Mudvayne Rock the Big Day Out in Perth, Australia
Band Photo: Mudvayne (?)
Now in it's 14th year, the Big Day Out is Australia's largest one-day music festival, travelling to five major cities in Australia as well as Auckland, New Zealand. While previous years have seen big-name metal acts included in the lineup such as Slipknot, Metallica, Hatebreed, and Soulfly, the 2006 bill was a little lighter in tone with Iggy and the Stooges, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand and Kings of Leon topping the list of 30-odd bands.
Mudvayne took to the main stage at 2:10pm, to a large crowd for so early the day. It was obvious by the number of metal t-shirts that many of the punters had braved the heat just for the Illinois metallers, the only heavy act on the bill.
Chad, Greg, Ryan and Matt came on stage to the Darth Vader march and launched into 'Determined'. Chad chatted with the crowd - apologising for the five year gap between visits downunder - before the show continued with 'Negative One', 'Death Blooms' and 'TV Radio' off the current album Lost and Found. 'Not Falling' was followed by 'Happy?' and the all-too-short set was capped off with Mudvayne's first single 'Dig', which sent the crowd ballistic.
Fortunately the performance was not marred by equipment trouble like at the Big Day Out in Brisbane a week earlier, where either a power generator failure or blown speakers (depending on which report you read) stopped the show early.
Definitely a highlight of the day, Mudvayne's set showed what an outstanding live band they are, blending blistering technical skill with raw aggression in songs that you can dance to. The crowd took advantage of the set as one of the few moshing opportunities for the day. The guys rocked hard and the final impression: 50 minutes is not nearly enough Mudvayne.
You can view some general photos from the event here, including some shots of Mudvayne.
Kay Smoljak is an Aussie photographer, geek, metalhead and goat aficioado who is currently hiding out in Berlin. She blogs sometimes at enter the goatlady.
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