Riot Fest was started a few years back in the grand spirit of the old school one-off festivals of lore. It was intended to be special from the get-go and they have done a reasonable job of sandwiching themselves into a busy summer of Lollapalooza, Chicago Open Air, and many other destination festival shows. Having a mix of alternative rock, metal, Hip-Hop, indie rock, and more has helped carve out its own niche, and between special performances, varied food and beer options, late-night after parties, and basically the cool factor Chicago offers as one of the best cities in America, it’s no wonder fans flocked to the event from all over the world. Continue reading
Riot Fest is coming next month in Chicago with headliners, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Jawbreaker. The festival has announced the full set times and stages for the event, as well as the late night concert series. All times and ticket link details can be found below. Continue reading
Riot Fest is returning to Chicago’s Douglas Park this September, and the initial lineup is absolutely amazing. Continue reading
The beautiful and warm Gibson Ranch was the scene for the 2015 Monster Energy Drink Aftershock. Not only does Aftershock always boast on of the best lineups of any festival in America, the gorgeous NorCal location allows for all kinds of attractions and activities making this the most well-rounded fest you could attend as well. The festival officially sold-out the entire weekend with over 25,000 in attendance each day.
The top of the bill for Saturday boasted some big big names, to be true. Headliners Slipknot are possibly the preeminent metal concert experience in the world right now, just based on the spectacle of their stage show and the epic music they bring. They also had a lot of people checking out their Haunted Scream Park for constant Halloween scares all weekend long too. Other big musical hitters such as Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon and Black Veil Brides had fans drooling, packed in crows of people, and offered up a little something for everyone from across the range of active rock and metal genres. Especially with BMTH and Black Veil Brides, you are really seeing the future of music unfold before you, and the youth of the fans was served in the audience.
As much as Saturday had some “hall of fame” worthy acts, there was a lot of up and coming talent on early in the day such as the Beartooth performance, and strong showings from Red Sun Rising and September Mourning too. There will come a time when some of these headline bands wont be around anymore and the next generation of stars needs to rise up now. Some of them were on hand at Aftershock this weekend.
Saturday was a really a day to explore the festival grounds. Tons of people took in the great food options (BBQ, Tex Mex, Burritos, Pizza,and Vegetarian choices looked astounding), Tequila tastings from six major purveyors of fine spirits and NXT wrestling. The balance between fun for families and grown folks was strong, and a real testament to why this fest has been able to last so long and get better every year.
If you weren’t totally destroyed by Saturday’s overload of the senses, Sunday also had a list of great bands to see and hear and fun things to. Early in the day two more killer bands helped set things off in the always fun Dance Gavin Dance and the surprising Pink Slips. The Pinks Slips are a band you need to check out as we expect to see them higher up on the bill on fests like this for years to come. After checking out issues, it was time to see Sevendust rip up the East Stage. They are a live band like few others and they played a short, yet heartfelt set.
All Time Low and Yelawolf really set the stage for later in the day. Stone Temple Pilots led by Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) for what would turn out to be one of the last full show for them together, played all the hits to huge crowd response. Fan may be conflicted about Chester’s time in the band, but he did justice to the history of that band
Coheed and Cambria was next, playing behind their new record, and they leaned heavy on new songs. Despite the festival and the over atmosphere of the place, it didn’t seem like their crowd was in the house. Or maybe they were waiting on Jane’s Addiction to hit the stage. Jane’s, like STP knows the fans want the big hits and that is what they brought. Perry Ferrell and Dave Navarro, despite their many public scraps, seem just made for each other as poet/conduit and axe-slinger duos go.
Defotnes were the next to last act of the weekend and true hometown heroes as they are right from Sacto. The band put on a great show with front man Chino Moreno running all over the stage and moving his body as much as his silky, elastic vocal range. With a new album coming in 2016, it would seem this band is destined to headline a future Aftershock fest. Bringing the epic weekend to a close, Faith No More brought the botanical theme of their recent Sol Invictus (Reclamation/Ipecac) tour with them. Playing the massive hits such as ‘Be Aggressive’, ‘Epic’, ‘Midlife Crisis’ and ‘Easy’, sprinkled among new songs and deep cuts, the band showed why their reunion so worthy needed and the accolades so deserved. Until next time Aftershock, well be back!
Yet another entry into the “can’t miss American festivals” is the Monster Energy Drink Aftershock. Taking place in Sacramento California, the awesome NorCal weather, coupled with the proximity to San Francisco makes this fest awesome. The scenic Gibson Ranch is the place to be right now. In addition to some amazing bands, there are things like Slipknot’s Haunted Scream Park and NXT Wrestling events to drink in when you are done rocking out!
Saturday’s lineup boasts a top of the bill of Slipknot, Shinedown and Marilyn Manson which few other events can even match this year. Following them are Breaking Benjamin, Seether and Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Clutch, Hollywood Undead, Suicidal Tendencies, POD, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Helmet, Snot, Beartooth, September Mourning and many more.
Sunday has none other than Faith No More, continuing their Sol Invictus (Ipecac/Reclamation) tour cycle. Sunday has other stalwart 90s bands such as Deftones, Jane’s Addiction and Stone Temple Pilots. Other top Sunday bands on the bill include Coheed And Cambria, All Time Low, Death From Above 1979, Eagles of Death Metal, Sleeping With Sirens, Yelawolf, Failure, Glasjaw, Sevendust, Issues, The Sword, `68, Red Fang and many more.
You can still get tickets for Aftershock here.
Deftones/Death From Above 1979
Los Angeles, CA
Southern California Deftones appearances have been some of their most magical shows, and tonight’s was no different, as they came out firing away and got the crowd amped upon the first note. Frontman Chino Moreno trotted around the stage and often marched right in front of the crowd, screaming ‘guns…knives…razors!’ (on “Rocket Skates.” The crowd was right behind him and got the high energy show going on a high all evening.
