Riot Fest Chicago 2014

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, September 21, 2014

Riot Fest has been going on for ten years now and despite its longevity, last year was the first year I had the pleasure of covering the festival. It started in 2005 and its impressive line-ups have truly made it one of the best festivals in the United States. While last years installment also took place in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, this years was drastically expanded in terms of scope. More rides, more stages and plenty more room for patrons. While I obviously don’t have exact measurements of the size increase, I’d say it’s safe to assume that the festival at least doubled in scope. For the most part the expansion wasn’t an issue, but there were definitely some logistical issues, namely getting to and from the Rock Stage. As you’ll see in the map below, the Rock stage is more or less off by itself. That one path that leads to it is riddled with Porto-potties and food vendors. Because of these, lines naturally formed and caused major time obstructions for those trying to get to and from the stage in a timely manner. While time crunches weren’t as big of an issue for fans, they were a major hindrance for photographers. For those who aren’t familiar with photography protocols at shows, we’re given the first three songs of every band. So, while there weren’t too many direct overlaps until each days headliners, the logistics made it a nightmare for us to cover the maximum number of bands efficiently. Because of how nightmarish it was to get from one side of the park to the other, I had to miss many of the bands I wanted to see and photograph, including Say Anything, Gogol Bordello, New Found Glory and many more.

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Like last year, Riot Fest Chicago was unfortunately hit by a major storm. Unlike last year, the storm hit on the opening day of the festival, rather than the first. While last years storm was exceptionally bothersome because of the amount of rain, you only had to deal with it for a day and then you were done. This years storm caused problems for the entire weekend. Friday was rainy, muddy and freezing. Saturday was overcast, warmer but the mud got drastically worse. Sunday saw a drastic improvement in terms of sun, temperature and mud, but it still persisted. Weather Gods, can we please have no rain next year? C’mon.

There were a lot more rides and attractions at the festival this year, but sadly I wasn’t really able to partake in any of them. Obviously everyone’s there for the music, but the rides are certainly a nice distraction when you want to take a load off between bands.

DAY 1

Gwar:

Gwar has been one of the most captivating metal bands over the last twenty years. Between their brutal tunes and one-of-a-kind live shows, Gwar are truly one of the greatest live spectacles you’ll ever see. Following the death of frontman Oderus Urungus (David Brockie) earlier this year, I wasn’t sure if the band would stay on the bill. Thankfully they did, especially since they were awesome last year too. Former bassist Michael Bishop (formerly Beefcake the Mighty, now referred to as Blothar) took over singing duties.

While I’ve never been a huge fan of Gwar’s music, their live shows are truly the stuff of legend. For those who have never had the opportunity to see the band, Gwar like to decapitate and dismember random people (well, props of people) and spray the crowd with fake blood. It’s as crazy as it sounds. If you’re in the first twenty rows, you’ll be covered. It’s insanity, but they made for one of the weekends best sets, even though they were one of its earliest sets.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 10
Overall rating: 8

Set list:

1. Madness at the Core of Time
2. Hail, Genocide!
3. The Private Pain of Techno Destructo
4. Tormentor
5. Gor-Gor
6. The Road Behind
7. Slaughterama

 

Senses Fail:

For those who aren’t overly familiar with my taste in music, Senses Fail currently sits in a tie for my favorite band. I’ve liked Senses Fail since high school, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I truly fell in love with the band. One of the biggest reasons I fell in love with them was their amazing full-length debut album Let it Enfold You. Fittingly, the band is out now playing the album in its entirety now and decided to play the album in its entirety at Riot Fest as well.

