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Black Tide, Airbourne Live

Two side stage bands blew the main stage acts away at this weekend's Rock on the Range festival: Airbourne and Black Tide. I had high expectations for both bands, and each delivered.

airbourne1.jpgAirbourne were great! I didn't own their debut album Runnin' Wild before this weekend, but after the show I made it a point to pick up the disc. The band played most songs off Runnin Wild and the crowd seemed to eat them up. Lead singer  Joel O'Keeffe screams like a madman and makes funny faces when he performs, but it all adds to the show. Airbourne deserved a main stage slot.

Black Tide are one my current favorite bands. I recently told you that their debut Light From Above rules - and they rock live, too!  Unfortunately, a bunch of morons had to ruin my experience by taking the mosh pit back way too far. At one point, the security detail encircled the pit to create a human barrier. I'll never understand why people would rather beat the shit out of one another instead of listening to music, but whatever. At any rate, Black Tide played quite a few songs off Light From Above as well as a Metallica cover from Kill 'Em All.

Black Tide are so cute - and so young. It was kind of funny watching a group of literal kids rock the faces off of people more than double their age!

blacktide1.jpgRock on the Range had something pretty cool for all the side stage bangs: an F.Y.E. tent. During the shows, F.Y.E. employees would walk through the crowd selling CDs by the band currently performing. Each CD purchase came with an autograph wrist band. I didn't participate, but I think this is a great way for up and coming acts to get some exposure and one - on - one time with new fans.  

More about Rock on the Range: 

1 - I've never seen concessions more expensive in my life. At one point I was wishing I was at freaking Disney World just to save a couple bucks. Yes, beer was $8 a bottle! A "margarita" was $10! You can imagine how much nachos cost. Parking was $15 each day too - makes me wish I owned a giant parking lot!

2 - The crowds were too violent. Seriously, DO NOT throw objects at shows. This is dangerous for both patrons and performers. Can you imagine being on stage, performing for 20 thousand people and having a beer bottle fly at your head? This isn't cute, it isn't funny and it sure as hell isn't Metal. The only thing it is? Ignorant.

3 - The main stage sound was lousy. The second stage bands were much better than the main stage acts. Most of that has to do with talent, but a lot of it was also because the main stage sound was very weak. I only noticed four suspended speakers at the sound board. When sitting in the bleachers, the sound was muffled and when standing on the field everything was distorted.

With the sound issues and high prices, I still love festivals. I firmly believe festivals are the best way to enjoy great rock music and big doses. Just remember: don't throw bottles! Rock on!


Reader Comments (16)

Black Tide rules, but I've not seen them live. Airbourne are one of the best live bands I've ever seen, certainly far and away the best band I've ever seen in an opening slot. Nothing comes close. Talk about pure energy, and pure rock n roll....

Yeah, it sucks when people get violent in the pit.
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Christian you forgot to mention that AIRBOURNE are home grown AUSSIE talent.

At least we have some true Aussie Rock emerging from our top 40 addicted nation.
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
Glad to hear you had a great time at the show...Both bands rock..Talk to you soon =)
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Seb Bach would've sorted out any bottle throwers..
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Billy, you got that right. I saw them at the Forum in Melb. They were amazing.
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Love airbourne - there album is just pure out and out Rock and Roll. i have just purchased a Black tide item off ebay on your recommendation - lets hope thay as good as you say.
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRed6ixx
Glad you got your first taste of Airbourne, Allyson! They really do kick ass live. Running Wild has been one of my favorite CD's for several months now.

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May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob Rockitt
Oh, and a friend mind went to the Rock on the Range show in 2007, and people were throwing stuff then too. WTF is wrong with Ohio concert goers?!
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob Rockitt
Thats so true...ONLY PRIMITIVE IDIOTS get violent and put other peoples lives in danger during live concerts...they dont deserve to be there !!!!!!
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXavier
black tide definitely kicks ass
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJay
Allyson, Black Tide? Really?
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVince Neilstein
I've been singing Airbourne's praises since the day their cd was finally released here. I'm going to see them tonight, in a small club. Should be fun.
I got Black Tide too. I think it's good. I haven't listened to it in a while, I need to do that today. Right now, I'm blasting Vains of Jenna, with Faster Pussycat's debut on deck.

I don't understand pits. It's not fun. It's not angst. It's stupidity. Pay money to go to a show, to not watch the show, instead jump around and beat on people while others are beating on you.
I love it when the security grabs a couple of moshers and just wails on them. The morons always say the same thing, "We weren't doing anything. Just having a good time." Well, the security were just doing their job. They get paid to be there to beat on idiots.Which makes them smarter than the fucktards who pay to get into the show just to beat on someone or get beat on themselves.
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRandy
Airbourne are absolutely incredible! I was lucky enough to see them in a club that only held about 400 people. I know next time they come back, it'll be in a MUCH bigger venue. These guys are gonna be huge.
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVicky
Yeah Christian I saw them open for Motorhead in Sydney and they kicked major ass. The thing with Airbourne is their songs when played live have produce this ANTHEM feeling with some bands are still trying to fine tune in their lives shows today but these guys from sheep shearing sheads of Warnambool in Victoria Australia seem to do it with ease.
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
I missed Black Tide. I missed all the bands on the second stage. Damn it. :(

But there was one really amazing thing that happened on the main stage that I can't believe you didn't mention: Kid Rock and Rev Run. It was freaking amazing! I can't believe I got to see Rev Run live! Woohoo! :) I guess Rev Run isn't even close to being glam, but it was still impressive nonetheless.
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
Black Tide kicks so much ass. The song Live fast die young is amazing. These guys are a breathe of fresh air on the metal scene.
May 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

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