Ocean Park Standoff opened up the night at 6:45. They have a female guitar player doing the heavy lifting, so I googled and it’s Samantha Ronson, sister of Mark. It’s a big world. After a couple songs I made a note: this slot they’re in is where I usually unfairly give a band the cold shoulder just because I’m really douchey. But no! All of their songs had sweet melodies and someone in this group can write catchy songs. The band released their debut EP in March and are already opening up on a major tour. Guess I’m not the only one that doesn’t hate them. They went off at 7:10.
The Silversun Pickups! Wow, you want to talk about making it count, that’s what this band does. Unlike Friday, we’re on time today and can watch the full scale of SSPU set in action. Songs we know, songs we don’t, songs we didn’t know we knew. In that hour, Silversun Pickups slayed the dragon that was an ugly “festival” stage, flat non elevating stand room and the high school basketball team situated right in front of you. They made me forget. The Royal We,Substitution both early in the set headbangers. Shocked some life into the crowd of bros who all shared an outfit. Really hope the world is in a place where the Silversun Pickups are back out there touring regularly again. How hasn’t anyone told me how good this is?! Panic Switch, Dots and Dashes and Lazy Eye ended their night at 8:30.
Third Eye Blind came on at sharply 9 and by this time the jam packed crowd has tightened up towards the stage. They opened with the same sheet gimmick as Friday (and is assume on this whole tour). They play Summer Gods behind a curtain and then drop it, but tonight the sheet malfunctioned a bit and didn’t all come down on queue. Nothing tops the live concert experience.
Pictures and video were tough on this night as the standing room doesn’t elevate or anything towards the back. I planned ahead for that and got all the hits on Friday. So for the first time in a while, I also brought words and sentences to the table. #Journalism. Stephen mentioned how this is the first night of the tour without seats. “I hate seats” he says. I get it. It’s a rock show. But tonight, my sciatica is acting up so I personally miss the comfort of seats. At least for this one night.
Such an extensive list of awesome songs. Some may call this band a one hit wonder. They are not that. And they’re not even a band with two hits that sound exactly the same. Even after the other night I still popped for Never Let You Go to lead the encore. By that point it feels like there’s no way they got another banger. As the set progressed, I noticed a benefit of not having seats. A sea of heads rockin on a beach was a scene to be had. I may judge the process, but you can’t argue with the results. For example, Jumper tonight had like a little singalong portion that was absent from the show up in PNC. Maybe the beach vibes. The set was the same exact set songs wise as Friday with playing the entire self titled debut record and all, but I couldn’t have underestimated more how awesome of a time Third Eye Blind could be live.
The handful of decent photos can be chopped up to Amanda Porks, who you can follow on twitter here. Set list lays below. If the Summer Gods tour is coming your way, it’s a fun night out that’s highly recommended.
Summer Gods intro
Company Of Strangers
Queen Of Daydreams
Losing A Whole Year
Semi Charmed Life
How’s It Gonna Be
Thanks A Lot
Good For You
I Want You
Motorcycle Drive By
Never Let You Go
God of Wine (yes that’s on the first record. They save it for the encore)
Third Eye Blind have kicked off a tour in celebration of 20 years since the release of their self titled debut record. Billed as The Summer Gods Tour, Stephan Jenkins and Co. have enlisted very special guests the Silversun Pickups. Roughly two weeks into the trek, the tour makes a stop off in Dirty Jersey at the PNC Bank Arts Center.
Silversun Pickups went on early. We barely were in our seats when Panic Switch hit.
Audible roars of the crowd on the lawn were heard during the duration of their set, especially during Lazy Eye. People were still filing in, but the entire lawn was jammed pack. Wish we would have known Silversun Pickups were going to be playing that early. Their set ended at 8 freaking 30.
It’s been 20 years since Third Eye Blind debuted with their self titled debut record. Let’s all allow that to sink in for a minute and realize that we’re old.
The night opened with Summer Gods. Opening up with a handful of hits before we jump into this record. Company of Strangers, Horror Show (aka “Heroin”) and Wounded followed. Crowd was getting loose at this point where dancing in aisles began to occur. The seats were pretty much pack out at this point, with the exception of the top sections.
Queen of Daydreams and Shipboard Cook finished off the non album cuts as the band ducked off for a second for a tiny break before coming out to play the record. That’s where we went into video mode:
London, Thanks A Lot and Burning Man garnered the most noise from the PNC crowd other than the big hits.
After a 2nd tiny break they came back to kicking off this encore with Never Let You Go
which by this point I had forgotten about in the sea of awesome songs tonight. Alright Caroline and God of Wine closed out their fairly epic set crisply before 11.
