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Anaheim Set to be Bamboozled
Written by Chris Johnson   
Monday, 08 March 2010 00:16

The Bamboozle Music Festival, an annual alternative rock event, will be invading the Festival Grounds at Angel Stadium on Saturday, March 27th, and Sunday, March 28th, for 19 hours of music and good times. The festival will feature over 19 musical artists, on five different stages, including festival headliners AFI and Something Corporate. Other notable bands who will grace the stages at the Festival Grounds of Angel Stadium include Angels & Airwaves, The Maine, Say Anything, and Circa Survive.

The roots of AFI and Something Corporate both stem from California, but the headliners have enjoyed success on the national music scene as well. The early goals of AFI, who formed in 1990, included releasing a few singles and playing venues along the San Francisco Bay area. 20 years later AFI finds themselves with two highly successful albums, “Sing the Sorrow” and “Decemberunderground”, as well as a number of big time performances, including performing on Saturday Night Live and at Live Earth.

Fans of Something Corporate will be in for a treat at the Bamboozle Music Festival, as the Festival will be the first time Something Corporate has played a live show in five years. Another interesting note about Something Corporate involves the variety of the band’s influences, which range from Elton John and Billy Joel, to Jimmy Eat World and The Counting Crows.

Angels & Airwaves sticks out against other bands on the lineup due to the enormous amount of talent that comprises Angels & Airwaves. Tom DeLonge, of Blink 182, fronts the band. Atom Willard, the drummer of The Offspring, plays drums for the group. Bassist, Matt Wachter, is also known for being the bassist for 30 Seconds to Mars. Guitarist, David Kennedy, who has played for bands like Hazen Street and Over My Dead Body, rounds out Angels & Airwaves.

The Maine, who started out in Phoenix, Arizona, proves to be a band on the rise. The group, named after Ivory’s song “Coast of Maine”, looks to make 2010 a record year. The band recently signed with Action Theory/Sire Records and will be headlining their first tour this summer. Additionally, The Maine plans to release a new studio album, entitled “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”, this summer. 

The members of Say Anything are very creative, to say the least. Their creativity is illustrated by their self-entitled album, released last November. The cover art of “Say Anything” features a ridiculous looking superhero, complete with a pair of underwear over his spandex, and tube socks on his feet. On their website Say Anything reveals the inspiration of the album to be the idea that “We are in danger and any one of us has the power to save us.” 

At first glance, Circa Survive seems to be a vague and generic group of musicians. For instance, on their Myspace page Circa Survive lists their influences as “Everything.” However, after doing a little research you will find Circa Survive truly receives influence from everything. An interview of Circa Survive, done by Steven Robertshaw for the Alternative Press website in 2007, reveals this with the fact the band members of Circa Survive are highly philosophical, even questioning the basics of life.

Tickets for the Bamboozle Music Festival can be purchased at www.thebamboozle.com for $45 (single day tickets) or $82 (two day pass). For $200 you can purchase a three day pass, which gives you access to an exclusive pre-bamboozle concert on Friday, March 26th, which will feature cover sets from Circa Survive (performing Nirvana material), The Maine (playing an Everclear set list), Say Anything (performing the music of The Misfits), and All Day Holiday (playing Beach Boys songs). The three day pass will also give you access to the Bamboozle VIP lounge, where you can meet some of the artists.

The Bamboozle Music Festival has been an annual tradition since 2003. Bands such as Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Plain White T’s, and My Chemical Romance have all graced the Bamboozle stage in the past. With the likes of AFI, Something Corporate, Angels & Airwaves, and so many others, this year’s Bamboozle Music Festival in California should prove to be a highly enjoyable event. Doors will open for the festival on Saturday, March 27th at 2:00pm and Sunday, March 28th at 1:00pm.     


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