Unfortunately, it sounded like vocalist Buddy Nielson was having some vocal issues, most likely from a cold. We had the opportunity to sit down with Buddy after their set, and he definitely sounded like he was fighting off the tail end of a cold. Despite the vocal issues, it was great to hear the album, even if I could only stay for about half of it. Thankfully I’ll be seeing them in Baltimore on this tour.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 8
Overall rating: 7.5

Set list:

1. Tie Her Down
2. Lady in a Blue Dress
3. You’re Cute When You Scream
4. Buried a Lie
5. Bite to Break Skin
6. Rum is for Drinking, Not for Burning
7. Slow Dance
8. Choke on This
9. NJ Falls Into the Atlantic
10. Let it Enfold You
11. Irony of Dying on Your Birthday
12. Angela Baker and My Obsession With Fire
13. Martini Kiss

 

NoFX:

I’m pretty sure the last time I saw NoFX was at Warped Tour 2004, one of the most political and infamous years of the tour. The band was playing their classic album Punk in Drublic in honor of its 20th anniversary. Vocalist Fat Mike was his classic asshole-ish self, ripping on others bands while simultaneously ripping on himself and NoFX as well. Like pretty much every other band at the show, I didn’t get to watch their full set, as I had to run to photograph another band. But the crowd for their set was absolutely insane; screaming and inciting the crowd. Punk rock at its finest.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall rating: 8.5

Set list:

1. Perfect Government [Mark Curry cover]
2. Scavenger Type
3. Leave It Alone
4. Dig
5. The Cause
6. Lori Meyers
7. My Heart Is Yearning
8. The Brews
9. The Quass
10. Dying Degree
11. Fleas
12. Linoleum
13. Jeff Wears Birkenstocks
14. Punk Guy
15. Reeko
16. Don’t Call Me White
17. I Wanna Be an Alcoholic
18. The Decline

 

We Came as Romans:

I’ve seen We Came as Romans many times over the last few years, the most recent time being at Warped Tour 2013. By this point in the day, the rain had reached its peak. There were times it would lay off for a minute or two, just to start a monsoon again. It made for not only one of the toughest sets to photograph, but one of the most rewarding. Pictured below, you can definitely tell just how hard the rain was coming down during their set. Dual-Vocalists Kyle Pavone and Dave Stephens have great chemistry and their back and forth between singing and screaming really makes We Came as Romans stand out.

Despite the rain and mud, We Came as Romans still drew one of the biggest and rowdiest crowds of the day.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall rating: 9

Set list:

1. To Plant a Seed
2. Roads That Don’t End and Views That Never Cease
3. Ghosts
4. Fade Away
5. To Move On Is To Grow
6. Glad You Came [The Wanted cover]
7. Present, Future And Past
8. Tracing Back Roots
9. Broken Statues
10. Hope

 

The Offspring:

I’ve seen The Offspring many times and on many different stages. There’s been intimate club shows like a few years ago at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey, then a massive main-stage headlining set at Download Festival in England. Every time, they’ve been amazing. It’s tough for any band to continue churning out hits, music and touring, let alone for a band that’s into its thirtieth year of existence.

The Offspring happened to just be winding down The Summer Nationals tour, which saw them playing their amazing album Smash in its entirety. I unfortunately missed the Baltimore date of the tour, but thankfully the band were picked as one of the ten bands playing albums in their entirety at the festival.

Over the years, I’ve seen a bunch of the songs off Smash, but it was a whole different beast to actually hear the album live, front to back. Dexter Holland sounded a tiny bit off, but nothing too major and the rest of the band sounded on point. As expected, they closed their co-headlining set with a bunch of fan-favorite hits.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 10
Overall rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Nitro (Youth Energy)
2. Bad Habit
3. Gotta Get Away
4. Genocide
5. Something to Believe In
6. Come Out and Play
7. It’ll Be a Long Time
8. Killboy Powerhead
[Didjits cover]
9. What Happened to You?
10. So Alone
11. Not the One
12. Smash
13. Self Esteem
14. Intermission
15. All I Want
16. You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
17. Why Don’t You Get a Job?
18. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
19. The Kids Aren’t Alright

 

Rise Against:

The last time I saw Rise Against was on their headlining tour with A Day to Remember as direct support. So, it’s definitely been a few years. AS I said earlier, I was pretty lucky throughout the festival that conflicting bands were very rare for me. It usually only happened for the headliners or co-headliners and that’s exactly what happened here. It was Rise Against vs Janes Addiction vs Slayer. The latter of whom was playing their Reign in Blood album in its entirety. It was a tough call; a very tough call. I finally decided that 1. I’ve covered Slayer many times and they’re generally very boring both live and to shoot, 2. Janes Addictions pit was a nightmare to get into due to the fact security would only let us enter from one side and the crowd was already packed in and 3. I’d (most likely) be shooting Janes Addiction at The Shindig in Baltimore.

