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CAMP PUNK IN DRUBLIC: Rancid, NOFX and Pennywise To Headline Inaugural Event!

CAMP PUNK IN DRUBLIC: Rancid, NOFX and Pennywise To Headline Inaugural Event!

Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes the debut of Camp Punk In Drublic! Created from the mind and liver of NOFX’s frontman Fat Mike, this one-of-a-kind destination event has punk music lovers and craft beer enthusiasts rejoicing. As the only punk rock campout in the country, Camp Punk In Drublic will feature performances by NOFX, Rancid, Pennywise, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and more, along with a weekend of craft beer tastings (available for purchase), campfire stories from punk legends, and a slew of attractions including Fatty’s Midnite Matinee late night movie theater, carnival games, and much more. Located right outside of Columbus, OH, Camp Punk In Drublic will take over Legend Valley in Thornville, OH on Friday, June 1 (Friday Kickoff Party), Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, wrapping up the first leg of the national Punk In Drublic festival tour with a once-in-a-lifetime experience for punk rock and craft beer fans.

A limited quantity of Early Bird tickets for Camp Punk In Drublic Camping, Craft Beer & Music Festival go on sale Friday, March 30 at 10:00 AM ET atwww.PunkInDrublicFest.com/camp. Specially priced Weekend Festival Admission passes will be available for only $50 (plus fees) while supplies last on Friday, March 30 from 10:00 AM ET through 11:59 PM ET. Additionally, the Friday Night Kickoff Party is FREE for up to 4 campers with each tent or RV camping purchase, or non-camping attendees can purchase an Early Bird Friday Kickoff Party Pass in advance for $19 (plus fees) or for $40 at the door.

NOFX’s Fat Mike explains, “The thing about camping is that really nothing can go wrong, because everything is already wrong. Punk rockers don’t really know how to camp. They know how to wear hoodies, drink, and lean on each other. The good thing is that we got a lot of generators and an unlimited supply of kegs (some are even full of beer). Hey Coachella and Bonnaroo and Burning Man…Watch what happens at CAMP Punk In Drublic. I can almost guarantee that our festival is gonna be way lamer and stupider than yours…That’s the point!…Well, I think that’s the point. Wait, punk rock doesn’t have a point?

Let me be clear: A rabbi, a priest and a few thousand punk rockers go camping in Ohio…Sorry, no punchline. But there will be 17 great bands, 2 mediocre bands, and 5,000 kegs of beer. What could possibly go wrong?”

Rancid’s Tim Armstrong says, “Fat Mike gathered up some of my favorite bands and people to hang out in the middle of Ohio. Rancid can’t wait to be a part of the first Camp Punk In Drublic. We’re looking forward to telling stories around the campfire with you guys!”

Pennywise’s Fletcher Dragge adds, “Wait, I get to run amok with a bunch of drunk punk rockers into the wee hours of the night? Have you ever seen a 300 lb man do a belly flop on a pup tent? Well you will…game on! People who are insane enough to stay through the night better get their troops together…me and Fatty are coming for you!!”

The current daily band lineup for Camp Punk In Drublic is as follows:

Friday, June 1 (Kickoff Party): Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, and Guttermouth, followed by Campfire Stories with Fat Mike and NOFX. 

Saturday, June 2: NOFX, Pennywise, Goldfinger, Strung Out, Mad Caddies, Face To Face and Bad Cop / Bad Cop, followed by Campfire Stories with Keith Morris, Jello Biafra and friends.

Sunday, June 3: Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sick Of It All, Lagwagon, The Bouncing Souls, Street Dogs, The Interrupters

Don’t expect things to die down once the music is done; this party goes well into the night! The venue will be open from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM on Friday, June 1, 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM on Saturday, June 2, and 12:00 PM to Midnight on Sunday, June 3, and will be jam packed with all types of activities. Campers, get ready to check out the But Wait, There’s More festival attractions and march your lazy asses across the festival to Way The F*ck Over There for even more debauchery.

Way The F*ck Over There is home to:

  • “The Brews”: What most of you are here for… A massive craft beer sampling area offering tastings from local and national breweries with more than 200 craft beers to choose from (must have Tasting Pass and be at least 21).

