Riot Fest Chicago Day 2: Blink-182, Public Enemy, Violent Femmes

Categories: Last Night

All photos by Melissa Fossum
Riot Fest Day Two
Humboldt Park, Chicago
Saturday, September 14

The Fall Out Boy craziness of the festival's first day carried over to Blink-182's set on Day 2. For about 15 minutes before the band took the stage, fans chanted the lyrics to songs like "What's My Age Again," "All the Small Things" and Blink's adaptation of George Carlin's seven dirty words.

Things also got a little violent--Chicago police report that at least eight people were injured at the festival.

I could only stick around for Blink-182 long enough to photograph their set. "Feeling This," their opener, was an energetic start that delighted the crowd; I also heard "What's my Age Again" and "The Rock Show," both of which reminded me of Blink's glory days. The band performed a few new songs--as for how much of the set were classics, I'm not sure.

I left after the fourth song or so to book it to Against Me!'s after show--which was most excellent.

Against Me! played an hour and fifteen minute set at the Cobra Lounge and performed a few new songs, including "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" and "True Trans Soul Rebel." The band played a few old songs, including a more refined version of "Walking is Still Honest" and "Sink Florida Sink," which made for a great way to close out the band's first set.

Back at Riot Fest, Blink-182 fans kind of put a damper on things. This was most noticeable during FLAG's set, as moody teenagers complained about the seminal punk band--which is a shame, because most of these folks could have probably spent their time better watching Rancid or Taking Back Sunday.

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