|Imagine this with Suicidal Tendencies playing "Send Me Your Money" in the background. MONEY.|
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Of course, a music festival wouldn't be a music festival without bands, and hoo boy, if you love '90s and '00s arena rock, you'll love this lineup. Day one features Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Seether, Clutch, Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust, Pop Evil, POD (POD? WAHAHAHA), and Helmet among others. Man, if you loved wearing baggy cargo pants and dreading your hair despite your whiteness, you're gonna love that lineup.
The second day improves drastically with the addition of former NXT theme song performers Coheed and Cambria, the triumphantly reunited Faith No More, Jane's Addiction, the Deftones, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) side project Eagles of Death Metal, All Time Low, Death from Above 1979, punk icons Suicidal Tendencies, Failure, and the apostate lineup of Stone Temple Pilots featuring Chester Bennington on lead vocals instead of Scott Weiland. For those who don't know, Weiland and the rest of the band are engaged in the musical equivalent of a divorce. The Linkin Park lead singer is the equivalent of the way-too-young paramour for the one divorcing party. But that's just my bitterness speaking.
Anyway, wrestling and rock music go together like lamb and tuna fish, which is a great reason why the indies have flocked to joining up with festivals like these. WWE has now adopted this part of the ethos for its boutique independent-style brand, which either is tremendous marketing or an insidious ploy to further disrupt the grounding of other indie promotions who tack onto music festivals. Depending on who you are is how you feel about this strategy. However, for the common fan, it's a win. You head over to the ring area and watch some great rasslin, then wander over to the stage to see Faith No More perform a bunch of songs that aren't "Epic" and also probably "Epic" too, because who the fuck do you think they are, Radiohead? You can't go wrong.