  • Campfire Stories from the Road:featuring some of the most horrific and hilarious tales from the likes of NOFX, Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, and a sh*t ton more. Campfire venue opens at 11:45 PM to after 1:00 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. The crowd will get to ask Fat Mike why he prefers dresses over jeans and such. Think a punk rock version of Inside The Actors Studio around a campfire in the beautiful hills of Ohio ‘til the wee hours of the morning.
  • Flea’s Market: Full of stuff you probably don’t need but know you will want.
  • THE UnFAIR is where the freaks are unleashed. Come play games of chance to win a teddy bear that will probably end up in a box in your garage, or watch a guy pierce his eyeball. THE UnFAIR boasts our spin on our summer camp favorites like Dunk the Punk tank, Postcards From The Edgewhere you can send postcards back home, and big ass lawn games.
  • The Dodgeball Arena that will host Fans Against the Bands dodgeball gamesand tug o’ war…don’t forget your sweatbands for these epic battles, as well as other games (including a massive tug o’ war against your friends if you have any).
  • Plus Eat at Joe’s, a late night food hall with artery clogging gut bombs, where the only thing organic and gluten free is the sh*tty paper plate you eat it on.
  • Craft Beer Summer School: Enjoy craft beer seminars and talks from top brewers and industry experts at the BEER EDU stage.

At the top of the festival grounds is:

  • Fatty’s Midnite Matinee: Which lights up after hours, and is where you can go to chill the F out. Pull up a thrift shop sofa or a blanket and watch punk rock movie favorites until the wee hours on a giant movie screen. Our cheap asses even added surround sound.

Attendees 21+ with festival tickets can purchase a Saturday or Sunday craft beer Tasting Pass in advance for only $17.50 (plus fees). The Tasting Pass will allow entry into The Brews, where during the tasting, attendees can enjoy 15 3 oz. craft beer tastes, choosing from over 200 craft beers from dozens of top breweries. Some of the participating breweries include Stone Brewing, BrewDog, Lord Hobo Brewing, Great Lakes Brewing, MadTree Brewing, Avery Brewing, plus many more local and national breweries.

In 2017, Fat Mike teamed up with craft beer pioneers Stone Brewing to brew their very own limited release Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager for the debut of the Punk In Drublic festival. This marked the first time ever that Stone had worked with a musician for a can release. The lager sold out quickly in 2017, and now 2018 marks the first time that Stone will re-release a specialty beer with a musician. Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager will be available at Camp Punk In Drublic, in California, in this year’s Punk In Drublic concert states, and select surrounding areas. Use the Stone Brewing beer finder to search specific locations: https://find.stonebrewing.com.

Early Bird General Admission tickets, V.U.P. ticket packages, and camping options for Camp Punk In Drublic will be available for purchase Friday, March 30 at 10:00 AM ET, starting at the following prices (plus fees). All tickets include access to view the music stage, and the Tasting Pass includes access to craft beer tastings (for attendees 21 years or older). Layaway plans are also available. Visit www.PunkInDrublicFest.com/camp for details on all ticket and camping packages.

Limited Early Bird Weekend Admission (June 2 & 3)

Weekend Festival Admission Passes $50.00 (increases to $75 at midnight on Friday, March 30)
Very Unimportant Person Lounge + Tasting Pass $249.50

 

Limited Early Bird Saturday (June 2) or Sunday (June 3) One-Day Admission

General Admission $39.50
Very Unimportant Person Lounge + Tasting Pass $129.50

Note: Service, processing and facility fees are in addition to the price of each camping and admission ticket.

Very Unimportant Person Tickets include: one V.U.P. admission ticket to Camp Punk In Drublic, a dedicated V.U.P. entry lane into venue, and one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (for those 21+), starting at 12:00 PM. V.U.P. ticketholders also receive access to the Very Unimportant Person Lounge, with:

– “Better than average” view of the stage

– Exclusive craft beer tastings

– V.U.P. cash bar

– Private restrooms

– Comfortable areas to sit, relax, and chill

– Additional food available for purchase

50 cents from every festival ticket purchased will be donated to local Thornville, Ohio charities.

Weekend (Friday – Monday) camping add ons start at $99.50 (plus fees) for Tent Camping (for up to 4 people) and $199.50 (plus fees) for dry RV Camping (for up to 4 people). All camping options are for Friday, June 1 through Monday, June 4 and do not include admission to the festival unless otherwise noted. (Festival tickets must be purchased prior to camping passes.) Each camping purchase includes a Friday Kickoff Party Pass for up to four campers. Non-campers may purchase add-on Friday Kickoff Party Passes to attend the Friday Night Kickoff Party for $19 (plus fees) in advance or for $40 at the door.

