Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleater Kinney and Coolio Round Out Riot Fest

“This is one of my favorite festivals in the world,” Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor said on stage at Chicago’s Riot Fest. and everything else.”

After last year’s pandemic postponement, NIN returned to Riot Fest for the first time since 2017, closing out this year’s festival on the Riot stage for 90 minutes.

Joined by longtime guitarist Robin Fink and composer/keyboardist Atticus Ross, who has collaborated with Reznor for nearly two decades, including on Oscar-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning film scores, the group Back to the first track of the most underrated song.The album sets the pace with 1999’s ‘Somewhat Damaged’ Fragile.

Reznor paused only briefly when he picked up guitar for “Wish” from the group’s 1992 EP, leading the crowd to an early applause. brokenThe first moments of NIN’s Riot Fest return were defined by what followed their early work, ‘Heresy’ and ‘Sanctified’.

As “The Lovers” drew to a close, a red light fell straight down on Reznor from above, accentuating her silhouette. “Thank you very much!” he said, following “Less Than,” a pair of tracks from the group’s 2017 EP. inflict violence“Too many f-ing people,” Reznor sang of the latter, which ironically or not, felt like the busiest day of the festival weekend.

Three consecutive years since the group’s breakthrough in 1994 downward spiral came next. “Okay! Come on, pigs!” shouted Reznor setting up “March of the Pigs” before slowing down to “Piggy” and crowd surfers flooding onto the stage during “Closer.”

since 1997 lost highway The soundtrack’s “Perfect Drag” was an unexpected highlight, with the group soaring into an encore with “Head Like a Hole.”

The schedule for Riot Fest on Sunday was packed. But what sets this festival apart from other big festivals is the ease with which fans can move between stages. Even if multiple sets are being done at the same time, you can still see some of them. This closed out Sunday with Nine Inch Nails, Ice Cube and a reunited Academy Is…all at the same time, with both Sleater-Kinney and The Year Yeah Years leading the way. was broken.

Early in Sunday’s schedule, LA Quartet’s Linda Lindas put a spin on cuts of Go-Go’s and Bikini Kills. The Academy then took on the … Material Issue.

In between, reunited DC indie rockers Jawbox played 45 minutes on the Roots stage.

“This is amazing. I never thought I would do something like this,” said singer/guitarist J. Robbins. “We love Chicago, and this song is nominally set in Chicago. It’s set in my mind,” he said, introducing “Motorist.”

“Riot Fest! Our home outside our home! Chris Demakes, singer and guitarist from Gainesville, Florida, declared himself the ska punks of Less Than Jake.”

Seemingly able to cram about 80 songs into 45 minutes on the Radicals stage, the group ultimately delivered one of the weekend’s most enjoyable performances.

“Are you ready to run around in circles, listening to old stories?” asked Demaketh jokingly in the scorching sun early Sunday afternoon.

Rolls of toilet paper soar in the air as Less Than Jake cuts through “Last One Out of Liberty City,” horns sparkle as the bass rolls across the track, and the biggest hits of “Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts.” followed. .

“This is the last day of our tour. We’ve been out for about a month and we’re finishing in the best possible shape!” “Today is his third day of the festival and I don’t care if the portal is full. I was worried about playing the third day of the festival…” he continued. “But I said, ‘No, it’s Chicago!'”

Sunday’s schedule was diverse, with ska, punk, industrial and rap clashing in spectacular fashion.

“From Compton, CA to the stage – 1 billion views on YouTube, 1 billion views on Spotify – join hands for Coolio!”

Backed by a three-piece live band, 90s rapper Coolio cut through a short 30-minute set on the Rise stage.

“Everybody want to go for a ride?” asked the rapper rhetorically on stage at Riot Fest.

Coolio sent “CU When U Get There” to deceased rappers like DMX, Phife Dawg, Biz Markie, Eazy-E, Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Ultimately, Coolio saved his biggest hit for last. “Gangster’s Paradise,” which he performed 27 years after its once-unthinkable release, surprisingly has him approaching 1.1 billion in both views and views, but it’s still brilliant on the Chicago stage. shined in

Before debuting in All Elite Wrestling just three days later, Queens, NY rapper Action Bronson took the Rise stage for an hour at Riot Fest.

“I’ve done a few fd upsts in my life,” joked the rapper on stage at Riot Fest. “But Wednesday night is my pro wrestling debut!” Following the song “President’s Intent,” which also served as a song, he informed the festival audience.

Bronson performed for 60 minutes on the Riot stage at the same time as Sleater-Kinney, who crossed the park and took the stage as a five-piece act.

“Thank you, Chicago! Nice to meet you,” singer and guitarist Colin Tucker said on stage.

Carrie Braunstein shimmies left when Tucker sings, psychedelic keys drive “Worry With You” early on, and a solo tearing up late in “Reach Out” keeps Rockstar on full display. I hopped on

New York art rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs started playing shortly after, with singer Karen O screaming out Sleater-Kinney on “Map.” As the festival set heads home, the group heads straight to ‘Heads Will Roll’ for an intimate after-show in Chicago’s Metro in front of over 1,000 lucky fans to finally wrap up Riot Fest 2022. I was.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimryan1/2022/09/26/nine-inch-nails-yeah-yeah-yeahs-sleater-kinney-and-coolio-close-out-riot-fest/ Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleater Kinney and Coolio Round Out Riot Fest

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