You Ready for the State Fair? A Guide to the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum Schedule
It used to be that playing the state fair circuit meant you were a has-been, that your rock 'n' roll career had gone belly up (you know, like billed after the puppet show, Spinal Tap-style).
Maybe it's still like that most places, but the Arizona State Fair always manages to corral a decent-to-great lineup. Remember past years, when the Fair hosted Snoop-freaking-Dogg and Judas-freaking-Priest?
Acts headed to Veteran's Memorial Coliseum (which has got the most Almost Famous-like vibe of any venue in the Valley) in 2012 look to uphold the standards of previous years.
There's a little something for everyone, including American Idol rocker Adam Lambert (remember how much his fans hated us for suggesting he didn't make a good fit with Queen?), country superstar Billy Currington, on-the-rise pop duo Karmin, metal-gone-dubstep rockers Korn, and alt-rockers Sublime (with Rome), Weezer, and Jane's Addiction.
Here's a closer look at the lineup.
Currington's easy-going everyman appeal has earned him a CMT Award for "Hottest Video of the Year" and a couple Grammy nominations.
His song "Like My Dog" is an ambling, tongue-in-cheek (we're hoping) plea for his baby to "love him like his dog." (He gets a pretty bitter line in about calling his lady's sister a bitch, but who's going to fault the guy for going after a lazy canine pun?)
Something tells me the ladies find him hunky, too, what with those muscles, tousled hair, and piercing eyes.
I'm not going to say I haven't had my problems with the progression of The Weez (see my Pinkerton-level whiney 2010 screed "Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Gave the People What They Wanted -- But He Betrayed Me"), but 2010's Hurley did feature some pleasing pop gems, especially "Ruling Me," co-written by under-appreciated pop genius Dan Wilson (of Semisonic).
I've come around in my old age: I think that the strength of "Say it Ain't So" is enough to outweigh the stank of a couple dozen "Beverly Hills."