It was a tough call, but I decided to go with Rise Against. I also just enjoy Rise Against’s music a lot more, too. The rain had subsided a bit throughout the last few bands, but it decided to start pouring again right before Rise Against took the stage. Due to this fact, a ton of people decided to leave just as the band was starting to get into full swing. To the bands credit, they still played their asses off and did their best to warm the blood of the die hard fans that stood out their and freezed their asses off for an hour. Don’t mess with Rise Against.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Ready to Fall
2. Give It All
3. Re-Education (Through Labor)
4. Behind Closed Doors
5. The Good Left Undone
6. Help Is on the Way
7. Prayer of the Refugee
8. I Don’t Want to Be Here Anymore
9. Audience of One
10. Satellite
11. Teenage Lobotomy
[Ramones cover] (Additional vocals by Fat Mike of NOFX)
12. Commando
[Ramones cover]
13. Savior

 

DAY 2

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones:

In the aftermath of the horrible rain the day before, Humboldt Park had been transformed into one giant mud pit. Some areas were worse than others, but the park as a whole was an absolute mess. Because of this, travel times between stages increased dramatically and forced us to cover fewer bands than we’d like. After missing a few of my earlier bands, my day two of Riot Fest started with another three-decade band – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

One of the best things about Riot Fest for me is the sheer number of bands that I’ll witness for the first time. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were definitely one of the best new bands that I had the pleasure of seeing. I’ve gotten really into ska lately and their sound was just fantastic and so was their resident dancer Ben Carr.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall rating: 9

Set list:

1. Dr. D
2. The Rascal King
3. Kinder Words
4. Graffiti Worth Reading
5. Someday I Suppose
6. 1-2-8
7. Everybody’s Better
8. You Left Right?
9. Hell of a Hat
10. Don’t Worry Desmond Dekker
11. They Will Need Music
12. The Impression That I Get
13. Devil’s Night Out

 

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes:

For those who aren’t familiar with them, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are a punk rock “super group” comprised of members of NoFX, Lagwagon and Foo Fighters who are exclusively a cover a band. That’s right, they’re just a cover band. The thing that sets them apart, for me, is the fact they don’t take themselves seriously. They take prominent pop songs and put ridiculously awesome spins on the classic songs. Plus, it certainly makes their sets accessible for people who aren’t familiar with their material. I mean if “I Will Survive” comes on, you’re going to sing. Don’t try and act like you won’t.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 7
Overall Sound: 7
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 7

Set list:

1. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor cover)
2. Sloop John B (The Beach Boys cover)
3. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (Paul Simon cover)
4. Science Fiction/Double Feature (Richard O’Brien cover)
5. Jolene (Dolly Parton cover)
6. Ghost Riders in the Sky
7. Summertime (George Gershwin cover)
8. Straight Up (Paula Abdul cover)
9. Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland cover)
10. Teen Age Idol (Ricky Nelson cover)
11. I Believe I Can Fly (R. Kelly cover)
12. Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver cover)
13. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (Elton John cover)
14. End of the Road (Boyz II Men cover)

 

Wu-Tang Clan:

One of the bands that stood out most on the bill was far and away the Wu-Tang Clan. While touring festivals like Warped Tour have done a good job of implanting rap into their yearly line ups, Riot Fest has felt very reserved. Last year had Public Enemy, but I still wasn’t sure how it would go over.

