up with early Concert Confessions contributor Poppers620, meet the wonderful Tequila drinking Canadian Cosmonaut (and fellow Antiquiet contributor) Rory and most important it was nice to hang with someone who I see around the office complex, yet never really knew. See you on May 23rd Miss Teddy. My time as a social butterfly came to an end at 9pm sharp as the lights went down and the capacity Korea Town theatre was transported back to a time when our President was a pimp, gas was under a dollar a gallon and Limp Bizkit ruled the rock world.

I know some folks I have spoken with are sick of bands playing complete albums front to back at concerts. I am in no way one of those individuals. In fact, I love when a band treats us to an entire album of work. Not wasting anytime, the band kicked things off with “Regular John” and as thick clouds of smoke arose from the crowd, it was clear that the five piece band was firing on all cylinders. “Avon” and “If Only” followed in rapid succession, crushing the crowd with jarring riffs and thundering drums.

In performing the album front to back, I had to wonder how the LA crowd would react. After all, it has been out of print for years, and if you ordered the vinyl edition via Domino USA – you are still waiting for that shit to show up at your door (note to self, next time just buy it at the dang show). I assumed most of the crowd would be your typical KROQ dick wads uninterested in hearing unfamiliar songs. At least in my section, I was clearly wrong as folks were singing along to long lost jams like “You Would Know” and “How to Handle a Rope.”

As the album unfolded before our eyes, each song grew more and more intense. “Mexicola” bashed everyone’s brains in while the opening bass line of “You Can’t Quit Me Baby” came dangerously close to the dreaded brown note. The jam that built out of this was as massive as the amounts of Kettle One vodka front man Joshua Homme downed on stage. It was the rare kind of night where the importance of documenting the event through a camera lens took a back seat to shaking my ass and losing myself in the music. In fact the last three songs truly felt as if I had blinked they seemed to go so fast (which was not the case, I must assume “Spiders and Vinegaroons” hit the 10 minute mark). Yet there we all were with the collective stunned did that just happen look upon our collective faces as the band exited the stage after the final notes of “I Was A Teenage Hand Model” rang through the P.A.

With thunderous claps and ear piercing cheers from the crowd, the band opened their first encore with the Lullabies to Paralyze juggernaut “Someone’s In the Wolf.” I noticed something interesting during the second song “Little Sister.” At most KROQ sponsored shows, this is the point of the night where most folks would go bat shit insane. However on this particular night it was just the opposite. For the first time all night, a majority of fans tuned out of the music and instead began sending tweets and attempted to carry out conversations. While “Make It Wit Chu” managed to draw a few more audience members back, it was refreshing to witness that the mid-sized theatre (which sold out in a matter of minutes) were true die-hard fans of the band, and not your typical LA bags of dicks that only come to be seen and look cool during the hits. After more rowdy applause, the band kicked off a solid take on “Hangin’ Tree.” I was stoked to hear the Songs for the Deaf classic, but no amount of Vodka can ever make Homme sound like the songs original vocalist – Mark Lanegan. The first encore wrapped with “Tangled Up In Plaid” which is a song I happen to be rather indifferent on.

Thankfully the band didn’t close with “Plaid” and came out for a second encore that started with a nasty version of “Sick, Sick, Sick.” The band the finally closed the night with the rocking hit “Go With The Flow.” Performed effortlessly by the band, it was the perfect number to send us home with. Walking out of the venue, I truly felt as if this show made up for the disaster at the Warfield and then some. Hell with the exception of the Natasha Shneider benefit, this was hands down the best show I have ever seen Queens of the Stone Age perform. If you missed out on this tour, I truly feel sorry for you.

FROM THE VAULT: Queens of the Stone Age & Friends Celebrate Natasha Shneider

Queens of the Stone Age & Friends 08/16/10

Music Box @ Fonda: Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

 (Note: This review was first published by MTVnews.com)

On the night of October 1st, 2005, I found myself inside the Hollywood Bowl enjoying one of my favorite bands – Queens of the Stone Age as the main support to Nine Inch Nails. As smoke from the rampant forest fires across the Southland choked the autumn air, I witnessed a quick and clever set from Queens. It was also the only time I would see keyboard player Natasha Shneider perform in any capacity. Natasha lost her battle with cancer on July 2nd 2008. To honor her memory and help recover some to the expenses from her fight, Queens of the Stone Age, along with some very special friends, put on a one of a kind memorial Saturday night in Hollywood.

