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Metal @ Roskilde Festival

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The big hard rock/metal festival in Denmark has clearly become Copenhell. If you are a metalhead, that is the festival to go to. I spoke with numerous people at Copenhell who were not going to the Roskilde Festival simply because there are so few rock and metal bands there these days, even with the Foo Fighters being perhaps the biggest headliner of the 2017 Roskilde Festival.

At the first Roskilde Festival I went to, in 2011, both Iron Maiden and Mastodon were on the main (Orange) stage. Many metal/rock bands bands (Ghost, Swans, 1349, Eyehategod, Autopsy, Graveyard, Electric Wizard, etc. etc.) played other stages. As the years have gone by, Copenhell has grown and Roskilde has decreased the number of metal acts, moved them to smaller stages, and given them start times when few are around (early in the morning or early in the afternoon). The focus these days has moved to hip hop, electronica, and pop.

All of this is creating a downward spiral where fewer metal acts are booked, leading to fewer people interested in metal going to Roskilde, leading to smaller crowds at the metal acts, leading to fewer metal acts being booked, etc. I hope this isn’t my last Roskilde, but a few of the people I talked to said they were likely done if the trend continues.

That said, there were some very healthy crowds on big stages at prime times like for Red Fang and Anthrax (where I took the above photo). If any of the powers that be are reading this, similar acts need to be strung together. For instance, Pig Destroyer went on so many hours before any other metal act that I doubt there were many people there (I wasn’t). And overlapping Neurosis and Anthrax meant that half of the Neurosis crowd split for Anthrax before Neurosis had really got going. Red Fang, High on Fire, Cult of Luna, and Neurosis should have all been on the same day, with only a short time gap between each. Putting each on a different day made no sense.

Anyway, that’s my two cents.

Happy Birthday, Scott Ian!

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Scott Ian of Anthrax

I have seen Anthrax live in three different decades. I missed the 1990s.

Waiting for Anthrax

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Anthrax about to hit the Ace of Spades (Sacramento, California) stage

Today we are passing through Sacramento on our way to Santa Barbara for a warm Christmas. The last time I was in Sacramento I took today’s photo.

More Anthrax photos

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Frank Bello playing not “air guitar” but (bass) guitar while in the air.

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Anthrax at Ace of Spades – Sacramento, California September 14, 2012

Anthrax @ Ace of Spades

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The first time I saw Anthrax was in 1987. They played with Metal Church who still had David Wayne on vocals. The only difference in band members in Anthrax, from that night over 25 years ago and this past Friday night, was Rob Caggiano (on the left of today’s photo) instead of Dan Spitz. The song while I took this pic? Caught in a Mosh

Anthrax アンスラックス @ Loud Park 2009

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It has been 22 years since I last saw Anthrax live in concert. The last time was at the Omni in Oakland, California. I was a big Anthrax fan then. My love for the band has long since dimmed. Their first few albums were pretty good, but I don’t even listen to them anymore. Anthrax took some wrong turns along the way, the biggest being their Rap Metal phase.

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I didn’t take many photos of Anthrax. The vast majority of those that I did take didn’t come out as Scott Ian still runs around like a maniac (as he did 22 years ago). That makes for a great stage show but not good picture taking.

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In addition to the rap influences, I also have never been a big fan of any of Anthrax’s half dozen, or more, singers. John Bush isn’t bad I suppose.

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I was standing right in front of the mixing board for several bands at Loud Park. The sound was pretty poor standing any closer to the stage than the mixing board. At one point I turned around, and this Japanese guy working the mixing board was head banging and singing along. I’ve never seen that before. I had to laugh. You can’t really see him bouncing his head in this picture, but he was. Trust me.