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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.

Outside Lands 2013 w/ Sir Paul, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers And More

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San Francisco decided to jump into the festival mix early Tuesday, when the lineup for the sixth annual Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival was announced.  Sir Paul McCartney will headline along side Nine Inch Nails and the Red Hot Chili Peppers the weekend of August 9th through the 11th at Golden Gate Park. Other notable acts include Phoenix, Willie Nelson, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Gary Clark Jr (shocker), Young The Giant, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Band Of Horses, Fishbone and Grizzly Bear.  

No word on if Grohl, Novoselic and Smear make an appearance during McCartney’s set for some “Cut Me Some Slack” action. Three-day passes start at $235 but go up based on availability to $249.50. VIP is also available for $545. You can buy tickets at the festival’s Official Website here beginning Thursday April 18th at Noon PST.

Orion Music + More 2013: Deftones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against (And Metallica)

Orion 2013

We here at Concert Confessions would like to that Orion Music + More for putting together an awesome lineup in year TWO.  Coming to the lovely Detroit this year, the festival features the like of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones and Rise Against headlining along side festival curators Metallica. Other notables include Japandroids, Silversun Pickups, the FLAG version of Black Flag (How many years have people wanted Black Flag to tour now that they finally do there’s TWO of them?) and Death Grips. Check out the full lineup below, and for information on tickets and such just head to this link.

Orion Music + More 2013:

Metallica

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Deftones

Bassnector

Rise Against

Dropkick Murphys

Gogol Bordello

FLAG

Silversun Pickups

Foals, Tomahawk

Destroid

the Joy Formidable

Datsik, Borgore

Japandroids

Dillon Francis

Adventure Club

12th Planet

Death Grips

The Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dirtbombs

Fu Manchu

the Bronx

FIDLAR

All Shall Perish

the Orwells

Cauldron

Dirtyphonics

DEATH

Battlecross

Check Out this photo gallery from last years festivities below:

2013 Firefly Music Festival Artists Announced

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

Firefly 2013 Lineup:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Vampire Weekend

Foster the People

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

MGMT

Passion Pit

Kendrick Lamar

Grizzly Bear

Alabama Shakes

The Avett Brothers

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Japandroids

Public Enemy

The Walkmen

Dan Deacon

Toro y Moi

Action Bronson

Azealia Banks

Foxygen

HAIM

Wild Belle

CHVRCHES

The Lumineers

Amanda Palmer

Dispatch

Matt and Kim

Ellie Goulding

Calvin Harris

Dr. Dog

The Joy Formidable

Atlas Genius

Big Gigantic

Django Django

Kishi Bashi

Hey Marseilles

LP

St. Lucia

Kopecky Family Band

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

The Neighbourhood

Robert DeLong

Imagine Dragons

 

Learn more by checking out the official website.

2012: A Music Odyssey, or the Best Live Acts I Saw this Year (Part 1: #20-11)

Written by Jakob Ross

2012: A Rock Odyssey, or the Best Live Acts I Saw this Year

Introduction:

It’s been over two months since I’ve contributed anything to the site. Don’t worry all, I haven’t abandoned you. But I have moved from northeastern Georgia to southern Germany; a huge move for me. So, I haven’t had much time to write anything up, let alone make any trips for concerts. Well, so far.

But 2012 has been an amazing year in concerts, even though I didn’t expect it to be. I went to my first camping festival, saw Phish—TWICE!—and met up with our own BeezNutz. So, for the end of the year I figured I’d let everyone know what I consider to be the best bands I saw this year. Now last year I wrote about the best concerts I attended, but since this year it’d be almost unfair to do that (Bonnaroo would count as one concert and would trump all competition) I figured I’d just tell you who the best live bands I saw this year were, from 20 all the way to number 1. So, without further ado, here we go!

20. AWOLNATION

When indie pop group Under the Influence of Giants went on hiatus in 2008, lead singer Aaron Bruno decided to start his own strange little side project that used the same principles of dance, electronica, and rock music, which he called AWOLNATION. Their growth in popularity has been pretty rapid thanks in part to FM rock radio, but mostly to the internet.

In May, Aaron and co. rocked a Saturday afternoon set in Atlanta; and when I say rocked, I mean ROCKED. Bruno’s scratchy vocal is great for clean music and loud crazy music, both of which were represented well. They played some radio friendly hits like “Not Your Fault” and “Guilty Filthy Soul,” some louder and stranger songs like “Sail” and “Burn It Down,” and they even threw in a cover of the buildup section of Rage Against the Machine’s debut album closer “Freedom.” All in all, a fantastically energetic show by a very underrated band. Nothing about them is too challenging and maybe not that original, but the music is fun and the shows are great.

19. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the biggest alternative rock bands of the past 25 years. They may not release albums on a regular basis, but they still have millions of fans and are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of this year. So who cares if their music isn’t THAT great? They’re the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined the What Stage of Bonnaroo on Saturday Night to an 80,000 member crowd. And something that surprised me about their performance is how they’ve transformed into a jam band. New guitarist Josh Klinghoffer fits in well with the Peppers and fills the hole that John Frusciante left when he left the group for the second time a couple years ago. The Chili Peppers zoomed through some of their hits and a few of their lesser known songs, and were very energetic. Especially Flea. No bassist on the planet earth has more energy than that guy. But they seemed to have trouble connecting with the audience. Maybe it was because I was far back, or maybe because it was such a huge audience, but it seems like Red Hot Chili Peppers didn’t perform at their best that night. But Flea did leave us with an important message about supporting live music. And that’s always nice.

18. Fitz and the Tantrums

If you ask anyone who’s seen Fitz and the Tantrums before—anyone who isn’t Justin, that is—you’ll probably hear some good reviews. This neo-soul group always put on very energetic performances. And although they were a last minute addition to my Bonnaroo List of Bands to See, I don’t regret the decision for a second.

