Riot Fest Denver 2016

Riot Fest Denver 2016

September 2, 2016 - September 4, 2016
September 2, 2016 - September 4, 2016


Riot Fest (also known as Riot Fest & Carnival) is a multi-day music festival. Riot Fest specializes in rock, punk, alternative rock, and hip hop. Riot Fest is known for booking reunions, guest performances, and full album performances.[1] First started as a multi-venue festival in Chicago in 2005, Riot Fest has since expanded to Denver and Toronto.

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Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of Perry Farrell (vocals), Dave Navarro (guitar), Stephen Perkins (drums) and Chris Chaney (bass).

Founded by Farrell and bass guitarist Eric Avery, following the disintegration of Farrell's previous band Psi Com, Jane's Addiction was one of the first bands from the early 1990s alternative rock movement to gain both mainstream media attention and commercial success in the United States. Jane's Addiction launched with a live self-titled debut album in 1987 and quickly caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records. The band's following first two major-label studio albums, Nothing's Shocking (1988) and Ritual de lo habitual (1990), were released to widespread critical acclaim, and an increasing cult fanbase. As a result, Jane's Addiction became icons of what Farrell dubbed the "Alternative Nation".[3] The band's initial farewell tour, in 1991, launched the first Lollapalooza, which has since become a perennial alternative rock festival.

The band briefly reunited in 1997, with Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, replacing Avery on bass guitar. In 2001, a second reunion took place, with Martyn LeNoble—and later Chris Chaney—occupying the role of bass guitarist. In 2003, the band released its third major-label studio album, Strays, before dissolving again the following year.

In 2008, the band's original line-up reunited and embarked on a world tour. Eric Avery, however, subsequently left the band in early 2010 as the group began work on new material. The band released its fourth studio album The Great Escape Artist in 2011, with Chaney returning to the band for its recording and subsequent tour.


Ween is an American alternative rock[1][2][3] band formed in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1984 by childhood friends Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, better known by their respective stage names, Gene Ween and Dean Ween. After meeting in a middle school typing class, the two began playing music and immediately chose the name Ween as well as their Ramones-inspired pseudonyms.[4] Ween performed as a duo backed by a Digital Audio Tape for the band's first ten years of existence before expanding to a four (and later five) piece act. The band's highest charting single is "Push th' Little Daisies", which was a hit in the United States and Australia.

While Ween is generally categorized as an alternative rock band, they are known for their highly eclectic catalog of songs inspired by funk, soul, country, gospel, prog, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and more. Despite never receiving much mainstream recognition, Ween developed a large, devoted cult following.[5] After a 28-year run, Freeman quit the band in 2012, citing the need to focus on his alcohol and drug addiction issues.

In November 2015, Ween announced a February 2016 reunion for three shows in Colorado, with later dates subsequently announced.[6]

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Original Misfits lineup hints at reunion album
Consequence of Sound  –  September 7, 2016
The original members of Misfits went where eagles dare at Riot Fest Denver on Sunday night, performing their first show together in 33 years. Vocalist Glenn Danzig, bassist Jerry Only, and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, together with former ...
The story of a Riot Grrrl at Riot Fest 2016
Hey Reverb  –  September 6, 2016
Related: How to survive Riot Fest 2016 Saturday, we returned to Riot Fest and I was hopeful ... We saw the masterful sousaphone and stand-up bass playing of Denver’s own Jeanie Schroeder during DeVothchka’s set. And finally, we saw what was, for ...
IMAGES: Day 3 for Riot Fest Denver 2016 including Juliette Lewis, ME FIRST and the GIMME GIMMES
Denver Channel ABC News  –  September 6, 2016
Final day at the National Western Stock Show Complex for Riot Fest Denver 2016. Hard rock, a little reggae and cover bands filled up the first part of the day. In this slideshow are 3Teeth, movie star-turned-singer Juliette Lewis & The Licks, Murder by ...
Misfits and Ween Incite Riot Fest
Austin Chronicle  –  September 6, 2016
When the festival was canceled, so too disappeared the booking. When the “Original Misfits” – core triad Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein – were trumpeted as headlining Denver’s Riot Fest, sharing a stage for the first time ...
Snapshots From Riot Fest Denver 2016: Misfits, Sleater-Kinney, Ween And More  –  September 6, 2016
Denver hosted the three-day Riot Fest & Rodeo music event for the fourth consecutive year over the weekend. The festival had bounced around several venues before settling on the National Western Complex last year, and the 2016 marked the first time the ...
PHOTOS: Riot Fest, “Three Days She’d Stay”, from Janes Addiction to Nas at the National Western Complex
KDVR Fox-31  –  September 5, 2016
DENVER — Riot Fest has a circus side show perfectly named, “Hellzapoppin”. That’s easily a word to describe exactly how you feel at the conclusion of three days at the Rodeo. It can mean commitment to music, plenty of walking, four stages ...
The Misfits Reunite At Riot Fest Denver  –  September 5, 2016
The band plans on performing at Riot Fest Chicago on Sunday, September 18, 2016. You can watch some amateur videos of the Denver performance and you can see the full set list below. (Video Credit: Adam Atkins & Misfits Fiend Club)
Short and Sour: Postcards From Riot Fest Denver 2016
Dener Westward  –  September 5, 2016
Throughout the weekend, Westword writers have been sending in-depth dispatches from the 2016 edition of Riot Fest Denver at the National Western Complex. Sometimes, however, the most useful review is the snap judgment, so here are postcards of the ...
In Pictures: Denver Riot Fest 2016  –  September 5, 2016
The Riot Fest came to Denver, Colorado on September 2 for three days of rock, metal, punk, indie and Die Antwoord. Oh, and a rodeo, of course. Check out our gallery of photographs from over the weekend, plus this fan-filmed footage of the Misfits ...
Our Riot Fest & Rodeo 2016 Staff Picks  –  September 2, 2016
If I were going to Denver for Riot Fest, I would absolutely make a point to see their set and bob my head with a smile on my face. Guess I’ll just have to wait a couple weeks until they show up at Douglas Park. I’m a big fan of Diarrhea Planet and you ...
2016 Riot Fest Denver Ticket Giveaway  –  August 30, 2016
Riot Fest, the three day music festival founded in Chicago, is returning to Colorado this year at The National Western Complex. This year’s lineup includes the likes of Jane’s Addiction, Death Cab for Cutie, Ween, Sleater-Kinney, Devotchka, The Hold ...
Misfits Reveal Reunion Show Drummer  –  August 29, 2016
Upon announcement of their Riot Fest Chicago and Denver performances, it was no longer a secret that Misfits were reuniting. But what wasn’t known is who would be on percussion duty. The band revealed today (Aug 29) that Slayer’s original drummer ...

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