SATURDAY 9/7/13: 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 / MINDSET EVOLUTION 3:55 - 4:20 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
Really excited for this day! Ya know my Alice in Chains bros are playing as well as the Walking Papers, Mom's Rocket and Windowpane! Starting the show off on the ColdCock Herbal Whiskey
stage was Seattle's own Mom's Rocket
! I've done photo work on their last 2 CD's so I know these guys pretty good. Bad ass hard rock band that really opened some eyes with their big full rock sound. What a killer sound system that stage had. Is Jason Celestine one of the best guitarist in the Seattle area or what!? The bald-headed Eddie Van Halen with his own style and flair!
Soon as they were done I had to go shoot the Walking Papers meet and greet so I missed a couple bands but did get to shoot a couple shots of Seattle's Osatia
. Never heard of them but definitely wanna check them out more! Wasn't too worried missing the couple other bands because I knew I was going to the next stop on tour (Uproar) in Ridgefield to catch and shoot the bands I missed. Next band I saw was on the Zippo Encore stage
and it was none other than (not scheduled) Mindset Evolution
! Since their show yesterday didn't have anyone there for 3/4th of their set because of the gates opening a little late, they were asked and allowed to play again today. They destroyed it. Really seeing this band in the future of rock. Had a little fun with them before they hit the stage with a band shot.
After running around covering some KISW radio interviews, Alice in Chains meet and greet and the Walking Papers soundcheck, I got back up the hill to the American Music Kisw Loud and Local Stage in time for Endino's Earthworm. Yes famed Seattle producer Jack Endino! A great blend of interesting garage guitar rock. Over to the Zippo stage to catch Danko Jones play. Me and Jack Endino gotta hang with Danko earlier. He's a big fan of Seattle rock.
There's no one like Danko Jones
. Rock in roll that grabs you by the throat, tickles your ribs and as a favor puts a foot right up your ass. Ha! His sexually charged, tongue and cheek lyrics are pretty entertaining. "First Date
" and "I Think Bad Thoughts
The Dead Daises
hit the ColdCock stage and wow, veterans galore in this band. Guns 'n Roses guys Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, Thin Lizzy's bassist Marco Mendoza etc. Singer Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS) had a broken leg and thumb but still jumped out of his stage chair to rock out when he could. Classic rock with a modern edge!
Off to the main stage. Unfortunately Seattle's hardest working unsigned rock band Windowpane
went on the Loud & Local stage at the same time as the Walking Papers did on the main so I missed them. The Walking Papers
supergroup features rock legend Duff McKagan (GNR) on bass, Barrett Martin (Mad Season/Screaming Trees) on drums, Benjamin Anderson (Keyboards) and Jeff Angell (Vocals/guitar) of The Missionary Position
rounded out the band lineup. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready plays with the band when he can and was hoping for a surprise showing but it didn't happen. Not a big deal cause the band killed it as they usually do together with their heavy down tuned blues-based grit rock. One of the best new bands and albums of the year
Next up was Coheed and Cambria
. A band that incorporates its albums with corresponding comic books that tell a science fiction storyline called The Amory Wars, a story written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez. Claudio is also known for his crazy hair! The Cousin Itt of metal. Coheed and Cambria
incorporate aspects of progressive/punk rock, pop, metal and more. Never really caught my ear or eyes live with their style but they seem to get on a lot of recent tours so I might check them out more a little more.
was up next. Had a funny moment earlier in the day with them backstage as I saw guitarist Dave Navarro
give their tour manager a fohawk cut.
Perry Farrell & Dave Navarro with their other Jane's Addiction's members rocked it for a good hour playing all their hits and fan favorites. Underground/Mountain Song/Just Because/Been Caught Stealing/Another Soulmate/Three Days/Ocean Size/Stop!/Ted, Just Admit It/Jane Says
Then there was the band everyone was waiting to see, the mighty Alice in Chains
! They shook the Gorge canyon's with this killer 13 song setlist of: Rain When I Die/Hollow/Again/Check My Brain/Got Me Wrong/Them Bones/Stone/We Die Young/It Ain't Like That/Nutshell/Man in the Box/Would?/Rooster. Spectacular LED video screen visuals with their set. AIC showed everyone who's still boss in the rock world!
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Another KISW Pain in the Grass showing is done. This was definitely the ultimate one of them all!!
"Iron" Mike Savoia