Their show was absolutely insane. Long-time member Method Man wasn’t there, but we still had the pleasure of having RZA, Ghostface Killah and the rest of the group. The set started off a bit slow. It seemed like the group came out a bit reserved and unsure of what to expect from the crowd, but as soon as they started into their second song “Bring Da Ruckus”, the crowd (which was easily one of the biggest of the weekend) went absolutely nuts. The last time I saw Wu-Tang was at Rock the Bells in 2007 opening for Rage Against the Machine and even with all those years, I was still amazed by how great Wu-Tang was live, even with an evolving door of what members show up to each show.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Clan in da Front
2. Bring da Ruckus
3. Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit
4. Shame on a Nigga
5. Da Mystery of Chessboxin’
6. C.R.E.A.M.
7. Reunited
8. Tearz
9. Shimmy Shimmy Ya
(Ol’ Dirty Bastard song)
10. Triumph
11. Gravel Pit

 

The Used:

I’ve seen The Used so many times over the years; I’ve easily got to be in double digits. There have been some amazing sets and there have been some iffy ones. The last time I saw them was the tour two years ago (with Dead Sara) in support of Vulnerable. That was the best I’d seen them in years. At Riot Fest, they were just as solid. Okay, no, I lied; I quickly covered them at Warped Tour last year. But, they were still awesome.

Bert’s voice held up throughout the set and his manic energy was at a fever pitch all night. For a band that’s been running themselves ragged for over a decade, it’s great to see them still playing with the same fire and energy that I saw them perform with ten years ago.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 10
Overall rating: 9

Set list:

1. Cry
2. Take It Away
3. The Bird and the Worm
4. I Caught Fire
5. The Taste of Ink
6. All That I’ve Got
7. The Best of Me
8. Blood on My Hands
9. Revolution
10. Pretty Handsome Awkward
11. A Box Full of Sharp Objects

 

The Flaming Lips:

I’ve never seen The Flaming Lips before but I had never heard anything but good things about them. They far surpassed my expectations. After the early build up to their opener “The Abandoned Hospital Ship”, as the full band went to play – they blew out the power. After about ten minutes of work time, the crew managed to get the power back on. One of the most impressive things about their set was how singer Wayne Coyne handled the power outage. I’ve seen many, many frontmen and band members flip out on their crew or the festivals crew, but Coyne just smiled, joked with the crowd and when the problem was fixed they continued playing. It was a nice change of pace from what I’m used to seeing.

Over the next hour, The Flaming Lips would treat the crowd to one of the most impressive live sets you’ll ever see, especially at a festival. They had props, they had confetti, and it was just one giant party.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall rating: 10

Set list:

1. The Abandoned Hospital Ship
2. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1
3. The Golden Path
(The Chemical Brothers cover)
4. Race for the Prize
5. Vein of Stars
6. Look…The Sun Is Rising
7. Do You Realize??
8. A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
9. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

 

Taking Back Sunday:

While I’ve seen The Used and Taking Back Sunday so many times over the years, I was absent for their tour together. While The Used have stayed consistently good live over the years, Taking Back Sunday hasn’t been as fortunate. While most of the band sounded on point in previous shows, vocalist Adam Lazzara left a lot to be desired. Thankfully, he sounded much better at Riot Fest. In fact, this was one of the best sets I’ve seen from them in quite a few years.

They played some newer content, but they were at their best when playing their earlier material. Tell All Your Friends is still one of my all-time favorite albums. Like a lot of people, that album was my high school experience.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 8.5

Set list:

1. Preface
2. Stood a Chance
3. Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)
4. They Don’t Have Any Friends
5. Liar (It Takes One to Know One)
6. Timberwolves at New Jersey
7. Faith (When I Let You Down)
8. Number Five with a Bullet
9. What’s It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?
10. A Decade Under the Influence
11. Better Homes and Gardens
12. Error: Operator
13. Flicker, Fade
14. You Know How I Do
15. You’re So Last Summer
16. MakeDamnSure

 

DAY 3:

Silverstein:

Even though I’ve seen them a lot too, I was happy to see Silverstein again. They were great on Warped Tour 2013 and even better today at Riot Fest. Due to the fact they were one of the days first bands, their crowd was unfortunately a lot smaller than they deserved, but they definitely put on one of the best shows of the weekend.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 9

 

Andrew WK:

Although he also wasn’t considered one of the ten albums Riot Fest promoted (like Senses Fail), fans were treated to full-time professional partier Andrew W.K.’s iconic 2001 album I Get Wet in its entirety. He was great at Riot Fest 2013, but he really hit a new level of awesome at RF 2014. His truly is the essence of partying and the crowd could tell that. It’s amazing how much other bands also love him, the side of their stage is always packed with other bands’ musicians.