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:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
the Joy Formidable
The Dillinger Escape Plan
All Shall Perish
Check Out this photo gallery from last years festivities below:
Silversun Pickups w/ Atlas Genius & School of Seven Bells 09/13/12
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium – Santa Monica, CA
Words/Photos by Reverend Justito
Friends you don’t need me to tell you that we are smack dab in the middle of a baby boom. Perhaps it is because my wife and I just welcomed our first little bundle of joy into the world, but everywhere I look I see pregnant women. The final show I saw before my self-imposed let’s be a Dad instead of a music snob hiatus featured a bassist who was performing their final show before having a child, so it makes perfect sense that my wife and I’s first night out in months would also feature a bassist heading out on maternity leave. That’s right folks the 2nd post fatherhood Reverend Justito Experience (see what I did there Porks?) we ditch the baby with grandma for a few hours in order to enjoy date night with Atlas Genius, School of Seven Bells and Silversun Pickups at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
After getting a belly full of Mexican goodness at Gilbert’s El Indio we headed down Pico towards the Pacific for the rock and roll show. Despite living in Santa Monica for three years now I had yet to make it through the doors of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Fingers crossed Goldenvoice keeps using this place because it’s pretty sweet. Nice big open GA floor and bleachers in the back for old people such as myself. Nice lobby area where one could easily get a drink or a Silversun Pickup onsie.
The evening kicked off at 8 am with Australian indie rockers Atlas Genius. In performing my pre-show due diligence, I hated what I heard on YouTube from these guys. This is why I was shocked when they won me over with their 30 minute opening set. With front man Keith Jeffrey sharing that most of the set was from the band’s soon to be released full length debut I can’t really give you a rundown of what they played. I will say that the band sounded tight, the music was engaging enough to keep my wandering mind occupied and if you plan to catch this tour as it moves across America it is in your best interest to show up early and give them a shot.
Up next was School of Seven Bells. I was excited to see School of Seven Bells having heard some material including a crazy cover of Lil’ Wayne’s How To Love. Yet by the time the New York based band was halfway though their set I was more interested in playing Words With Friends and Simpsons Tapped Out on my recently obsolete iPhone 4. This is the thing, while the music is not terrible I have a serious lack of respect for bands that pretend to play live. If I had to guess, I would say that at least half of the music coming from the stage was made up of pre-recorded loops. Guitarist Benjamin Curtis looked bored as he focused on what I would consider third layer riffs instead of attempting to be an actual lead guitarist. Lead vocalist Alejandra Deheza managed to out-bore Curtis with her uninspired performance. Don’t even get me started on the gal with the keyboard who did more standing around than key stroking. Apparently SVIIB is best enjoyed on YouTube because upon the stage they leave a lot to be desired.
It was 10pm sharp when Silversun Pickups hit the stage. With the Civic Auditorium now near capacity the band opened with Skin Graph from their outstanding 2012 release Neck of The Woods. The opener set a tone for the night as the band performed a majority of their new album during the 90 minute show. Some of the new numbers to emerge early in the set included Simmer, Here We Are (Chancer) and the first single Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings).
Before the band dipped back to 2009 for Substitution, front man Brian Aubert took a moment to address the home town crowd. After joking about how this was the most western location the band had performed at in the greater Los Angeles area he shared the news that this would be the final performance for bassist Nikki Monniger before heading out on maternity leave. Trying to make Monninger cry, it was one of the many sweet moments between in between songs as the band prepares for life on the road without their long time bassist.
The set progressed nicely with a mix of material from the band’s last two albums. Catch and Release was a nice breather for the folks jumping up and down at the front of the stage as the band unleashed massive rock radio hits The Pit and Panic Switch. Yet the biggest reaction was reserved for the set closing Lazy Eye from the bands 2006 full length Carnavas. Fans freaked out as Aubert ran around the stage conducting his band mates with the headstock of his guitar as massive waves of deeply distorted riffage crashed into the walls of the Civic.
Looking to play all night, the band returned for a four song encore. After performing two additional songs from Neck of the Woods the band brought it back to the old school for Kissing Families and the show closing Well Thought Out Twinkles. A great way to close out a great night of music as Silversun Pickups enters a new and exciting chapter of their history. Fingers crossed Goldenvoice keeps booking shows at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium as I know I for sure would like more date nights like this in the not so distant future.
Meanwhile, over in Hollywood, the Silversun Pickups (who are currently on tour) appeared on Conan. I’m not calling them “SSPU” because it sounds like the name of a boat that smells bad. You know what doesn’t smell bad, or even sound bad? This awesome video below of the band performing “The Pit”. Check it out.
The last batch of Silversun Pickups tour dates we had for you here at Concert Confessions had dates leading into September then about a month break until Voodoo Music Experience in October. Well, the band decided “Screw downtime” and just filled that month slot with some East Coast dates, including a New York City stop at Terminal 5 and finishing off at the House Of Blues in Ohio a few nights before they head down to New Orleans. The support will be Cloud Nothings and Atlas Genius.. Atlas have a song getting played on NYC’s new Alternative station these days that drives me nuts. Anyway, the dates lay below:
Silversun Pickups October US Tour Dates:
October 9 | Atlanta, GA | The Tabernacle
October 11 | Baltimore, MD | Ram’s Head Live
October 14 | New York, NY | Terminal 5
October 16 | Upper Darby, PA | Tower Theatre
October 17 | Boston, MA | Orpheum Theatre
October 19 | Hartford, CT | The Webster
October 20 | Clifton Park, NY | Upstate Concert Hall
October 21 | Cleveland, OH | House of Blues
Watch Highlights From The Inaugural Firefly Music Festival
Sadly we were unable to make it out to Delaware for the Inaugural Firefly Music Festival. However that won’t prevent us from sharing highlights from some of our favorite artists including The Flaming Lips, Cake, Modest Mouse and GROUPLOVE. Check them out down below.
