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Review: Notes From The Warped Tour ’05, Randall Island, NY

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“All I Want”
The Offspring

Day after day your home life’s a wreck
The powers that be just
Breathe down your neck
You get no respect
You get no relief
You gotta speak up
And yell out your piece
So back off your rules
Back off your jive
Cause I’m sick of not living
To stay alive
Leave me alone
I’m not asking a lot
I just don’t want to be controlled
That’s all I want…

The Warped Tour ’05 rolled into the Big Apple in a huge cloud of dust that never settled for the entire day on Saturday. The dirt on Randalls island, where the show was held, was powder fine and dry as a bone. There was a moderate breeze blowing almost continuously which did help make the hundred degree heat bearable but which also kicked up the dust and deposited a fine layer of it on and in everything including thousands of sweaty concert goers. By the end of the day it looked like a massive mud wrestling event had taken place.

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I got to the show a little late (4pm) in the day as I had made a VERY necessary trip to the dentist first. I did get to see The Offspring though which had been my primary goal in attending. I also saw My Chemical Romance and about ten other bands on the various stages that were scattered around the festival grounds.

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The Offspring ROCKED. They sounded great and it didn’t take long for their lead singer Dexter Holland to get the audience whipped into an arm waving, moshing frenzy. At one point in the show he threatened to whip out his “hose” and squirt down the audience to cool them off….. Then he did. His hose was a fire hose that had been put to one side of the stage and believe me, the spray from the hose felt damn good to those of us in the audience as he sprayed us down.

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For me though the most memorable event of the day was “finding” a band called Opiate For The Masses tucked away on one of the many sub-stages. After watching them perform live I just had to hear their new CD. I got a copy at the concert and have been listening to it ever since.

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I am totally in love with their music. I would call the sound something in the realm of Audioslave or the Foo Fighters with perhaps a dash of the Chili Peppers mixed in. It is a good sound and they have both their stage presence and their music very tight (like the head on “Jenna”, their drummer’s favorite drum) and practiced. It amazes me that they weren’t one of the bands headlining the show, that is how good they are.

If you click on the band’s name above you will go to their website where you can Stream their music or watch a video of their song “Heaven” which is on their new album. I like their look in general and think that their cover art on their CD is totally cool but wasn’t situated right to get proper photos of all of the band members.

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After their show it looked like rain so I didn’t bother with an interview, just a quick hi and then they were tearing down. I did get some rather good pictures of their lead singer, Ron Underwood, in action.

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In short it was a fantastic time. I think everyone enjoyed themselves despite the heat and the filth. Ok well the heat did reduce the amount of clothing being worn by most of the audience so maybe it did have it’s good points… The young lady pictured below was so overcome with the sights and sounds of the festival that she had to take a much deserved break, on the ground, in the middle of the crowd, just before the My Chemical Romance show…

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  • Eric Olsen

    enki, great job on this – love the pics and formatting as well as the tune. I took a few things out – I think the news is a separate post. Contact me if you have any questions. Thanks!

  • Eric Olsen

    by the way, how does the whole Hot Codez thing work?

  • http://myspace.com/elbonitogotyourback nicole

    i went to warped tour/ randall island i thought i wasnt going to have a fun time since the day before i had a fight with the person who was going with me
    but as soon as i got there i went crazy everything was going out great like all my warped tour visits i really want to go this year but i cant because i have to attend to a baptisim for my baby sister

    i really think if anybody hasnt gone to wapred tour they showed even if its for a little while <3