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Riot Fest 2017: No Dicks on the Dancefloor

Riot Fest once again proved itself to be the music fest for grownups. Grownups in black t-shirts.

While all the other big festivals rotate the same dozen headliners, it’s great that Riot Fest has retained its punk rock focus. Maybe not as strictly as during its first several years as a multi-venue festival, but most of the performers still fall somewhere along the punk rock spectrum. And even the ones who don’t play distorted guitars could be said to have a punk rock attitude. Gotta respect that.

Riot Fest sometimes gets accused of cashing in on nostalgia. Sure, a lot of the bands peaked 20 or 30 years ago (or more). But the fact that they’re still around and kicking ass is a testament not only to their survival but to our own. We should all hope we age as gracefully as the most of these artists (Al Jourgensen excepted).

Headliners this year were Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and a reunited Jawbreaker, playing their first full show in 21 years (other than a couple warm up gigs around San Francisco last month). The headliners get the big font on the poster, but fest diehards know that the undercard is always where the action is.

It was hot and sunny when we got to the park on Friday. You never know what you’re going to get in September in Chicago, but you can usually count on at least some rain. The line to get in was down the block and security was being thorough. I heard one guy complaining that they had opened his cardboard cigarette case the wrong way and wrecked it. A woman behind me was worried she was going to miss X, who she had last seen in 1983 with the Replacements opening up for them! Don’t worry, she made it in with time to spare.

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New Danzig video: Last Ride

Video: Danzig – “Last Ride”

Danzig "Last Ride"

From Black Laden Crown, out now on Nuclear Blast. Directed by Glenn Danzig.

Oh Glenn. It’s easy to laugh at Danzig. He takes himself so seriously. And he’s lonely! He could definitely use a hug.

But I am so happy he’s still around, doing what he does. And seeing the Misfits play Riot Fest last year was a hightlight of my life, even if his lungs were out of shape.

This song sounds better than that first song off this new album we heard back in April, but that’s a low bar. Danzig would benefit from using an outside producer who could help bring out what he does best. This is not that.

Danzig is playing Danzig III: How the Gods Kill at Riot Fest on Saturday, September 16, at 5:20 PM.

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Loftus on Danzig

Over at Detour, Johnny Loftus covers the new Lost Tracks of Danzig:

Whether these tracks were actually lost, or if they’re just some rough sketches Glenn had laying around next to his collection of sub-Boris Vallejo grease pencil folk art isn’t important, at least to the rest of us: Danzig fanatics are going to get this set, and the rest of us are going to poke fun at it. And that’s why those song titles are so awesome.

He’s starting shit with Andrew WK and Steven Seagal, too, so read the rest. And when those three thicknecks finally gang up on scrawny Johnny Anus, he’ll find out what “Pain is Like an Animal” is really all about!

Previously: Andrew WK: Crazy in the Coconut and The Strokes: Fell in Love with You before the Second Show.