John Legend Covers Bob Marley:
A Double Shot of Jack White:
The Killers Rocking On Saturday Night:
Two Solid Jams From Modest Mouse:
Silversun Pickups Take Us Back To 2007:
GROUPLOVE Plays The Hits:
The Fabulous Flaming Lips:
It’s Not A Party Without Cake:
Finally, The Biggest Band In America Today – The Black Keys:
Fingers crossed we can send our pal Jay Porks to Firefly in 2012.
Silversun Pickups Announce Fall North American Tour Dates
Neck of the Woods by Silversun Pickups is no doubt one of the best records of 2012. Having performed at a handful of festivals already this year, the Los Angeles based four piece have started to unveil headline dates for a North American trek this fall in support of the album. The band promises to add more dates on Monday so make sure to come back here to check them out. Support on non-festival dates for this tour will come from School of Seven Bells and Atlas Genius.
Silversun Pickups Fall 2012 North American Tour Dates:
09/01/12 – XFest – Calgary, AB
09/02/12 – Sonic Boom – Edmonton, AB
09/04/12 – Malkin Bowl – Vancouver, BC
09/06/12 – Marymoor Amphitheatre – Redmond, WA
0907/12 – Cuthbert Amphitheatre – Eugene, OR
09/09/12 – MusicNW – Portland, OR
09/10/12 – Mondavi Center – Davis, CA
09/12/12 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
09/13/12 – Santa Monica Civic Auditorium – Santa Monica, CA
09/16/12 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
09/17/12 – Sumtur Amphitheatre – Papillion, NE
09/18/12 – Hoyt Sherman Place – Des Moines, IA
09/20/12 – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
10/26/12 – Voodoo Music Experience – New Orleans, LA
For up to the minute information on Silversun Pickups make sure you check out their official website by clicking here.
You could use a ton of clichés to describe our pal Phishbeard. Let’s just say homeboy marches to the beat of his own drum. A nomad, a free spirit, someone who shoots first and asks questions later. Homeboy spent Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge enjoying the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival. He took no less than 1200 photos. Here are the best ones. We hope you enjoy.
I jumped on the Silversun Pickups band wagon a few years ago with “Lazy Eye”, and even I’ll admit, it’s funny to say that you didn’t know the lad singer was a dude until you saw them perform. Truth is, in the realm music that comes out these days, Silversun Pickups are excelling by not putting out terrible music. Does it blow your mind? Some people it might (I wanna see them live, see what happens), some people it may not.
Update: Why watch just one song when you can watch nearly an hour of Silversun goodness? Check it out below.
Voodoo Music Experience 2012 Announces Details and Initial Artists
Last year we had a blast when we headed out to Voodoo Festivalon a sunny Saturday afternoon in New Orleans. It’s a shame we can’t make it back this year as it appears the festival could be the best edition yet. Green Day and Neil Young and Crazy Horse have been announced as two of the headliners for the party in City Park. Also on the bill will be Justice, Tomahawk, AWOLNATION, K’naan Skrillex, Bootsy Collins, Gary Clark Jr., Say Anything and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Plenty of more artists will be announced before the festival kicks the crescent cities ass during the weekend of October 26th – 28th.
New to Voodoo this year will be on-site camping. Fans will be allowed to camp under the stars and lush oak trees of City Park. Camping packages range from simple tent camping to fully pimped out tents with cots and all the luxurious one could imagine. For more information on Voodoo 2012, check out the official site by clicking here.
The following artists are now confirmed for Voodoo 2012
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
The Avett Brothers
Gary Clark Jr.
Etienne De Crecy
JFK of MSTRKRFT
Toots & The Maytals
Preservation Jazz Hall Band
The Gaslamp Killer
The New Orleans Bingo! Show
George Porter Jr. + Runnin’ Pardners
Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
101 Runners Featuring Big Chief Monk
Treme Brass Band
CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis
Force Feed Radio
Lost Bayou Ramblers w/ Press Hall Horns
Johnny V, James Singleton Doing James Booker
Andy Suzuki & The Method
Ingrid Lucia Presents New Orleans Nightengales
Lil Band O’ Gold
The Pimps of Joytime
Star & Dagger
TBC Brass Band
Luke Wilson King
Leo Jackson & The Melody
Clouds of Joy
Carmine P. Filthy
Fleur De Tease
St.Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus
Tribute To Jimmy’s Music Club Featuring Models, Dash Rip Rock and Stephie & The Whitesox
Silversun Pickups Serve Up ‘Bloody Mary’ For Jimmy Kimmel
As yes there I was last night getting into bed after watching my beloved San Francisco Giants defeat the dreaded Los Angeles Dodgers out at Chavez Latrine. The television was already on and there was Johnny Depp plugging the new Warner Bros. Pictures smash hit Dark Shadows. I enjoyed his brief talk with Jimmy Kimmel Live host Jimmy Kimmel about him and Hunter S. Thompson sabotaging Don Johnson. Then I fell asleep before Silversun Pickups took to the Bud Lite Concert Stage. Thankfully I can watch the Los Angeles based group perform “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)” right down below and you can as well. Enjoy.
