View Full Version : M3Fest Day 2 -- Columbia, MD -- May 12th, 2012

05-13-2012, 04:14 PM
Went to 2nd day of M3 Festival. It was quite hot outside and I was a bit regretting long pants. We saw NO scalpers (way different from last year), and had to get tickets at the counter ($40@- which is not a bad price at all considering the number of bands). I didn't get a chance to look at any of the merch

We heard the last couple of XYZ songs while walking in, so we figured things were running about 15 minutes behind. I think we heard "Sex Action" as we were walking to the WC/beer area.

We headed over to hear Bang Tango, whom I was pumped for. HOWEVER they had a pretty horrible setlist. I don't know WHY they picked so many new songs (that didn't sound good..). At least Joe was trying, which is more than I can say for Don Dokken, later.

Dokken came on the main stage, and sounded great...until Don started 'singing.' He lacked any emotion, motivation, conviction, or energy. I was very disappointed because last year he totally sounded great and wanted to be there. He made a remark about being off of drugs... he shoulda got back on em to sing better. The band sounded good, but Don just was disrespectful phoning in the performance like that.

Loudness started partway on Dokken's last song, and started with the killer "Crazy Nights." They sounded great, and were in similar shape as when we saw them last year. They played several songs that I didn't know, but they all sounded very good. Professional, energetic, and worlds different from Don.

Warrant (sans the deceased Jani Lane) were on next, and I knew they would be good. They delivered for the most part. Except, they too were victim to the 'hey lets play a bunch of new songs' syndrome. Apart from that, they were solid.

Lynch Mob was up next- we were hoping they'd play some Dokken songs (or even the same Dokken set) and blow Don off the stage. They played nearly all Lynch Mob songs (a couple Lynch-Pilson ones tho I think). I dunno why George opted to play Mr. Scary during his short set, and as early as they did... regardless they kept up the Warrant-high. Milla left during the last song.

The "All Star" Jam (not really full of All-Stars except the Appices) consisted of the Appice drummer brothers, the bassist and guitar player from Stryper, Warrant's singer, and a couple other guys. They played a very short set of covers. I dunno why only 3 songs. Sounded good tho.

Quiet Riot (sans the deceased Kevin DuBrow) had a new singer and I was amazed as to how close to Kevin he sounded. They sounded pretty good, but they shoulda been earlier on the bill I thought. Pleasantly surprised, but Warrant shoula played this slot probably.

Next up was the oddly chosen Queensryche. They started off on the wrong foot by playing 2 songs that sucked. Geoff sounded great, but he was singing songs that didn't sound good. Also, their whole vibe was the serious/progressive as opposed to fun/party/lighthearted. While putting on a good performance, they just killed the 'good times' vibe that was going on. I think they woulda been a better choice for the Rob Zombie/Megadave show the next day. Oh well.

Skid Row capitalized on Queensryche's buzzkill and totally kicked ass. I thought their singer was going to be crap compared to Bach, but he actually was really good- a fitting replacement. They only had one new song, and otherwise were hit after hit- their one new song was short. I think we sang/yelled along for the last half of their set. I was feeling horse at that point- and Ratt wasn't even on yet! They put on my favourite performance of the day.

Ratt rolled out to a very enthusiastic crowd after an Eddie Trunk introduction. I have no complaints- they sounded great, nice n loud, and they played the silly "Way Cool Jr." along with like all of their hits. I think they had reunited with their original bass player, Juan. Their set was over at around 11, which was a bit earlier than I thought (Kix played until around 11:30 the night before). I think they were the best band of the day, but not my favourite.

Overall a great concert, despite being hella tired, man. Looking forward to next year and what their lineup will be!