Fat Mike has again joined forces with premier music festival production company (and producers of award-winning breakout festival Lost Lands) Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), and respected craft beer event production powerhouse Brew Ha Ha Productions for the festival.

Camp Punk In Drublic partners include: Stone Brewing, Rockstar Energy Drink, and more.

Legend Valley is a historic outdoor concert venue and campground that has been hosting music festivals and athletic events since the 1970s, including the award-winning four day camping festival Lost Lands. Legend Valley is located at 7585 Kindle Rd, just off I-170 on Route 13 in Thornville, Ohio. The venue is located about 25 miles east of downtown Columbus, OH, just a short drive from many parts of the Midwest. John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is also easily accessible for those traveling from other parts of the U.S. and the world.

For more information on Camp Punk In Drublic, visit:

Website: www.PunkInDrublicFest.com/camp

Facebook: @PunkInDrublicFestival

Instagram: @PunkInDrublicFestival

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Abramorama Rolls Out National Theatrical Tour For ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Abramorama Rolls Out National Theatrical Tour For ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’

Green Day – Photo by Murray Bowles

Abramorama will kick off the national film tour of TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK with a week long run at the IFC Center in New York City on July 28, 2017 and exclusive one night only showings and week long runs in cities across North America in tandem with Green Day’s Revolution Radio World Tour. More than 60 theaters have already been booked with more to come.  See below for the current list and check  https://eastbaypunk.com/  for regular updates.  In a unique release strategy, Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk will “tour with the band” enabling theatres to be marketing partners with Green Day in promoting the film’s theatrical release and the band’s nationwide tour.

The feature documentary had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 16th SF DOCFEST on May 31st followed by a sold-out two week theatrical run at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco in early June.

Written and directed by Corbett Redford and executive produced by Green Day and Pat Magnarella, TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK  is narrated by Iggy Pop and  features Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tre Cool (Green Day), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Jello Biafra & East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys), Ian Mackaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat), Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman & Lars Fredricksen (Rancid), Brett Gurewitz & Jay Bentley (Bad Religion), Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin) , Michael Franti (Spearhead, Beatnigs) and interviews with more than 100 artists and musicians from California’s East Bay punk rock music scene.

TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley’s inspiring 924 Gilman Street music collective. Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is the definitive telling of this vibrant story, drawing from a wide variety of voices and viewpoints and featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever.

Theatrical Dates as of 7/12/17

Montreal, Canada – 7/25/2017

New York, NY – 7/28/2017

Red Bank, NJ – 7/29/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – 8/3/2017

