Ok, feel like time traveling? Imagine this as a rock n' roll lineup: The Replacements, The Pixies, Violent Femmes, Danzig, Guided by Voices, Blondie, Public Enemy, Joan Jett, Dinosaur Jr., X, T.S.O.L., Mission of Burma, and Suicidal Tendencies. 1988? 1992? How about September 13-15 in Chicago?
The '80s and '90s are back in the form of this year's Riot Fest and for anyone between the ages of 40-60, it's the modern equivalent of a rock and roll oldies show. Except this bunch is not going quietly into that good night. As evidenced by the Replacements reunion in Toronto over the weekend, the volume will be loud and the mosh pit will be perhaps the last moment for attendees to get a taste of their lost youth before getting their requisite hip replacements (no pun intended). It's the World's End, all over again. If you can't make Chicago, you can go to Denver the following week and also catch Iggy and the Stooges, Rocket from the Crypt, Bad Religion, Naked Raygun, and Superchunk, too. Many Epiphones and Chuck Taylor sneakers will be in attendance. And not a dry eye in the house.