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The 2010 Outside Lands Music Festival – Initial Artist Announcement

The 2010 Outside Lands Music Festival – Initial Artist Announcement

Every year I tell myself I shall travel back to the city of my birth and enjoy the Outside Lands Music Festival.  The first two years, I had selfish friends decided they would use that weekend to get married (heck, as an ordained minister, I actually married our webmaster during the inaugural year).  This year, I will sadly miss out as I will be in the Bay Area the week before for three nights of Phish at the Greek.  But just because I can’t make it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out this amazing event.  Check out the lineup video right here:

Outside Lands Golden Gate Park
August 14th through 15th
Tickets $125 2-Day





The 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards

The 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards
04/08/10 – Club Nokia: Los Angeles, CA
words/photos/videos by concertconfessions.com

OK, I admit it, I totally geeked out last night. In the deep trenches of confusion over guest lists vs. will call along with a “black” carpet ceremony, I was informed that my press credentials were at the VIP table. So I head into to the clusterfuck that is the VIP area outside Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles when I became the meat of a rock royalty sandwich. On my left side is the King of Darkness – Ozzy Osbourne and his people. To my right were Slash and his entourage, trying to get through. In front of me stood God himself – Motorhead mad man Lemmy Kilmister. Looking me straight in the eyes I simply said to the famed Rainbow Room resident “I don’t think I belong here”. He told me he felt the exact same way. It was this moment that I realized that the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods would be a far superior experience compared to last years inaugural event.

Once inside the venue, the show kicked off with co hosts Andrew W.K. and six time WWE champ Chris “Y2J” Jericho doing test shots for the TV telecast. It was at this point that the violent aggressive meatheads in the crowd (and much like last year, there were plenty of ‘em) began to boo Andrew W.K. – something that would occur all evening. If 2010 is my year to discover Andrew W.K (as I hope to catch him this summer on Warped Tour), let’s just say it didn’t get off to a good start. It’s not that he was bad, it’s well, and actually yeah he was bad.

As far as the presenters go, there were some truly amazing moments. While I won’t tell you who won (ok, so there is a spoiler or two below, but you get the idea), the action was non stop all night. From Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie presenting together to Marilyn Manson bringing up the fight of the West Memphis 3, seeing so many stars in one place on one night was truly magical. But you can catch all that on VH1 Classics in May; my job is to share with you what went down on stage from some of Metal’s biggest acts.

SLASH

The first musical act of the night was legendary rock God – Slash.  Playing in support of his just released self-titled record, the axe slinger welcomed a plethora of guests to the rotating stage.  First at bat was Andrew Stockdale of the band Wolfmother.  It’s amazing to me, no matter how hard he tries, this guy just fails.  While his vocals sounded fine on “By The Sword” – between the outfit, the moves and just looking like a scared child at the schools music recital, I was not impressed.  Thankfully I was able to drown out is Robert Plant rip off vocals and focus on Slash (who believe it or not I have never once seen perform live).  Alter Bridge and Slash’s touring front man Myles Kennedy came out next for a song I believe is called “Back From Cali”.  I am not very familiar with Alter Bridge, but lets just say Kennedy has indeed undergone a Sunset Strip makeover since teaming up with Slash, and it worked.  His voice sounded great, the song kicked all kinds of tail end and I could easily enjoy a full set with him behind the mic.

From this point on, the set went from solid to superb.  He may have told me he didn’t belong, but when Lemmy joined Slash on stage for a rocking version of “Doctor Alibi” well lets just say he sure as hell didn’t seem out of place.  As soon as the last chords wrapped up from the final “Slash” original of the night, the bands bassist and drummer quickly exited the stage.  As soon as a bass was slapped on to Lemmy, Dave Grohl snuck behind the large kit and the band busted out the Motorhead classic “Ace of Spades.”  This was hands down the musical highlight of the night.  Watching the three living legends bash out one of the top 10 heavy metal juggernauts of all time was a once in a lifetime moment that I am truly thankful to have witnessed.