His set felt a bit lackluster compared to last years, but you can never go wrong with Andrew W.K. Never.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 10
Overall rating: 8.5

Set list:

1. Interlude (It’s Not A Show, It’s A Party)
2. It’s Time to Party
3. Party Hard
4. Girls Own Love
5. Ready to Die
6. Take It Off
7. I Love NYC
8. Andrew WK guitar interlude
9. She Is Beautiful
10. Party Till You Puke
11. Fun Night
12. Got to Do It
13. I Get Wet
14. Don’t Stop Living in the Red

 

Motion City Soundtrack:

Motion City Soundtrack never disappoints. Vocalist (and guitarist) Justin Pierre was exceptionally good today and put on probably the best set that I’ve ever seen them play. Despite being a bit more mellow than most of the other rock bands on the bill, their crowd was crazy. The crowd singing along to “Everything is Alright” was absolutely deafening. If you ever get the chance to catch Motion City Soundtrack live, don’t miss out; they’re hitting on all cylinders.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Attractive Today
2. Everything Is Alright
3. Her Words Destroyed My Planet
4. A Lifeless Ordinary (Need A Little Help)
5. When “You’re” Around
6. Broken Heart
7. My Favorite Accident
8. This Is For Real
9. Anything At All
10. LGFUAD
11. The Future Freaks Me Out

 

Tegan and Sara:

I’ve only seen Tegan and Sara once (to my knowledge) and that was opening for Fun last year. Despite being one of the most out of place bands on the bill, they drew a very respectable crowd. I also liked the level of sass that Tegan and Sara showed towards the crowd, including calling out those who had issues with them playing acoustic guitars and how that “acoustic guitars can’t be punk”. They weren’t really my cup of tea, but I was glad I got to see them, even if it was only for a few songs before leaving for Dropkick Murphy’s.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 5
Overall rating: 7.5

Set list:

1. Goodbye, Goodbye
2. I’m Not Your Hero
3. Back In Your Head
4. The Con
5. Walking With a Ghost
6. Living Room
7. How Come You Don’t Want Me
8. Shock To Your System
9. Drove Me Wild
10. Closer

 

Dropkick Murphy’s:

I’ve never really been a big fan of the celtic rock scene. I covered Flogging Molly a few years ago, but Dropkick Murphy’s absolutely blew me away. They had one of the biggest and craziest crowds of the weekend by far. Despite not being overly crazy live, they just sounded so good. Vocalist Al Barr sounded great and had a great command of the crowd who were drunk, full of debauchery and everything that I’d assume a Dropkick Murphy’s would be like. They were easily one of my top three bands from the weekend, possibly even my favorite.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall rating: 10

Set list:

1. The Boys Are Back
2. Citizen C.I.A.
3. Prisoner’s Song
4. Going Out in Style
5. Blood and Whiskey
6. Cruel
7. The Walking Dead
8. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya
9. Vengeance [Nipple Erectors cover]
10. Rose Tattoo
11. Out of Our Heads
12. I’m Shipping Up to Boston
13. Takin’ Care of Business / We’re An American Band / Blitzkrieg Bop

 

Social Distortion:

I’d never seen Social Distortion before. I’m pretty sure I had tickets to one of their shows many years ago, but I wasn’t able to go. Riot Fest felt like a more appropriate place to see them any way. Despite being around for three and a half decades, Social Distortion are still rocking out hard. They may be over fifty now, but that didn’t stop them from putting on one of the more solid sets of the weekend; punk rock at its best.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 8.5
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 7
Overall rating: 8