Their set list span across their catalog of songs, and while they have yet to perform new material from their forthcoming album, fans didn’t seem to mind that their current set rocks just fine. Choice cuts such as “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” and “My Own Summer (Shove It)” had the crowd singing along and bouncing along with the band.
They have grown to cover a wide span of sounds, from somber, ambient tunes (“Digital Bath,” “Change (In the House of Flies) to energetic yet melodic driven (“Knife Party”) to the harder driving tunes that got the crowd jumping along. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter and bassist Sergio Vega both play roles alongside Moreno with creating and projecting their riff driven sounds, while drummer Abe Carpenter and keyboardist Frank Delgado quietly set the pace for their overall vibe that brought out the wide array of reactions from the audience.
The highlights of their set came during the two closing numbers – “Headup” with the crowd chanting “Soulfly” during the chorus, and longtime favorite “Engine No 9” (with an interlude of Ice Cube’s “Wicked”) that easily closed out another memorable evening.
Deftones Set List
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
You’ve Seen the Butcher
When Girls Telephone Boys
Change (In the House of Flies)
Engine No. 9
Canadian dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 came out with a somewhat minimal stage setup but made up with their eclectic music and somewhat resembles in parts a pseudo-gothic dance party. Vocalist/drummer Sebastien Grainger and bassist/synth player Jesse F Keeler both spent much of their brief set in the center of the stage, without much movement, but still managed to get the crowd into their bizarre sounds. Musically, Keeler’s synth driven overtones surrounds Grainger’s drumming while he is also handling vocals, which at times can be a bit confusing. While Death From Above 1979 is still new to most people, this outside of the box musical style is a breath of fresh air to a somewhat stale musical scene of today, and tonight was proof that creativity in music still exists.
Slipknot, one of the headline acts for Monster Energy Aftershock Festival have paired up to present Slipknot ‘s Scream Park for the Monster Energy Aftershock Pre-Party on Friday, October 23 from 7 p.m. to midnight in Sacramento, California. The pre-party concert and food truck event will be headlined by Hell Or Highwater, with more bands to be announced. Hell Or Highwater has also been added to the festival proper, performing on Saturday, October 24.
Slipknot ‘s Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan have partnered with Sacramento-based Scream Park California to produce an event that explores a whole new, intensely visceral world of horror, as only Slipknot can provide. Slipknot ‘s Scream Park features three haunted houses and live horror entertainment. Slipknot ‘s Scream Park will also have an onsite presence at Monster Energy Aftershock on October 24 and 25.
A limited number of guests can gain admission to the Monster Energy Aftershock Pre-Party by showing proof of purchase of an Aftershock ticket. This will allow free access to the Aftershock Pre-Party, which will include live music and food trucks. On the Pre-Party night guests will be able to go through the haunted houses at Slipknot ‘s Scream Park for a discounted price of $15. More details will be available soon about music performances at the Pre-Party and how to obtain free Pre-Party admission, as space will be limited. You can view the trailer for the Scream Park at this link or below:
Slipknot ‘s Scream Park is also offering an Aftershock Scream Park Bundle for $119.50. This package includes one 2-day General Admission weekend ticket to Monster Energy Aftershock and one Scream Park General Admission ticket (a $25 savings). Purchase your combo tickets for both Slipknot ‘s Scream Park and Monster Energy Aftershock Festival at link text or www.Slipknot screampark.com.
Slipknot ’s Scream Park is located at 4909 Auburn Blvd. in Sacramento, California.
Monster Energy Aftershock Festival already boasts an incredible music lineup with four stages and countless attractions such as live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars beyond music for entertainment. Bands appearing in addition to Slipknot are Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, Eagles Of Death Metal, Black Veil Brides, and many more.
The fourth annual Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Festival will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 and Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Gibson Ranch outside of Sacramento, CA. The festival will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars, alongside this year’s lineup on each day consisting of:
Saturday, October 24:
Bring Me The Horizon
Black Veil Brides
All That Remains
Art of Dying
Kill It Kid
Devour The Day
Stars In Stereo
Sunday, October 25:
Faith No More
Stone Temple Pilots
Coheed and Cambria
All Time Low
Death From Above 1979
Eagles of Death Metal
Sleeping With Sirens
One OK Rock
Highly influential dank-punk duo Death From Above 1979 are streaming their new Eva Michon directed music video for “Virgins,” off of The Physical World, out now via Warner Bros. She also directed Life After Death From Above 1979, the feature documentary that captures the band rise, fall out and epically reunite, which can be viewed here. Watch it below.
The band will be taking part on the summer tour with Incubus and Deftones with dates here.
Incubus and Deftones will be co-headlining a summer tour with Death From Above 1979 and The Bots supporting. Incubus will be releasing a new four song EP titled Trust Fall (Side A) on May 12, 2015 via Island Records. Deftones are currently working on their eight studio album due out later in 2015. Death From Above 1979 are touring in support of The Physical World released by Last Gang Records/Warner Bros. Records this past September.
Jul 22: DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
Jul 23: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL (no Death From Above)
Jul 25: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Aug 04: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Aug 05: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Aug 07: Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
Aug 08: Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Aug 09: PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
Aug 12: Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Aug 13: MIDFLORDIA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
Aug 14: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 16: Bold Sphere Music at Champion’s Square – New Orleans, LA
Aug 17: Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Aug 19: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion pres. by Huntsman – Houston, TX
Aug 20: Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
Aug 24: Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
Aug 26: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Aug 30: Sleep Train Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA