The Menzingers kicked the night off with an upbeat, roaring set. We had a blast standing in the Pit with a bunch of people who were incredibly ready for a big night of music. This Scranton band helped things get off the ground in a really big way.
We don't think The Offspring will ever go out of style.
The crowd agreed. As the lights went out and a steady stream of cheers erupted from the crowd, The Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop" blasted through The Pavilion's speakers. This homage to the legendary punk rock band set the tone for the next hour of big songs, big riffs and one big band.
Frontman Dexter Holland helped open and close the show with some of the band's biggest hits: "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" and "Come Out and Play" ushered the show into new levels of punk rock greatness, while staples like the band's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)", "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "Self-Esteem" closed the show in the most rocking way possible. There were plenty of surprises in between as Holland and guitarist Noodles constantly deemed The Pavilion crowd as their favorite of the summer. We thought that was pretty cool.
Sublime with Rome loves their fans. And their fans love them.
We loved sitting back and relaxing while Sublime with Rome brought us a brilliant show with full force. They played their hits in a big way - it was clear that they hoped to remove the Houston crowd from a sometimes stressful reality, even if only for an hour. With characteristic drum fills and ska riffs the band is known for in abundance, the band led the crowd through an impressively fun hour long set.
Rome shut the show down with two Sublime classics, "What I Got" and "Santeria". With guitar help from The Offspring's Noodles, "What I Got" reached new levels of greatness. Again, Sublime with Rome made it clear that they wanted to piece together a show that their fans would adore - we think they succeeded.