Throwing in a few new songs, and a couple covers (The Raconteurs’ “Steady As She Goes” and Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”), Fitz/Tantrums caused many a foot to tap on the sandy ground of one of Bonnaroo’s tents. All of this leading up to the magnificent crescendo that is “MoneyGrabber.” Seriously, if you’re looking for a fun show and your name isn’t Justin Watt, I highly recommend seeing Fitz and the Tantrums at your nearest venue.

17. Ben Folds Five

In 2000, the world lost one of the most humorously clever bands that the face of alternative rock has ever seen: Ben Folds Five. Don’t be fooled, reader, for Ben Folds Five are, in fact, a trio. They released three critically acclaimed albums in the 90s before amicably splitting up. Three years after a one-off reunion in 2008, BF5 reunited for good, announcing a few dates and a new studio album in the works. Everything was looking good.

Fortunately for me, I got the chance to see the newly reunited Ben Folds Five perform their classics on the Which Stage at Bonnaroo. There were smiles all around and all three members seemed to enjoy themselves as they sang songs like “Song for the Dumped”, “Underground”, and “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces,” omitting any new material they might have had. They’re a fun live band and Ben Folds is seriously one of the greatest pianists and happiest guys to ever exist. Ben Folds frowning is about as unlikely as Michael Stipe smiling.

16. Major Lazer

Although producer Diplo may be best known for producing songs by M.I.A., No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, Das Racist, and Die Antwoord, he is also half of Jamaican reggae dubstep dance duo Major Lazer. On record, they’re strange and nothing about them really makes sense. But in a live setting, it’s like a rave with marijuana instead of ecstasy. They’re not the greatest thing to ever happen to electronic music, but if Skrillex is too much for you then Major Lazer is definitely a fun electro show worth seeing. I caught them about halfway through their set and the crowd was going nuts. Their hype man may be annoying, but Major Lazer’s show is as over-the-top as it gets. Air horns, dancing ladies, constant countdowns to craziness; it’s all there. So maybe that’s just all part of the fun.

15. Gary Clark Jr.

Blues guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr. has played more festivals in the past year than anyone, and for good reason too. He’s amazingly good and has been racking up hype and rave reviews for the past year even though his breakthrough album was just released a couple weeks ago. On the closing day of Bonnaroo, Mr. Clark Jr played an early afternoon set at Bonnaroo’s main stage. The weather was stormy, the wind was blowing, and Gary had the entire crowd eating out of the palm of his guitar playing hands. His set was loud and full of droning psychedelic distortion tones that nodded to Jimi Hendrix and Roky Erickson.

He played the blues with some elements of 60s garage, soul, R&B, and psychedelia thrown in there. All in all, a mind-warping show that caused one to be fully immersed in the music.

14. Fishbone

The red-hot ska punk band has been active for over 30 years, and they’ve not lost an iota of energy since the release of their debut EP. Lead singer Angelo Moore is still totally cool with singing songs like “Let Them Ho’s Fight,” “Party at Ground Zero,” and the classic “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” Bassist Norwood Fisher is still as impressive as ever with the slap bass, and each musician is equally impressive at their respective instruments. With ex-Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Rocky George in tow, Fishbone certainly rocked the Hell Stage at Atlanta’s Masquerade with a fire-hot intensity that is rarely matched by other “older” punk bands. If you’re looking for a fun show, then I highly recommend catching Fishbone, since they’ll probably be touring for another 30 years.

13. Ghost

Scandinavia is the perfect place for a heavy metal band to start. It’s cold, almost cut off from the rest of the world, depressing, and chock full of mystery. But never has a band as mysterious as Ghost existed since Mayhem released their debut album in the midst of a suicide and a murder among the band. Ghost’s sound is by no means frightening. It’s got an ear-catching, almost radio-friendly quality to it, and if it weren’t for the blatant satanism in the lyrics then Ghost would probably be very popular.

Lead singer Papa Emeritus (who dresses up in a manner that can only be described as “Devil’s Pope”) fronts a band of Nameless Ghouls (who wear black masks and hoods) and sings about their glorious master, Lucifer.

For the first time since Slipknot, no one is entirely sure who is behind the masks, and I doubt Ghost plan on revealing the members’ identities any time soon. But what matters is the frightening 6-song set they put on during their opening slot on the Heritage Hunter tour, where they opened for Opeth and Mastodon. Ghost managed to catch the ear of many audience members who had never heard them, as they continue to spread their philosophy, or whatever it is they’re trying to spread. They even managed to make Phil Anselmo a fan!

12. Skrillex

I know, I know. Dubstep is lame, Skrillex is untalented, I’m an idiot for liking it, bla bla bla.

Okay, have you vented your blind hatred yet? Good! Now let’s get through this with an open mind.

Skrillex, as you probably know by now, is an insanely popular and widely hated EDM artist, who many associate with the abrasive subgenre of dubstep, or “bro-step” for douchebags who don’t want Skrillex tainting the good name of dubstep. Skrillex’s early morning show (1:30 AM-3:30 AM) got going quickly and never got boring. The show was a nonstop wave of bass, energy, and volume. Some people need drugs to enjoy that kind of thing, others don’t. All I know is, I had a fantastic time there. He played through his hits such as “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” and “First of the Year (Equinox)” and even remixed songs by Bassnectar, Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, and Benny Benassi.

11. Bad Brains

In 1982, Washington D.C.’s own Bad Brains threw a curveball at the rest of the world with their self-titled debut album. It combined elements of reggae with that of hardcore punk, the likes of which had never been seen. Plus, it was (probably) the first time black people had involved themselves with the punk movement, and Bad Brains certainly put their own spin on it. Lead singer HR’s instantly recognizable howl led the band through some awesome times and horrible times. Sometimes screaming, sometimes singing, and other times using a fake Jamaican patois, Bad Brains were a whirlwind of genres and music that never seemed to stop.

Fortunately, I got the opportunity to see them live, and it was one of the strangest things I’ve seen yet. The music was loud and energetic and played almost without error, but I am beginning to think that HR is mentally unstable. Not quite sure. Either way, seeing living legends perform their classic songs is something not many people get to do, and I’m very happy that I was able to see Bad Brains’ early afternoon set. Keep sailin’ on!