Update: Kimmel has been kind enough to upload bonus footage of “The Pit” for your viewing pleasure.
2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta Set Times and Webcast Details
You remember a few months ago when we shared with you details of the 2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta? With the show sold out for weeks chances are you won’t be getting into the venue formerly known as Irvine Meadows this weekend. Thankfully the fine folks over at KROQ have not only announced the set times for the show, they are going to webcast the entire thing. To watch this Saturday’s webcast, head over to KROQ.com on Saturday. To check out the set times, look down below. To read our review of the 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast, click here.
Bud Lite Stage Dos:
Walk the Moon 2:30 PM
Of Monsters and Men 3:00 PM
Grouplove 3:30 PM
AWOLNATION 4:00 PM
Garbage 4:50 PM
The Dirty Heads 5:25 PM
Angels & Airwaves 6:00 PM
Pennywise 6:35 PM
Silversun Pickups 7:15 PM
The Offspring 7:55 PM
Incubus 8:45 PM
Coldplay 9:35 PM
Of course make sure to check out KROQ.com for all the up to the minute details on this annual event.
Are you ready?? As part of DeLuna Festival DJ JAZZY JEFF is going to unload his man-juice load all over the old ass retirement fucks in Pensacola Beach this September 21st -23rd
Now there wont be any Fresh Prince mind you. But who needs that fucking guy???? The DJ is in the fucking house!
Now who else is there. Jay fucking Porks’ two favorite bands Pearl Jam and the Fucking Foo Fighters. “Fuck those assholes” Jay Porks said in an interview Monday night. He followed that up by saying “Seriously, fuck those assholes.”
Florence + The Machine, Ben Folds Five, The Wallflowers , Joan Jett and dick loads of other fucks on the bill. Head over the festivals official website here, fork over your cash and go get shitfaced
DeLuna Festival Line Up (a/o 05/15/12)
Florence and the Machine
Ben Folds Five
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Guided By Voices
The Gaslight Anthem
The Wallflowers (Hey! Why aren’t these fucks playing Summerland?!?)
KROQ Announces Details For the 2012 Weenie Roast Y Fiesta
You’ve read about the KROQ Weenie Roasthere at Concert Confessions in past years, Known for groundbreaking lineups, were not 100% sure if this line up is going to blow anyone’s mind as hard as past years, but for your hard earned dollar you get a day in the sun with the likes of Coldplay, Incubus and The Offspring. Oh and for those of you who like Pennywise, there’s always that. With the event celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, we can only hope KROQ has some surprises up their sleeves. Perhaps unannounced performances from some of the bands that played the first Weenie Roast? Our vote is for Terrence Trent D’Arby.
Going down on Cinco De Mayo at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Irvine, CA.
Tickets go on sale to KROQ Street Team members starting April 5th at noon via Live Nation/Ticketmaster. Tickets for the 2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta are sold out. Tickets up front will set you back $85.00 while the lawn at the very back of the corporate sponsored music venue will cost you $45.00. A complete lineup for the 2012 Weenie Roast Y Fiesta is down below. For up to the minute information including, please check out the KROQ website by clicking here. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to The Surfrider Foundation and Heal The Bay.
Editors Note: This is The 2012 Lineup. For the 2013 Lineup, Click Here
Firefly Music Festival To Be Held In Delaware
Delaware, welcome to the world of States that have sweet Music Festivals.
The news broke last night, that the three day ’Firefly Music Festival’, will be headlined by The Killers, The Black Keys and Jack White . Solid, right? I mean, sure The Killers aren’t in the stratosphere of musical relevance circa 2012 as the The Black Keys and Jack White are; but hey, they could have went with the Beach Boys, so we’ll chalk up those headliners as a win.
The ’2nd tier’ if you will, of headliners consists of The Flaming Lips (what AREN’T the Flaming Lips doing these days?), Death Cab For Cutie, John Legend, Girl Talk and Passion Pit(cancelled as a result of mental health issues).Modest Mouse, a late edition to the festivities, announced on June 25th they’d be in Dover as well that weekend.
Dubbed the “East Coast’s Premier Music Experience”, will kick off July 20th at Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware and end July 22nd with 3 day passes going for a modest $178 (as of 6/28, 3-Day passes have been sold out), at the Festival’s official website. The rest of the listed acts are below.
Update 05/08/12 – The Firefly Website now shows an image similar to the gang Hangman. While they promise a full lineup tomorrow 05/09/12 we have done some detective work and believe this festival is adding the following artists.
Sasquatchis one of Washington’s most widely regarded music festivals. Held annually at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater, Sasquatch is known for hosting big name acts like Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, Bjork, and Flaming Lips. Well this year, they’ve got a treat for you.
