REWIND! Pennywise – Riot Fest 2010

[REWIND! is a weekly feature where Hugh Voltage and Ray De Ation dig through the archives of previous coverage. The original words and photos are published with modern commentary about what they think now.] This Week: Pennywise – Riot Fest 2010

Hugh: I’ve seen plenty of Pennywise in Chicago. This show still stands out in my mind because Pennywise got a raw deal when it came to their thirty minute set. They could have easily killed it for three times as long.

Original review follows: Pennywise – Riot Fest 2010
Even with the replacement of their original vocalist Jim Lindberg a mere eight months ago, the Pennywise performance at Riot Fest perfectly illustrated why they’re one of the most successful punk bands of all time. There’s a reason they’ve sold over 3 million records sold and managed to stay relevant for more than two decades. It’s because they’re pretty damn good at what they do.

Raging, powerfully, through their half hour set, they kept an exhausted audience vertical and moving with classics like “Bro Hymn” and “Peaceful Day.” The mosh pit engulfed half of the crowd that was on the floor and there were tattooed fists raised as far back as the seats in support. The new singer Zoli Téglás had big shoes to fill – especially in the audience participation area – but Fletcher Dragge was more than willing to lend a hand. Taking a break to drop some stereotypical Pennywise knowledge before “Peaceful Day”, he said, “There’s always another fucking new day tomorrow. Get up and do it again, do it better.” Even with the lineup changes they’re going to keep getting up and trying it every day. We wouldn’t expect any less from the punk legends.

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