Helmet and Toadies - Revolution, Fort Lauderdale - July 25

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The highlight of Helmet's set was, of course, "Unsung", off of Meantime. Hamilton's distinctly angular guitar playing was as crucial as ever, and he even spent most of the set playing the battered and modified metallic magenta ESP guitar most will recognize from the band's videos. When the group finally took a break to catch their breath, Hamilton introduced the members by their hometowns, and went on to drive home the nostalgia by mentioning the fact that their first album came out in 1990. The guitar-nerd in Hamilton peeked its head out at one point in the night when he informed some guitarists in the crowd (who had undoubtedly met him earlier in the day) that the upcoming song begins with a B flat 13th chord, which made a lot more sense after a stroll to the merch table, which featured his instructional guitar DVD.

After Helmet finished their marathon set of 15 songs, Toadies came out to a Revolution that had lost some of its crowd. Perhaps the two band's fan bases are not as well aligned as they had assumed? At any rate, the spirit in the room remained, and people were stoked to chase the past via the sounds of Toadies.

The exuberant crowd enjoyed the vast majority of the group's platinum selling album, Rubberneck, and the sing-a-long kicked off immediately in the form of the song "I Come From the Water." The band sounded great, and they all shared the look of joy that can only come from a second opportunity to do what they love in front of a crowd that appeared as excited as they were.

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David Von Bader