Click here for Part 2: #10-1.

Bonnaroo Part II: Electric Boogaloo

Bonnaroo Part II: Electric Boogaloo

Chapter 1: Saturday Morning

After three and a half hours of sleep, we woke up to the lovely sound of people chatting and cars driving on the road adjacent to our tent. Saturday would be definitely be our most exciting and energetic day, and it didn’t even start until 1:45 in the afternoon.

With that, we ate breakfast, hung around, and decided that it probably wouldn’t be a horrible idea to take a $7 shower. We got in line and spoke to the dudes behind us and prepared for the hour-long wait to take the legendary Bonnaroo $7 shower. And after a day spent literally walking around in clouds of dirt and dust, it felt ridiculously good. If you go to Bonnaroo, definitely take a shower. You never know how much dirt is collecting on your skin until you see it all wash off beneath you.

At around noon-ish or so, my dad and I headed into Centeroo to catch legendary punk act Bad Brains perform at That Tent, which would be followed immediately by Celtic-punk band Flogging Molly in the same tent.

Chapter 2: Bad Brains and Flogging Molly

Of the many legendary acts at this year’s Bonnaroo (Beach Boys, Alice Cooper, Danzig, Kenny Rogers) the one that I was excited about the most was Bad Brains. I have been listening to them for quite a while, and to finally be able to catch their brand of punk/reggae/metal is something that I absolutely was excited for.

Bad Brains certainly delivered. Lead singer H.R. isn’t as enthusiastic and energetic as he used to be and it seems as though he’s aged 15 years since 2006, but the crowd enjoyed it nonetheless.

Another impressive thing about Bad Brains is how they got away with shredding guitar solos, something that usually isn’t found in punk music. And guitarist Dr. Know still plays them incredibly well. Needless to say, I was stunned by how tight Bad Brains sound, even though they aren’t as young as they used to be.

Unfortunatley, H.R.’s microphone wasn’t loud enough so I couldn’t hear a word he said when he went to talk to the crowd. And if anyone at Bonnaroo had something interesting to say, it was H.R.

Bad Brains played a set that relied pretty heavily on their seminal 1982 debut Bad Brains, which was released 30 years ago. They played quite a few songs from that record including Sailin On, Attitude, Banned in D.C., and the encore performance of Pay to Cum. I was a bit disappointed that Big Takeover wasn’t a part of the setlist, but I survived.

After Bad Brains, the stage was being set up for Flogging Molly. And when they came on, the crowd went nuts. Flogging Molly played a great set with a combination of songs old and new, and they even through in a juiced up cover of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A Changin’ which was a pleasant surprise.

Flogging Molly was a lot of fun. They put on a fantastic show. “Is it too early to start drinking?” asked singer Dave King. According to the inebriated crowd, it wasn’t. He also gave the one-finger salute (as did most of the audience) to the gentleman holding the Scottish flag.

Flogging Molly played an impressive setlist, featuring songs such as The Likes of You Again, Whistles the Wind, Drunken Lullabies, Saints & Sinners, Requiem For a Dying Song, and the set-closing smash hit Seven Deadly Sins.

Chapter 3: OK, It’s Childish Gambino

One of my favorite rappers to make it big within the last few years is definitely Childish Gambino. His rapid-fire delivery of arrogant jokes and insults should make him annoying, but some how he still comes off as an amazingly likable person. If you have any sort of taste in television, then you know him from NBC’s hidden gem Community, which many Gambino fans love. But he’s just as great on record as he is on screen, and I was thrilled to finally be able to catch him live, considering he’s playing literally every major festival this year.

One of the great things about Gambino live is that he plays his songs with a full band behind him. It really does give the songs more of a genuine feeling, like they’re actually being played, not just getting a dude with a laptop to play the backing tracks.

At around 6:15 or so, the opening vocal track of Outside played over the loudspeakers, thus kicking off a phenomenal 80 minutes of nonstop Gambino. Donald Glover graced the stage with his ominous yet cheerful presence and was greeted by thousands of adoring fans, possibly more than he’s ever seen at a festival. Outside was followed by the second song on his debut album Camp, Fire Fly. Then he played two tracks from his Culdesac mixtape: So Fly and Do Ya Like.

So far, I was having a great time. I was ready to see what Gambino would do next. Apparently the technicians were experiencing difficulties with the screen, so Gambino did the only logical thing: jump into a freestyle. Normally, I listen to a freestyle and think “Pff…that was totally planned.” But this time, it felt like he genuinely had nothing to do but freestyle and he came up with it on the spot. And he is pretty good at it. I’ve always had respect for rappers who can freestyle on a whim and with such confidence.

By the time he was done, everything was fixed and worked properly, so he jumped into Rolling in the Deep (remix) which was followed by one of his biggest hits Freaks and Geeks. And the show just got better and better. Childish Gambino is an amazing performer, and he even threw in a couple new tracks from his upcoming mixtape, including Tell Me, during which he invited Heems from Das Racist to perform with him.

If there is any rapper you catch in the future, let it be Childish Gambino. He is just amazing. And I find it crazy that he seems like he is egotistical, but he is still likable. Someone who Kanye wishes he could be. But yes. See Childish Gambino at some point. He slays.

Setlist: Outside, Fire Fly, So Fly, Do Ya Like, Freestyle, Rolling in the Deep (remix), Freaks and Geeks, Difference/I’m On It, I Be On That, All the Shine, L.E.S., Letter Home, Heartbeat, You See Me, Bonfire, Sunrise, Rack City (remix), We Ain’t Them, Make Amends (with Steve G. Lover), Freaks and Geeks (alternate version with Steve G. Lover), Unnecessary (with Steve G. Lover), Tell Me (with Heems), Lights Turned On

Chapter 4: Dispatch

One of my favorite discoveries of the last year is Dispatch. Yeah I know it’s stereotypical white people music, but they are talented musicians and write catchy songs. So shut up.