Here is the full lineup in order as it says on the website:
Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D, The Shins, Beirut, Girl Talk, The Roots, Portlandia, Feist, Silversun Pickups, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Nero, M. Ward, John Reilly and Friends, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, The Joy Formidable, Little Dragon, tUnE-yArDs, Beats Antique, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Wolfgang Gartner, Apparat, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mark Lanegan Band, Spiritualized, Blitzen Trapper, The Cave Singers, Shabazz Palaces, Jamey Johnson, fun., Grouplove, Tycho, SBTRKT, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Deer Tick, Imelda May, Dum Dum Girls, The Helio Sequence, Kurt Vile, Cloud Cult, Ben Howard, Here We Go Magic, Zola Jesus, The War on Drugs, Shearwater, Cass McCombs, Active Child, Trampled by Turtles, AraabMuzik, Star Slinger, LA Riots, Com Truise, Unknown Mortal, I Break Horses, Walk the Moon, Dry the River, Allen Stone, Hey Marseilles, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Purity Ring, Yellow Ostrich, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Nobody Beats the Drum, Electric Guest, Coeur de Pirate, Lord Huron, Pickwick, STRFKR, We are Augustines, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Beat Connection, THEESatisfaction, The Sheepdogs, Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, Howlin Rain, Gardens and Villa, Felix Cartal, Craft Spells, Vintage Trouble, Poor Moon, Black Whales, Gold Leaves, Greylag, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Metal Chocolates, Grynch, SPACE3MAN, Don’t Talk to The Cops, Scribes, Fatal Lucciauno, Fly Moon Royalty, Katie Kate, Nick Kroll, Todd Barry, Beardyman, Rob Delaney, Pete Holmes, John Mulaney, and Howard Kremer.
BEST OF THE BEST: Well it appears that Jack White will be making his solo US debut here at Sasquatch a month after the release of his debut solo album. That is certainly something to watch for.
With Beck, you should always expect the unexpected, so whatever he does will most likely be some sort of garage-punk/funky-pop weirdness explosion.
The self-described “greatest band in the world” Tenacious D will be returning to the stage after five long years, to coincide with the release of their new album.
Girl Talk is a mashup artist that can combine everything from War Pigs, to Teach Me How to Dougie, to 99 Problems, all without being sued.
Portlandia, a show led by Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein (who will also play the festival with that group) and SNL’s Fred Armisen. It’s an amazingly funny and amazingly bizarre sketch comedy show that sold out crowds across the US when they brought it to the stage. Definitely something to see if you watch the show.
If you’re looking to relax after a long day’s festival, Explosions in the Sky should help (not Bon Iver). This post-rock emotional explosion of instrumental beauty is like a symphony of guitars that will put you to sleep in the best sense of the word.
Childish Gambino, or as Community fans know him Donald Glover, is a brilliant lyricist and deliverer of rap music. He’s also wicked funny. So whether he does something comedic or something serious, it should be brilliant.
Blitzen Trapper are Americana-folk at its best. With Sub Pop signing more folk bands like Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper hopped on the first train out of Portland to play magnificent folksy music. It’ll be like a portal to another world, a world where all you should care about is not getting anyone’s vomit on your shoes.
ALSO CHECK OUT: Grouplove, fun., SBTKRT, Dum Dum Girls, Wild Flag. AraabMuzik, Gary Clark Jr., Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, STRFKR, The Sheepdogs.
Great lineup this year, if you ask me. Enjoy the show, all who are going!
2010 KROQ Weenie Roast
06/05/10 – Verizon Wireless Amp: Irvine, CA
Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
No longer a Fiesta, the annual KROQ Weenie Roast returned to Irvine, California on the first Saturday in June 2010. The long lasting corporate rock radio festival is not only a celebration of Summer’s arrival, but a chance for the stations simple-minded fan base to act like complete and total douche-bags. Despite this fan-base of brainless burnouts, KROQ always puts together a top-notch line up of artists young and old. Blessed enough to score a center terrace seat inside the out-dated live nation venue once known as Irvine Meadows – I headed south in hopes that great music could not be overpowered by an obtuse audience.
I have to admit, I only saw Passion Pit in action for about 84 seconds. The rest of their set was spent trying to get into Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Trained guards in yellow winbreakers conducted long slow searches yet failed to stop 16,000+ from bringing booze, drugs and various sex toys into the Live Nation venue. With the Bud Light Side stage about 600 yards from the line, we could hear Passion Pit just fine. I feel I didn’t miss out on anything standing in line. I have to assume cheesy synth-dance grooves over vocals that sound as if a cat is being skinned look pretty boring at 2:30 in the afternoon. Really, the only time the music worked for me was when I was close enough to watch a female guard (keep in mind lines for searches are split into male/female) softly fondle the breasts of all patrons in her line. Blessed by the good Lord with man hands, her touch was soft, slowly feeling for “joints” and “other contraband.” I won’t lie, for a moment I was even jealous of her. No matter what I do in life, I have the feeling I will never enjoy my work as much as this woman does. The way she rubbed the female buttocks – lets just say you were not sneaking any credit cards or parking ticket past her. For me, I just had to remove my cap off my bottle of water and throw it away. As soon as my guard turned to feel up the next boy in line, I made a throwing motion into the trash can without even taking my top off. I know, it’s true I am a bad ass.
