Riot Fest, Saturday the 14th – Chicago 2013

(Find Friday’s coverage here.)

I woke up in a deep corner of Humboldt Park. It was a dog’s tongue slobbering all over my face that woke me. All night I dreamed of snakes snapping at my face. But when I woke I found myself covered in Gwar slime and a piece of paper saying that I had sold my soul to Glenn Danzig for four Misfit songs.

I made my way back to Riot Fest where I caught Dinosaur Jr. play the loudest set of the show so far.

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When I ran away from home at age five, I made my way to Hermosa Beach where I lived with Ron Reyes in an abandoned church. Shortly after that I became friends with a group of kids that would eventually become Pennywise. It was good to see Jim again. I bought him a beer after the set.

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The kids went nuts during the Pennywise set.

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I needed a bit of a break from all the volume, so I lounged in the grass while listening to DeVotchKa.

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No matter how much whiskey I drank or how hard I squinted my eyes, Flag wasn’t and never would be Black Flag.

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I had to see Blondie. There is a picture of Debbie Harry wearing a tight, white shirt that resulted in my first wet dream. I might have another tonight. She still has it.

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Made my way to see Rancid, old friends from my time in the East Bay.

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Had to see the Violent Femmes celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album, which they played in its entirety.

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Here is Sunday.

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