Dispatch played the same stage that Gambino played, so we didn’t have to do much moving after Gambino ended. Although I was a bit sad that we wouldn’t be able to catch the whole thing. We wanted a good spot for Red Hot Chili Peppers, so we would have to leave Dispatch 30 minutes early. Regardless, they were a great live band.

The three-piece came on at about 8:30 and kicked things off with Time Served which lead right into the one-two punch of Here We Go and Open Up, both of which I’m glad I got to hear.

Dispatch also broke into songs like Bang Bang, Two Coins, and Melon Bend as well as their most recent song (from their upcoming album Circles Around the Sun) Not Messin‘. Overall, they are a very fun band to watch, at the very least to see all their fans sing every word to every song. Seriously. Every word.

After they finished Melon Bend, we headed out to try and get a good spot for RHCP, a band I’d been listening to for over 10 years.

Chapter 5: They’re Red Hot!

Background info: My dad saw Red Hot Chili Peppers at Lollapalooza 1992, the same year that Pearl Jam, Ice Cube, and Soundgarden played. 20 years later, he takes his son to see Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now back to the story.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are a band that I’ve wanted to see for a long time. And even though they are no longer with John Frusciante, they still sound great and have insane amounts of energy and stage presence.

Chili Peppers kicked things off with a sloppy performance of Monarchy of Roses which didn’t really connect with the audience. I was a little worried that the whole performance would be like this, but they picked it up with Can’t Stop which was followed by their other hits Dani California and Scar Tissue. They went back to their new album I’m With You to play another recent single Look Around. It all sorta went downhilll from their until a little later when it all picked up again.

They went into Throw Away Your Television followed by Charlie, The Adventures of Raindance Maggie, and Right On Time. The energy level wasn’t really high and no one was really familiar with these lesser known songs from their albums. But it all picked up with a surprising performance of If You Have to Ask from their 1991 magnum opus Blood Sugar Sex Magik. After a semi-decent performance of Factory of Faith, they went into a four-song attack of hits: Under the Bridge, Higher Ground, Californication, and the set-closing By the Way.

After a few minutes they came back onstage with a drum/percussion jam that led right into Suck My Kiss followed by Ethiopia and then followed by Give It Away. Afterwards they did a jam that vaguely resembled a song (according to www.setlist.fm it was called Never Is a Long Time) and they left the stage, with a reminder from Flea to support all live music, no matter what genre.

Red Hot Chili Peppers played a pretty great set despite a few setbacks. They’re a fun band to catch and one of those bands where even if you hate them you know all the words to their songs.

Setlist: Monarchy of Roses, Can’t Stop, Dani California, Scar Tissue, Look Around, Throw Away Your Television, Charlie, The Adventures of Raindance Maggie, Right on Time, If You Have to Ask, Factory of Faith, Under the Bridge, Higher Ground, Californication, By the Way ENCORE: Chad & Mauro Jam, Suck My Kiss, Ethiopia, Give It Away, Final Jam (Never Is A Long Time)

Chapter 6: My… Name… Is…. Skrillex

One of the most notorious villains of the dubstep genre is Skrillex. Without a doubt. Everyone either loves him or hates him, and even many fans of dubstep hate him. Why? To be honest, I have no clue whatsoever. Perhaps because he took a genre that was underground and turned it into something popular? I don’t know. But I was ready to end my Saturday night with a late night rager.

We finally made it into the pit (it wasn’t as crowded as I expected) and at about 1:30 AM a 3 minute  countdown appeared on the screen which was right behind the space ship DJ deck that Skrillex had used for the past year or so.

At the end of the countdown, the long-haired big-glasses-wearing vodka-drinker appeared and dropped the bass for the hungry ravers below.

As glowsticks rained from the sky and basses were graciously dropped, the crowd lost their collective minds for the reigning king of brostep. He threw in some of his popular songs like Bangarang, Cinema, First of the Year (Equinox), and the show-closing Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. He even threw in a remix of Sabotage by the Beastie Boys (probably his tribute to MCA) as well as a remix of Bassnectar’s Upside Down and a mashup of Sweet Shop by Doctor P and Bass Cannon by Flux Pavilion. Yeah, I know my stuff.

The crowd was obviously ready for the ruffneck bass, and Skrillex was more than happy to deliver. If you enjoy dubstep and you’re not a snobby douche about it, Skrillex is definitely a show you want to catch.

After Skrillex’s show ended, the sprinkling that washed off the dirty crowd throughout the show turned into pouring rain that lasted well into the morning. All in all, a great show, a great day, and I was ready for a relaxing Sunday to end a perfect weekend.

Click here to read part 1 of Jakob’s Bonnaroo Experience

Bonnaroo Preview 2012: The Top 12 Must-See Acts to Catch at the Farm

Bonnaroo Preview: The Top 12 Must-See Acts to Catch at the Farm

If you know me in any way, then you probably know that I am attending this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. It is repeatedly called “Best Festival of the Summer” by many music-based magazines and websites,and tens of thousands head out to Manchester every year to catch acts big and small. So here are my Top 12 acts of this year’s installment of Bonnaroo!

Honorable mentions: Skrillex, Superjam (feat ?uestlove of the Roots), Ben Folds Five, the Civil Wars

 

12. St. Vincent

St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, has got to be one of the coolest women around these days. When she’s not making appearances in Top 100 Guitarists lists, she’s busy promoting her solid 2011 album Strange Mercy at festivals such as Coachella and Sasquatch. Her live show always gets rave reviews, therefore I am excited to catch her 7:45 set on Friday night.

11. Dispatch

Dispatch are among the many bands who have reunited within the past year. The indie/roots jam band with a devoted following released a couple albums throughout the 90s before breaking up in 2002, playing one-off gigs in 2004, 2007, and 2009. They officially reunited last year, releasing a 6-song EP of new material and co-headlined the Dave Matthews Band Caravan touring festival. Their songs may not be very complex, but they are notorious for fun shows full of adoring fans. What more could a fan ask for?