During the two hour wait between doors and show, we were entertained by a DJ spinning rock over some European cinema. A common idea amongst the crowd was the idea that the film may have been a favorite of Natasha. Shortly after 9:00 pm, we were greated by the acoustic comedic heavy metal duo – Tenacious D. The D played a very loose set which lead axe slinger Kyle Gass dubbed their “Bonnaroo” set. With no planned set list, the five song gig featured classic D songs like “Kielbasa”, “Wonderboy” & “Fuck her Gently”. I have seen the D many times over the year, and it was interesting seeing the usually tight D playing so un-rehearsed. Despite this, the band had no problem turning the sold out crowd into the newest members of the D-ciple army. Not even Satan, who Jack Black blamed for his microphone malfunction during the final song “Tribute” could ruin an amazing evening for the self-proclaimed greatest band in the world.

As the road crew quickly arranged the stage for the main event, the screen dropped back down and played a five minute picture tribute to the life of Natasha. Showing a lifetime of photographs covering just about every human emotion, the crowed loudly cheered at the end of the tribute to the Russian born musician. The screen ascended back into the rafters of the intimate theater, and the current lineup of Queens of the Stone Age took to the stage. The band opened with the 2003 hit “Go With The Flow”. Lead by recently shaved Queens founder/frontman Josh Homme, the song started much slower and laid back than usual, but by the end was chugging along at the typical earth crushing Queens pace. The next four songs all came from the 2007 record Era Vulgaris including a sharp as nails take on “Misfit Love” and the Guitar Hero favorite “3’s & 7’s.”

As the last notes of 3’s rang thru the house, the five men who make up Queens of the Stone Age left the stage and made way for Polly Jean Harvey. Now, my knowledge of PJ Harvey is starts and ends at that big fish little fish swimming in the water song. After watching her perform, I think I have robbed myself and it’s time to seek out more. Accompanied by one time Queens member and partner of Natasha Shneider, Alain Johannes, PJ played a whispery song of hers called “Desperate Kingdom of Love”. From there, two songs from Josh Homme’s ongoing Desert Sessions project followed. Backed by Queens of the Stone Age as well as long time Queens/Desert Session producer/contributor Chris Goss, PJ and company ran though tight sounding versions of “Powdered Wig Machine” & Crawl Home.

While PJ made her exit, Alain & Chris stayed behind for versions of the hit “Little Sister” and another song from Era, “I’m Designer”. Sharply-dress Queens guitar player Troy Van Leeuwen was a monster on the later, jumping around in his designer suit while complimenting Homme’s playing. Mentioning the home town connection, a cover of “Not To Touch The Earth” By The Doors while both unexpected and great, was quickly forgotten for what was to come next. Former Soundgarden and current Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron (who would come and go the rest of the night) joined the band on a second drum kit for one of my all time favorite Queens songs. “Hanging Tree”, a Dessert Session number that found its way onto the band’s 2002 record Song For The Deaf was fast and brutal with its speedy and spastic riffs and pounding drums. Johannes took care of the vocals for “Hanging Tree” as well as the next number, a Dessert Sessions number called “Making A Cross”. With the mood a little more somber, Cross, a very slow and emotional song with it’s lush beauty but twisted and distorted ending made a good bridge into the upbeat.

It was time for us to smile again as the duo known as Tenacious D returned to the stage. With the D on vocals, the band dove into a fun cover of the Cream hit “I Feel Free”. When not singing, JB & KG were doing some kind of interpretive dance sending the sold out crowd into an uproar. The D did a great job of keeping the mood lifted, knowing when to be over the top, and when to keep the mood somber.

In fairness, I really am not a fan of Josh Homme’s wife, former frontwoman of The Distillers, Brody Dalle. However, given the circumstances of the evening, I kept an open mind to what she could bring to the table. Looking very elegant, yet somewhat lost and confused on stage, Brody sounded great on the Dessert Sessions number “Don’t Drink The Poison”. The next song which was called “Driving Song” had some great riffs and the vocal melody that Dalle is well known for. The real highlight of her time on stage however was the sweet interaction between her and Homme, even getting a collective group ahhhhh from the crowd after she received a quick kiss from him.

The final four songs of the night’s set came from the last two Queens records: the earlier mentioned “Era” along with the 2005 record Lullabies to Paralyze (which Natasha toured behind). I thought for sure ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons would join the band along with Tenacious D on “Burn The Witch” as he was billed as a friend. However, for whatever reason he was MIA from the event with no reason given as to why. PJ Harvey did return for the funky Dessert Session by way of Era Vulgaris jam “Make It Wit Chu”. With recent rock radio hit “Sick Sick Sick” firing on all cylinders after 15 months on and off the road, the band closed out the marathon set in ferocious fashion.

For the encore, Johannes returned to the stage for an acoustic number, with various members of Queens and Matt Cameron clapping behind him. A rocking “Fun Machine” lead into the stage being taken captive by Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse “The Devil” Hughes. With “the ginger Elvis” Homme taking to one of the drum kits on stage, Hughes lead the house band through a rocking “Speaking in Tongues”. As cliche as it is to have the split the crowd in half and see who can cheer louder, Hughes did it with such enthusiasm and passion that one could not help but take pride in their side of the theater and scream their brains out. Hughes left the stage as quickly as he came, and the band launched into the last song of the night. We all knew it was coming, but none of us were ready for “The Long Slow Goodbye”. The last song on “Lullabies” and the perfect way to say goodbye. The mood was tense and Homme’s voice cracked as he fought hard to hold back tears. A look across the room and at the faces of the crowd and band clearly showed he was not the only one who failed to keep the damn from breaking. The song felt a bit slower than usual, and as hard as I tried to hang on, it was over all to soon. The house lights came on, and Homme thanked everyone for coming out. He followed the heart-felt gratitude by asking all the musicians to come back on stage for a group photo with the crowd. Queens of the Stone Age and friends came to pay tribute to their friend and they did just that. With a moving and sonic tribute to someone who left way too soon, Natasha was given a truly special send off, and I am very thankful I was able to be witness to it.

 

 





Queens of the Stone Age & Eagles of Death Metal To Rock Downtown LA for Brian O’Connor

 

The fine folks over at Consequence of Sound are reporting that Queens of the Stone Age will perform their first US show in nearly two years next month at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA.  The show which will also feature Eagles of Death Metal will be a benefit for EODM bassist Brian O’Connor who is currently fighting cancer while having no medical insurance.  Dean Ferita – bassist for The Dead Weather/Queen of the Stone Age is currently filling in for O’Connor.

As of this point, ticket information has not yet been posted.  As soon as it has, we will update you.

If you want to donate to help O’Connor’s medical bills, please click here.

This is not the first time Queens of the Stone Age have had to help out a member of their extended family.  Please take a minute to click here and read about the bands 2008 tribute to Natasha Shneider.

Finally, with Reverend Justito already booked for the Coheed and Cambria show on this date, if anyone in the Los Angeles area would like to cover this event for Concert Confessions, please drop us a line.





PHOTO GALLERY: The 2007 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta

 

This weekend I am heading out to the 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast.  In honor of seeing wonderful artists including Against Me!, Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones and that cute ginger kid who just flashed her boobies on Twitter, I figured I would share some photos from my first trip to the KROQ Weenie Roast back in 2007 (long before I was regularly writing concert reviews).  I hope you enjoy – and of course you can expect full coverage of the 2010 event here early next week.


(The only video we took at the show)





From The Vault: NIN/QOTSA Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Autolux/Queens Of The Stone Age/Nine Inch Nails

10/01/2005 – Hollywood Bowl: Los Angeles, CA

Words by Reverend Justito

Editors Note:  With LA on fire once again, and tonight being the “last” time I see Nine Inch Nails, I figured it was appropriate to share with you the very first concert review I wrote (for my myspace blog).  In going back and reading this today, I was not only reminded of a wonderful night I had, but am rather amazed to see how far my writing has come.  I hope you enjoy.

 

On October 1st, 1994, Nine Inch Nails played the Event Center in San Jose, CA. A sophomore in High School, I begged my mother to let me go to the show. I begged and begged, however the answer remained no. 11 years later to the day, I found myself stumbling up Highland Avenue to the world famous Hollywood Bowl. 11 long years after missing that show, I would finally see Nine Inch Nails. It could not be the more perfect night. We met some friends down the street at the Powerhouse to get our drink on. Most of us had started drinking pretty early in the day, as we could all walk to the Bowl (and avoid $20.00 stack parking) rather easily. Between the Wild Turkey & Big Gulp on the way and drinks at the house, I was feeling real good walking into the bowl. With the venue being a pretty classy joint, I was glad to see a major lack of security searching people upon the way in. Jack Daniels & other fun items could have been left in our pockets, instead of hidden in other unmentionable areas. We got to our benches right before the show kicked off.

Silver Lake darlings Autolux kicked off as the sun was setting in the fire filled skies. Having recently picked up their debut album, Future Perfect, I was excited to see what this band could do live. A three piece, the band features Greg Edwards (Failure) on guitar, Carla Azar (Edna Swap) on drums & Eugene Goreshter on Vocals/Bass. Autolux definitely had the hardest job of the night. The band that no one knows playing to people trying to find their seats. I thought the band was awesome (as I am already converted) but were met with a mediocre response. They got up and did what they do for 30 minutes. Definitely sounding like Silver Lake, musically they remind me a little bit of Sonic Youth. While not technically stunning, their simple riffs with heavy distortion/delay/loops and hard driving drum beats sound cool so who gives a fuck right? They were met with a rather mediocre response. Not heavy enough for the hardcore Nine Inch Nails fans, No hits for the KROQ crowd to get up and dance too, and no where as interesting as the chicken or fish dinner for the folks below us in the luxury boxes (more on that later). Overall, I loved the entire set. “Turnstile Blues” was the best number by far. I definitely think this band has what it takes to be that KROQ band one day.

