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|One Badass Concert Weekend|
Three shows in three nights. Here's a ranking of live acts I saw.
|1||Scale The Summit|
They opened for Fair To Midland, and just impressed the hell out of me, really. Everyone in their band is talented at their instruments, they had a lot of fun doing what they were doing, and they sounded absolutely perfect. I now need to pick up at least two of their albums.
I'm one of those tall bastards (6') who like to stand front and center during shows. This time, I stood towards the back and got to see the entire stage, and the full effects of the light show. I felt like I was watching a concert DVD while at the show. And the crowd was amazing--everyone was into it, the mosh pit took up the entire middle portion in front of me at once point, and Rise Against themselves were energetic as hell. Excellent show, one of the best I've ever been to.
|3||Maylene and the Sons of Disaster|
These guys opened for Protest The Hero. They were probably the best sounding band of the entire run other than Scale the Summit (in terms of pure sound quality). I was standing in the back for this one too (at Emo's), up on a step that let me see right over everyone's heads, so I was really able to enjoy the show.
This was the first time that I've ever gotten to see my favorite band live. They were OPENING for Rise Against, but they managed to fit 16 songs into a 45 min. set (not surprising). They'd be higher, except I got caught in the swell at the front for the entire show, and had to escape to the back before they were done; I couldn't even sing along to some of their songs because I was so damn tired. I DID, however, crowd-surf for the first time, so I'm not mad. They sounded better than I thought they would, really...but I want to see them again when they headline a show.
|5||Protest the Hero|
...a.k.a. The Protest The Hero Music and Comedy Variety Hour. The lead singer is hilarious. And they were really damn good...it's just, I only JUST got into them, and only have one of their albums that I don't know all that well yet, so it's not like I could sing along. "Sequoia Throne," however, was ace.
|6||Fair To Midland|
I was upfront and center for this one, right along the thigh-level stage inside Emo's. Fair To Midland PLAYED well, but the sound quality was terrible and it took me a while into each song to figure out what they were playing. That being said, I enjoyed singing along to each of their songs...and Darroh is damn-near epileptic on stage.
|7||Four Year Strong|
Sounded good...but I wasn't really paying attention. They were opening for Bad Religion and Rise Against.
|An excellent musical concert series. In case you're confused, this is how it went:|
SUNDAY (Emo's Indoors) -
Scale the Summit/Fair To Midland
MONDAY (Emo's Outdoors) -
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster/Protest the Hero
TUESDAY (Stubb's Outdoors) -
Four Year Strong/Bad Religion/Rise Against
...all in Austin, TX. Don't let the rankings fool you, either--ALL of them were good shows.
|I've seen Bad Religiion twice and they are bad ass|
|I live in Lubbock, but concerts like these go to either Dallas or Austin (or Albuquerque, in SOAD's case), so that's where I gotta go ;-).|
And yeah, I've never seen an opening band have the entire crowd as involved as I saw for Bad Religion.
|Saw "One Badass Concert Weekend" and knew it was your list. Welcome back, Mas. Oh and it's Sons of Disaster :p|
|BR is definitely better when headlining. their crowd interaction is always really cool. last time i saw them after they finished their set greg was like, "okay, we're pretty old, so instead of going backstage and coming back out for an encore we're just gonna drink some water and play a few more songs right now."|
|I know what you mean about Darroh being mentally insane. He was just flipping out when I saw the concert two weeks ago. He drank from a water bottle, spit it all over the crowd, then threw the bottle at the ceiling. Then he picked up the mic stand and wielded it like a lance. Then he just flailed his arms in place and headbanged.|
It's too bad you missed Periphery on that tour, though. They're great live.
|Taxi - I'm not quite back yet ;-)...give me one more day.|
Satty - I can't wait until the day comes when I can watch them for an hour and a half straight....
Wheelah - They were scheduled to come to Lubbock together, but FTM pulled out of the show, so it was just Periphery, and I was so disappointed that I didn't go. Kinda regret it now.
AIDS - I've often wondered about that name myself...;-)
|Damn this looks like it was a bunch of fun. Love the descriptions for each.|
|Rody was hilarious when I saw them too|