AS I LAY DYING

It’s crazy to think that these San Diego thrashers have been on the scene for almost a decade now. In a lot of ways, they are responsible for me revisiting my love for metal after years and years of only listening to jam bands like Phish and moe. Having seen the band at least a half dozen times over the years, the highlight of the brief three song set was the debut of a song from their upcoming record The Powerless Rise. The songs title is “Beyond Our Suffering” and let me just say it is brutal. The duel guitar attack of Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa never lets up, and give the perfect backdrop for the deep growl of vocalist Tim Lambesis. From the opening number “Confined” to the set closing “The Sound of Truth”, sadly three songs in fifteen minutes is just not enough As I Lay Dying for me. With the earlier mentioned album about to hit record stores, I can’t wait to catch these guys headline later in the year.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

I have now seen The Devil Wears Prada three times. I am sure they are nice kids, but they just don’t do it for me. The breakdowns are cool, but I feel the vocals of Mike Hranica are a bit weak and the entire thing just feels forced. The band opened with “Danger: Wildman” and did a nice job of having songs segue into each other. Their breif set closed with “Assistant To The Regional Manager” which you can view below.

I have an open invitation to any The Devil Wears Prada fans. I feel like I want to like these guys, but I am missing something. If you catch these guys on the road later this year, send us a review, tell us what the appeal is, because I am cleary missing it.

THE BRIAN POSEHN ALL STARS

Last years host returned to the stage at Club Nokia, this time to perform a track from his recent comedy/metal record – Fart & Weiner Jokes. Backing Mr. Poshen (who for the record is a kind and wonderful human being) was Drummer John Tempestra (Testament, White Zombie) bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint), guitarists Brendon Smalls (Dethklok), Scott Ian (Anthrax, SOD) and my ex girlfriend* Brett Anderson (The Donnas) on backing vocals.  What’s sad is despite being totally sober, and watching the same song performed twice (you have to love TV tapings eh?); I can’t even tell you what it was called.  I think it’s probably because I couldn’t stop staring at Brett.  I mean dude, wow she is hot and she had some very sexy boots on.  Ok, all stalker tendencies aside, the song was basically what you would expect from this group of talented thrashers.  Anchored down by Vera and Tempestra, the song (which produced the largest pit of the night, go figure) was some silly diatribe about being more metal than you.   During the second take, I saw perhaps the most disturbing thing all night.  Some juice head d-bag in an affliction shirt and his Rock of Love reject girlfriend picked a fight with some skinny screamo kid.  As the trailer trash repeatedly smacked this poor kid, the same thug bouncers who had a kid arrested from consuming cannabis laughed as this poor kid was attacked for no good reason.  Just another excuse for me to hate everything that is Club Nokia at LA Live.

FAT FACTORY

I could write a novel on how rotten Dino Cazares is.  However, he strikes me as the type of guy who is lame enough and petty enough to sue me for slander.  So instead of telling you stories about him throwing out homophobic remarks at the Rainbow Room staff or how I once watched him flipped out and refused to sign an autograph for members of the Armed Forces on leave from Iraq, I will just tell you this.  For me, Fear Factory died when Burton and Dino kicked Christian and Raymond out of the band.  From here on out, I refuse to call them by that name in print until the situation is made right.  So for those who choose to support those two no talent ass clowns, I will tell you this about their performance.  Before the band played two new songs, and “Replica” (complete with Burton “Bon Jovi Hair” C Bell and his trademark flat and off-key vocals) Vinnie Paul and Joey Jordison presented an award (spoiler alert) for best drummer to the late Avenged Sevenfold skin pounder James “The Rev” Sullivan.  As his family was accepting the award on his behalf, Dino (who was getting ready to perform) peaked from behind the revolving stage and was doing this “I am so cool dig me routine”.  It was rude and disgusting, yet completely expected from the likes of Dino Cazares.  I know I am not alone in rolling my eyes anytime Cazares is riding coattails backstage, and I know many who agree with me that he is a pathetic piece of shit.  Heck, I am sure there was a reason he got the boot from FF in the first place.  So while I did watch Fat Factory perform, they were the only band I didn’t shoot video or photos of, as they were not worth the space on the memory card.  Lets hope this bastardization of a once great band doesn’t last very long.  Likewise, Christian and Raymond, I hope you win your lawsuit against these guys.

