Detroit Michigan’s own rock station 101 WRIF held their 3rd annual Riff FEST with Shinedown, Seether, Pop Evil, Badflower and Wilson on the main stage with New Years Day, Diamante, Dinosaur Pile Up and Broken Hands on the Hall Financial Stage.
Festival gates were at 1:30 and the party was well underway in the parking lot from the start. WRIF DJs Screamin Scott Randall, Meltdown and Steve Black were among those on hand spreading the love for all things WRIF. The show was a sellout with a great crowd who came to party with minimal disturbance of the peace.
The show started in the parking lot on the Hall Financial Stage With Broken Hands starting the party. They got the crowd ready for the fun that was to come and set the stage for Dinosaur Pile Up to come out and take the party into 2nd gear. Notable was the Single “Back foot”. Diamante came out with a purpose, cranking through some of their songs including “sleepwalking” and a cover of Bad Wolves “Hear Me Now”. Headlining the Hall Financial Stage was New Years Day who brought the brought the brutalz playing a cover of Pantera’s “Fucking Hostile”. Singer Ashley Costello was on fire. They finished their set with “Skeletons”.
Enter the Main Stage:
The band Wilson Got things started there quickly with their song “Dumptruck” followed by “Wrong Side Of History” and “Windows Down”. They rocked a cover of Billy Squier’s “The Stroke”. This was the last performance of singer/guitarist Kyle Landry having amicably parted the band.
Badflower followed up with their brand of rock starting off with the song “x ANA x”. Notable was their performance of “Animal” which saw Zach Myers of Shinedown come out and play guitar so singer/guitarist Josh Katz could crowdsurf.
Next comes out Local favorite Pop Evil who immediately busted out their crowd revver “Boss’s Daughter”. They went into a short cover of Drowning Pool’s “Bodies” during their own song “Deal With The Devil”. Hit after hit continued including “Torn To Pieces”, “100 in a 55”, “Waking Lions” and “Trenches”. Singer Leigh Kakaty and band did not disappoint and their sound was well refined and crystal clear.
After a short change over we are blessed with Shaun Morgan and co of Seether who kicked off their set with “Gasoline”. The crowd knows every word of course and was happy to sing along with Morgan. Seether also has a formidable stash of hits and they were happy to play them for us. “Rise Above This”, “Country Song”, “Fine Again” and “Fake It” were notable performances.
Capping off the evening was Shinedown. The concussive blasts for the chorus of their opener “Devil” told you that we were in for a wild ride! Hit after hit commenced including “Monsters”, “45” and “Bully”. The stage went dark and the band emerged with the drums at the soundboard and the rest of the band on the hill performing “Amaryllis”, “Through The Ghost”, “If You Only Knew” and “Second Chance”. The atmosphere was absolutely electric with a capacity crowd singing every word. The band made their way back to the main stage and brought out their trusty cover song that is arguably better than the original in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”. They followed up with “Cut The Cord”, “Get Up”, and “Sound Of Madness”. They ended the evening with the song “Brilliant” and that was a perfect cap to a hot and humid day.
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