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Incubus

When I heard that Incubus was coming to Fivepoint Amphitheater in Irvine I knew I had to go. I have wanted to see this band live for years, but every time they were in So Cal… I wasn’t. This time it was a bucket-list show to see and photograph, and they lived up to everything I had heard… they are amazing live.

I thought I had seen Fivepoint Amphitheater full before, but I have never seen anything close to this. From the line to get in, to the areas designated as “Standing Room”, the venue was packed and full of energy Saturday night to see Incubus, Sublime with Rome, and The Aquadolls.

This show was a little bit different, as vocalist Brandon Boyd (above) threw his back out earlier this month, causing the postponement of 4 shows. Luckily for us, Saturday’s show went on as scheduled, albeit with Boyd seated for most of the show. Honestly, I loved it. There was an intimacy to it, something special, that made it feel like a smaller show.

Hoping Brandon feels better soon.

It’s hard to describe how I felt about this show. I have been sitting on writing this for two days now, trying to find the right words, and I am still at a loss, but I will try…

Incubus is one of the best sounding bands you will see live, period. From the moment you started to hear “Nice to Know You” kick off, the set was chilling. Vocals that were spot on, and I’d even say perhaps the best live vocals I’ve heard. I know, that’s a big statement, and yeah, I have seen some bands that absolutely blew me away. Still, this was a master class. I even wondered if being seated maybe changed the way Brandon delivered hit after hit. Add to that the detailed guitar work of founding member Mike Einziger (above), and you become immersed in the music.

To be clear though, this band is more than the vocals and killer guitar. Ben Kenney on bass (above), together with founding member and drummer José Pasillas (below), create a sound that pulls you in. Again, it’s so hard to explain the power that music, played like these musicians do, can have on you in the moment.

On turntables and keys is Chris Kilmore, and there is something special being added to the mix from him. Incubus is a band in the truest sense of the word. Yes, we all know the name Brandon Boyd, and for good reason since he’s one of the best frontmen and song writers working today, but Incubus is the sum of all the parts. It’s everything you want in a band.

Trust me on this… See. Them. Live.

Incubus Setlist

  • Nice to Know You
  • Circles
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Anna Molly
  • Just a Phase
  • Are You In?
  • Sick Sad Little World
  • Stellar
  • Megalomaniac
  • Nowhere Fast
  • Mexico
  • Pardon Me
  • Karma, Come Back
  • Vitamin
  • The Warmth
  • Dig

Encore:

  • Warning
  • Drive

Sublime with ROME

In the center slot of the night was Sublime with Rome, and I must say, their set blew me away!

Let me call out the elephant in the room… something I have had many people mention to me over the years. Rome Ramirez is not the original vocalist. OK, and that means what exactly?

Bradley Nowell, the original vocalist and guitarist, passed away way to young in 1996. His name will forever be remember by fans of Sublime, or fans of the reggae rock and ska punk genres. But that loss also introduced us to an amazingly talented artist in Rome (above). He delivers on every damn note, and just as importantly, the vibe of Sublime. He is enjoying the music and legacy of Sublime as much as we are, and you can feel it in his performance. Seriously, he’s that good, and even gave a shoutout to Nowell during the show. (I’m not crying, you’re crying)

Watching original member Eric Wilson on bass (above) and keys was so fun. It’s like Elton John meets Ska, meets… something else that nobody knows. Watching the guy that created every one of those famous bass licks gave me chills. So cool.

On drums is Carlos Verdugo (above), and he was in the groove. Even his movement and body rhythm drew you in. And then you have the great Gabriel McNair on keyboards and trombone. Gabriel has played with No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few.

Starting off with “April 29, 1992 (Miami)”, and running through an 11 song setlist that included all the hits from “Badfish” and “Doin’ Time”, to “Pawn Shop”, Sublime with Rome brought the house down Saturday night.

The Aquadolls

Kicking off the night was La Mirada’s The Aquadolls, a band I was not aware of before this weekend. They brand themselves as “Mermaid Rock”, and while I am not quite sure what that means, they sounded great. They even included a cover of the GoGo’s “Vacation” in the set.

Rounding out the band is bassist Keilah Nina (above) and drummer Jacqueline Proctor (below). Their set was kind of infectious. A great way to open a show.

Also joining the three main band members for this leg of the tour was Sarah Greenwell (below), and I could tell she was enjoying herself. That smile never left her face.

I have to say that while I really enjoyed The Aquadolls set overall, and would suggest seeing them, the energy felt missing. Maybe it was just this show, or I suppose it could have been me, but based on their sound I expected more on the energy side of things.

The takeaway here is that this tour, this combination of sights, sounds, and diehard fans, is not to be missed. Check for a tour date near you.

As usual, there is a gallery with many more photos below, and if you were at the show I’d love to hear your thoughts. Follow me online at:

Instagram: @SteveBrazill
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Podcast: Behind the Shot

~ Razz

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I’ve been told before how good Limp Bizkit is live, and Tuesday night at Toyota Arena in Ontario I saw it for myself, when they brought the “Limp Bizkit Still Sucks Tour” to the Inland Empire. From the moment Fred Durst (pictured above) hit the stage it was clear, we were all in for a ride.

Together, Durst and Wes Borland (pictured above) are as in sync as any front man and guitarist have ever been. It’s like listening to, and watching two people that have crafted their skills together for years – which of course they have.

Keeping the band as tight as they are is the combination of Sam Rivers on bass (above), and John Otto on drums (below). These two are as good as you’ll find.

And of course, DJ Lethal is an integral part of the sound of Limp Bizkit. Starting sitting in an old chair, with a persona of an old dad, Fred Durst took us through a 17 song set of hits, and the crowd knew the words to every damn one. This was everything I had heard about their show, and one of the best live shows I have seen in a while.

