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I just got hooked up with passes to FYF Fest.
APC was such a sweet show last night. I ended up in the Pit, on the rail, right in front of Billy Howerdel's mic the whole night. Damn, I am such a fanboy! But those guys are just plain incredible. There are few straight up rock shows where I can distinctly remember getting goose bumps. Happened twice last night. The Package in particular continues to be a huge, thunderous beast live. Sorry I cannot see them again and this was probably their last time here.
Sooooo.... LA Live!!! Who's IN?
Caught the Tiger Army show last night.The Blasters opened and as old as they are they still rock! Tiger Army destroyed, man they were good!
As with all these types of shows there a mixed crowd: rocka/psychobillies, greasers, street punks, skins and everyday folks. Wide range of ages, saw plenty of older guys with their teenage kids. And of course all sorts of cute tattooed chicks and busty hotties dressed in form fitting rockabilly dresses.
Saw a couple of lads in the crowd sporting old school Kings hats, I had mine too, so that was cool.
A great show and a good time was by all.
Seriously someone else here must have been at RATM/Muse last night. Speak up damn you!
Awesome show. I think I will vomit out a few thoughts onto the LGK collective...
My fourth time seeing them. The damn Twighlight crap aside these guys are truly astounding live. Last night was made that much better by the fact they do tons of stadium shows in Europe. Their ability to fill a huge space with noise and visuals with just the three of them up there is remarkable. Matt Belamy is a revelation as far as his ability to play complex guitar riffs, piano, and vocals. I get it- some of you will stay off the bandwagon which is too bad. Muse is filling the massive void left behind when Freddie Mercury and Queen died.
Major sound problems early. Worst I have seen at a large concert like this. The mains completely cut out twice during the opening song. So much for creating impact. But ya know what? I thought RATM would be nonplussed but it didn't seem to phase them in the least. They plowed ahead and pretty much brought the place down. I have never seen anything as insane as the three sections of the stadium floor last night from my vantage point half way up in the seats. By the time we hit Killing In The Name there were at least 5-6 large scrums with flares going off, fires burning, general mayhem and me screaming "Fark you I won't do what you tell me!" I was momentarily 20 again.
The show was filled with meatheads. When I first got in it felt like nothing but a Bro Fest. Got in line to get a beer and heard the following exchange--
"Dude, I am getting farked up tonight! You getting farked up right?"
"Fark yea, ***** dude gotta get more beer. Get this line moving!"
"You want the rest of this one? Farkin backwash dude"
"Man, fark this let's get this going. Farkin RAGE!"
Lotsa shirtless guys who need to understand the difference between being large and actually being in shape. And just 'cause you managed a tan doesn't make it ok, bra.
Crappy, crappy place the LA Colisseum. Kept muttering to myself "it's better than the Forum, it's better than the Forum". True, but just by a hair. And wtf with nothing but Miller and Coors Lite? I found the one place that had Dos Equis and red/white wine. Needless to say that all ran out early. I thought about pulling my shirt off and accepting my fate- drink shiatty beer, act like an idiot! But I resisted.
In the end, much of the experience in the stands was saved by my concert pal who attended with me and the couple in front of us. We were all around the same age and they were just ripping it up during both bands (they also loved Rise Against- me not so much).
Great vibe, great shows by Muse and RATM. Pretty sure this was a once in a lifetime deal.
Yup, I was there, sonnyboy. I thought RATM was really good but I thought Muse was even better. I'd heard they were amazing live, but holy ****...
The sound problems during Rage's opening song (Testify, like always) were really annoying. And as much as I like them, no band attracts idiots like Rage Against the Machine. I was half-expecting a riot last night. The occasional bro-isms, I can handle. Glad most people seemed to behave themselves.
Did you have as much trouble parking as we did? After 2.5 hours, we gave up and just parked kinda far away in a residential area. Wish we'd done that as soon as we got there. We missed Lauryn Hill and El Gran Silencio, both of whom I wouldn't have minded seeing. I'd already seen Immortal Technique twice and I'm kinda over that guy so I didn't mind missing him.
