For the past 18 years, KDGE (The Edge) has brought together some of the best in mainstream rock for their annual Edgefest music fest. This year was no exception as rock icons such as Courtney Love, Limp Bizkit and The Deftones performed for more than 17,000 Texans May 1 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco.
Splitting the park in half with two stages and 14 bands, The Edge by far exceeded last year’s festivities with a solid lineup of second stage bands, including Cage the Elephant, Metric and Phoenix, who encouraged a rather large following at the side stage.
Love her or hate her, Courtney Love and her band Hole were the most highly anticipated performers of the day. Giving up hope of ever seeing Hole perform live back in the late ‘90s, I was happy to indulge once again into those angst-driven years where Doc Martins, flannel tops and Nirvana ruled my life.
Belting out a prolific set of mid to late ‘90s post-grunge rock hits, such as “Skinny Little Bitch” and “Celebrity Skin,” Hole managed to rile the crowd; however, it was the slowly unwinding composure of lead vocalist Love that captured the entire crowd’s attention.
There could not have been two better bands to follow Hole’s performance. Spiritually-rich Switchfoot and Texas-based Flyleaf filled the air with an uplifting message and powerful set.
Serving as one of the first dates on their Unite and Fight tour, which kicked off earlier in the week, Flyleaf had the crowd screaming the lyrics to the heavy and punctuated guitars of “Fully Alive” as vocalist Lacey Sturm twirled around the stage in a white and black lace dress and sparkly TOMS canvas shoes.
The band performed hits from both their debut album and latest offering, Momento Mori. It put to rest any doubts fans had about the recovery of front-woman Sturm’s voice, thanks to the flawless delivery of lyrics and some of the longest growls I have heard to date.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated moments of the music festival might have belonged to rock legends The Deftones. Rapid guitars, heavy double bass drums and spine-splitting screams demonstrated why The Deftones are one of the greatest rock acts in history. Their time-tested sound was obvious gazing mesmerized fans, including Pat Seals, bassist to Flyleaf who stood with the crowd enjoying the sound.
While I would have liked for The Deftones to have been the highlight of the evening, it was the over-the-top set by American-rock band 30 Seconds to Mars that stole the show. Taking up not only the main stage, but the entire Pizza Hut Park, lead singer Jarod Leto exhausted the crowd and sent roadies running to buses with videos of his performance.
Their latest hit, “Kings and Queens,” built a buzz among the crowd while the epic guitar slowly built the track from beginning to end. However, the most memorable portion of 30 Seconds to Mars came during the acoustic performance of their biggest hit, “The Kill,” where Leto unexpectedly sprung from the stage and spent the remainder of the set roaming around the arena.
With such awards as Number 1 Artist in Airplay by Mediabase and Artist of the Year by Billboard, Canadian rock band Three Days Grace was a real treat for Dallas. Having seen this band earlier in the week in Belton, I was a little less than psyched for their performance. However, when their red lights began to flash and Johnny Cash filled my ears, I found myself running across the park in time to catch their set.
Heavy guitars and fast-driving drums delivered the signature sound of Three Days Grace as the band put on one of the most visually stunning performances of the evening. Most engaged during the performance of “Hate,” the crowd jumped up and down and screamed along with the band. Despite my previous apprehension, it is hard not to acknowledge this band’s ability to put on an amazing show.
Controversial event headliner Limp Bizkit took the stage, infusing rock and rap onto a crowd that still managed to be amazed after more than 10 hours of rock. Despite questioning why this “come-back” landed the main slot on the bill, not a body in the crowd was still as Limp Bizkit unleashed hit after hit.
While some may criticize the more than solid lineup of artists who performed at Edgefest 20, this year’s music fest was filled with both long-standing and up-and-coming bands who delivered an amazing day of music for Texas.
For more information on Edgefest 20 and future Edge events visit www.kdge.com
For more photographs from the event visit http://slrphotography.smugmug.com/Music/edgefest2010/12039979_9NvFZ
Posted by: Sam Moore
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