LA Guns

Sex Action
Never enough
You better not love me (New song)
Sleazy come easy go
Electric. Gypsy
Ballad of Jane
Rip n tear

Bang Tango

Hey Hey Hey find your way (new)
Ready to go
Attack of life
? (new song)
Soul 2 soul
Someone like like you


Kiss of death
The Hunter
You just got lucky
Into the fire
Drums mini solo
Breaking the chains
Alone again
Its not love
Tooth and nail
In my dreams


Rock n roll crazy nights
Crazy doctor
Let it go
? (New song)
? (New song)
Rock this Way


Down boys
Innocence Gone
Sometimes she cries
Life's a Song (new)
I saw red
? (new song)
Home (new song)
Sex Ain't Love (?)
Uncle tom cabin
Cherry pie

Lynch Mob

She's so evil but she's mine
River of love
Mr scary
Where do you Sleep at Night?
Sweet sister mercy
Wicked sensation

"All Star" Jam ( warrant singer , Carmine, Vinnie ,bassist and guitarist from Stryper)

Rainbow in the dark (DIO cover)
All right now (Free cover)
Heaven and hell (Black Sabbath cover)

Quiet Riot

Run for cover
Slick black Cadillac
Mama Weer all crazy now
Sign of the times
Loves a bitch
Cum on feel the the noize
Metal health


Get Started
I don't believe in love
Hit the Black
I'm American
NM 156
Screaming in Digital
Lady wore Black
Walk in the shadows
Silent lucidity
Jet city woman
Eyes of a stranger

Skid Row

Star spangled banner
Big guns
Piece of me
New Generation
Slave to Grind
I remember you
Monkey business
18 n life
Youth gone wild


Dangerous but worth the risk
Scene of the crime (Mic went out )
In your direction
Wanted man
I'm insane
Lay it down
Lack of communication
Way cool junior
You think you're tough
Nobody rides for Free
Body talk
Back for more
You're in love
Round n round

05-13-2012, 04:17 PM
I want a Skid Row tour. It's been too long.

05-13-2012, 04:47 PM
At least Queensryche didn't end with Silent Lucidity. The ultimate buzz kill.

05-13-2012, 04:49 PM
Come on Queensryche, that setlist is over a year old now.

05-13-2012, 06:53 PM
Pretty cool line up. Sounds like a fun show!

05-14-2012, 12:40 AM
Next up was the oddly chosen Queensryche. They started off on the wrong foot by playing 2 songs that sucked.
Damaged? Sucked? Does not compute.

05-14-2012, 03:36 AM
Damaged? Sucked? Does not compute.

I'll go listen to it again, cause I was scratching my head trying to figure out what song it was. FOr opening a festival I think they shoulda picked a more energetic / RECOGNIZABLE song. Just my 2 cents tho

05-14-2012, 03:37 AM
At least Queensryche didn't end with Silent Lucidity. The ultimate buzz kill.

Woulda been a great lullaby

Metal MX
05-14-2012, 10:33 AM
Who is singing now for Skid Row and for Quiet Riot and how is they performance?

05-14-2012, 02:56 PM
The entire festival was shot in HD and showed live on HD NET here in Maryland. I guess other places too. The clips are hitting youtube now. I'm jamming NM 156 as I type this:


05-15-2012, 04:41 AM
Who is singing now for Skid Row and for Quiet Riot and how is they performance?

I'd google it but Johnny Solinger has been with them almost if not longer than Bach.

Quiet Riot's singer sounded eerily like Kevin DuBrow O_O;

05-16-2012, 06:13 PM
Just to clarify, when the Appice's played Heaven and Hell, they had all of Stryper, sans Robert (drummer), as that song appeared on the very well received recent Stryper release, The Covering! So Michael sang on that one. That being said, the Stryper set was awesome!!

The singer for Skid Row said he was celebrating 13 years with the band. I agree, he sounded great.

Geoff Tate's a big egotistical loser now. I really can't listen to anything after Rage anymore, except Promised Land... I couldn't believe they pulled out Damaged... what an awesome song (especially paired with 9:28am and I am I! which they didn't do in this show but the biginning of that CD is awesome!!)

LA Guns did a good job too. Never Enough is always a crowd-pleaser. I just wish they'd play it closer to the end, though maybe I just like it more than most.

What can I say about the Ratt set... Awesome. Stephen attempted more notes in that show than the 5 other times I have seen them combined... lol (caveat... I haven't seen them since the late 90's). I still can't believe they opened with two album closers (Dangerous from Invasion and Scene of the Crime from Out of the Cellar). The only song that I would have liked to see them add was Drive Me Crazy from the very underrated Dancing Undercover!

05-18-2012, 09:32 AM
Just to clarify, when the Appice's played Heaven and Hell, they had all of Stryper, sans Robert (drummer),... So Michael sang on that one.

Sweet- thanks for the clarification- we got there too late for Stryper. I do agree that cover album was decent.