Marilyn Manson

Now that I am done getting the negative out, how about we do something positive?  Lets talk about Marilyn Manson.  Here is my take on Mr. Brian Warner.  Very smart guy who makes crappy music.  So the fact I got to hear him speak about something as important as the West Memphis 3 was a treat indeed.

ROB ZOMBIE

I saw Rob Zombie twice in the late 1990’s and was not impressed either time.  He seemed to be out of breath the entire time and just seemed to not be feeling the crowd and music.  Not being a fan of the original Hellbilly Deluxe mixed with me being butt hurt over the break up of Rob Zombie, I walked away.  Over the next decade, when not running into Mr. Zombie at Baja Fresh, I have pretty much ignored him, his music and his movies (I did catch the tail end of Halloween at Festival 8, which was a blast seeing as I had a blank space where my mind should be).  Recently, a copy of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 ended up on my desk and I decided I needed a laugh and put it on.  You can imagine my shock when instead of laughing; I actually really enjoyed the album.

Closing out the show, Zombie (armed with main axe man John 5 as well as the live debut of new drummer – the extraordinary Joey Jordison of Slipknot) took to the stage and bitched out the crowd.  Backed with Bud Light ads and banners for the Jimmy Kimmel Live show (which is supposed to air April 22nd), Zombie ranted and raved about how dead the crowd was and how they didn’t have to play if they were not showed respect.  My initial thoughts were- Great, here we go again another dreadful performance.  After a “Zombie” chant failed to take hold and fans began throwing garbage across the venue, actor Danny Trejo came out on stage, ripped off his shirt and left.  The confused crowd just stood around and collectively said “wait, that was that dude from that movie wasn’t it?”  Zombie and band mates followed and ripped into a rocking version of “More Human Than Human”.  I have to be honest, I don’t think I have ever seen Jordison play so slowly, ha-ha.  From there, Mr. Zombie mentioned how he knew the fans didn’t want to hear new music, but he had to play just one song.  Thankfully, he picked my favorite from the new album “Mars Need Woman”.  With larger than life moves, Zombie owned the stage, stomping in tune to the thunderous riffs of John 5.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bufal2DmgPE

The band once again left the stage as roadies tore down all the Bud Light/Jimmy Kimmel flare.  Upon the return to the stage, Zombie kept true to his word and played exciting and well executed versions of “Thunder Kiss ‘65” and “Dragula”.  By this point, he had the fans in his pocket, as the crowd pogo and bounced off each other.  Thrilled, Zombie decided to close the night with some OT fees for the union boys.  Declaring he would raise hell if the PA turned off, Zombie screamed “Superbeast” and not missing a beat the three piece backing band dove straight into the original Hellbilly number.

While it was only five songs, Rob Zombie’s headline set at the 2010 Golden Gods triumphed over the other sets of his I have witnessed.  The man has grown leaps and bounds as a performer, is energized and has a backing band that simply destroys.  It almost makes me wish I was heading out to the land of the dirt people to catch him on Mayhem later this summer.

If the first annual Golden Gods was a massive embarrassment, the second annual Golden Gods is clearly on the right path.  We have BET awards, Country Music Awards and the laugh out loud loser-fest known as The Grammy Awards®.  While there were a few issues, the show never had a dull moment (compared to the massive wait between bands/awards etc last year).  The fact that fans were able to vote for the winners versus record companies paying for awards was a brilliant idea, as was the rotating stage for bands.  With a full TV camera crew and a presenter’s podium that stuck out into the crowd, I really can’t wait to relive this wonderful night on VH1 Classic in May.  Cheers Golden Gods Awards – thanks for a wonderful night, I can’t wait to see you next year.

*Ok, sure she may have grown up a few miles from me, but sadly I dated a gal from Gunn High School, not Paly.  Hey, I can dream right?

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

Epicenter Festival 09

08/22/09 Fairplex: Pomona, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

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

Street Sweeper Social Club:

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

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

Hollywood Undead:

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

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

Atreyu:

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

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

Atmosphere:

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

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

Wolfmother:

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

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

Alice in Chains:

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

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

Linkin Park:

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

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

Dead By Sunrise:

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

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

Tool:

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

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

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

The Crowd @ Epicenter 09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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