Limp Bizkit Setlist

  • Dad Vibes
  • Out of Style
  • Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)
  • Thieves (Ministry cover)
  • Hot Dog
  • My Way
  • My Generation
  • Livin’ It Up
  • Eat You Alive
  • Re-Arranged
  • Boiler
  • Nookie
  • Full Nelson (with Milkie Way)
  • Don’t Change (INXS cover)
  • Faith (George Michael cover)
  • Take a Look Around (with Sam Matlock)
  • Break Stuff

Dying Wish

There were three openers for the show, with Dying Wish performing right before Limp Bizkit took the stage. Emma Boster (pictured above) has vocals that are insane, in fact they were a bit surprising live. She’s a force on stage.

Guitarists Pedro Carrillo and Sam Reynolds (above) are a blast to watch, listen to, and photograph. Rounding out the band is bassist Andrew Le, and Jeff Yambra on drums (both pictured below).

Wargasm UK

In the center spot of the three openers was Wargasm UK, and if you ever get to see this band live, run, don’t walk. This band reminded me of all of the bands I have seen that are hungry for success. Every move, look , and sound was energy.

The band is technically, as far as I can tell, made up of Milkie Way (above) on vocals and bass, and Sam Matlock (below) on vocals and guitar. I’m not sure how to word this, other than to say you can’t take your eyes off these two. They are simply a blast to witness performing.

Rounding out the live band is guitarist Edison Hunter, and drummer Adam Breeze (below).

This band is just freaking awesome, check them out soon.

Militarie Gun

Kicking off the night was L.A.’s Militarie Gun. I wasn’t familiar with this band before Tuesday, and opening for three other bands, with Limp Bizkit as the headliner, can’t be easy. They stepped up and delivered a great opening set for the show.

As usual, there is a gallery with many more photos below, and if you were at the show I’d love to hear your thoughts. Follow me online at:

Instagram: @SteveBrazill
Twitter: @SteveBrazill
Facebook: @SteveBrazillPhotography
Podcast: Behind the Shot

~ Razz

All Images Copyright 2022 Steve Brazill, All Rights Reserved.

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THE SKINTS hail from London, England & have been active since 2007.

This track is featured on their latest album: “Swimming Lessons“, & is already out.

According to ClashMusic.com, Singer Marcia Richards explains of the song:

“For those who have lost a loved one, it’s not unusual to find comfort in the fact that you’ve spent more of your life with them than without. After 13 years of using this small comfort to keep afloat, 2019 will be the first year that the number of years without my sister Roanna will exceed the years she was around. As I became increasingly aware of this date approaching and my life raft sinking, I wrote ‘Learning To Swim’, a song that musically flips through time and space…” She adds: “The feeling as the years go on that it becomes more difficult to picture their face, to hear their voice. The rest of your life without them stretches ahead of you like a vast sea – it’s time for Swimming Lessons.”

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

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Warbringer singer John Kevill called in to talk about their “Unravelling” headlining Tour ending in Southern California. Here’s what we talked about:
“Crushed Beneath The Tracks” music video (0-4)
Cavalera tour (4-8)
“Unraveling” headline tour (8-9)
Exmortus (9-14)
new music? (14-17)
Mandatory Metallica (17-end)

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Revocation leader Dave Davidson called in to talk about their new album “Netherheaven” (out now) as well as their headline tour coming to 1720 on 9/29/22. Here’s what we talked about:
“Netherheaven” album (0-6)
“Diabolical Majesty” video (6-8)
RIP Trevor Strnad (8-12)
Corpsegrinder and Cannibal Corpse tour (12-15)
9/29/22 headline show at 1720 (15-16)
Mandatory Metallica (16-end)

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS hail from Chicago, Illinois & formed together in 1988.

This track will be featured on their newly announced album: “ATUM,” which is set to be released in April of 2023.

According to a statement, “ATUM” will feature 33-tracks and is the sequel to 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina/Machines of God.

Smashing Pumpkins also have back-to-back shows in So.Cal. along with Jane’s Addiction on Wednesday, November 16th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, as well as on Saturday, November 19th at the Hollywood Bowl.

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

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Ayron Jones hails from Seattle, Washington. His songwriting is filled with raw emotion & in 2020, was considered by many to be the new sound of Seattle.

According to a press release, Ayron said of the track:

“Where I’m from the word ‘Filthy’ is used as the highest compliment in the land. It means that you are so good at what you do and who you are that it should be a sin. That’s what was on my mind when I began working on this song. I wanted to celebrate counterculture and promote pride in what means to be considered ‘different.’”

Enjoy & share! –Frank_O

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The Dead Daises Glenn Hughes and Doug Aldrich called in to talk about their new album “Radiance” (out 9/30/22) and their tour hitting the Vermont in LA on 9/18/22. Here’s what we talked about:
“Radiance” out 9/30/22 (0-5)
9/18/22 at Vermont (5-7)
Deep Purple “Burn” (7-8)
Ronnie James Dio: Holy Diver vs. Rainbow In The Dark (8-12)
Mandatory Metallica (12-end)

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Toadies singer Vaden Todd Lewis called in to talk about playing their debut album “Rubberneck” at House of Blues in Anaheim on 9/23/22. Here’s what we talked about:
Pandemic and Comic Books (0-3)
Singer or Guitarist? (3-4)
Debut album “Rubberneck” (4-7)
“Possum Kingdom” a hit or just another album track? (7-9)
Ever cross paths with Pantera in Texas? (9-11)
Mandatory Metallica (11-end)

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