Did you attend the two days of KISW's Pain in the Grass madness at The Gorge? We hope you did! No way you'll ever see a 2-day show of 25+ bands including the likes of Alice in Chains, Volbeat, Janes Addiction, Avenged Sevenfold etc. with parking included for $99.90! With the weather being as erratic as the current Seattle Mariners offense, we had no clue what to expect each day we got there.
Both days started off very Wizard of Oz like in the skies and the only day it rained was the first day right when Jolene announced Princess on the American Music Loud & Local stage BOOM! Hail, rain and everything you could think of came down but for only 10 minutes straight then the skies opened up and the sun ruled The Gorge the rest of the day.
The band's ya missed..ready for this!?
ROCKSTAR ENERGY STAGE: AVENGED SEVENFOLD 9:30 - 11:00 / VOLBEAT 7:45 - 9:00 / HIM 6:10 - 7:15 / ALL THAT REMAINS 5:05 - 5:45 / AIRBOURNE 4:10 - 4:40 FESTIVAL STAGE: BARONESS 3:30 - 4:00 / ATTIKA 7 2:50 - 3:15 / HEAVENS BASEMENT 2:10 - 2:35 / MINDSET EVOLUTION 1:30 - 1:55 AMERICAN MUSIC LOUD AND LOCAL STAGE: THE PEOPLE NOW 3:30 - 4:05 / PRINCESS 2:45 - 3:15 / BLACKBEATBLUE 2:00 - 2:30
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE: ALICE IN CHAINS 9:45 - 10:55 / JANE’S ADDICTION 8:20 - 9:20 / COHEED AND CAMBRIA 7:15 - 7:55 / WALKING PAPERS 6:20 - 6:55 / ON STAGE PROMO 5:55 - 6:03 ZIPPO ENCORE FESTIVAL STAGE: DANKO JONES 5:40 - 6:10 / MIDDLE CLASS RUT 4:45 - 5:10 / TBD 3:55 - 4:20 / BATTLE WINNER 2:40 - 3:00 COLDCOCK HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE: DEAD DAISES 5:10 - 5:40 / BEWARE OF DARKNESS 4:20 - 4:45 / CHUCK SHAFFER PICTURE SHOW 3:35 - 3:55 / CHARMING LIARS 3:00 - 3:20 / MOM'S ROCKET 2:20 - 2:40 AMERICAN MUSIC LOUD AND LOCAL STAGE: WINDOWPANE 6:10 - 6:40 / ENDINO’S EARTHWORM 5:25 - 5:55 / CURSE OF THE NORTH 4:40 - 5:10
Day 1: Not only do I have the above list of bands to cover but between me, my wife Stephanie and Mat Hayward we had to also cover shooting radio interviews, side events and also meet and greets with the bands. Add that our ground base location was backstage near the main stage. Yes bottom of the hill from all the other events/stages going on above so we had our work cut out for us keeping hydrated and energy up. Me and Stephanie had our usual GU Energy to help us get through the day, but thanks to Rockstar and their Energy Waters backstage for us. Up the hill we go as the gates are about to open. New killer upcoming band Mindset Evolution opened the show on the Festival stage at 1:30. Gates opened at the same time so for 3/4 of their set there was no one there except photographers. The last 10min of their set it filled up and when they played their current hit "Burn it Down" (see new video) place went nuts! They would be rewarded to play Day 2 on one of the bigger stages and a better time slot at Pain in the Grass because of the timing issue so it actually worked out awesome for them.
As Mindset Evolution was ending it was time to run up a little hill to the American Music KISW Loud & Local stage where BeatBlackBlue kicked off the local talent showing. If you thought grunge was dead ya gotta hear BlackBeatBlue! Jack Endino (Nirvana/Soundgarden) produced their new CD "Completely Different Animal" and its awesome! (Audio Samples) Singer/Guitarist Dave Perry live is so instable onstage, ya never know what's about to happen. Reincarnated Kurt Cobain?
Like I said above, as the 2nd Loud & Local band Princess hit the stage with KISW's Jolene's introduction, the skies roared with a 10 minute non-stop downpour that had many running for any cover they could find...including myself with all my camera equipment. That didn't stop Princess jamming their post punk grunge metal! Ending the day on the Loud & Local stage was The People Now. A progressive/alternative, cause-rock band you should check out. Kinda hard to describe them, Sick Puppies meets A Perfect Circle? Very dangerous band now that they've added guitarist Johnny Smokes on guitar!
Back to the Festival stage and right in between Heaven's Basement and Baroness was a super favorite band of mind Attika 7! Outlaw biker rock band that plays heavy yet melodic groove metal/rock. "Blood of my Enemies" is one of my favorite albums of the past year! Headed by former Biohazard frontman Evan Seinfeld and Sons of Anarchy's "Quinn" and famed motorcycle builder Rusty Coones on guitar I was ready for their show! Unfortunately Rusty wasn't there cause he was filming for SOA but that's ok they have Ira Black on guitar too. The man with the riffs and hair of the gods, ha! As I had to run to cover the other stage Stephanie stayed and saw the highlight of Attika 7's set besides Ira breaking his guitar strap. Evan kicked all the guys out of the pit and only allowed the girls in during "Devil's Daughter"! Stephanie got some quick video of the girls just having a little fun. [click here]
Off to the main stage as Stephanie handles Airbourne, All That Remains & Volbeat meet and greets with KISW winners in the media room. Australia's Airbourne started the main stage with a 30 minute set that left everyone wanting more. Their AC/DC brand of Airbourne rock-n-roll had everyone jumping around especially at the end when singer/guitarist Joel O'Keeffe did what he's known for around the world climb! On "Running Wild" that's what he did all the way up the stage scaffolding and rocked out next to the Pain in the Grass logo! Check out this video:
All That Remains came out got the pit rollin multiple times, HIM played next (I became a new fan) and surprisingly rocked it which all led up to the 2 heavyweights Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold next.
Think you Rockaholics were ready? I think so!!!
VOLBEATTTTTTTTTTT!! Such a great band live! Volbeat's crowd might of been the most active of any band this day.
AVENGED SEVENFOLDDDDDD!!! BOOM! Now this was a spectacular visual show to end the night!
With 11 hours of running around up and down hills, in and out of tight photo pits our feet and bodies were beat to hell. Back to the hotel to rest up for round 2 of the Pain tomorrow!
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Thanks to Stephanie for helping us out today with photos (as seen in this blog), tomorrow she's back to Seattle to cover Adam Ant and with one less of us shooting this event its gonna be an insane Day 2 covering Pain in the Grass for me & Mat! Watch for my Day 2 blog later today!
"Iron" Mike Savoia