Godsmack may have been the headliner at 2011’s 93X Fest in St. Paul, MN but most of those I polled were there to see Hollywood Undead. There are a few successful rock rap acts out there, Rage Against the Machine and Beastie Boys top the list, and Hollywood Undead are out to match their success. Based out of L.A. and touring in support of their 2011 CD, American Tragedy, they recently finished headlining the Revolt tour and are now playing a handful of summer festivals in Europe and the U.S.
Combining vibrant sounds with melodic rap, Hollywood Undead opened their set with Undead and bodies started surfing over the barricade. Danny, Charlie Scene, Johnny 3 Tears, and Funny Man continually switched positions and vocal duties on stage–looking very much like a New York City street thug dealing a game of 3-Card Monte. Their presence appeared chaotic as a whole but their sound was fluid and rhythmic.
They played a relatively short 45-minute set but covered everything that has charted including Everywhere I Go, Young, and they closed out their set with Hear Me Now. Momentum is building and I’m looking forward to catching them again, hopefully as a headliner with proper lighting.
2. Sell Your Soul
3. Been To Hell
5. Comin’ In Hot
6. Coming Back Down
7. My Town
9. Everywhere I Go
10. Hear Me Now
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Hollywood Undead Discography
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As the act before the headliner at an outdoor festival this set had quite a few things that made it difficult to photograph. Their set began just before 7 pm, dusk, with very little additional lighting. Ideally I would have preferred to use a wide angle for much of the 3-song limit but the stage height made a wide angle virtually useless. I did take a few shots to provide a general idea of their stage setup, but risers and monitors dotted the front of the stage that was already over 5 feet high.
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