(Thanks to Tracey for the tip on this one.)
I recently saw the line-up for the HFStival 2010, and wondered if it was 1999. All of the bands that are listed were popular when I was in high school (except for Billy Idol). Here’s a question – can anyone name more than one song for Lit, Fuel, and Marcy Playground? What the hell are they going to play for an hour? Ed Kowalcyzk from Live is also on the main-stage. Solo albums from front-men of mediocre bands are almost always terrible. Kowalcyzk is one of the worst offenders of what I call “high school book poetry”. “The Dolphin’s Cry” might have had a great hook, but what is a “rose garden of trust”? I’ll spend the rest of Memorial Day weekend pondering that, let me tell you. I might even write an long post about it – you watch.
When I was in high school, the HFStival was a big deal. I’m not sure if it was a big deal to those who weren’t in college or high school or not, but they had big names back then. Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots among others were there. This may sound silly now – but this is when those bands were actually still making records and had numerous hits on the radio. I wasn’t really a fan of most of the bands that played, but at least they were current and it seemed relevant. Now all we have for the HFStival is a bunch of clowns and has-beens.
Of course, the festival atmosphere has changed as well. Bigger and better bands aren’t going to head-line the HFStival. Not when you have Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo to play in. About 7 years ago, a friend of mine in college kept talking up Bonnaroo saying that it was the greatest festival ever. I told him I had no interest because it was simply a hippie-festival. Back in 2003, when it was basically just a love-fest for jam-bands, Bonnaroo was about as relevant as the HFStival is now. To those who say Bonnaroo “sold out” – what would you rather put up with for three days? A bunch of mindless jamming by bands that all sound the same or a selection of some of the very best music in the world?
This is one thing that I don’t understand about the hippie/folk movement. A lot of followers say they’re open to new music, but when it comes down to it, they resist change. It’s the same attitude that caused an uproar when Dylan when electric in 65. It’s funny how the more things change the more they stay the same.