Back to the show- keep in mind that RATM is just doing one-off shows these days whereas Muse is a well-oiled, touring machine. That is really the difference for me and it showed last night.
Rage delivers an amazing, high energy experience. Only those 4 guys are capable of it. But much of it is nostalgia, pulling from a time when we were all pissed off (and still are!). But where is the new material? And how about burying personal hatchets and pulling together a full blown tour? Their greatness last night underscored how pissed I am they decided not to realize their full potential.
Muse does nothing but play big shows and tour. They are at the top of their game. Few "big" bands come even close to what Muse can deliver live. Their riffing on old tunes as intros and codas to their own songs, serving to pace the set. Their stage presence. Geez just typing this is making me realize how hard it is to describe all that makes up a Muse show. I literally cannot wait to give them more of my money and see them again.
So, RATM had all the love and turned in an awesome show but at this point in time Muse are the better act. Bellamy jumping around and playing every instrument he can get his hands on expertly vs Zack who was huffing and puffing by the time People of the Sun came around. It ain't even close. Still, would see both again immediately given the chance.
I was at the show Saturday as well. We got there early so we could grab wristbands for the first GA section. One of our friends who got there early parked in a off site lot and paid $40, we parked at USC for $20, just had a bit of a walk, but we also got right in and right out.
I really didn't care for most of the early bands. I enjoyed Gran Silencio, kind of an Ozomatli light. Immortal Technique was kind of boring, spent most of the set talking and preaching while waiting for the DJ to load up the tracks on his Mac. I give Lauren Hill props for playing after having a baby. She sounded bad at the start but got better as her set went along, even though it was short. I spent most of my time during her set walking around and meeting up with some friends. I'm not a fan of Rise Against, and their set really didn't do anything to change that. I was mostly bored during it.
I wasn't really familiar with Muse, I knew maybe 2 songs from the radio and they really didn't do anything for me, but after seeing them live I'm now a convert. They were probably the best band of the night. All three are incredible musicians and they are really tight as a band with tons of energy, and light show was pretty impressive as well. I was really blown away at how good they were and now I think I need to catch up and listen to some of their stuff.
Rage was Rage. There was such a powerful build up for their set and when the first song started everyone around us just went off, it was such a disappointment when the sound cut off. The mix never really sounded that good afterwards, which was a shame because the sound was perfect for Muse. Zach appeared out of breath several times, and a few cues were off, but compared to most acts it really didn't matter. It's all about the energy and the energy from the crowd, and in that sense it was great. Probably not their best set I've seen, but even then it was still strong and loads of fun.
Walking around early on I had fears it would turn into a total brofest, but we really had no problems where we were. We had a good spot in the middle just outside a couple of the pits, and nobody was out of hand, and the front section didn't even feel that crowded, even with the few groups of people we saw break through the gates and get in.
Overall it was a pretty good show, simply for Muse and RATM. I'm still sore and hurting though, so I've got some preparing to do before going to my first Coachella next year.
So where should I begin with Muse?
Glad you guys had as good a time as we did. SB11, thanks for the offer on the parking info, but I probably won't be heading to the Coliseum again soon.
As far as Rage goes, I think you're right, sonny, when you say they never lived up to their potential. Like only releasing three albums of original material in 20 years. A tour would be great. They've been doing mostly festivals since getting back together in 2007. I saw them at Rock the Bells that year and then on Saturday. A 1.5-hour set doesn't seem like enough. Also, I was secretly hoping for a new song or something, but I knew that was asking for a lot. Zach D. and Morello are pretty wrapped up in their own projects, and I'm sure that doesn't help.
Anyway, I went to this thing to see RATM and Muse, and I thought it was totally worth it. And Schaggy, Sonny will be much more help here, but like you, I like the live Muse stuff way better than the studio stuff, so I would recommend checking out the CD from their 2007 performance at Wembley in London:
Amazon.com: Haarp: Muse: MP3 Downloads
‪Muse - Map Of The Problematique [Live From Wembley Stadium]‬‏ - YouTube
I think this is off the DVD of that performance.
I didn't go to the shows, and I didn't have much desire to, but it's nice to read your guys' thoughts.
All 3 of you should post more often!