Paul Hebert

Epicenter Festival @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – 9/22/2012

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The Epicenter festival returned to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine for this years installment. The festival which is now in it’s fourth year seems to be regaining some steam – it started off with a bang in 2009 with its inaugural event held at the Fairplex in Pomona which featured performances from Alice In Chains, Linkin Park, Arteyu, Tool, Hollywood Undead, Street Sweeper Social Club, and many others. They followed that year by expanding to a two day festival in 2009 with day one hosting acts like DMX, Kiss, Eminem, Bush, Papa Roach, House of Pain, and many others. Day two featured acts Rise Against, 30 Seconds to Mars, Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Religion, A Day To Remember, and Blink 182. That two day festival was one of the best festivals to date, it was just held at a horrible venue, the parking lot of the Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, CA. Last years installment was probably one of the worst yet, with headliners being Limp Bizkit, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach (2 years in a row) Buckcherry, P.O.D. and more. The lineup definitely left lots to be desired, and received pretty mixed reviews by the critics.

The announcement of the 2012 lineup was very promising and the show did not disappoint, with performance from Stone Temple Pilots, Bush (for the 2nd time), Chevelle, Scars on Broadway, Deftones, and Dead Sara on the main stage. The highlight of the main stage once again had to be Dead Sara, this band continues to steal the show at every event they perform at. The passion that this band plays with is simply amazing. Bush put on a spectacular performance with vocalist Gavin Rossdale leaving the stage and venturing up and down the aisle all the way up to the lawn all the while performing 1 ½ songs – that is simply amazing.

Hopefully this festival will once again rise to the great event that it was in 2010.

Where are the Scars on Broadway, and Stone Temple Pilots photos you ask? Well both bands presented us with a photo release in which they would own the copyright to the photos to use as they wish (CD, Posters, Calendars, etc) without compensation of any kind to the photographer, so we declined to photograph the artist, which makes millions off of selling their artwork (music), but wants to take our artwork for free – No Thanks.

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