After a quick set change, the Bowl was finally packed as Queens of the Stone Age took the stage. I had a lot of questions going into this one. I love the band, but the new album Lullabies To Paralyze is mediocre at best. I really miss Nick Oliveri and what he brought to the mix. I was curious how the Nine Inch Nails fans would react to a band as “ungoth” as Queens of The Stone Age. What I did see ended up impressing me. The band opened with the radio hit “Go with the Flow” which quickly flowed into an extended “Feel Good Hit of the Summer”. With the audience in his hands, front man Josh Homme began a game which he played all night. Looking like a sleazy Euro Porn star, Josh managed to insult the crowd throughout the night. For those unfamiliar with the bowl, in front of the stage is an orchestra pit (which for the rock show was filled with seats for all the pretty V.I.P’s). Directly behind the orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl is filled with an entire section of luxury boxes where full meals are served. Very un rock, but what do you expect from a venue that usually hosts classical music. It seemed Josh was bothered by this – and quickly began his trash talking. Hitting on one man near the front, he informed the crowd that he had seen more dickends than weekends. Knowing just when to stop, they launched into “Avon” & “I Think I Lost My Headache”. The older tunes sounded fucking amazing with the new lineup. Drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig) is as good, if not better than Dave Grohl. Troy Van Leeuwan (Failure/A Perfect Circle) can play so many different things he really is the bands MVP. Bass player Alain Johannes – while not Nick O. definitely held his own. What else would you expect from a life long studio musician? The one week spot was Natasha Shneider on keys. Unheard throughout the show, the only time you could hear her was a horrific piano solo during current radio hit “In My Head”.  As the hour long set went on, the first half (minus brand new song “The Fun Machine Took A Shit”) was mainly older stuff. “Monster In The Parasol” and “Song For The Dead” definitely stick out as highlights for me. Towards the end (and after many more insults), we got the new stuff. Even live, the new material doesn’t really do it for me. I Found “In My Head” & “Tangled Up In Plaid” rather boring. The only song off the new disc that I felt was worth anything was “Burn The Witch” which Josh dedicated to everyone who hated the band in the crowd. The band closed the show with their biggest hit – “No One Knows” which was the first song of the night to bring the entire crowd to its feet. Overall – I really enjoyed this set as well and I think most of the crowd did, despite a rude Josh Homme.

After a not so quick set change, Nine Inch Nails finally hit the stage. The front of the stage was covered with a large white sheet. The bowl went completely dark and right away the opening guitar chords of “Pinion” rang through the humid fall night. The song went right into “Love Is Not Enough” from the new album. The band was still behind the white sheet, but lights began to shine on stage, so you could only make out the bands shadows. As the song wrapped, the curtain lifted and the band went into another new song “You Know What You Are?”. Looking like Matthew Fox from the hit TV show “Lost” anyone who thinks Trent has lost his anger is high on something. The band (including drummer Jerome Dillon, who has had heart problems resulting in the Oakland show being postponed on Friday night) was firing on all cylinders – leaving both opening acts in the dust behind. Trent’s vocals were nothing short of amazing. He looks real buff, real pissed and real fucking sexy. Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson/A Perfect Circle) layed some fat bass lines down through the night and held tight with drummer Jerome Dillon. This allowed guitar player Aaron North (The Iccarus Line) to own the stage like a fucking mad man. How this guy can get on stage and put his body through that type of beating (all while nailing every single guitar part as if it was his own) night after night amazes me. The crowd was really into the set, and the band really feeded off the energy. As a rare treat, the band busted out “Reptile” from the Downward Spiral. It was perfect. “Wish”, “Terrible Lie”, “Suck”, “March Of The Pigs” & “Burn” (from the Natural Born Killers Soundtrack) were all ass kicking and destroyed the crowd. “Closer” sounded sexier than usual with a lotta wah petal and pelvis thrusting. Much to my joy, the band ignored 2000’s The Fragile – which is the only NIN album I don’t really like. The one song they played, I couldn’t even tell you what it was called. About half way though the set, the white curtain came back down and for the next few songs, was used a screen to project images. “Right Where It Belongs” had a mix of current events, from Trent’s former home of New Orleans, and visions from National Geographic/When Animals Attack. The Iraq War, Children with guns to their heads & President Bush dancing with his wife (an image that the crowd met with roaring boo’s) were just some of the violent/offensive images during “Erase Me”. The encore kicked off with a beautiful version of “Hurt”. A song that found the entire crowd singing along – lighters and cell phones in the air. The show closed with a brutal “Head Like A Hole” that kicked the enthusiastic crowd’s ass hard – leaving everyone begging for more. Definitely check this show out if you get a chance.





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