Set list:

1. Through These Eyes
2. Don’t Drag Me Down
3. Crown of Thorns
4. Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown
5. The Creeps (I Just Wanna Give You)
6. Another State of Mind
7. Cold Feelings
8. Machine Gun Blues
9. Ball and Chain
10. Gotta Know the Rules
11. Misery Loves Company [Mike Ness song]
12. Story of My Life
13. Ring of Fire [Anita Carter cover]

 

Primus:

One of the bands that I HAD to see at Riot Fest was Primus. I’ve heard such great things about them for years but seeing them never seemed to work out. Right away it was apparent that a member was missing. Drummer Tim Alexander is still recovering from heart surgery, so the band tapped Tool drummer Danny Carey to fill in on drums in his stead. This led to a great cover of Tool’s “Ænema”.

Photographing the set was an absolute nightmare, with Primus having easily the worst lighting of the entire weekend, but man, Les Claypool and company sounded phenomenal. Claypool talked to Rolling Stone about the drummers, saying:

“The mighty Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey,” Primus frontman Les Claypool told Rolling Stone in August. “Whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble sequoia.”

As the temperature dropped, it was truly a beautiful time for Primus to hit the stage. The lights went down and after a little jam from guitarist Larry LaLonde, front man and bassist Les Claypool’s signature flare kicked in and the show was off. With drummer Alexander out, his face was broadcasted onto the giant spacemen props on stage; a creepy but awesome way to keep the trio together. I loved the Tool cover, but was sad to see “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” didn’t make the cut for the set list.

While it was the worst shoot of the weekend, Primus also managed to be one of my top three sets of the weekend, strictly as a fan.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 7
Overall rating: 10

Set list:

1. Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
2. Here Come the Bastards
3. Southbound Pachyderm
4. Last Salmon Man
5. Over the Falls
6. Jilly’s on Smack
7. Ænema [Tool cover]
8. My Name Is Mud
9. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver

 

Weezer:

Weezer was the final band of my weekend at Riot Fest Chicago. They were also part of one of the tougher conflicts; it was Weezer vs. Bring Me the Horizon vs. The Cure. Fortunately, The Cure weren’t allowing photographers and Bring Me the Horizon were playing on the infamous Rock stage, so they were nullified. I love Weezer, so they were who I wanted to shoot, but obviously The Cure would’ve taken priority since I’ve already photographed Weezer before.

One of the big draws for me, Weezer was playing their amazing 2004 Blue Album in its entirety. Unfortunately, they decided to play the hits first, forcing a lot of fans to stay that would’ve wanted to hear the album and then leave early. Naturally, Weezer still put on an amazing show, even if their normal level of exuberance seemed a bit reserved.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9.5
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 7
Overall rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. First Set: Time Machine (The Hits)
1. Back to the Shack
2. Pork and Beans
3. Perfect Situation
4. Beverly Hills
5. Island in the Sun
6. Hash Pipe
7. El Scorcho
8. Second Set: Blue Album (1994)
8. My Name Is Jonas
9. No One Else
10. The World Has Turned and Left Me Here
11. Buddy Holly
12. Undone – The Sweater Song
13. Surf Wax America
14. Say It Ain’t So
15. In the Garage
16. Holiday
17. Only in Dreams

 

Even though I didn’t get the chance to photograph them, we had the opportunity to speak with punk-rock legends Anti-Flag, former My Chemical Romance guitarist and current guitarist and singer of Frnkiero andthe Cellabration (no, not a typo) – Frank Iero as well as emo-electronic band Nostalghia.

To check out the interview with Frank Iero, click HERE.

To check out the interview with Anti-Flag, please click HERE.

To check out the interview with Nostalghia, click HERE.

For ALL of our interviews compiled into one post, please click HERE!

All of my pictures are included below in alphabetical order. If you want to see them broken down by band, you can click below to view them directly on Flickr.

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