Dallas, TX – 8/3/2017

Yonkers, NY – 7/29/2017

Berkeley, CA – 8/4/2017

Chico, CA – 8/6/2017

Houston, TX – 8/7/2017

Seattle, WA – 8/9/2017

San Jose, CA – 8/10/2017

Salt Lake City, UT – 8/10/2017

Sebastopol, CA – 8/11/2017

Denver, CO – 8/11/2017

Kansas City, MO – 8/12/2017

Cedar Falls, IA – 8/16/2017

Cedar Rapids, IA – 8/16/2017

Iowa City, IA – 8/16/2017

Elk River, MN – 8/16/2017

Oakdale, MN – 8/16/2017

Rochester, MN – 8/16/2017

Nashville, TN – 9/4/2017

Shakopee, MN – 8/16/2017

Waite Park, MN – 8/16/2017

Cape Girardeau, MO – 8/16/2017

Des Peres, MO – 8/16/2017

St. Charles, MO – 8/16/2017

St. Louis, MO – 8/16/2017

Austin, TX—9/10/2017

Bellevue, NE – 8/16/2017

Lincoln, NE – 8/16/2017

Omaha, NE – 8/16/2017

Columbus, OH – 8/16/2017

Pickerington, OG – 8/16/2017

Appleton, WI – 8/16/2017

Ashwaubenon, WI – 8/16/2017

Madison, WI – 8/16/2017

Menomonee Falls, WI – 8/16/2017

Oak Creek, WI – 8/16/2017

Huntington, NY – 7/29/2017

Chattanooga, TN – 8/18/2017

Indianapolis, IN – 8/19/2017

Omaha, NE – 8/20/17

Maitland, FL – 8/21/2017

Cincinnatti, OH – 8/23/24

Addison, IL – 8/30/2017

Bloomington, IL – 8/30/2017

Country Club Hills, IL – 8/30/2017

Gurnee, IL – 8/30/2017

Orland Park, IL – 8/30/2017

Philadelphia, PA – 8/302017

Chapel Hill, NC – 8/31/2017

Buffalo, NY – 8/31/2017

Coconut Creek, FL – 9/2/2017

Avondale, AZ – 9/7/2017

Mesa, AZ – 9/7/2017

Tempe, AZ – 9/7/2017

Moreno Valley, CA – 9/7/2017

Redlands, CA – 9/7/2017

Denver, CO – 9/7/2017

New Orleans, LA – 9/8/2017

Tampa, FL – 9/13/2017

Phoenix, AZ – 9/14/2017

San Antonio, TX – 9/14/2017

Winchester, VA – 9/16/2017

Los Angeles, CA – 9/18/2017

San Diego, CA – 9/18/2017

For more information on the film please visit: https://eastbaypunk.com/

About Green Day
Green Day is an American punk rock band composed of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool. Formed in 1986, Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band’s early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie (released through Reprise Records) became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the United States. Green Day was widely credited with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States. Green Day’s follow up albums Insomniac (1995) and Nimrod (1997) each sold over two million albums and were certified Double Platinum, and Warning (2000) was certified Platinum. 2004 brought the band’s rock opera American Idiot which reignited the band’s popularity with a younger generation and sold over six million copies in the United States. Green Day is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. On April 18, 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in what was their first year of eligibility for induction. On October 16, 2015, Green Day released the documentary Heart Like A Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot.  Green Day’s 12th studio albumRevolution Radio was released on October 7, 2016 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.  The band is currently on their Revolution Radio World Tour. www.greenday.com

About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent theatrical distributor of music films in the US today and recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners.  An industry leader in marketing and promotion, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Jill Campbell’s Mr. Chibbs; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Dawn Porter’s Trapped; Kim A. Snyder’s Newtown; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story Of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award®-nominated, Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog,Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-Nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017.  For more information visitwww.abramorama.com

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Don Letts’ ‘PUNK: Attitude’ To Be Reissued On DVD In January 2011!

Don Letts’ ‘PUNK: Attitude’ To Be Reissued On DVD In January 2011!

In the mid-1970s, a revolution was ignited on the streets of New York and London. Almost overnight, punk shattered the status quo and continued to impact all future generations of youth culture. On January 11, 2010, Shout! Factory will release the long out-of-print documentary PUNK: Attitude.

Directed by Don Letts, the film and its extensive bonus features, chronicle the origin of punk music and its socio-cultural and musical impact through interviews with key figures such as Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Jello Biafra, Chrissie Hynde and more. A must-have for fans of punk music, documentary aficionados and DVD collectors, the two-disc set of PUNK: Attitude is priced for everyone to own at $19.93.

With a cast of historic and modern figures in popular culture, the documentary ventures beyond the hype and explores the way punk music redefined popular music and fashion while legitimizing an independent, do-it-yourself attitude that inspired an entire generation of musicians, filmmakers, poets, photographers, fashion designers and graphic artists.

“With hindsight we are able to recognize it as part of an ongoing movement of counterculture,” says filmmaker Don Letts adding, “It is in that spirit that I made this film, not as a nostalgic look back, but rather a way to move forward. After all, if it happened before, it can happen again.”

PUNK: Attitude was officially released April 25, 2005 at the Tribeca Film Festival and later aired to critical acclaim on IFC. The DVD-set has long been out of print.

