Chris Loomis

HED PE / Mushroomhead @ City National Grove of Anaheim – 5/30/2012

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The duo of HED PE and Mushroomhead have been touring together once again in 2012 for the HED2Head3 tour this time bringing along industrial rockers American Head Charge. The HED2Head3 tour brought this diverse musical outing to the City National Grove in Anaheim on Wed night May 30 for a mid-week musical massacre.

American Head Charge has had many ups and downs since their rise to popularity in 2001 and this is their first tour in years since the band has reformed after the death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson. A new EP in the mix titled Interstice and a fresh outlook on the music industry made for a killer performance. It was obvious much of the crowd was there to see AHC as lots of headbanging and sing alongs were in full effect. Singer Cameron Heacock sounded great and the entire band was tight and delivered a high energy performance. It is obvious American Head Charge is back!

Next up was the alternative/heavy/electro-industrial machine known as Mushroomhead. The 2012 version of Mushroomhead features new members Dr. F on bass and Church on guitar replacing long time members Pig Benis and Gravy respectively. Sporting their trademark masks with all members wearing gray/black/white camouflage fatigues (except co-lead singer Jeffrey Nothing who wore a serial killer type trench coat) entertained the die-hard Mushroomhead fans for 60 minutes with their active stage presence and diverse extreme music. Band member Stitch made his way out into the crowd a few times during the set which sent fans into a frenzy and the colorful water drums on each side of the stage makes their set as visually awesome as the music. In addition to the multiple drummers in the band the dual vocal attack of Jeffrey Nothing and Waylon add to the brilliance of seeing Mushroomhead live.

The night’s headliner HED PE (from nearby Huntington Beach) came out to a loud energetic crowd chanting the HED PE, HED PE, HED PE and burst into their punk fueled hip-hop onslaught filled with songs focused on sex and marijuana. HED PE delivered a fun, high energy show and gave their diehard fans a full 80 minutes of G-punk ear candy.

A cleverly named tour – HED2HEAD3 (seeing the three main bands have HED or Head in their names) this show continues to be popular gathering of diverse bands and hopefully a HED2HEAD4 will come our way in the future.

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