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http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/08/21/x- ... -rock-showX-cellent rock show 3
House of Pain, Weezer wow crowd at Fort Calgary
By Lisa Wilton ,Calgary Sun
First posted: Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:37:12 MDT PM
“This is going to be the best concert of the year … 1994.”
“The lineup is amazing … if it was 20 years ago.”
These and similarly sarcastic barbs were levelled at X-Fest 2011 since the one-day musical festival was announced in May.
Granted, the event’s main draws Jane’s Addiction, Weezer, Social Distortion and House of Pain may have had their biggest successes during the 1990s, but it’s unfair to dismiss X-Fest as some kind of retro party.
That’s not to say many of the 13,000 people who took in Saturday’s X-Fest 2011 at Fort Calgary weren’t reliving their misspent youth.
Rural Alberta Advantage singer Nils Edenloff perhaps best summed up the crowd’s feelings when he said his “little high school self would be amazed that we’re playing a festival with Weezer and Jane’s Addiction.”
There were indeed some happy faces waiting for Jane’s Addiction’s first Calgary performance and Weezer’s first local gig in nine years.
But the inclusion of Toronto indie rock trio Rural Alberta Advantage, fast-rising California act Awolnation, as well as Calgary’s The Dudes, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Black Phoenix Orchestra evened out the old guard vs. new(ish) faces ratio nicely.
Early afternoon sets by Fitzgerald and The Dudes attracted slightly bigger crowds than Black Phoenix’s and the popular local acts pulled out all the stops.
Fitzgerald was joined by a three-piece horn section and had his audience helping out on backing foot stomps and hand clapping, while The Dudes rocked out a little harder than usual.
House Pain took to the stage 15 minutes late, but made up for their tardiness with a surprisingly funky set.
Rapper Danny Boy O’Connor was a no-show and lead man Everlast said his bandmate and several members of their crew were denied entry into the country by Canada Border Services Agency.
The group’s set lasted only about 30 minutes, but it was one of the most energetic half- hours of the day.
Everlast dropped a couple of weed references, ridiculed Canada Border Services Agency and had the crowd bouncing to HoP classics Shamrocks and Shenanigans, Jump Around and Everlast’s solo hit, What It’s Like.
Awolnation frontman Aaron Bruno’s animated presence matched the group’s intense electro-tinged alt. rock.
Less dynamic was veteran punk band Social Distortion.
Led by singer-guitarist Mike Ness, Social D sounded tight and Ness was in a chatty mood, but the energy seen in past shows just wasn’t there.
That said, Social D’s song selection was impeccable for their alloted time.
Newer tracks such as Machine Gun Blues fit in perfectly with favourites Bad Luck, Mommy’s Little Monster and The Story of My Life.
The inaugural X-Fest wasn’t without its problems. Long lineups at food kiosks were annoying, but the lack of washroom facilities had festival-goers fuming.
Thankfully, Weezer’s amazing 80-minute set was enough to (mostly) forgive X-Fest for any disorganization.
Like Social D, Weezer crammed their set with well-known hits and fan favourites such as Buddy Holly, Beverly Hills, Undone (The Sweater Song), and Say It Ain’t So.
Not only did they kill it with their own hits, their covers of Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks and Radiohead’s Paranoid Android were brilliant.
Jane’s Addiction wrapped up the festival with a slick ’n’ sleazy performance that was as eye-catching as it was eardrum pounding.
The set began with a stomach-churning stunt performed by two scantily clad female acrobats who swung across the stage using a contraption connected to the piercings on their backs.
Sinewy singer Perry Farrell still oozes charisma, although his stage banter was usually either cheesy or perplexing.
Guitarist Dave Navarro demonstrated why he’s considered one of rock’s best guitarists. He’s an excellent technical player but never plays more than the song requires.
Despite decent renditions of rock staples Just Because and Been Caught Stealing, the crowd never reached the level of excitement it did during Weezer’s set.
Checkout the link above for some pics from the show.
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Janes HAS TO..and I mean NEEDS TO jam on thier old staples the way they did at Vibes. I can't even watch the same note for note versions of Aint no Right, Mountain or any other song. I have no idea if it's Perry or Dave's laziness..But EVERYONE has heard all these songs. They are getting really stale because they simply Refuse to ever play ONE new note in any of these songs! I don't even care if they refuse to change the set list, but they fucking need to mix the songs up a bit. Please Janes, refer to the way you played at Vibes.