DISC 1

  • Where Are They Now?
  • Artist Bios
  • Punk Family Tree

DISC 2

  • Henry Rollins Interview
  • Dave Goodman Feature
  • California Screamin’ “Behind The Masque”
  • Fanzines
  • Fashion
  • Women In Punk
  • Record Companies
  • U.K. Vs. The U.S.
  • The Attitude/Spirit Of Punk
  • Punk On Culture And The Arts
  • Punk Evolution
  • The Gigs/Performance
  • The Punk Sound
  • U.S. Post Punk Documentary
  • L.A. Punk (Short Film By Dick Rude

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Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer Rock The Midwest On The 2010 Jagermeister Tour

Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer Rock The Midwest On The 2010 Jagermeister Tour

Jagermeister Tour featuring Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer
War Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, Indiana October 20th, 2010

It’s summer of 1990, a glorious time for metal heads in America.  Heavy metal has reached the height of popularity.  It seems not a week goes by without some metal band performing in or around your town, no matter how rural your particular town is.  MTV has a new show devoted to metal called Headbangers Ball, metal magazines adorn every news stand, and the grunge movement (heralded by Nirvana’s album Nevermind) is two years away from knocking heavy metal off of its pedestal.  Yes….it’s a great time to be a metal head.

Spearheading the concert tour season of 1990 is a metal extravaganza called ‘Clash of the Titans’ featuring three of the most popular thrash metal bands of the day:  Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer (with a then-little-known band called Alice In Chains as the opener).  The Clash of the Titans show, mainly held in outdoor arenas, was barely-controlled mayhem.  Spontaneous mosh pits were commonplace, bonfires were started, grass and sod flew through the air.  It was the best of the best in metal land….and the audiences flocked to witness.

Flash forward twenty years.  Metal isn’t quite the be-all, end-all it once was, but the three bands that headlined the original Clash of the Titans are still touring and releasing albums, although with a loss of an original band member here and there.  Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer each still have their die-hard fans from the old days, and perhaps it was these people they hoped to cater to when the bands toured together once again on the ‘Jagermeister Tour’ of 2010.  Alcoholic beverage advertising overkill aside, the Jagermeister Tour was a chance for the diehard fans to once again see three of the most popular thrash bands of all time on the same stage…but with a twist.  This time, two of the bands would be playing an entire album from their catalog: Megadeth playing ‘Rust In Peace’ in its entirety and Slayer playing ‘Seasons in the Abyss’ from start to finish.  Would these guys still have what it takes?  Can they still command crowds like they did in their heyday?  Will they be taken seriously or seen as a ‘nostalgia act’?  Read on, O metal minions….

The Jagermeister Tour at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana started out as being…well….pretty underwhelming.  I and my fellow metal heads arrived 20 minutes early to avoid the crowds, but the question we had upon arriving was, “Where the hell IS everybody?”  It was literally the easiest time I’ve ever had getting into a concert hall ever.  But…brushing the apparent lack of public interest in the show aside, I took my place on the floor and waited for the opening act Anthrax to take the stage.  As a warm-up act, Jim Florentine (who is touring as the official MC apparently) of That Metal Show took the stage.  Now, I’m a big admirer of That Metal Show, but Florentine’s act didn’t impress me at all.  I wasn’t sure if he was honing his comedy act to fit what he perceived as “Fort Wayne-ian” humor or what, but the crux of his act was saying “Obama hates white people”, leading a chant of “F**k Obama”, and then going on to tell a few ‘fat jokes’.  If I wanted to hear laugh-a-minute comedy, I’d tune in to the local talk radio channel.

Scott Ian

Despite the lame comedy, Florentine did get the crowd riled up for when Anthrax finally hit the stage.  This tour is special for Anthrax in that it sees the return of original vocalist Joey Belladonna.  He may not be the most aggressive singer in metal….but the man can still SING!  He was also very adept at working the crowd and getting them into the show.  Belladonna was singing his heart out like it was 1990, and at the same time moshing around the stage for ‘Caught in a Mosh’, doing a war dance (complete with Indian headdress) during the Anthrax classic, ‘Indians’, and even belting out a tune from their first album called ‘Metal Thrashing Mad’.  Guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano were in fine form as were Frank Bello on bass and Charlie Benante on drums.  Except for Rob Caggiano, who replaced Dan Spitz back in 2001, this was the Anthrax I grew up on.  This was the classic Anthrax.  And after ending their 45 minute set with ‘I Am the Law’, I looked around and…you know what?  There were a lot more people there than I thought.  The place was still 1/3 empty, but the people there were enjoying every minute.  It still wasn’t as intense an experience as back in 1990, but the show was just warming up.

