S: 2009 LIVE
BC: That's a Wrap
FC: 2009 LIVE a pictorial journal of the year in rock
4: Shinedown in Raleigh
6: Shinedown at the Orange Peel
11: Chevelle at Amos Southend
13: Stimulate This tour in Roanoke
14: Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd at VWA in Charlotte
16: Congratulations Freeloader, You & a guest are invited to Buck Wild THIS Saturday for the Three Days Grace listening party & concert. The band will play 5 to 6 songs and do a Q&A with DZL afterwards. Please print out this email and bring it with you. This email MUST match the name that is on the master list that I have. Please RSVP if you are attending. If you cannot attend, please let me know so I can pull another Freeloader to take your place.
18: Blink-182 had to overcome some major obstacles to stage Tuesday night's reunion show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The group -- which parted ways uneasily in 2005 -- reunited earlier this year in the wake of a September 2008 plane crash in Columbia, S.C., that killed four passengers and left drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM severely injured. AM's death in August created a ripple effect that caused Blink's Charlotte tour date to be pushed back, and the concert lost two high-profile opening acts. Bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus acknowledged the scheduling and lineup changes, thanking an excited crowd early on for turning out despite the date change and recent cancellations of scheduled openers Fall Out Boy and All-American Rejects. Although the inclusion of those big-name acts would have only intensified the momentum that rapper Asher Roth created with his stripped-down set, tracks like Roth's "I Love College" practically made the crowd forget about their absence. The crowd's excitement matched guitarist/singer Tom DeLonge's as Blink took the stage with the song "Dumpweed." A shirtless Barker grinned during "Feeling This," playing hard, and skillfully switching up beats as if he had eight limbs instead of four. DeLonge, so serious in his darker epic rock band Angels & Airwaves, assumed the role of mom-joke spewing, booty-shaking clown, playfully altering his lyrics for adult listeners. Songs like "Rock Show" and "What's My Age Again?" served as a reminder of what made Blink so popular. Many teens and early twentysomethings sang every line to even lesser-known songs such as "Violence" and "Reckless Abandon." The most intense songs weren't the breakneck pop-punk tracks, but the more emotional "I Miss You" and "Stay Together for the Kids." Watching Barker strike his drums with eyes closed as the crowd screamed over the former was a reminder of what he's been through over the past year. In fact, it was very much Barker's night. Not an original member of the band, he's become essential to the identity, personality and sound of the group. His biggest moment came during the encore, when his drum riser was lifted from heavy wires shifting in the air. A harnessed Barker played the climax of his deafening drum solo vertically, he and his drum kit rotating like a giant turntable above the stage. The band's last self-titled album was heavily represented, with songs like "Down" and "Always," while "First Date," "Don't Leave Me," and the monster hit "All the Small Things" represented earlier albums. "Josie" (from the group's commercial breakthrough "Dude Ranch") and 2001's "Anthem, Pt. 2" closed the regular set, but Hoppus promised Barker's drum solo and two more songs. When DeLonge stepped up to the microphone for the band's first hit, "Dammit," it was hard to tell if his vocals were muffled or if my ears were still reeling from Barker's noisy solo. DeLonge praised the Charlotte crowd ("You kicked the [expletive] out of New York") as he left the stage, but it was Hoppus who had the last word. Retaining the humor that's run through the band's career, he channeled Bret Michaels with a brief bass-only version of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."
19: Blink-182, Barker were worth the wait from the Charlotte Observer
20: Stone Temple Pilots in Greensboro
21: Switchfoot at Amos | YOUR camera
22: Shinedown and Sick Puppies Bring Pink, Fluffy Bunnies to Charlotte
24: Chicago House of Blues December 13 Halestorm & Shinedown December 14 Sick Puppies & Breaking Benjamin