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Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach + More Tear Up Epicenter Festival

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The 2011 Epicenter Festival went off without a hitch on Saturday, Sept. 24, with bands such as Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach and Puddle of Mudd entertaining the Irvine, Calif., crowd. The all-day lineup of nu-metal and hard rock bands filled two stages, including the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, which holds a capacity of 16,000 people. Los Angeles radio station KROQ was there to document the Festival, posting exclusive pictures and coverage of the event.

Limp Bizkit headlined the festival, playing a set filled with hits from the late ’90s and the early 2000s. Frontman Fred Durst made his way through the rabid crowd during the entirety of ‘My Way.’ After climbing back onto the stage he addressed the crowd by saying, “You guys are a bunch of angry mother f—ers. I got something for you,” as guitarist Wes Borland began to play the B and C chord intro to ‘Break Stuff.’

Staind took the stage before Limp Bizkit, delivering their signature, melodic brand of nu-metal to the enthusiastic audience. The band played fan favorites such as ‘Outside,’ ‘Eyes Wide Open,’ ‘Right Here,’ ‘Crawl’ and ‘Paper Wings.’

Papa Roach played signature songs ‘Scars’ and ‘Last Resort’ in the near-capacity Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Five Finger Death Punch amped the crowd up – bringing the aggression they’re well known for. 5FDP filled their set with songs such as ‘Hard to See,’ ‘No One Gets Left Behind,’ and ‘Bad Company.’

Buckcherry and Puddle of Mudd both played short sets on the main stage. Buckcherry kept the indoor crowd energetic, especially as they began fan favorite ‘Crazy Bitch.’ Puddle of Mudd delivered with their brand of nu-metal meets rock ‘n’ roll, playing standards ‘Blurry,’ ‘Control,’ and ‘She Hates Me’ among others.

The outdoor “Monster Stage” showcased bands earlier in the day going into the afternoon, with acts such as P.O.D. and Asking Alexandria top-billed in the outdoor portion of the Festival.

For exclusive pictures, reviews and more information about the Epicenter Festival, check out KROQ’s website.

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