The first band that mattered at the Weenie Roast was the Gainesville, Florida four piece (five if you count the touring keyboardist) Against Me! I planned it perfectly as I found my spot just as they took to the stage. With a new record White Crosses releasing in less than 72 hours from their stepping upon the stage – Against Me! opened with a very a straight up pop sounding song that I can only assume is new. The next 25 minutes ended up being everything I expected from my second Against Me! show. A few new songs, a solid amount of material from their 2007 breakout record New Wave, and a dash of classics. The Bonnaroo veterans packed in as much as they could in the abbreviated time slot, often not stopping between songs. One highlight was the new records title track which flowed perfectly into the classic “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong.” With the exception of the keyboards which felt out of place – the band sounded tight. “White People for Peace”, “New Wave” and even their current single “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” sounded as if the band had been on the road for months. Of course the biggest ovation from the crowd came from the bands most known rock radio number – “Thrash Unreal.” The folks in the crowd who actually listen to the radio sang along to the bah bah bah chorus oblivious to the actual meaning of the lyrics. Having now seen these guys twice on the festival circuit, I really need to make it to a full on Against Me! show.
While you won’t find the Chicago based band on my ipod, I have never had any issue with Chevelle. I understand the comparisons to Tool and have enjoyed the bands string of rock radio hits over the past decade. In my two previous trips to the Verizon Wireless Side-Stage Festival Grounds (aka a parking lot about the size of two-three football fields) the side-by-side stages have been set up in what would be the end zone. It made logistical sense. So leave it to some genius to switch the format and set the stages up at about the 40 yard line. In doing this, there was far less room for fans, thus making it impossible to move around, let alone between stages. Because of this, I watched Chevelle from the other stage (thus no video) not wanting to miss a second of Deftones. Their 30 minute set was solid wall of hard rock. I only recognized their hits – “The Red” and “Send The Pain Below” – which of course got a large reaction from the crowd. The way I see it, I get to cross Chevelle off the list of bands I have never seen live – and they were the perfect warm up for Deftones.
Had it not been for winning tickets to their Jimmy Kimmel Live taping – this would have been lucky #13 for Deftones and I. Having never seen the band in the same venue twice – I assumed the Sacto rockers would be playing before STP on the main stage. Knowing that Deftones shows loose something in seated venues, I was fired up when I learned the band would be headlining the Bud Light side stage. As a Deftones fan, I was shocked to find comments like this on the KROQ.com website:
@Chris writes: MOVE DEFTONES TO MAIN STAGE NOW! LET DIRTY HEADS HEADLINE 2ND STAGE! THIS IS RIDICULOUS
@ME writes: the deftones are the only reason i’m going! why the hell are they going on at 4 and some sh!!!ty side stage!
Yea I agree when they announced that the Deftones are playing I was like I’m not missing them but side stage?? Wtf?? Right?
So you see, I am not being harsh when I call KROQ fans brainless. Deftones for 45 minutes in the parking lot – how can one not be thrilled?
The band opened the set with “Rocket Skates.” Sadly the song never had a chance. For almost the entire song the crowd was unable to hear front man Chino Moreno’s vocals. So in the event you are looking for an instrumental version of “Rocket Skates” the 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast is for you. As soon as the mic issue was solved the band launched into the title track of their recently released record – Diamond Eyes. Even with fans packed in tight, two circle pits managed to form in front of the stage. Those pits calmed a bit with “Knife Party” but that break was short lived as they swelled even larger when the band busted out their first taste of radio success – “My Own Summer (Shove It).” Having seen the band in a similar setting at the San Francisco stop of the ’98 Vans Warped Tour, it felt right hearing so many songs from their 1997 release Around The Fur. The albums title track as well as “Lotion” are prime examples of what Deftones are all about. One of the biggest reactions the band received was from Fur’s biggest hit “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away).” While some fans grumbled over sound issues from guitarist Stephen Carpenter – most just went nuts over the chance to see the band in such an intimate setting. After playing their biggest hit “Change (In The House of Flies) the band closed their set with “Birthmark.” Having acted the previous night as if this was some sort of treat – I was hoping for “7 Words” or “Bored” when Moreno announced they would close with a song from Adrenaline. Regardless, there is a reason I have seen this band 14 times – they never disappoint. Looking forward to show 15 this fall with Mastodon & Alice in Chains.
The Dirty Heads
I decided after 90+ mins at the side stage I wanted to empty my bladder and grab a beer. Irvine Meadows (sorry, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) was once a ground breaking venue (as it is my understanding it is one of the first sheds in the country). However now it is out of date and in major need of renovation. Lines for food, drink and restrooms are borderline criminal. Men’s restrooms average 8 urinals and three stalls. With limited rest rooms, you can imagine how long these lines are. The lines for the women’s rest rooms are even worse. Live Nation saves a buck by allowing volunteers to man the beer booths (some of the profit off $13.00 cups of brew are donated to charity). Not even allowed to accept tips, the volunteers did their best to keep lines moving. However a major lack of volunteers and small work space resulted in me missing the up and coming band cover “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones as well as the rest of their set. Granted I don’t know a thing about The Dirty Heads minus their recent hit, I had hoped to catch a bit of their set just to give them a shot. Perhaps next time?!?!?!?!
