Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach and Others, Rock Epicenter Festival
After just two years, the Epicenter music festival has established itself as a Southern California classic.
Epicenter 2011 featured 12 hours of music and 15 bands on two stages, including Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Skillet, Everlast, Red, P.O.D., Asking Alexandria, Redlight King, Middle Class Rut, Crossfade and Drive A.
A lot of the buzz in the place was clearly driven by the fact that it was headliner Limp Bizkit's first Cali show in over a decade and their first American live performance of 2011. They didn't disappoint, but they were still just one band in raucous day that thrilled the all-but sold out house.
Outside the amphitheater, surrounding the Monster stage, a late-summer festival atmosphere was evident with lots of open-air food tents, bright sunshine, merch booths and promos being put on by show sponsor 106.7 KROQ-FM.
P.O.D., Crossfade, Redlight King, Middle Class Rut, Asking Alexandra and Drive A all cranked out 30-40 sets which got the crowd good and ready for the fireworks on the big stage.
At around 4 p.m., the Nashville-based melodic rockers Red kicked things off from there and there was no looking back.
Next came Everlast (also of House of Pain). After showcasing a few songs from his '98 smash 'Whitey Ford Sings the Blues' album and his new simmering-with-bad-economy-rage single 'I Get By,' he refused to leave the stage at his appointed time, instead bringing out his House of Pain partner DJ Lethal (also of Limp Bizkit) to do a frantic version of their '92 hit 'Jump Around.' The crowd ate up every second of it, bouncing