10. Alabama Shakes

If any band deserves the title “Breakout Band of 2012,” it’s blues outfit Alabama Shakes, led by the phenomenal Ms. Brittany Howard. Based on videos I have seen from their live shows, they give energetic performances and wow the crowds every time. They’ve even got the honor of opening for Mr. Jack White on his solo tour. Their solid bluesy throwback with a soulful singer is perfect for the 100-degree Tennessee weather.

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9. Gary Clark Jr.

Speaking of blues, here is a man who some have called “The Savior of Blues.” While that is debatable, I do know that Gary Clark Jr. is well on his way to becoming this year’s recipient of the Guitar God award, if one does exist. He is a slaying guitar player and his brand of blues tinged classic rock is always a crowd pleaser.

8. Bad Brains

Out of all the punk bands that came out of D.C. in the early 80s, Bad Brains were certainly the ballsiest. Their dreads were natty, their songs had the fierceness of Minor Threat (or the chill of Bob Marley, depending on which song you listen to) and they are the very reason the Beastie Boys existed. Now it’s just a matter of whether or not (lead singer) HR has what it takes to keep the energy going in That Tent.

7. Flogging Molly

For those who think The Pogues are too Irish and the Dropkick Murphys not Irish enough, there is Flogging Molly. Their last album came out a year ago, so it doesn’t seem like they’re playing to support it. They’re just playing for the hell of it, and I can’t wait to witness these guys for the first time ever. Will I lose my mind during “Seven Deadly Sins”, you ask? Does the Pope poop in the woods? (Yes.)

6. Umphrey’s McGee

To be honest, I am not too familiar with this band. With Dispatch and Phish on the bill, jam experts Umphrey’s McGee are almost overshadowed, with a late-night set that conflicts that of IDM/freak-raver Flying Lotus. I have heard on countless occasions that UM’s late night sets are ones that should not ever be missed, so I am letting curiosity get the best of me for this 2 A.M. set.

5. Radiohead

I know, it’s just a bit too obvious to put the headliners in the list, but I’m doing it anyway. If you asked me at the beginning of the year, I would’ve told you that I couldn’t care less about Radiohead and I didn’t care to see them, but things have changed. Radiohead (whose 2006 Roo performance has been hailed as one of their best) have really upped the ante with their 2012 live show. After watching—and being amazed by—their Coachella performance, I know that I have to see them, if only just to cross them off the bucket list.

4. Major Lazer

If you were to ask thenaturalstoner who his favorite act of Sasquatch 2011 was, he’ll more likely than not say Major Lazer. The reggae-infused electronic act (dynamic duo Diplo and Scratch) are known for astounding live shows, which is way better than anything you’ll hear on their debut album “Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do.” So I am hoping that the dudes do not disappoint me when I catch them in This Tent after Radiohead.

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Yes, I know. Another headliner. But bear with me. See I have been listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers since I was just a toddler. My parents tell me I even used to sing “Scar Tissue” as a young’n! I’m looking forward to catching these guys regardless of how Anthony sounds nowadays. I do know that Flea is one of the baddest bass players of all time, and the new guy, Josh Klinghoffer, ain’t half bad either. So whether I’m singing along to “Under the Bridge” or jamming out to “By the Way”, I am going to see Red Hot Chili Peppers and have a fantastic time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P5l4Vrp2DM&feature=related

2. Childish Gambino

We here at Concert Confessions love Donald Glover Troy Barnes Childish Gambino, a semi-joking semi-serious rapper who has been hitting the festival and touring circuit since the beginning of the year to support his debut album Camp. He is a fantastic lyricist, an energetic performer, and an all-around cool guy. Whether you’ve seen his stand-up specials on Comedy Central or his role on NBC’s cult favorite Community, you know that Donald Glover is one cool dude. Gambino is a mastermind.

1. Phish

I have been wanting to see jam-band Phish since their reunion in 2009. My dad is a long time fan (he’s seen them twice already) and most writers for the site have seen them numerous times. Now I am not a religious follower of Phish’s live bootlegs; I don’t know what songs they play and which songs they don’t play and I don’t know which versions of their songs are good and which versions are bad. I do know that Phish are a great band who I am excited to see more than anyone else. From 8:00 to 12:00, I get to enjoy a delicious Phish Philet before heading home from my first ever camping festival. And that’s what’s up.

 

The Austin City Limits 2012 Line Up Released

So to save some time, we’ll tell you who’s playing at Austin City Limits in one word: EVERYBODY. Every single act(besides Jay-Z and Pearl Jam.. so far at least) is on this list. From headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White to Iggy and The Stooges(in which Mike Watt Plays Bass) and Florence + The Machine. Weezer has come out of hiding for this one as well. Childish Gambino continues to take over the world with an appearance, and Gotye plays that song that everybody used to know.(see what I did there?)

 But we here at Concert Confessions don’t just give you the highlights, we give you the whole enchilada.  So below, you can view the endless list of acts that will be taking the stage in Austin at Zilker Park October 12-14. Check out the festival’s website here, for on sale dates and prices and all that jibber jabber.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Neil Young and Crazy Horse

The Black Keys

Jack White(I hear  some folks are into this guy)

Florence + The Machine

The Avett Brothers

Iggy & The Stooges

AVICII

BASSNECTAR

The Roots

The Shins

Weezer

Gotye (is it pronounced ‘Goat-Tee’ or ‘Got-Ya”???)

The Civil Wars

M83

Tegan and Sara

Childish Gambino

Two Door Cinema Club

Thievery Corporation

The Afghan Whigs

Crystal Castles

Andrew Bird

Gary Clark Jr.

Metric

Band of Skulls

Esperanza Spalding

Alabama Shakes

Delta Spirit

M. Ward

Randy Rogers Band

Die Antwoord

Rufus Wainwright

NEEDTOBREATHE

Big Gigantic

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

Steve Earle

The War On Drugs

Umphrey’s McGee

Barrington Levy

Old 97’s

Punch Brothers

Bombay Bicycle Club

A-Trak

Trampled by Turtles

Patterson Hood

Michael Kiwanuka

Big K.R.I.T.

Oberhofer

POLICA

Tennis

Zola Jesus

Stars

Kimbra

Black Lips

Los Campesinos!

Jovanotti

Ben Howard

Ruthie Foster

Freelance Whales

Civil Twilight

The Whigs

Dev

The Lumineer

Bad Books

The Devil Makes Three

Asleep at the Wheel

First Aid Kit

Patrick Watson

LP

Caveman

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Father John Misty

The Wombats

Dry the River

The Boxer Rebellion

Soul Rebels Brass Band

Thundercat(Really!! There’s a band named Thundercat?! That’s awesome!)

Willis Earl Beal

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister

Kishi Bashi

Deep Dark Woods

Moon Duo

Kopecky Family Band

River City Extension

Quiet Corral

Wheeler Brothers

The Relatives

Space Capone

The Staves

Native Run

Nikki Lane

Quiet Company

Infantree

Wild Child

La Vida Bohème

The Eastern Sea

The Dunwells

Kenny Vaughan Trio

Justin Jones

Sonámbulo

Royal Teeth

Noah Gunderson

The Aaron Ivey Band

The Mighty Sincere Voices

G.S.T.

Colorfeels

Lera Lynn

Megan McCormick

Shields of Faith

Stapletones

The Baylor Choir

Disciples of Joy

Ralph’s World

Orange Sherbet

Big Don

Rocknoceros

Hullabaloo

Jambo

Peter DiStefano & Tor

The School of Rock

The Q Brothers

Lollapalooza 2012 Line-Up Unveiled

Lollapalooza 2012 Line-Up Unveiled 

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

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

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

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

Lollapalooza 2012

-Red Hot Chili Peppers

-The Black Keys

-Black Sabbath

-Jack White

-Florence + the Machine

-At the Drive-In

-Avicii

-The Shins

-Justice

-Passion Pit

-Sigur Ros

-The Weeknd

-M83

-Miike Snow

-The Afghan Whigs

-Bloc Party

-Franz Ferdinand

-Frank Ocean

-J. Cole

-Childish Gambino

-Delta Spirit

-Metric

-The Temper Trap

-Wale

-Die Antwoord

-Dawes

-tUnE-yArDs

-The Head & the Heart

-The Big Pink

-Twin Shadow

-The Tallest Man on Earth

-Toro y Moi

-Dr. Dog

-Of Monsters and Men

-Gary Clark Jr.

-Alabama Shakes

-The Gaslight Anthem

-Amadou & Mariam

-Band of Skulls

-SBTRKT

-Tame Impala

-The Walkmen

-JJ Grey & Mofro

-fun.

-Neon Indian

-Dum Dum Girls

-Washed Out

-Aloe Blacc

-Trampled by Turtles

-Bear in Heaven

-Blind Pilot

-Chairlift

-The Black Angels

-Yellow Ostrich

-Givers

-Polica

-Bombay Bicycle Club

-Sharon Van Etten

-White Rabbits

-Doomtree

-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

-The Devil Makes Three

-Oberhofer

-The War on Drugs

-Michael Kiwanuka

-O Rappa

-Bowerbirds

-Orchard Lounge

-Mona

-The Growlers

-Hey Rosetta!

-JEFF the Brotherhood

-Anamanaguchi

-First Aid Kit

-Wax

-FIDLAR

-JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

-Milo Greene

-Los Jaivas

-Kopecky Family Band

-The Jezabels

-LP

-Yuna

-Walk Off the Earth

-Animal Kingdom

-Dev

-The Sheepdogs

-The Dunwells

-DJ Mel

-Empires

-Kevin Devine

-Dry the River

-Helena

-Haley Reinhart

-Imaginary Cities

-Overdoz

-Ambassadors

-DJ Zebo

-Chancellor Warhol

-Laura Warshauer

-Red Oblivion

-Perry’s stage

-Bassnectar

-Kaskade

-Calvin Harris

-NERO

-Santigold

-Knife Party

-Zeds Dead

-Big Gigantic

-Skream & Benga

-Little Dragon

-Porter Robinson

-Sub Focus

-Madeon

-Zedd

-Paper Diamond

-Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

-Star Slinger

-Badastrom

-DJ Nihal

-SALVA

-Kid Color

-B.o.B

 

Sleigh Bells Announce Additional North American Tour Dates

Sleigh Bells Announce Additional North American Tour Dates

As you know from our outstanding review courtesy of thenaturalstoner and Mr. Slurry, Sleigh Bells is a just wrapped a brief tour of North America in Seattle this past Friday night. With their sophomore effort now available in stores and online, the duo of Derek E. Miller and Alexis Krauss have just announced fresh North American tour dates that features the band performing headline dates in addition to dates with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Check the dates below to see if Sleigh Bells are hitting your neck of the woods.

Sleigh Bells 2012 Tour Dates:
3/26/12 – Toronto, ON, Phoenix
3/27/12  – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
4/3/12  – San Diego, CA, 4th and B
4/4/12  – Pomona, CA, Fox Theater
4/5/12  – San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
4/7/12  – Portland, OR, Roseland Theater
4/8/12  – Seattle, WA, Showbox at SoDo
4/9/12  – Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom
4/12/12  – Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
4/13/12  – Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
4/14/12  – Omaha, NE, Slowdown
4/16/12  – Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
4/17/12  – Dallas, TX, Granada Theatre
4/18/12  – Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
4/20/12  – Georgetown, TX, Corbin J Robertson Center
4/21/12  – Nashville, TN, Rites of Spring Music Festival
4/23/12  – Columbia, MO, The Blue Note
4/24/12  – Iowa City, IA, IMU Main Lounge
4/25/12  – Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall
4/27/12  – Toronto, ON, Air Canada Center #
4/28/12  – Toronto, ON, Air Canada Center #
4/30/12  – Ottawa, ON, Scotiabank Place #
5/2/12  – Montreal, QC, Bell Centre #
5/4/12  – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center #
5/5/12  – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center #
5/7/12  – Boston, MA, TD Bank North Garden #
5/10/12  – Washington, D.C., Verizon Center #
5/11/12  – Philadelphia,, PA, Wells Fargo Center #
5/12/12 – Atlantic City, NJ, House of Blues
# = Supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced

Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced

As always the lineup for the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester Tennessee is nothing short of impressive. Headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead and Phish, the festival is set to take place June 7th-10th, 2012. Other highlights on the bill include Alice Cooper, St. Vincent and a reunited Ben Folds Five.

