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  1. SonicSleuth

    Rock Werchter 2019

    I would love to see them try to get Faith No More back. They were at RW in 2015, and haven't toured or recorded since, but they are such an interesting band and a rare get it would make what seems a pretty boring lineup more interesting. As an American, I can skip a stone and have it bounce off five festivals with Metallica, Muse, Florence, etc... so I want some weird, wild stuff.
  2. SonicSleuth

    Mad Cool 2018

    Just one outsiders' opinion, from someone who went to both Rock Werchter and Mad Cool in the last two weeks. I truly enjoyed both festivals, but I would choose RW 100/100 over Mad Cool in the future, if you're traveling for the festival. The lineups were very, very similar. But RW was run so, so much better. Although I did love the late start, so it wasn't an entire day of standing in the heat. Who would think that the Belgian festival would be the one with the oppressive sun? Thankfully, Mad Cool is still very, very new. Hopefully next year the gigantic entry lines on day one are tamed. That would go a far way to winning back some fans!
  3. SonicSleuth

    Mad Cool 2018

    This pit safety argument is dumb. People should be able to go to a concert and be safe, any other argument is completely irresponsible. No matter how much they paid, people shouldn't be getting crushed just because others feel like it. Have some common sense. As for Massive Attack, I get it, some of you are apologists. They're in the wrong, period. Nobody else cancelled their sets. Fans bought tickets because they wanted to see MA, and they didn't. Again... NOBODY else cancelled their sets. The Loop sounded great no matter what else was happening. They douched out, period, and deserve to be called out for it.
  4. SonicSleuth

    Mad Cool 2018

    Agreed completely. I wondered at first why NIN was on the Main stage with Depeche on the side... Until they both played. Holy hell NIN crushed it, and their onstage cameras made the show look great from far away. (I was up close, but there were lots who weren't) Pearl Jam and NIN cemented their legacy as powerhouse live bands yet again. Rock is not dead. The 90s are not irrelevant.
  5. SonicSleuth

    Mad Cool 2018

    There is no ZERO. They dropped out two days ago. Did you not attend THiS festival? This is the SECOND festival I've attended that they dropped out. Great that you've had luck, but they're focking douchebags.
  6. SonicSleuth

    Mad Cool 2018

    Dude, you're on crack. Massive Attack have cancelled plenty of shows. This was the *second* time they've dropped out of a festival *I've* attended personally. This was just one year ago: http://www.allthingsloud.com/festival-news-massive-attack-anderson-paak-cancel-down-the-rabbit-hole-appearances
  7. SonicSleuth

    Mad Cool 2018

    It was Massive Attack's fault. Somehow the Loop was running all festival long without some prat deciding he was too special to play... Or even tell the fans the problem. You think Pearl Jam would have refused to play? Gimme a break. People came to this festival specifically to see Massive Attack. They lost many fans today.
  8. SonicSleuth

    Mad Cool 2018

    I think we can all agree on one thing: FUCK Massive Attack. I waited over 90 minutes at the rail while we chanted and people threw garbage on stage. Never again.
  9. SonicSleuth

    Mad Cool 2018

    Anybody who says the lines weren't bad is on crack. The queues everywhere were incredible. That said, the bands are amazing. The sound is fantastic. The grounds are beautiful. The giant screens are a godsend. But the water, the lines, the long walk to get in or out.. not great. They have their hearts in the right place, but it still needs work.
  10. SonicSleuth

    Rock Werchter 2018

    It's almost impossible to recall how many great acts I saw this weekend. I come in with my own biases, but of those I saw, a handful were absolutely genius perfect. Some were very good. Others were some good, some bad. Perfect: Pearl Jam, NIN, Anderson .Paak, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, David Byrne Very good: Queens of the Stone Age, CHVRCHES, MGMT, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (it was very, very loud at points, making it kind of tough to love), George Ezra, The Last Internationale Good: Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, The Kooks Gorillaz and Arctics had the same problem... They neutered a wild crowd with slow paced tunes that are pretty new and not very sing-along styled. Nick Cave too slow songs and masterfully turned them into performance art. David Byrne did the same with pop songs. And the great bands just took that crowd energy and turned it into gold. The six bands I mentioned as great didn't have a single lull in their sets, they just kept the energy flowing. They might have one song people didn't love, but they're follow it immediately with something great. And the Barn for NIN, .Paak, and Byrne were amazing. Loved this fest, and I'm sure I forgot stuff.
  11. SonicSleuth

    Rock Werchter 2018

    Well, that makes more sense than what I was thinking when I read "ear buds".
  12. SonicSleuth

    Rock Werchter 2018

    Okay, I don't understand this part... ear buds? For what? Are you suggesting they're listening to other music while at a concert? Legit confused by this statement.
  13. SonicSleuth

    Mad Cool 2018

    Crazy suggestion: Don't be hungover? Bring a nice hangover cure or maybe don't drink to insane proportions, and then go see the museums and such. Or just go to the beach and get some Vitamin A.
  14. SonicSleuth

    Rock Werchter 2018

    System of a Down is not really a band to compare *anybody* with as far as audience reaction goes... maybe Rage Against the Machine. Those are the only shows I've been to where the crowd was so insane they nearly shut the show down.... and one time, they did. Foos attract every kind of fan... old, young, casual, mental... and they tour all the time. SOAD rarely tour and attract the moshiest of mosh pits.
  15. SonicSleuth

    Rock Werchter 2018

    Getting incredibly stoked for this festival. While listening to Nine Inch Nails today I reflected on my favorite moment from one of their concerts ever... the video montage for "Right Where it Belongs" on the NIN/QotSA "With Teeth" tour. Here's a cam of that.
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