Gratitude is the answer to everything these days. Riot party intrinsically knows this. Throughout the four days of the festival, this feeling permeated the grounds of Douglas Park. Whether it be Billy Corgan of Crush pumpkins repeatedly professing his love for Chicago or Flaming lips‘ Wayne coyne performing from a human hamster ball to keep fans safe, the importance of this year’s festival has not been lost on them. At a time when so many other events had been wiped out, it’s amazing that the festival took place – that live music is back. These are some of the highlights.
Joyce Manor tore them eponymous album, playing it in its entirety. Full album playthroughs are a long-standing tradition of Riot Fest, offering fans a chance to hear songs that are rarely played live or revel in nostalgia. With most of the tracks being one or two minute bursts, the band had enough time to go through 10 more songs. This included a blanket of My chemical romance‘s “Helena”, where the crowd vehemently spat every word.
Patti Smith and her group
“I’m not trying to sound learned or cool; I just can’t fucking see, ” Patti smith joked at the start of her ensemble as she wore a pair of sunglasses. That’s the problem with her, however: her effortless poise has always been an integral part of her craft. She hiked 10 trails, including one Bob dylan cover (“One Too Many Mornings”) and several tracks from Patti Smith Group. Between songs, Smith even signed a vinyl copy of his 1975 debut album, Horses, for a fan in the crowd. “I did my job. I’m coming home, ”she joked after returning it. For the final number, a medley of “Land” and “Gloria”, Smith practiced so much that she stayed on stage panting before releasing herself into the song.
The Smashing Pumpkins
The joy Smashing Pumpkins felt at performing their first show of the year, in their hometown, was palpable throughout their headlining game. Eager to perform songs from their most recent release, CYR, “The Color Of Love”, “Wyttch” and “Ramona” made their live debuts. However, the group devoted a significant part of their setlist to the classics. This included Mellon collie favorites “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”, “1979”, “Tonight, Tonight” and “Zero”. They also dusted off “Quiet” (siamese dream) and “Overwrite” (Gish), their first performance of the songs in 27 and 13 years, respectively.
When KennyHoopla came on the scene, he didn’t start singing. He just looked out, shaking his head in disbelief as he measured the crowd. “Honestly, I’m so speechless, and I’m too nervous to speak,” he said, his throat tightening. The artist quickly embarked on “silence is also an answer //”And ended up incorporating every song that year GUILT OF SURVIVORS mixtape in his set. The crowd was impatient and willing to give him back all his explosive energy. Now imagine what it will be like if he performs an album in sequence.
DEVO are as timeless as they are strange. During their hour-long set, the group never failed to entertain. This included costume changes, where they went from wearing their red energy domes to yellow hazmat suits to monkey masks (which in some ways seemed to be the most surreal parts of a hallucinogenic journey). They also gave fans three consecutive songs from their debut album: “Mongoloid,” Uncontrollable Urge “and” Jocko Homo “.
Throughout their set of an hour and more, Noose interpreted classics (“Wait And Bleed”, “Eyeless”) and new favorites (“Unsainted”, “Nero Forte”), relentless in their ferocity. “Slowly, smartly but surely we get out of this shit, but the only way to do it is to fuck together”, the leader Corey taylor stressed towards the end of their set. “There is no room for bullshit. There’s no place not to be on the same fucking page.