Monday, May 2, 2011
Concert review: EdgeFest 21 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco (April 30)
Where were the hipsters?
FRISCO Those who grew up in Dallas-Fort Worth and like rock music definitely know of Edgefest, or more likely, are avid annual attendees. The mega-concert hosted by 102.1 The Edge has been going strong for more than two decades. The 21st edition Saturday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco featured national acts like Jane’s Addiction, Weezer, and Neon Trees to name a few, as well as the winner of the station’s local band competition, North of Autumn. Here are a few of the highlights from this year’s edition.
The weather: Did it get a little hot? Yeah. Did I see some people who will be taking very painful showers for the next few days? Oh yeah. But remember, they used to have this thing in the middle of the summer at the present-day Gexa Energy Pavilion, then known as Smirnoff Music Center. Anyone who remembers those days is surely appreciative of the calendar change to late April, plus the friendlier confines of Pizza Hut Park.
Jane’s Addiction gets show going: Perry Farrell is nothing if not a showman. Jane’s Addiction started their set with smoke bombs and suspended aerial dancers.
Weezer goes old school: Going in expecting to hear mostly stuff from Weezer's newer records like Raditude and Hurley, I was lukewarm about seeing them – that was until they started their set with “The Sweater Song” and proceeded to roll through hit after hit from their first three albums. In fact, all but about three or four songs came from Weezer (The Blue Album), Pinkerton, or Weezer (The Green Album). They even dove into some deeper cuts like “In the Garage” and “Only in Dreams.” It was easily the best set at EdgeFest.
Seether covers Nirvana: We cringe anytime a band covers Nirvana. That's holy ground. But as Seether kicked into a version of “Heart Shaped Box,” it was just really good.
Flogging Molly really likes Ireland: They made sure we knew where their homeland is. Whether it be with political preludes to the song or a sly comment about the effects the Texas sun has on a cup full of Guinness, these guys talked a lot about Ireland. They know how to party like the Irish, too.
A Day To Remember goes crazy: The craziest set of the day goes to A Day To Remember: toilet paper, beach balls, and mosh pits. What more could you ask for from a rock show? The mosh pits were downright brutal.
EdgeFest experiences hipster shortage: Maybe this should be under “lowlights” of EdgeFest, but there was a serious shortage of hipsters at EdgeFest. All these bands are pretty mainstream, we suppose, and we don't recall seeing any Pabst Blue Ribbon for sale.
OK, maybe we get it.
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