After another unfunny interlude with Jim Florentine, it was time for Megadeth to come on.  Dave Mustaine and co. really know how to make an entrance, let me tell you.  The fog machines were set to ‘high’, the guitar riff from the classic Sabbath song, ‘Black Sabbath’ was put on repeat, and an intense Jello Biafra rant about martial law screamed through the speakers.  You’d have to see it, but it was a great way to build an intro!  Then the guys took the stage starting out with ‘Holy Wars…the Punishment Due’, and working their way through the entire Rust In Peace album (their best, in this reviewer’s opinion).  Mustaine’s voice seemed a tad weak that night, but you don’t listen to Megadeth for the beautiful vocals….it’s the guitars, man!  The twin guitar attack of Mustaine and newcomer Chris Broderick didn’t fail to impress.  They absolutely ripped.  One of the highlights for me was the appearance of ol’ Vic Rattlehead on stage during the Dave Ellefson showcase, ‘Dawn Patrol’.  Kinda cheesy…but I couldn’t help but smile and pump my fist in the air anyway.

As soon as the last note of the last song on ‘Rust In Peace’ was played, Mustaine announced, “…and that was ‘Rust In Peace’!”…then proceeded to play some of their more recent and radio-friendly tunes like ‘Trust’ and ‘Headcrusher’.  Maybe a little bit of an anti-climax, but when they closed their set with “Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying?”….the heads were banging again.  It was the perfect song to close out the set.   Mustaine and the guys seemed genuinely thankful for the good crowd reaction, thanking the crowd several times with huge smiles on their faces.  Good show!

Tom Araya

Now, if there was ever a band with a rabid fan base, it would be Slayer.  They’re unrelentingly heavy and brutal…and their fans love them for it.  By the time Slayer was onstage, people were packed on the floor and attentively standing in the seats.  This was Slayer…time to freaking pay attention!  The band was obscured at first by a curtain at the front of the stage with lighting effects depicting pentagrams while the first slow notes of ‘World Painted Blood’ permeated the air.  Then…BOOM!  The curtain falls and Slayer started thrashing.  The lineup was the original and classic Slayer lineup, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman on guitar, Dave Lombardo on drums (one of the best drummers in the business if you ask me!), and Tom Araya on bass and vocal duties.  Araya has had recent back surgery due to his years of intense head banging, so he wasn’t very active, but he’s still got enough presence and vocal stamina to carry the show through.  Despite this minor little difference, the band still thrashed as hard as they ever did, tearing through the entire ‘Season in the Abyss’ album…then playing a few of their classic fan faves like ‘South of Heaven’, Guitar Hero track ‘Raining Blood’, ‘Aggressive Perfector’ (off of their debut album!), and closing their set with their signature tune, ‘Angel of Death’.  Mosh pits, crowd surfing, head banging….it was ALL going on when Slayer hit the stage!  I’ve seen Slayer in concert quite a few times, and I’m happy to say that it was in no way a ‘nostalgia act’.  They’re a little older, they’ve had their ups and downs…their surgeries.  Yet that night at the Coliseum in Fort Wayne may as well have been 1990.  If I have one little bitch, it’s something the bands had no control over at all.  There were actually signs posted in the venue saying, “No Moshing”…and people were being forcibly evicted for doing it.  I understand safety rules, liability, yadda yadda.  But c’mon.  This is Anthrax, Megadeth, and freaking SLAYER we’re talking about.  If you’re going to be hardass about some metal heads trying to have a good time, then maybe the Coliseum isn’t the place for these bands, as much as it pains me to say it.  Nobody ever got evicted from a venue for moshing back when I was of “moshing age” and it’s ridiculous to do it now.  Other than that little gripe……it was 1990 all over again.  Metal still rules!

Anthrax set list:

Caught In a Mosh

Madhouse

Antisocial

Indians

A.I.R.

Metal Thrashing Mad

I Am the Law

Megadeth set list:

Holy Wars…the Punishment Due

Hangar 18

Take No Prisoners

Five magicks

Poison Was the Cure

Lucretia

Tornado of Souls

Dawn Patrol

Rust In Peace…Polaris

Headcrusher

How the Story Ends

Trust

Symphony of Destruction

Peace Sells

Slayer set list:

World Painted Blood

Hate Worldwide

War Ensemble

Blood Red

Spirit In Black

Expendable Youth

Dead Skin Mask

Hallowed Point

Skeletons of Society

Temptation

Born of Fire

Seasons In the Abyss

South of Heaven

Raining Blood

Aggressive Perfector

Angel of Death

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