Cage The Elephant
I admit, I have lost touch with rock radio since I got an ipod. However, Cage The Elephant is one of the bands that has really stuck out to me on the rare occasions my ears have been tickled by KROQ over the past couple of years. Having recently picked up their self-titled album, I was excited to see the band who shares a home state with Wild Turkey Bourbon. Sadly, I missed their first two songs in lines for not only beer as well as entrance to the Terrace section. While solid, I am not sure if Cage is ready for prime time. I realize it’s no easy task to rock such a large space in the sunlight, but the bands rowdy sound felt as if it would fit more into a club or theatre vs. a large scale amphitheatre. Despite this – the band did an outstanding job rocking songs like “In One Ear”, “Back Against The Wall” and “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” and I expect big things to come.
As the rotating stage allowed Cage The Elephant to exit and Spoon to enter, I decided to go stand in line for the bathroom again. Having seen Spoon twice before, I knew I was not missing out on anything. To me, they are musically un-original and come off like self-righteous dickwads. I hear folks blow them like they are the second coming of Coldplay Christ – yet no one can explain what makes them so fantastic. So yeah, they came, they played, they sucked and won the “Reverend Justito’s Worst Band Of The Festival” award. This is a pretty amazing accomplishment, considering my hate for a certain band further sharing the bill.
My first trip to the Weenie Roast was in 2007. With “Lazy Eye” just breaking the charts – Silversun Pickups stole the show. This was rather amazing considering they played the side stage. I fell in love with their record Carnavas over the following months, but the bands follow up Swoon left a lot to be desired in my heart. The band opened the set with the slow building “Growing Old Is Getting Old.” While the setlist was not really what I was hoping for (all but one song was from Swoon) the Silverlake four piece did not disappoint. Songs like “The Royal We” warmed the crowd who were chilled by the marine layer that had taken over the once warm day. In our section, we had some very loud and flamboyant gay men who when not requesting for bassist Nikki Monninger to expose her tatas; insisted on screamed for the band to play “Substitution” even well after it has been played. With a loud idiots behind me and so-so setlist I struggled for the first 2/3rd of the set. I needed it to be so much more – I needed to connect. Thankfully the last two songs that made me fall in love with Silversun Pickups all over again. Granted they were the bands biggest hits “Panic Switch” and “Lazy Eye” Silversun Pickups always wins over the crowd over in the end. In fact – it is physically fucking impossible to see Silversun and not rock your ass off. For the first time all day, the band got fans in the seated section to get off their backsides and move. Both songs were huge distorted monsters that unlike friends/former tour mates Cage The Elephant managed to fill the cavernous venue. If it was not for a miracle at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre – there is no doubt I would be watching this band headline the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 6th.
I have no shame in proclaiming that I LOVE Paramore. I own all three of the bands albums and have never had the opportunity to catch the group live. The 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast was my chance to do just that. With a buzz in the air from the final two Silversun Pickup songs the young band hit the stage like the Toronto Blue Jays are currently hitting baseballs. The did a wonderful job by packing their time slot with hit after hit. Early on – energetic front-woman Hayley Williams lead the band through older numbers like “That’s What You Get” and “Pressure.” I have always cried foul when fans of “pop/dance” music defend lip syncing because of lack of breath from gaudy dance numbers. Williams is much like a pinball bashing across the stage all while nailing her massive vocals. I’m always amazes me when huge vocals come out of tiny people, which only adds to Williams allure. Equally amazing, yet often overlooked is the bands guitarist Josh Farro. Part of what won me over to these young pups was their love for one of my favorite bands – Failure. This kid has a great ear for melody rich gnarling distortion that just makes the hair on my back rise in delight. On a totally unrelated note – I would be doing a disservice if I did not mention the pot-bellied Latina sitting next to me. For most of the show, she was reading Twilight on her Kindle. When Paramore played “Decode” from the Twilight Soundtrack – the gal put her Kindle down and rocked out. By the time the band was on to “Brick By Boring Brick” the gal had returned to her electronic-book which held her focus the rest of the night. I won’t lie, I was sad when Williams announced they would be playing their last song. Paramore are a great live band with tight musicianship and raw power. They know how to play up to the crowd, which of course meant they saved their biggest hit “Misery Business” for last. Once again giving 110% the bands confirmed something I already knew – Paramore is something special.
I don’t own DEVO records. I know a few songs, “Whip It” being the obvious favorite. I know a lot of folks act as if DEVO is some huge important band. I suppose they are if keyboards wet your whistle. I know they wear plastic hats. I know I once ran into Mark Mothersbaugh when I was eating breakfast with my mother-in-law. I have nothing against DEVO, so the chance to see them for a few minutes at a festival didn’t bother me. I don’t think I will be going out and buying any DEVO records, but they were cool. I always love that feeling at an all-day show when light loses the battle to dark while a band plays on stage. I felt excited watching strange video images as the post-punk/new wave band originally from Akron Ohio did their thing. I headed for the restroom during their last song. I am glad I got to see DEVO for the simple fact it gives me hipster bragging rights. I still don’t get it.
How is it 2010 and the three headliners of the KROQ Weenie Roast were all major players in the heroin haze known as the nineteen nineties? The one who OD’d, the one who should have OD’d and the one who couldn’t OD no matter how hard they tried.
I hate Courtney Love. I hate her music even more. Terrible songs, terrible vocals, terrible, terrible terrible. My original plan was to post not one, but two reviews from Jay Porks instead of talking crap on the living breathing trash dumpster. Then something changed as I paid a third visit to the filthy restroom (I have a small bladder and stayed hydrated – sue me). I couldn’t believe my ears, the nasty puss filled scab was opening with “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones. Not only was it the second Stones cover I heard while in line, I actually was bummed I was not inside the venue. After watching a crystal meth tweaker piss into a trash can, I made it back to my seat around the time “Malibu” was finishing up. As Love lead her hired hands through more songs, I noticed something. While no Hole song will ever sound good, she has assembled a group of top notch musicians who manage to keep the music focused and on course. From what I have seen of Hole back in the day, the crazed front-woman often lead her pack into disaster. In 2010, someone in her camp has figured out that with a really solid backing band – she can sound halfway decent. In fact, and it pains me to say it I actually cracked a smile or two. The bitch has fabulous stage banter. Who else introduces a Leonard Cohen cover with a discussion on personal douching habits? I can’t believe I am going to admit this, but I found myself rocking out a bit to “Miss World.” After bashing the lame requests of the crowd, Courtney obliged and performed “Doll Parts” but only after making fun of the song. I even forgave Courtney for lying last night. In dedicating an Alex Chilton cover to Kevin Weatherly, she thanked the program director for playing her records from Faith No More to the terrible (her words not mine) solo record she put out a few years ago. Regardless, not only did I survive a Hole show, they were better than Spoon. I never thought I would say that in a million years.
Stone Temple Pilots
STP was the main factor in buying tickets for this years event. While the solid support was there – Stone Temple Pilots are in a league of their own – not to mention they just have a sound that works for summer time outdoors. Great riffs, great grooves – when these four come together magic happens. It’s that rare spark that separates the legends from the greats and STP’s spark is big and bright. Taking the stage moments past 9pm the band opened with a triple shot of modern rock classics. From the opening notes of “Vasoline” I knew it was going to be an amazing set. “Wicked Garden” has always been my favorite STP radio staple, so having this in the two hole simply increased my already high level of excitement. In fine Weenie Roast fashion it was around the third song “Crackerman” that lug-nut fans began a giant bon-fire upon the lawn. The foul smell of burning pizza boxes and beer cups choked the amphitheatre as the DeLeo brothers played their trademark interlocking grooves.
The band used their Weenie Roast appearance to bust out some songs from their just released self-titled album. While not a bad song “Hickory Dichotomy” didn’t seem to fit as well into the hard rocking set as lets say “Between The Lines.” Front-man Scott Weiland played a trick on the crowd introducing another new song only to launch into “Plush.” While a majority of the sets songs came from the bands first two albums; a big highlight was “Tumble In The Rough” a song the band admits they have neglected over the years.
It was clear the audience wanted hits – and the band delivered. “Big Empty” (dedicated to The Big Easy) “Interstate Love Song” and “Sex Type Things” were all highlights. With everyone on their feet, the band left for a brief break before returning for a two song encore. Screaming into his Megaphone – Weiland lead the band into a nasty version of “Dead and Bloated” before closing with another winner from the Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Giftshop album – “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart.” From the deep emotion and slight struggle in Weiland’s voice to the soaring solos of Dean DeLeo, it was the perfect ending to a wonderful day of music.
Sublime w/ Rome
Long before Bradley Nowell was found dead in a shitty San Francisco hotel room, I was making fun of his crappy band. When he passed, I laughed at my friends over their loss (I admit – I was a brain-dead 16 year old). When I heard that the living members of Sublime had reunited with a new singer, I grew angry. Look, I may not be a fan of Sublime, but if I know anything I know that it’s Bradley’s music. Just because some pudgie Ewok looking thing gets good playing those songs alone in his bedroom does not mean you have to piss all over your legacy. Sadly for Bradley’s family the two other guys who were in Sublime have. Now, I realize many fans believe it pays tribute to the music – however it’s anything but. The reason Blind Melon and The Doors failed with their new front men is because their bands had lost their voice – their souls. What happened to Long Beach Dub All-Stars? It might not be the profitable way to honor the music, but it’s the correct way. Walking the long path back to the car, I could hear the crowd singing along to opening number “Date Rape” drowning out the band in the process. If you want a Sublime w/ Rome review – once again I suggest you click here, because you are not getting one from me. For as wonderful as the intent of the KROQ Weenie Roast is, the fans themselves cause the event to fail. People don’t come to enjoy music, they come to get wasted and party with their friends. It’s the reason they cry when Deftones are added to the side stage and the reason they quickly forget their legend for a cheap knock off of the original. Perhaps as a music-snob I am too harsh on casual music fans, but it’s only because I love music so much and it breaks my heart to drown in a sea of disrespect.
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.