In the midst of what I think might be the best time of year for sports fans, I've struggled to find the time to keep up with another love of mine, music. So it's no surprise that I had no idea that the band list and details were released today for KQRC's Rockfest 2010 concert.
The first thing that jumped out at me was that the show has seemed to evolve from a summer concert to a more of a spring bash. Until last year, the show had always been in June. This year's show is slated for Saturday May 15th. At this rate, we'll be wondering whether next year's show will coincide with Royals' opening day.
I just don't see the logic. Most students, high school or college, will either be needing to study for finals or will be planning their graduation. Or, better yet, their graduation IS that Saturday. Nice. That'll sell some tickets. And I'm no weatherman, but I've seen May in Kansas City. It may be March, but my extended forecast for May 15th and pretty much every other day in May is calling for rain. And lots of it. Maybe the Rockfest coordinators like turning the show into 'Mudfest'. In my experiences, though, it doesn't add to the fun, but instead, it puts you down a pair of shoes.
My biggest beef with this year's presentation is the most important element of all: the bands. Godsmack, Three Days Grace, and Seether. Papa Roach, Drowning Pool, and Rev Theory. Now, with all due respect to these bands, and there isn't much, but is this Rockfest 2005? How about something fresh? It's almost like they wanted to do a Rockfest - Greatest Hits, sans the great hits.
One of the reasons there are very few new bands out that impress me is these bands' failure to evolve, from song to song, from album to album. Godsmack and Seether? They're the same bands they were when their first albums dropped. Papa Roach? Maybe they've evolved, if you consider letting your producer write your songs instead of your band evolution. And Drowning Pool? Let's not even get started on them. Three words: Just. Go. Away.
And worst of all, KQRC, corporate radio master Johnny Dare and all, add to it by their own failure to evolve. The same songs, the same bands, the same concerts, this is not what made 98.9 great originally. I think the station and Rockfest is great for Kansas City, I just hate to see it become so watered down. In my days of youth (which are still ongoing), I was an avid 98.9 listener. I've now gone almost two full years without listening to the station, and today I got a reminder that absolutely nothing has changed. Before last year, I'd gone to seven consecutive Rockfests. For the second year now, I'll be sitting it out. But you won't hear me cryin' like a bitch, because I know I won't be missing anything.