|“And the heat! My god! The heat!”|
|De La Soul – Pos – Plug One|
|De La Soul – P.A. Mase – Plug Three|
|De La Soul – Dave – Plug Two|
|“Oh, hey, look! The Get Up Kids are playing! Look! Aw, nevermind….”|
|The Get Up Kids – Jim Suptic|
|The Get Up Kids – Matt Pryor, Ryan Pope|
|Testament – Gene Hoglan, Alex Skolnick, Chuck Billy, Steve DiGiorgio|
The pit was a crazy insane dust bowl. I mean, the band has a song called “Into The Pit,” so what do you expect?
|Testament pit dust cloud|
I don’t know much else about Testament, but they have a sweet cover of Queen’s “Dragon Attack.” They didn’t play that, but everyone seemed to be having a good time. We left partway through the set to go catch some of Death Grips, who were scheduled at the same time as Testament.
|Death Grips – Stefan Burnett aka MC Ride|
Death Grips is one of those bands with a brief and legendary history – ducking out on shows, breaking up (or not), but also bringing it live. I felt it would be a good idea to catch them while I could. Can. Did.
|Death Grips – Andy Morin, Stefan Burnett, Zach Hill|
I believe that this was the period where I went to hand off the ticket to my friend’s friend (who is now my friend too, hi Rachel!), so I didn’t really see any of the bands playing between 7-8pm. Oh well. I did get to see this amazing sunset, though:
|Anthrax – Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante|
|Moon + ride|
|“Beam me up, Scotty!”|
I took some more pictures of the Riot crowd during and after the Cypress Hill show. This first one shows how dirty and dusty it was, with all the specks in the air and on the lens:
|Sweet sea-mine hair.|
These two guys were walking by and had a classic look that I wanted to capture. I asked them for a photo, and they obliged:
|These guys look famous. Anyone know them?|
|The gentleman at the Chronic Candy booth was enjoying himself.|
I wanted to catch Coheed and Cambria next. They have some songs I really love – “Goodnight, Fair Lady,” “Feathers” – and I wanted to check out their live show. My cousin Shannon really loves them, too, so I felt I owed it to her to see them.
|Coheed and Cambria – Travis Stever & Claudio Sanchez|
|Coheed and Cambria – Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, (Matt Williams?)|
Last but not least, we then moved back over to the Roots Stage to watch Ice Cube. Motörhead had cancelled due to Lemmy’s altitude sickness, so there wasn’t anyone else playing anyway. The resulting crowd was thick and deep.
|Ice Cube & crew|
Cube came out by himself for a few songs before running clips from the movie Straight Outta Compton, after which he brought out MC Ren & DJ Yella from N.W.A., along with his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. (O’Shea played Ice Cube – his dad – in the film.) They ran through some of N.W.A.‘s best – “Straight Outta Compton,” “Gangsta Gangsta,” “Dopeman,” “Fuck tha Police.” Really great set.
I didn’t stay for System of a Down, although I heard they were in great form. I don’t know their music beyond “Chop Suey!,” and figured that I’d take the opportunity to pace myself (since I had gotten in for free, and wouldn’t otherwise know what I was missing of SoaD). We walked to the car, hopped on the freeway, and made it home by midnight.
This year, there was a lot of walking between the Riot/Roots stages to the north and the Rebel/Rock stages to the south, but at least there was the huge arena in the middle where people could get out of the sun, use a real restroom, fill up their water bottles (there was a great station outside as well), and just chill in a regular stadium seat instead of on the dusty or hot ground. There was also the Radicals Stage set up inside, which helped entertain the masses.
Riot Fest has done better each year with more shade and more places to sit, and I thought the National Western complex was just perfect. Maybe a little something to cut down on the dust next year (if it’s hot and sunny), although I don’t know what that would be. The location seems like it would be a mudfest if it rains, but overall, two thumbs up.
|De La Shoes|
|De La, De La, De La!|
The Get Up Kids
|The Get Up Kids – James Dewees|
|The Get Up Kids – Matt Pryor & Ryan Pope|
|The Get Up Kids – Rob Pope|
|Testament – Gene Hoglan, Alex Skolnick, Steve DiGiorgio|
|Testament – Eric Peterson through the pit cloud|
Spotify Playlist of songs mentioned in this post:
Next up: Riot Fest 2015 – Denver Day 2