The 2013 Voodoo Experience announced a handful of its headliners for the November music festival. Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Boys Noize, The Gaslight Anthem, Big Gigantic, How to Destroy Angels, Cults, Alkaline Trio, Desaparecidos and Robert DeLong are among the first-announced headliners for the 15th annual event. Voodoo will announce more in the coming months.
The 2013 Voodoo Experience is Nov. 1-3 at City Park. Find tickets and more information here.
New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis will miss tonight's game with the Philadelphia 76ers — Davis suffered a minor concussion against the Utah Jazz last week. The team bounced back without Davis and defeated the Chicago Bulls 89-82 on Saturday, Nov. 3, putting the team at 2-1.
Before his injury, Davis visited the 2012 Voodoo Experience, hung out with 93.3-FM DJ Slab 1, and played a hilarious one-on-one with producer Mannie Fresh on Magazine Street.
Davis said he has "zero" hip-hop skills, but told Slab he wants to be a rapper. Watch Davis talk about his first impressions of his new town, take on Fresh, and try to freestyle rap.
"Who's ready for the greatest artist in this industry?"
That was Israeli dubstep producer giant Borgore, wrapping up his set at the 2012 Voodoo Experience and introducing his colleague Skrillex, who closed the Le Plur stage. Borgore let out an "Oh, fuck" when his question was answered with the loudest response of his entire set.
The crowd, mostly chain-smoking teenagers in sunglasses, pushed in and tripled in size. Double-fisting drinkers elbowed their way to a better viewing spot. A mustached man, easily the oldest guy there and wearing a serape and bandana, paced the crowd and announced he had "molly and mushrooms."
Nobody was buying — though I'm sure he found a few customers among the few thousand people gathered for Skrillex. But this being a stage sponsored by an energy drink, nobody needed anything — and judging by the guy behind me ("I've had like three Red Bulls"), who narrated his brain fart commentary aloud and into my ear, this was "the hottest thing right now."
After selling 75 million albums with Eurythmics, Dave Stewart may not be used to playing to small crowds. About a couple hundred people gathered for his set on the Le Carnival stage. Living in Southern California seems to have rubbed off on him. He covered a Tom Petty song and then sang a tribute to Stevie Nicks. Stewart drew on Eurythmics hits for the final two songs, when he invited (as announced) the Soul Rebels on stage. The two bands had not performed together before, and barely did for the first song, a faithful rendition of "Would I Lie to You." The Soul Rebels were relegated to the back left corner of the stage and chimed in quietly. When Stewart started "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," the Rebels were still at the back of the stage. Stewart went almost entirely through the song before stepping aside and letting the Soul Rebels come to the front and do their version, and finally both bands played it together, which worked rather well.
(Update: Stewart played "Don't Come Around Here No More," which in fact he cowrote with Tom Petty. I should have given him full credit for playing his own music.)
Another good set from a Southern California band came from Chicano Batman. Dressed in matching blue tux shirts, the group played Latin grooving rock, sometimes lounge-y, sometimes flirting with psychedelia. The lower-fi it went the better. The band is in town for several more shows before heading back west.
Austin, Texas rapper Zeale promised to freestyle rap with three words the audience provided. He got "cornucopia," "rigamaroo" and either "beast" or "peace," I wasn't sure, but he used both. As for rigamaroo, he said he had no idea what it meant but rhymed it anyway and moved on.
The Silversun Pickups sounded good if not monotone. Friday night, the band members went through the House of Shock, which apparently isn't just for metal bands.
Many braved a chilly day and waited out Metallica, which was sharp and extremely loud on well known material like "Master of Puppets." It had younger and older fans pumping their fists and barking the chorus, showing New Orleans has plenty of metal fans.
"Ever felt the urge to ‘Whac-A-Hipster?’" asks multi-billion dollar international car company Toyota, which invites music fans at Voodoo to "live our their hipster-whacking fantasies" at the Prius Family Playground.
I don't know about you, but when I've rounded up the wife and kids and need a quick break from the daily grind, nothing cools me down like a refreshing round of bloody-knuckled fisticuffs with a fashionable teen.
Me and my fellow meat-headed family men slap on our sleeveless tees, yellow sunglasses and get to work on burying our hands into the faces of quirky kids in cardigan sweaters. Thanks, Toyota, for sharing the family-style approach to beating the shit out of people I don't like.
Now that you've got my attention, what else can we check out at this year's Toyota Prius Family Playground?
Many New Orleanians have heard the Soul Rebels cover the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (are made of this)," but have you heard them cover Metallica's hit "Enter Sandman"? The clip above from one of Metallica's 30th anniversary concerts in San Francisco shows the Rebels can do a pretty good job with it. The Rebels will join Eurhythmics' guitarist Dave Stewart at Voodoo for a cover of "Sweet Dreams." Should we expect a cameo with Metallica as well?
UPDATE: I spoke with Soul Rebels snare drummer Lumar Leblanc Tuesday afternoon, and he says the band would be interested in playing with Metallica, but the two bands haven't discussed it.
The video below doesn't show the bands really meshing, but they performed together at the anniversary party.
Video of the Soul Rebels covering "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and Lars Ulrich on trombone after the jump.
Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong checked into a substance abuse facility last month after a profanity-laced diva meltdown in front of a Las Vegas audience. The band subsequently issued a statement saying, "We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances," but the Voodoo appearance, it was hoped, would be a comeback of sorts for the band.
Green Day's next album, ¡Dos!, is scheduled to be released next month.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Avett Brothers and Gary Clark Jr. hold down the main stage Friday, Oct. 26.
Green Day, Justice and Silversun Pickups headline the schedule on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Jack White, Skrillex, Nas and Coheed & Cambria close out the weekend's schedule on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Rap legend Nas and Coheed are some new additions to the lineup — the latter appeared at the 2007 Voodoo. Voodoo also added a big crop of local artists — Feufollet, Casa Samba, Katey Red, Cheeky Black, New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, New Rebel Family, Coyotes and others join the bill.
Single-day tickets also are available, at $90, and weekend passes start at $175, available here.
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