I’m just going to say it: KROQ’s Inland Invasion lineup is terrible this year. This is a very subjective statement, because I have never been into metal, so I’m sure that there are those of you out there that are thinking, “Guns’n’Roses? Papa Roach? ROCK ON!” and then proceeding to do the goat horns in happiness. I, myself, was more concerned with how Alice in Chains are headlining festivals in 2006. (That’s AiC, at right, one of the much beloved bands of my teenage grunge years)
Now, before you can point out, “well, Jillian, it’s a big corporate radio station rock festival!”, Inland Invasion the last couple years has, well, not sucked. In fact, it’s been actually worth schlepping out to Devore for.
I went in 2004 and saw a lot of really fantastic band, including Muse, the Killers, and Franz Ferdinand. And because the theme that year was 80s’ Retro, I also saw Tears for Fears, Devo (!), Billy Idol (who was way hotter live than we’d expected), and Siouxsie Sioux performing solo (both Creatures and Banshees material). Siouxsie is my hero, and I was so happy to see her sing a remixed version of “Kiss Them For Me” that I didn’t even get disappointed at Morrissey being too sick to headline. Even last year, the theme was 90s Retro, and, while I chose to see Tori Amos at the Greek instead of going out to Devore again, my friends that went were able to see a lot more fantastic classic alternative and new indie bands: Beck, Bloc Party, The Bravery, Cake, Garbage, Jet, Live, Madness, Oasis, 311, Arcade Fire, and Weezer.
So this year’s lineup, Guns and Roses, Papa Roach, Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Atreyu…none of those bands interest me. The only two on the bill that did were Muse (if you do not have their new album, run, do not walk, to get it) and Alice in Chains. I was a huge AiC fan as a teenager. I still occasionally drag out my beat-up copy of Dirt and remember what a killer album it really is. My next question though, was how the hell Alice in Chains can play a festival when Layne Staley’s been dead for over four years. It seems that Alice in Chains have a new lead singer, and are performing their old material on a US tour this summer. This bodes better than I originally thought, because I was concerned that a zombie Layne Stayley would be inadvertently loosed on the Inland Empire. Still, I’m more likely to see Jerry Cantrell putting his guitar skills to use with the Starfuckers at the Cat Club than I am to go to an Alice in Chains resurrection concert – something in me just doesn’t want to see Alice in Chains if it doesn’t have the original lead singer, and his unique voice, in front of it.
If you are a metal person, I’m sure kroq.com has more info; if you are not, well, this saves you having to drive to Devore this year.