NIN, A Perfect Circle, Mastodon, Gojira, Run The Jewels, Eagles of Death metal, Highly Suspect, August Burns Red, Nothing More, and He is Legend... those were just a few of the bands that took the stage at day 1 of Aftershock 2017. With a line up this powerful, it was no surprise to see the fans in front of the stages asses to elbows all the way to the horizon.
This day fulfilled a bucket list item for me. In my high school yearbook in the "where will you be in 10 years" section I wrote “traveling the world and being Trent Renzor's (NIN) photographer. On this day, thanks to Aftershock and Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP), that dream was a reality for 3 songs. As a forever fan, I have been going to see this band live since the 90’s. They put on a set that included old school NIN and the newer music. I was over the moon to hear” Something I can Never Have “ live. I could go on all day about how epic NIN is, but if you were at Aftershock you know they gave a stellar performance.
Eagles of Death Metal is a band that makes me smile as hard as I rock out to them. Starting the set with lead vocalist Jesse Hughes roaring across the stage on his mini-bicycle, to jamming a set list of songs that make you rock hop (that is my mix of sock hop meets rock), EODM always makes new fans everytime they play. They wowed the crowd at Aftershock.
Highly Suspect is one band that is a must-see. Sure they have plenty of hits and several Grammy award nominations, but you have to see them to appreciate them. Johnny has smooth, sexy vocals that match his smooth and sexy saunter. Highly Suspect made love to the Aftershock crowd and left them begging for more.
August Burns Red supplied the hard and heavy for Aftershock day 1. There is never a dull moment on stage when this band comes out. The best way to describe their set is forceful. For the music fans who wanted to go to the more metal end of the music experience of Aftershock, August Burn Red was the band to see.
He Is Legend is highly explosive in sound. I feel like there is never a stage big enough to hold them because they really do use every inch of space and then some during their set. The guitar player is a beast on stage. There really is no other way to describe him. The drummer never quits smiling. The bass player rips it. Then there is the lead vocalist, Schuylar Croom, who visually reminds you of Sexy Jim Morrision, and in some ways, he performs like him in the respect he leaves his body and goes into the music. The sound is pure rock the way it ought to be. Keep an eye out for our interview with the band coming to Tattoo.com soon by ROCKwell UnScene.
Stay tuned to Tattoo.com for coverage of day 2 at Aftershock 2017 by ROCKwell UnScene Magazine.
Written by Mischievous Mel - ROCKwell UnScene Magazine