With the first two price levels already sold out, you best get your tickets soon as this annual event almost always sells out. If you have a little bit of extra cash after buying your ticket, perhaps you can send some to our youngest Concert Confessions family member Jakob who is trying to make it to his first Bonaroo. Click here to help him out.

For more information on everything Bonnaroo, please check out the official site by clicking here.  Check out some past footage of Bonnaroo from our pal BeeZnutZ below.

As of 03/12/2012 Bands added to the Festival’s lineup include: Danzig Legacy, Puscifer, Santigold, The Temper Trap, fun., and The Cave Singers

2012 Bonnaroo Comedy Line Up (a/o 03/29/12)

Aziz Ansari

Steven Wright

Marc Maron

Brian Posehn

Judah Freidlander

Reggie Watts

Rhys Darby

Colin Hay

Garfunkle & Oat

Amy Schumer

Pete Holmes

Rory Scovel

Mike O’Connell

Ali Wong

Kyle Kinane

Hangout Festival Returns to Gulf Shores for 2012 with Stellar Lineup!

What: Hangout Music Festival 2012

Where: Gulf Shores, Alabama

When: May 18 – 20

Why:  Hangout 2011 featured a diverse lineup including Paul Simon, The Foo Fighters, Primus, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, and The Flaming Lips.

Well the folks planning the only festival featuring white sandy beaches and palm trees out there have done it again with a fantastic early 2012 lineup coming out in waves via Facebook this evening.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Dave Matthews Band •Jack White
String Cheese Incident (performing two sets)
Wilco •Skrillex •The Flaming Lips perform Dark Side of the Moon
Dispatch •Steve Winwood •CHRIS CORNELL •STS9
Gogol Bordello •Michael Franti & Spearhead •Mac Miller •Flogging Molly
Coheed & Cambria •Paul Oakenfold •G. Love and Special Sauce
Randy Newman •Dr. Dog •Young The Giant •Cage the Elephant •Dawes •Alabama Shakes
M. Ward •YelaWolf •Switchfoot •Julian Marley •Zeds Dead •Mavis Staples •Shpongle •Gary Clark JR •Rebelution Allen Stone •Big Freedia •The Devil Makes Three •Paper Diamond •Futurebirds •Hey Rosetta! •Sleeper Agent THE LUMINEERS •ARCHNEMESIS •Tribal Seeds •Rich Aucoin •Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns

Added 03/12/12 – Kaskade, Umphrey’s McGee, Delta Spirit, Heartless Bastards, Greyboy Allstars & Givers

 

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10th and start around $200 for 3 days. For complete details, visit http://www.hangoutmusicfest.com/

Photo Gallery – Red Hot Chili Peppers Rock For The Silverlake Conservatory of Music

Red Hot Chili Peppers w/ Theolonius Monster 08/24/11

Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA

Photos by Reverend Justito

Last night Reverend Justito got a last minute invite to shoot 1 1/2 songs of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band hit the stage at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles as hosts of a benefit concert for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. A truly magical place where young children are able to learn an instrument (often for free) we encourage everyone to check out their site (and donate to the cause) by clicking here.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers To Rock Festivals in 2011?

Red Hot Chili Peppers To Rock Festivals in 2011?

Recently, drummer Chad Smith sat down with Music Radar for an in-depth discussion of his various projects.  Best known for his work in Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot, the drummer shared some details on his involvement with both projects.

“I can’t play in both bands next year,” Smith shared. “Believe me, I’d love to play with Chickenfoot and I’m pretty certain I’ll be able to finish the second record… Touring, though? I don’t see how.”

The drummer also commented: “Chickenfoot started out as this fun thing to do, then it just got bigger and bigger. Everybody loves it — I love it, too. We have the best time together. But I got this other group. The Peppers have festival dates booked for the summer of 2011 already.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgzNzNKVARw

So the question is – what festivals do you see the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing at during the summer of 2011?  Will they manage to cover both the Euro and North American circuits?  Share your thoughts in the comments below:

MusiCares Salutes Anthony Kiedis

MusiCares Salutes Anthony Kiedis

Words/Red Carpet Photos By Reverend Justito

Live Photos By Sylvrtail

Club Nokia @ LA Live: 05/08/2009

Thanks to a friend, my wife and I were fortunate enough to attend the 2009 MusiCares Benefit honoring Red Hot Chili Peppers front man, Anthony Kiedis. MusiCares supports musicians trying to beat their addictions to drugs and or alcohol. With tickets for the benefit being rather expensive, we were very blessed to be able to witness an amazing night of music, even if one of my favorite bands failed to show up and the venue lied regarding their camera policy. Despite these small setbacks, it was truly a great night for a great cause; one that I will not soon forget.

While my wife and I were lucky enough to catch the tail end of the Red Carpet Ceremony the evening truly opened with DJ AM mixing some very random songs together. Not only did he manage to remind me of Color Me Badd’s classic early 90’s jam “I Want To Sex You Up”, he somehow managed to mix Weezer into Tom Petty. I don’t follow DJ’s often, but I clearly see why this guy is one of the best around. After a video montage and a few speeches by people who work for MusiCares, the evening’s host — Comedian/Best Selling Author Greg Behrendt treated the audience to about 15 minutes of stand up. His hilarious stand up segment covered everything from leaving burritos in his child’s crib to making pudding in his pants in front of Jim from “The Office”. With a heavy focus on getting old, Behrendt reminded me a lot of me, so you know he was great.

