Rock 'n' roll is one of two jobs in which you are encouraged to set your tools on fire when you're done with them––the other, of course, is dentistry. Hear hot licks with this GrouponLive deal to see Epicenter: Southern California’s Rock Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine. For $25, you get one G-Pass for seating in the terrace level in section 9 or 14 or in sections 10–13, rows FFF–QQQ, on Saturday, September 22, at 11:30 a.m. (up to a $58 value, including fees). Doors open at 11:30 a.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.
Eleven bands converge at Epicenter for an all-day aural assault with screeching guitars, feed-backing amplifiers, and throaty bellows. Headliner Stone Temple Pilots kept radio stations well-fed in the ‘90s with the gritty, grunge-flavored arena rock heard in instant classics such as “Interstate Love Song,” “Plush,” and “Wicked Garden.” Fans endured STP’s near-decade-long absence before the band grabbed its guitars, re-Sharpied its tattoos, and reunited for its sixth, self-titled album in 2010. The record shot to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 behind infectious singles such as “Between the Lines,” whose unabashed chorus declares, “You were always my favorite drug/Even when we used to do drugs.” Scott Weiland, Eric Kretz, and Robert and Dean DeLeo have continued their momentum in their live shows, working the crowd with a mix of beloved hits and newer songs.
Before Stone Temple Pilots command the stage, Deftones traverse the north and south poles of vocal terrain, as frontman Chino Moreno alternates between whispers and screams on hits such as “My Own Summer (Shove It),” “Change (In the House of Flies),” and “You’ve Seen the Butcher.” During last summer’s tour, Moreno told Rolling Stone that he wants their live material to be both “brutally, savagely slicing” and “even more embracing and hugging.” Like STP, Bush recently returned after a 10-year hiatus following a string of hits wrought from frontman Gavin Rossdale, such as “Glycerine” and “Machinehead.” After the band’s single, “The Sound of Winter,” charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, a Billboard headline declared, “Like They Never Left.”
Members of System of a Down perform as Scars on Broadway, and the trio of Chicago-bred rockers in Chevelle anchors the stage with cement-filled amplifiers and heavy tracks such as “Face to the Floor” off last year’s Hats Off to the Bull. Also performing are Hollywood Undead, Escape the Fate, Dead Sara, Hyro Da Hero, Crash Kings, and Beware of Darkness.
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.