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08/16/2007 Velvet Revolver, Alice In Chains, Kill Hannah (Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)

By Eric | August 16, 2007 11:59 pm

Right out of work, through the rain, to Darien Lake for the big rock show. Thankfully the rain was over by the time I got there! I got there just as Kill Hannah was starting. I could have been later… these guys are terrible. Picture the most pedestrian, mundane, mainstream rock band, and then toss in a screechy singer that’s off-key the whole time, and you have Kill Hannah. They attempted a cover of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell”, and while the musicianship was okay, the vocals were worse than you’d hear at the local karaoke bar. Mercifully, they only got a half hour.

Then it was time for the real show to begin! ALICE!!! The four guys just strode out on stage, and ripped into it. William Duvall does an admirable job on vocals, and the rest of the band sounded stellar. Of course, nothing would compare to actually seeing Layne Staley sing live, but since I’ll never get that chance, I’ll certainly take this. The entire crowd was into it, singing along with all of their favorites… the setlist was: Again, Grind, We Die Young, Them Bones, Down In A Hole, Rain When I Die, Sludge Factory, Angry Chair, Man In The Box, Would?, Rooster. Not too much banter in-between songs, just full-on rocking… just awesome.

I didn’t take these, and I forgot where I grabbed these from, so if they’re yours, send a note and you’ll get credited!

After making acquaintance with some friendly Canadians in the seats next to me (Paul and DJ, what’s up?!), we grabbed some beers and waited for Velvet Revolver to begin. Which they did with a bang! They started out with Let It Roll, She Mine, and Sucker Train Blues, getting the crowd whipped up early. Much like Alice, the band sounded great, Slash’s solos were awesome, and Weiland’s voice, while not as strong as in previous years, wasn’t bad at all. A couple of songs later they toned it down a little, brought out the stools and did a pseudo-acoustic bit with Last Fight, Interstate Love Song, and the nights first huge sing-along, GNR’s Patience, which was incredible. After the next GNR cover, It’s So Easy, the guy in front of me (late 30’s, early 40’s) turns around and asks me, “Is this on the new album?” I’m like, “Are you serious? That song is 20 years old! Its Guns N Roses! Appetite! Damn dude!!” Moron. And he’s supposed to be old enough to know better!! They did two encores, the last of which started with a cover of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, and the show closed with Slither. VR put on a fantastic show, Weiland was doing his patented freak-out dancing all night, Slash ripped it up, and the rhythm section of Duff, Dave and Matt held down their end as well. There weren’t nearly as many people there as I thought there’d be, especially on the lawn, so getting out was a snap!

VR’s full setlist: Let It Roll, She Mine, Sucker Train Blues, Superhuman, Do It For The Kids, Big Machine, Get Out The Door, Vasoline (STP), Last Fight, Interstate Love Song (STP), Patience (GNR), Pills Demons & Etc., Fall To Pieces, It’s So Easy (GNR), She Builds Quick Machines, Set Me Free, Mr Brownstone (GNR), Sex Type Thing (STP), Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd), Slither.

Short clips of every AIC song in the set:

Alice in Chains @ Darien Lake 8/16/07 from bucky716 and Vimeo.

The dude held up a toy rooster through the whole video, but here’s Rooster:

Rooster @ Rooster from bucky716 and Vimeo.

Clips of some VR songs:

Velvet Revolver @ Darien Lake 8/16/07 from bucky716 and Vimeo.

Jerry’s solo during Them Bones:

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