Evil Empire (as Rage Against the Machine), Third Eye Open (as Tool), Megalomaniac (as Incubus)
Date: Saturday January 4th, 2020
Venue: the Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario
1. Nice to Know You
2. Pardon Me
6. ? (the course was “love me, love me” or something)
7. The Warmth
8. A Certain Shade of Green
11. Wish You Were Here
Tool I like and Third Eye Open pulled it all off (except the singer during the melodic portions) but Tool fans are fuckheads and all I wanted during this set was for Iran’s missile guidance system to be off calibration and hit this club. It was nice that they stared with Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman), which is my favourite part of 10,000 Days. They butchered Invincible but I love that song so I was just glad to hear it. It was cool that the singer stayed near the back of the stage for most of the set (sometimes playing keyboards). It gave the set a lot more of a feeling of that of a performance than a bunch of guys standing there playing someone else’s songs. The songs from Opiate were garbage though. But from what I remember Opiate was pretty much all garbage. I was really surprised they didn’t play Third Eye but kind of happy because they played for a long fucking time.
(over P.A.) Lost Keys (Blame Hoffman)
1. Rosetta Stoned
7. Forty-Six & 2
Evil Empire had a girl singer. That usually means nothing to me but this was just...no. If I hadn’t had just started a beer at the beginning of their set I’d have left. She pulled it all off but it just didn’t seem right. She looked like Becky Lynch, who’s about as hard as jello. Zach De La Rocha is a winey bitch though so maybe it was apropro. Their cover of Freedom was...I’m brain dead put a fucking bullet in my head.
1. Bulls on Parade
2. Bullet in the Head
3. Know Your Enemy
5. Sleep Now in the Fire
6. Guerilla Radio
7. Calm Like A Bomb
8. Renegades of Funk
9. No Shelter
10. Wake Up
13. Killing in the Name Of (angst at 40)
14. Cochise (yes, the Audioslave song)
And now I hate music.
This was the worst show I’ve seen so far in 2020. Being the first show I’ve seen in 2020 it was also the best. But come December this may make the wrong list. The band for all three bands was the same guys and they killed it all. Really good musicians. Just different singers and none of them were particularly good. The whole crowd were losers (except yours truly, of course). I’ve never seen so many of those stupid toques worn in that stupid way in one place at the same time. Maybe a tattoo parlour.
Third Eye Open
same band just a different singer and a different douche toque. Yes, the guitar player had a different douche toque for every set.