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A Look Back at Aftershock 2017

Photo by Morgan Anderson.

Last weekend, Aftershock Festival turned Discovery Park into a sea of black t-shirts, only distinguished by each fan’s favorite band. The legendary Ozzy Ozbourne joined Nine Inch Nails, Five Finger Death Punch, A Perfect Circle, and many more to ring in the sixth year of the two-day festival.

I walked into the festival unsure what to expect. As the sun was lowering above the I-5 bridge over Discovery Park, fans were gathering with long hair, cut off t-shirts, and make up on some of the guys – an astonishing site for someone who had never attended a rock festival of this caliber, I already knew the weekend would be one I would never forget.

Before walking in, I could hear Mastodon tuning up their guitars. I took this opportunity to find myself a beer in the beer garden, which did not have the greatest selection of beer, but I grabbed my Blue Moon and headed toward the side stage. Mastodon put on a great set, despite some trouble with lead singer Eric Saner’s vocal equilibriums.

As the night grew into its darkness, and I had a few more Blue Moons in me, I walked over to the main stage to watch Run the Jewels. I had never heard of them before the festival, but I heard someone rapping from afar, so I had to check them out. With catchy lyrics and a stage presence full of energy, Run the Jewels was constantly trying to get the crowd into their songs – and the crowd reciprocated easily. I hope to hear more from the duo in the future.

Shortly after, it was getting closer to Nine Inch Nails’ set. It seemed this was the band everyone had been waiting for and they did not disappoint as they had the best set of the first day of the festival, by far. Atticus Ross’ morbid stage presence, back-dropped by the stage lights, fueled the crowd with an energy that outlasted the performance.

Day two was even more interesting. I decided I would try some of the food options they had available, which consisted of local food trucks. You couldn’t go wrong and I enjoyed every bite of my lobster tail and taters tots from Cousin’s Main Lobster. Who would have thought lobster went so well with rock and roll?

It was time to watch Five Finger Death Punch and their live performance was excellent. Ivan Moody brought the crowd to life with his heavy chants and insightful lyrics. He started waving a metal bat around and hitting random things on stage- definitely intense. I would love to see this band again, definitely not what I was expecting going over to the side stage that night.

However, of all the performances last weekend, Ozzy received the greatest welcome from the crowd. An “OG” in the game so to speak, Ozzy was out on stage in a black sequined long sleeve, head banging to classic songs like “Crazy Train,” “War Pigs” and “Iron Man.” Despite his age, Ozzy is still alive and rocking strong for all his fans. His stage was nothing crazy, but it feels like Ozzy knows his presents alone makes up for all of that. Needless to say, I was out there head banging to “Crazy Train” along with the rest of the crowd

For more information on Aftershock, visit AftershockConcert.com.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Anderson

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