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    ROCKTIME PRESENTS
    DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL
    9/30/2006
    AT

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA.
                    The Download Festival 2006 was a complete success, both for fans, the promoter, and the venue. People of all shapes and sizes packed into Shoreline Amphitheatre, by far, the premiere northern California concert destination. A place for music, the great equalizer, a force that transcends all boundaries of color and creed, bridges the generation gap, and brings us all closer together. The Download festival being a living example of how a community should really work together, a realization of cultural diversity at its best. People were just hanging out having a great time. The show was well sold prior to the day of the event, and with day of the show door sales, probably fiteen plus thousand of us were there. Some of the bands were doing autogaph signings throughout the day. These are just awesome, the fans get to talk to their favorite band and leave with something signed. How cool is that? The event had many downloading related sponsors like Napster, and others; there were gadget giveaways and video game centers for checking out new products. Two stages and plenty of room for everyone to roam, you can't beat that.

                    I was a little late, traffics sucks y'all, so I missed the first couple of  bands on the second stage which was set up in the parking lot. I spent the whole day walking from the second stage to the main stage every time a new band started their set, so I didn't get to catch the whole set of any of the bands. They were all pretty good, Beck, of course, blowing all other bands out of the water. The Like looked pretty good, three girls, all ten-something, easy rythyms, nothing too complicated, great charisma, but not so much stage presence. They looked very excited to be there, but a couple of their songs seemed like they were still works in progress. Not that they didn't sound good, I just think some of the bass lines could have had a little more depth. But then again, I judge all bassists after my favorite bass player Steve Harris. That's OK, these girls have a long time to progress, as long as their parents will let them drop out of school and spend their time focusing on their career, which looks promising for these very young rock and roll vixens.

                    TV on the Radio, not TV on the Road, as they were billed on the fake laminates. The festival handed out these great freebees that made everybody look like they had all access laminate passes, but they did not bill this band correctly. We are all human, and everybody makes mistakes; but I am sure the band was still bummed. These are definitely not country boys, these men have found their inner city child as they jam space age electronica funk with soul and emotion. Kinky was not a sex show and certainly implied that something out of the ordinary was going to happen, and it did. What a great combination of personalities are the band Kinky, these guys came out looking like they were parts of two different bands. The bassist was wearing a cowboy hat and a jean jacket and looked like he was going to start roping cowgirls. The lead singer looked like someone out of the movie "A Clockwork Orange," and yet it worked great. The keyboardist seemed to be having the most fun, just grinning from ear to ear, and he was wearing this train conductor hat that totally completed this bands oddity. I would like to see these guys again, I thought they were a lot of fun. They are my second pick of the day, I thought they were totally high energy, had an original sound, and really played to the crowd. 

                    The Shins were your most standard band of the day, with a familiar sound and many fans there just to see them. A popular band with a popular sound, not necessarily pop music, but certainly not rock music. Intelligent music with alternative driven rythyms and laid back vocals. Nothing too outrageous, but their fans were loud and happy to see them, screaming loudly when they came on stage. Talk about avid fans, the next band, Coheed & Cambria had this fanatical girl with a homemade sign that said "Thank You." She was dead center front row with it and screaming bloody murder when they came out. These guys are old school heavy metal, power ballads with screeching guitar licks and live full vocals. They headlined the second stage for a reason, because they rock. Always save the best for last, that's what I always say.

                   The rest of the lineup was pretty solid, Muse was exactly what their band title boldly states. The guitar and bass were crazy, but the voice of the lead singer/guitar was other wordly. He hit these high notes that were breaking glass, somewhere; higher than even Geddy Lee could sing in his prime. It was really unreal, I'm still not sure if I liked it, yet. I would definitely need another go around. I couldn't understand what any of the words were, that's for sure. It almost felt, right then, as if I might be getting old, you know, if it's too loud you're too old! I grew up with Rush and my mom hated it, that just made it all the better in my book. I think the parents of this band's fans are feeling much the same as my mother did back in the day. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were loud and obnoxious, and all those things that would piss your mom off, if you were into them. Guitar and drums and screaming chick, I don't know how it sounds so good, but you just gotta love it! This band is a kick, she sings and dances and says she''ll "make you want" her, and this trio is a hit.

                      Beck was the featured attraction of the night, and left no doubt why he was the headliner. He opened his set with "Loser," and the intro started just before thay all got out on stage. There was apuppet show that starts right when the intro licks begin, they must be pre-recorded, because no one was on stage holding any guitars yet. The puppet show is center stage, and there are puppet masters that control each one of the band member's puppets in an attempt to simultaneously create that member's movement on stage in real time. It is really quite a spectacle, they even have a camera crew that is acting just like the real camera crew for the real stage. Beck's performance was undoubtedly my first pick for the night, but the whole afternoon was just a great way to spend a day. Thanks for reading and we'll see ya at the shows.
                                                                                                                        NICK RUNNING
     
     

    BECK


    YEAH YEAH YEAHS


    MUSE


    COHEED & CAMBRIA


    THE SHINS


    KINKY


    TV ON THE RADIO


    THE LIKE


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