Kudz and I went to the M3 Rock Festival this past Saturday in Columbia, MD. As you can imagine from the poster, it was quite a spectacle. After beginning our day with some Chinese food for lunch and stopping at the Columbia mall to pick up a seat for the lawn at Merriweather, we followed our ears towards the blaring hair metal that was projecting from the wooded venue.
Upon arrival, we quickly made our way to the concession stand for a $7 aluminum bottle of Bud Light. While Dokken was playing on the main stage, we found this to be the perfect opportunity to claim some front row area for Steel Panther, who would soon be slaying the 2nd stage.
For those who aren’t familiar with Steel Panther, formerly known as “Metal Skool,” I suggest catching up on their storied history on Wikipedia. They play sold out shows on Monday nights at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip in LA. Rob, Woomer and I saw them rock out to a full set of hair metal covers, along with being joined onstage by Scott Ian of Anthrax and also pointing out that Dave Navarro was in the crowd as well.
On Saturday, however, Steel Panther did a full set of original songs. I captured a number of these on my Flip Video recorder and loaded them to my YouTube. Beware that the drums somewhat overpower the mic on my camera, but you get a good sense of their show. Also check out their newly released music video “Death To All But Metal.”
After Steel Panther, we caught performances by Kix, L.A. Guns, Extreme (which reminded me of purchasing their album Extreme II: Pornograffiti when I was in 6th grade), Ratt and Twisted Sister. During that time, we encountered many interesting characters, the best of which was a guy who apparently had a drunk case of narcolepsy.
With no friends apparently around, this guy passed out on the lawn with his head not touching the ground. Now this may not sound significant, but imagine laying on the grass for 30 minutes, sleeping (passed out), and not resting your head on anything. All the while being poked and smacked by strangers who are taking their pictures with you. Again, see my YouTube. Quite a while later, after the sun went down and while we were rocking out to Ratt, Kudz pointed out to me that the guy had moved and again passed out. This time only a few feet away from me without my noticing.
We found this whole situation quite amazing. Eventually the guy woke up again, did a bit of mild head banging, then wandered off for another nap somewhere else I am sure.
It wasn’t long before Kudz and I had soaked up all the hair metal we could handle for a day and we hit the road home, with a stop at Taco Bell on the way.
Full photos from the day can be found on my web gallery.