Rocks Off has been both eagerly anticipating and dreading this week for months now. Anticipating because several of our all-time favorite bands are playing within the span of a few days, as are a couple of our favorite newer bands (though neither is especially new anymore) and one that we started out liking before ignoring them for several years and then, after finally coming around to the album that made them the newest American band to break into the arena/amphitheater atmosphere, begrudgingly sort of like again. (Guess which one that is.)
Dreading, though, because we also enjoy much more mundane activites such as eating, sleeping, reading, feeding our cat and, well, not doing anything at all. Rocks Off doesn't think we're going to get to do much of that this week. Boo hoo, we know.
Rocks Off is not going to every show this week - we couldn't even if we wanted to. But between us, Rocks Off Jr. and a couple of fearless freelancers, all the following shows will be covered right here between now and next Monday. Since we were curious ourselves, we looked up each one on concert wiki setlist.fm to see what we were in for. We thought we'd share it with our readers in case you're on the fence about participating in any of what we've come to call "Hell Week."
Bear in mind set lists are subject to change, but probably won't, at least not much. Of these, only Drive-By Truckers and Anthrax are not from the same tour that brings these artists to Houston. See you at the merch booth.
PIXIES Brady Theater, Tulsa, Okla., September 18
Intro Film (Un chien andalou) Dancing the Manta Ray Weird At My School Bailey's Walk Manta Ray Debaser Tame Wave of Mutilation I Bleed Here Comes Your Man Dead Monkey Gone To Heaven Mr. Grieves Crackity Jones La La Love You No. 13 Baby There Goes My Gun Hey Silver Gouge Away
Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf) Into the White
Caribou Vamos U-Mass Where Is My Mind? Gigantic
SMASHING PUMPKINS The Venue, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 17
Astral Planes Ava Adore Drown As Rome Burns A Song for a Son Today Eye Bullet With Butterfly Wings United States Spangled Tom Tom Stand Inside Your Love Tarantula Tonight, Tonight Cherub Rock
KINGS OF LEON 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla., September 18
Crawl Molly's Chambers My Party Mary Fans Revelry Closer Pyro Four Kicks The Bucket Notion Radioactive Sex on Fire On Call Back Down South Trani
Knocked Up Manhattan Use Somebody Black Thumbnail
THE BLACK KEYS 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla., September 18
I'll Be Your Man Strange Times Everlasting Light Next Girl Chop and Change Howlin' For You Tighten Up She's Long Gone Ten Cent Pistol Your Touch I Got Mine
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Rialto Theater, Tucson, Ariz., May 5
Drag the Lake Charlie Birthday Boy Santa Fe Carl Perkins Cadillac Daddy Learned to Fly Women Without Whiskey Outfit 3 Dimes Down Gravity's Gone Ronnie and Neil The Company I Keep After the Scene Dies Home Field Advantage Where the Devil Don't Stay Marry Me The Fourth Night of My Drinking Hell No, I Ain't Happy Sinkhole
You Got Another Box of Spiders Zip City Let There Be Rock
THE BLACK CROWES Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Ashville, N.C., September 19
Jealous Again Hotel Illness Whoa Mule Lost My Drivin' Wheel (Tom Rush cover) What is Home Ballad In Urgency Wiser Time East Virginia Blues (The Carter Family cover) Oh Josephine Nonfiction My Morning Song Miracle to Me
Movin' On Down the Line Black Moon Creeping Let It Be Gone (The Grease Band cover) Greenhorn Poor Elijah/Tribute To Johnson (Delaney and Bonnie cover) Downtown Money Waster Thorn In My Pride Hard to Handle (Otis Redding cover) Remedy
She Talks To Angels Hot Burrito #2 (The Flying Burrito Brothers cover)
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, N.C., September 18
Listen To Her Heart You Don't Know How It Feels I Won't Back Down Free Falling Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover) Mary Jane's Last Dance King's Highway Breakdown Jefferson Jericho Blues Good Enough Running Man's Bible I Should Have Known It Learning To Fly Don't Come Around Here No More Refugee
Runnin' Down a Dream American Girl
ZZ TOP Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, N.C., September 18
Got Me Under Pressure Cheap Sunglasses I Need You Tonight Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix cover) Gimmie All Your Lovin' Sharp Dressed Man Legs La Grange Tush
RUSH Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va., September 18
The Spirit of Radio Time Stand Still Presto Stick It Out Workin' Them Angels Leave That Thing Alone Faithless BU2B Free Will Marathon Subdivisions
Tom Sawyer Red Barchetta YYZ Limelight The Camera Eye Witch Hunt Vital Signs Caravan Drum Solo Closer To The Heart 2112 Part I: Overture 2112 Part II: The Temples Of Syrinx Far Cry
La Villa Strangiato Working Man
SLAYER WaMu Theater, Seattle, September 3
World Painted Blood Hate Worldwide War Ensemble Blood Red Spirit in Black Expendable Youth Dead Skin Mask Hallowed Point Skeletons of Society Temptation Born of Fire Seasons in the Abyss South of Heaven Raining Blood Aggressive Perfector Angel of Death
MEGADETH WaMu Theater, Seattle, September 3
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due Hangar 18 Take No Prisoners Five Magics Poison Was the Cure Lucretia Tornado of Souls Dawn Patrol Rust in Peace... Polaris Head Crusher Symphony of Destruction Peace Sells
ANTHRAX Sonisphere Festival, Pori, Finland, August 8
Caught in a Mosh Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover) Madhouse Antisocial (Trust cover) Indians Metal Thrashing Mad Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.) I Am the Law
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