Bands often run back onstage for an encore, especially if the crowd is chanting for them or if security hasn't been able to capture the live animal running loose backstage. Go wild with this GrouponLive deal to see the Trespass America Festival featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and more at the Hollywood Palladium. For $20, you get one G-Pass for general admission on Tuesday, August 28, at 5 p.m. (up to a $52 value, including all fees). Doors open at 4 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
The Trespass America Festival infiltrates the Hollywood Palladium with a lineup of seven metal bands determined to slay the crowd with an arsenal of acoustics. Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory promises the event to be "a theme-park thrill ride for metalheads." Zoltan's slashing riffs and indefatigable guitar needling powers his band through their latest album, American Capitalist. Its antagonistic, come-at-me anthem "Back for More" soundtracks the digital gridiron battle in Madden NFL '12, as well as Knucklehead fans' morning battle for cleanliness in the shower.
Killswitch Engage gets back on the stage with its original vocalist, Jesse Leach, the frontman who rocked 2002's Alive or Just Breathing. After dates in Europe, Trivium returns stateside to tout In Waves, the latest album in which metal's horizons were broadened by layering the genre's signature sound with fire extinguishers, cardboard tubes, and other unlikely instruments. Four hundred shows in two years have hardened Pop Evil into grizzled road warriors who sing about the "hell on heels" that is "Boss's Daughter." Battlecross, God Forbid, and Queens outfit Emmure will also take the stage to keep heads banging and practice heralding the apocalypse.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.
The Hollywood Palladium
On Halloween 1940, hundreds of couples clad in suits and cocktail gowns flooded into a brand-new concert hall. Bas-relief pillars and crushed-velvet curtains flanked a bandstand that today would seem comically small, its curves echoed in a series of sweeping, backlit circles rippling across the ceiling and ending in a wrap-around balcony where guests could look down on the sea of elegantly coiffed heads. But most importantly, there was lots and lots of room to dance.
That’s remained true in the many decades since the Hollywood Palladium’s grand opening. Over the years, the venue has hosted everyone from Black Flag and The Ramones to The Offspring and Jay-Z, and though a flashy modern light and video system now fills the stage, it still looks out on a massive dance floor lit by anachronistic chandeliers. Of course, guests might well guess at this blend of modern spectacle and old-school panache just from the venue’s façade, whose enormous neon letters tower above the marquee’s list of the big names on deck that week.