Riot Fest’s tenth anniversary just got a hell of a lot more interesting. According to a press release sent this morning, the festival’s Chicago and Denver stops will feature a series of performances called “10 Years. 10 Essential Albums.” In a move that one-ups similar efforts by All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pitchfork and other nostalgia-prone outlets, Riot goers will be treated to live renditions of classic records by Slayer (Reign in Blood), Weezer (The Blue Album), The Get Up Kids (Something to Write Home About) and more.
“During last year’s Violent Femmes’ set at Riot,” explained organizer Michael Petryshyn, “where they performed Violent Femmes unannounced in its entirety, it dawned on me that if we ever did an album play thing at Riot. We should make it something that the fans would remember years from now. So, I literally was walking back to my trailer after their set and it hit me… ’10 Years. 10 Essential Albums.’”
While nine of the acts involved have been revealed, one won’t be for a few more weeks. As Petryshyn puts it, “We have one more band playing an album that we’re immensely excited about … but it wouldn’t be Riot if we didn’t tease a little beforehand.”
Here’s a rundown of who we can expect where, plus a complete listing of each city’s lineup…
TORONTO (SEPTEMBER 6-7):
City and Colour * Metric * The National * Billy Talent * Rise Against * The Flaming Lips * Social Distortion * Death Cab for Cutie * Death from Above 1979 * Brand New * Paul Weller * AWOLNATION * Stars * The Head and the Heart * Dropkick Murphys * Die Antwoord * Tokyo Police Club * The New Pornographers * Taking Back Sunday * Bring Me the Horizon * The Afghan Whigs * Alkaline Trio * Glassjaw * Bob Mould * Thurston Moore * Buzzcocks * Clutch * New Found Glory * Circa Survive * Manchester Orchestra * Lucero * Title Fight * Bad Suns * Citizen * Lemuria * Mounties * PUP * Nostalghia * Radkey * Rubblebucket * Pentimento * Broncho * The Hotelier * Laura Stevenson * The Beaches * Somos * Restorations * Say Yes * Seaway * Wounds * Little Big League & More to be announced…
CHICAGO (SEPTEMBER 12-14):
The Cure * Jane’s Addiction * The National * Rise Against * Weezer *The Flaming Lips * Social Distortion * Slayer * The Offspring * Wu-Tang Clan *Descendents * Tegan and Sara * Metric * Samhain * Cheap Trick * ???? * P*ssy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina) * Patti Smith * Taking Back Sunday Die Antwoord * City and Colour * Paul Weller * The Used * Bring Me The Horizon * ???? * NOFX * Dropkick Murphys * Gogol Bordello *Of Mice & Men * Mastodon *The Afghan Whigs * Naked Raygun * C*ck Sparrer * Dashboard Confessional * Superchunk * Billy Bragg * Blue Meanies * Lucero * New Found Glory * Saosin w/ Anthony Green * ???? * Mighty Mighty Bosstones *The Murder City Devils Mudhoney * Failure * Hot Snakes * The Dandy Warhols * Thurston Moore * Circa Survive * The Get Up Kids * Motion City Soundtrack * Me First and the Gimme Gimmes * Streetlight Manifesto * Clutch * GWAR * Buzzcocks * Andrew W.K. * Bouncing Souls * Stiff Little Fingers * Face to Face * Kurt Vile & The Violators * Marky Ramone w/ the Bouncing Souls * Wavves * Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears * We Came As Romans * Senses Fail * The Orwells * ALL * Mineral * Title Fight * La Dispute * RX Bandits *Samiam * 7 Seconds *Anti-Flag * The Menzingers * The Front Bottoms * Silverstein * Emarosa * Citizen * The World is a Beautiful Place… * Bad Suns * The Pizza Underground * The Hotelier * Nostalghia * In The Valley Below * Radkey * Pianos Become The Teeth * Modern Baseball * I Am the Avalanche * Skaters Laura Stevenson * Cerebral Ballzy * Red City Radio * PUP * Dads * Show You Suck * The Unlikely Candidates * Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas * My Gold Mask * The Bots * Broncho * The American Scene * Baby Baby * Restorations *Wounds * Plague Vendor * Team Spirit * Somos Rose’s Pawn Shop * Chumped *Archie Powell & The Exports * Ex Friends * UR Lineup Sux * Bro Ughhh, My Parents Are Here & more to be announced!!
DENVER (SEPTEMBER 19-21):
The Cure * The National * Rise Against * Weezer * Social Distortion * The Flaming Lips * Primus * Slayer * Sublime with Rome * Wu-Tang Clan * TV on the Radio * Descendents * A Day To Remember * NOFX * Die Antwoord * Dropkick Murphys * Bring Me the Horizon * Gogol Bordello * Violent Femmes * City and Colour * The Used * Taking Back Sunday * Manchester Orchestra * New Found Glory * Lucero * Failure * Hot Snakes * Me First and the Gimme Gimmes * Clutch * Bouncing Souls * Face to Face * Glassjaw * Buzzcocks * Dum Dum Girls * Bob Mould * Stiff Little Fingers * All * La Dispute * Mineral * We Came As Romans * The Expendables * 3OH!3 * The Menzingers * Big Freedia * The Orwells * Passafire * Larry and his Flask * Nostalgia * Skaters * In the Valley Below * Dads * Pianos Become the Teeth * I Am The Avalanche * Radkey * Cerebral Ballzy * Red City Radio * Wounds * The Unlikely Candidates * Sole and DJ Pain 1 * The Bots * Tiny Moving Parts * Plague Vendor * My Body Sings Electric