We Came, We Saw, We Jack’s Sixth Showed [REVIEW]
Hey, can one of you guys run back to Irvine for us? We’re pretty sure we left our dignity back at Verizon Wireless… Scotty knows what we’re talkin’ about…
Bear with us as our bare-chested, beer-soaked memories slowly begin to fade back in a wave of shame we like to call “The Monday after.”
In the meantime, check out these exclusive concert photos and show reviews from Jack’s Sixth Show.
Ugh. Pass the aspirin.
Since when did a little bit o’ rain stop rock ‘n roll? It rained at Woodstock and we can’t remember having any problems at Woodstock. Then again, we don’t remember a lot from 1969….
M80’s & Metal Shop
Like many of the Def Leppard t-shirt clad hotties that entered the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre (with their equally hot mothers), we too were given a 24-hour soundtrack of righteous metal jams and dreamy ’80s New Wave tunes while sitting pretty in our mother’s womb.
Since the day we’ve been born, we’ve had an innate hankering for both musical genres–that’s why Metal Shop/M80s gave us the sort of audacious stage antics and 80’s-style oldies-but-goodies that we love.
As Metal Shop, the dudes were decked out in tight pants, big hair, and larger-than-life attitudes while playing songs like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bon Jovi[/lastfm]‘s “Shot Through The Heart” and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ratt[/lastfm]‘s “Round And Round.”
Not yet tired of rocking the crazy ’80s hair and the crotch-hugging pants, as M80’s the band played [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Cure[/lastfm]‘s “Just Like Heaven” and the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Buggles[/lastfm]‘ “Video Killed The Radio Star.“
Did anybody else see the Snickers Girl, or did we spend too much time at the Chronic Candy Tent?
The Side Stage was anything but a Side Show – it was a full-blown festival. Complete with picnicking pink cowboys bouncing to the power chords of [lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]Marcy Playground[/lastfm], Jack’s Sixth Show quickly became a distorted, thumping rock circus.
It was hard not to join the the shirtless beach-bums as they undulated with joy during the power trio’s “Special.” Women bounced around in tank tops, ignorant to the golden beer shower exploding from their plastic cups. “Punk Rock Superstar” started the mosh pit while fans in the back laughed at the lemonade vendors. What’s that? You don’t have Disco Lemonade? GET IT OUTTA HERE!
It may have cooled off, but the hot chicks were running wild!
A black-clad, ponytailed John Easdale can still belt out that song with ultimate velocity, sweaty and sincere, thanking the fist-pumping audience.
The band also played other songs like “Work For Food”–something Dramarama probably doesn’t have to worry about after the immense popularity of their songs in movies and television. Hello awesome royalties.
If this is your kid, you are a better parent than we are.
Penning the world’s most inspirational anthem to bottom-blessed and curvy women everywhere, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sir Mix-A-Lot [/lastfm]only got fifteen minutes in the Jack’s Sixth Show spotlight, but like he said himself, you could give him “ten minutes in a closet” and he’d “still put it down.”
Almost every woman, no matter her size, was getting down low while singing along to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s hit song, “Baby Got Back” while a surprising number also knew all the lyrics to his tune “Posse on Broadway.”
At the very end, Sir Mix-A-Lot gave a moment of seriousness in honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Instead of getting sad with his moment, he let out a brief exclamation of rage with: “F**k Al Qaeda.”
Hansel and Gretel made it all the way from Grimm to Irvine!
The sun set over the Side Stage and a chill rolled through the air, but it wasn’t the cool breeze that sent shivers up our spines – it was [lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]Everclear[/lastfm]‘s iconic rock anthems.
Surrounded by fishnets and leather, the crowd “got those hands up” while Everclear cranked it up to 11. “AM Radio” started it off and threw the OC crowd right back to the 90’s. “Father of Mine” was the noisiest, drunkenest sing-a-long of the day.
By the time Everclear thanked the crowd, the electrified anticipation permeated the giant masses of Jack fans… We all moved from the grass to the bleachers, each knowing full well that night was approaching – and with the cover of darkness, we were finally ready to let loose.
A cowboy hat AND the horns? Somebody get this girl on stage.
Anybody else have a total [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Heart[/lastfm]-on for the Wilson sisters? Both gorgeous in different ways, their musical talent as musicians, female or otherwise, is arguably some of the best in the game.
Ann Wilson‘s brilliant blues-y belt is untainted by age and touring. Likewise, Nancy Wilson‘s guitar skills are polished; her energy level is similar, if not rivaling, to her energy levels as a young guitarist. One might assume from Heart’s most melodic soft rock tunes circa ’80s that they wouldn’t bring the power on stage, but the opposite is true.
In fact, on stage, singing their classic tunes like “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” and “Crazy On You,” Heart is practically hard rock. On “Crazy On You,” Nancy did show off her acoustic, folky guitar work before going into their iconic riff.
“WHAT? DEF LEPPARD IS ON RIGHT NOW?!?!”
Rock isn’t dead – it lives on through [lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]Def Leppard[/lastfm].
Those seductive, bright purple lights flared along with Def Leppard’s squealing guitar riffs, and we were in heaven among thousands of other Jack fans. “Love Bites” and “Rocket” are some of the best rock anthems, and our night-cap felt more like e a party under-the-sheets.
We couldn’t help but throw our arms in the air to the drums. Was it not apparent? When Joe Elliot yelled “DO YOU WANNA ROCK?” did he not hear us scream back, “YES. YES WE DO.” And just like that – more hot guitar licks, thunderous drums and more lights. Pretty, pretty lights.
The biggest dance party of the Jack’s Sixth kept the men in the back happy. That one guy really perfected the Running Man. And those lovely ladies in the front deserve a round of applause as well.
What was your favorite part of Jack’s Sixth Show? Share your story in the comment section below!