With our media credentials already in hand, Day 2 started off much more laid back than Day 1. On a day that would be made up of copious amounts of head banging, a calm start was a good way to prepare.
The weather was still grey, but the majority of the rain was gone, as was the thunder and lightning. When we finally arrived at Memorial Stadium there were even a few moments where the sun peaked out while The Melvins thrashed on stage. We got there just as they were finishing their set, but judging by their fans’ faces, they didn’t disappoint.
Next up on Day 2 was a band who I have been waiting years to see in person, alternative rockers, Brand New. It’s not that they haven’t been here before, it’s just that my schedule has always seemed to work against seeing them live. Their surprise hit album, Deja Entendu will forever go down as one of my favorite albums ever made. I am a huge fan to say the least. Lead singer, Jesse Lacey walked out on stage donning a NY Giants beanie and didn’t waste any time in getting things started as he screamed into the mic.
The band played a mixture of songs from every one of their albums including “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades”, “Seventy Times 7”, “Jesus Christ” and even played “I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light” and “Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t” back to back, without pause as they are heard on Deja Entendu. The Long Island natives stuck to what they do best and didn’t waste too much time with small talk as their loyal fans (myself included) erupted at the start of each and every song. I could have listened to an hour or more of them on stage, but that’s just me being greedy.
Being that Brand New is one of both Tom and mine’s favorite bands of all time, it was going to be hard for anyone to top them. We had a couple hours to spare before Social Distortion hit the main stage, so we headed back to The Armory for some grub. After – yet another – Greek Salad Sandwich from Kabab and a Premier Meat Pie for Tom, as well as a quick run in with Kate Flannery aka Meredith from The Office, we were ready to head back to Memorial Stadium where we would stay put for the rest of our Bumbershoot 2015 experience.
Memorial Stadium was a little quieter than usual Sunday evening, as a huge crowd waited outside of Key Arena for another Bumbershoot headliner, Zedd. That said, the hundreds that showed up for Social Distortion got their money’s worth as the 53 year old, Mike Ness proved that age is just number. From start to finish, besides a few new songs sprinkled in here and there, it was as if we had been transported back to the 80’s when punk rock was actually punk rock. Ness frequently told stories between songs and interacted with the audience throughout their time on stage. Toward the end of their set, Social Distortion teased the crowd who begged for their cover of Johnny Cash’s mega hit “Ring of Fire” by starting off with “Folsom Prison Blues” instead. However, as expected, they went from one Cash hit to the next and blasted out their popular remake much to the delight of everyone there.
The final band of the night (for us at least) was Faith No More. Another band who I had never seen in person and very excited to see rock Seattle. Given the smaller crowds at Memorial Stadium, we were able to get up pretty close to the stage as the crew, decked out in all white decorated the stage of the same color with bouquets of flowers in preparation for Mike Patton taking the mic. Once Patton did come out on stage, it was very apparent that we were going to be in for a real treat. Some people are just born to be performers and Patton certainly fits that bill. There was talk before the show that the band hadn’t been playing their smash hit “Epic” very much on their recent tour.
After playing a mixture of other hits, covers and rarities including “Caffeine” and The Commodores’ “Easy”, the familiar opening to “Epic” started and everyone went crazy. Keyboardist, Roddy Bottum started much of the banter between songs at one point telling the crowd they “looked great” while Patton responded with “Meh….I don’t know……looks like a bunch of hippies to me! This is what happens when you don’t invite us back for 30 years! You turn into hippies!”.
I couldn’t find any proof in my brief google search as to whether it had actually been 30 years, but I will take Patton’s word for it…and really people……that is far too long. Patton and the gang closed out the night with a cover of the Bee Gees’ “I Started a Joke” and put an exclamation point on Bumbershoot 2015 for us.
To hear so many different sounds in basically the same genre, as well as several generations grace the stage was an absolute treat and I will never forget any of the greats we got to see on Day 2.
I won’t give away too much, but up next is Day 3 through the eyes of Head Writer, Wyndi May and Owner/VP, Aaron Mannari and all I can say? Their snap chats from the day made me extremely jealous I missed it.
Thank you Bumbershoot for allowing us to cover the event again this year. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2016.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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