The first musical act of the night was former Thelonious Monster member Bob Forrest (who you may know as Dr Drew’s right hand man on Celebrity Rehab), who was joined by his son Elijah and long time studio/touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. After mentioning how he was not feeling well after a mix of dinner, coffee, cream puffs and Red Bull, his son launched into a song that I believe is called “Waiting Around To Die”. As Elijah played a soft acoustic medley with Klinghoffer complementing on electric, the song was interrupted by monstrous bass thunder by none other than Flea (who was not on stage at the time). The musicians were left with no choice but to abandon ship and joke about what happened. As soon as the problem was fixed, the three piece was able to perform the delicate number as planned. Chad Smith, Flea & Ivan Neville took to the stage for the Bob Forrest lead number “Memphis”. Flea looked on in admiration as Forrest’s thick voice belted out the vocals. I was so sucked in, I was shocked when they wrapped it up and existed the stage. It was almost as if I had blinked and missed it.

Within seconds of wrapping his set, Bob Forrest and Behrendt announced that Neil Young was one of Kiedis’s favorite artists as the crowd erupted in cheers. While Young was unable to make the event, he managed to tape a performance of “The Needle & The Damage Done” in honor of his friend Kiedis. Drinking tea and being armed with an impressive collection of over the counter cold/flu meds Young made a few quick jokes before launching into the depressing yet beautiful acoustic ballad. Though sick and via video, the emotion Young has with his raspy voice and crisp acoustic guitar is enough to make even the most hardened soul shed a tear. It could be the superb PA inside Club Nokia, but with your eyes closed it really felt as if Neil was up on stage pouring his heart out. Despite the fact that Young was not with us, it was intense and wonderful to be able to listening to Young perform personally for Kiedis.

Up next, we were treated to a surprise performance by former that dog member Petra Haden, accompanied by acclaimed Canadian jazz pianist, Chris Gestrin. One word could be used to describe her set: that word is fear. The petite singer freaked out about the lights, and seemed very tense as she launched into a cover of Elliot Smith’s “Satellite”. After apologizing about the lights (apparently it was just one light upsetting her) and admitting how nervous she was, Haden dedicated her final number to Anthony Kiedis. Covering the Peppers song “Porcelain” somehow Haden managed to make her version even softer than the original. I personally thought the fear in her voice added to the tension within the music, only making the song better.

The highlight of the night was a pulsating set by rock & roll royalty Iggy Pop. Backed by Chad Smith, Flea and Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) Iggy led his new band through a set of classics. Opening with “Search & Destroy,” for the first time all night, the crowd got off their rumps and grooved the best they could amongst the stadium style seating. Anyone who has seen Flea perform knows he is a beast. I truthfully think that Flea was levitating as he was beyond exciting to be playing with the golden rock God. As the crowd roared, Jonsey launched right into one of the Peppers biggest hits, “Under The Bridge”. The punk legend struggled on the songs complicated opening riff, but it didn’t matter; the crowd (myself included) went nuts After wrapping the first verse, the band kicked right into a jam that sounded a lot like the MC5 classic “Kick Out The Jams” even though it was not that . With Flea dropping more fat bass bombs, right at the songs end, Jones managed to blow out the head of his Marshall half stack. A quick improve jam ensued while roadies worked, Iggy flowed and Flea freaked out hard upon the four string. The group closed with “The Passenger” which became a crowd sing-a-long. Iggy pranced across the stage throwing water bottles, high stepping and just kicking all kinds of backside. As the band existed the stage, Mr. Pop left with an important political mention. With the Grammy Association sponsoring the event, he dropped a hint that it was time he won a Grammy Award. After watching him steal the show, I happen to agree.

As soon as Iggy exited the stage, it was time to honor Anthony. Receiving the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, Chad Smith, Bob Forrest, Flea and a friend whose name I don’t know all paid touching tributes to the front man who has struggled with addiction longer than he has written hits. After almost two hours of tributes, Kiedis finally appeared on stage, and admitted that he felt guilty for accepting the award as it belonged to all those who supported him during his life long battle with drug addiction. He acknowledged that the Lakers had won their playoff game after someone screamed it from the balcony and wrapped up a brief and humble acceptance speech by introducing his new band – The Insects.

Featuring Chad Smith, Flea, Josh Klinghoffer, Ivan Neville and Ronnie Wood, the band (minus Kiedis) launched into an instrumental by The Meters (I think it was The Meters, although I vaguely recognized it). A solid way to set the mood, Kiedis joined the all-star band for a cover of The Yardbirds1965 hit “For Your Love”. I love the Peppers, but live, Anthony Kiedis always struggles. I was shocked at how well he sang the number. Ronnie Wood led The Insects on the next cover – “Spoonful” by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf. With a huge smile on his face, the aging rocker wore tight black jeans that predate the word hipster and soulfully wailed on his vintage Fender guitar. The supergroup (to whom Kiedis assigned insect nicknames to all but Flea) closed the event with a cover of the Kinks jam “All Day And All of The Night”. Watching the hodgepodge of addicts on stage, I couldn’t help but smile. The energy and good spirits coming from the stage was powerful, even if the song was far from perfect.

As the house lights came up, many stood on in confusion. Sure, some pretty remarkable stuff went down upon the stage blocks from where Kiedis has scored his fix time and time again. However, a major act never hit the stage. The Mars Volta were billed as a part of the show (I assumed this is how absent RHCP axeman John Frusciante would make an appearance) yet never played. There was not even an announcement during the evening, mentioning the lack of the Latin flavored prog rock band. While the venue tried to encourage all fans to leave, displeased chants for the El Paso band rang through the venue. I understand why audience members would be upset, especially with a steep ticket price. However, it is only a minor dent in an inspiring and epic evening of once in a lifetime musical collaborations. Not only that, all proceeds (even the non-alcoholic drinks served at the venues bar) go to helping those who need to break the chains of addiction. Overall, it was truly a great evening that I was very blessed to have been able to witness.





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