Posted in music | pictures on July 9, 2012

photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis

Superchunk
Duff McKagan's Loaded

While it may not have actually hit triple digits on Saturday (7/7), in the easy-bake oven of asphalt, concrete and steel that is Times Square, it felt like 110 -- especially at 1PM when I arrived there for CBGB Festival's all-day free show. The heat kept attendance on the low side (I should add there was also no line at Shake Shack either on Saturday) but everybody seemed to be having a good time, bands included, for what is the very rare occasion to see live bands in such an iconic NYC setting.

The festival had two stages set up on Saturday with one on 51st, and then one on 47th St right below the TKTS booth and bleachers -- which is where Duff McKagan's Loaded were already playing as I got out of the subway. I was never much of a Guns N' Roses fan and had never listened to Loaded band before but always thought of him as the "punk" member of GN'R. Definitely Loaded swing that way and their set was a mix of Foo Fighters-ish originals and choice covers, including The Damned's "New Rose" and The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog," the latter of which featured special guest Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols (who played his own CBGB Fest show at the Living Room with CBGB Fest keynote speaker Krist Novoselic in attendance).They also did GN'R's debut single "It's So Easy" which got some fists pumping.

With no downtime between bands, I hightailed it up Broadway which was closed to traffic and served as a merch area and food truck court. I got there right as Superchunk launched into their first song and new single "This Summer" which continues their hit streak since relaunching the band two years ago. (Not that they ever went away, really.) It was too hot for the crowd to do much beyond nod enthusiastically and sing along to the band's favorites-packed set, but it didn't stop Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance from pogoing through most of the set, and Mac got off a couple of his signature jumps which could be seen from a block away. (Even when a failed launch had him tumble off the drum riser, Mac kept playing. That's how it's done.) As I said, Superchunk loaded their set with classics, including "Hyper Enough," "Driveway to Driveway," and "Slack Motherfucker," the latter of which was a treat to hear loud in Disneyfied Times Square.

I didn't stick around for the later bands which included The Hold Steady and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who also played a secret show later that night at Cake Shop), nor did our photographer who headed up to Summerstage for Guided by Voices, but there are pictures of openers Upper West and Zulu Wave below along with more pictures of Superchunk (including setlist) and Duff McKagan's Loaded.

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Comments (57)

looks like the 8 people in the crowd had a great time!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:26 AM

Did this guy get paid to write this article? "I don't like Guns N Roses, I got there late and didn't stay for the headliners."

I'd rather read someone write sausage 1,000 times.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:26 AM

Real shame that even with the heat that big ol' NYC can't fill up a city block.

Pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:26 AM

The other reason it was so empty was the festival refused to publish set times and wouldn't let the bands announce them either. Even when you got to the festival there was no posted schedule that told you which stage bands were playing on and when. Jon Wurster posted Superchunk's to his Twitter account Saturday morning, so Superchunk had a crowd of their diehard fans there.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:35 AM

The only people willing to give out set times were the sound guys.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:37 AM

Who's the old queen fist pumping behind the Marshall amp?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:38 AM

this was an epic fail from the perspective of bringing a crowd in.

The organizers went out of their way to make sure nobody knew when the bands were going on. They absolutely refused to give out the set times for some strange reason. All they said over and over again was 12-6

If it's a hundred degrees out, it's a little much to expect people to get there when it starts and spend six hours in the heat wondering when the band they came to see would be going on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:44 AM

It was actually worse than that.

They put the first three acts on from 12-2 and then there WAS NOTHING ON EITHER STAGE FOR AN ENTIRE TWO FREAKING HOURS with the last three bands on from 4-6. How does that make any sense?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:46 AM

REALLY BADLY PLANNED

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:47 AM

so exactly what was the point of having two stages five blocks apart, and alternating stages with acts if you are going to have two hours of nothing on either stage in the middle of the whole thing?

They could have saved a ton of money and people's time walking back and forth if they just had one stage. They could have just used that downtime in between acts to set up.

Really stupid waste of money and everyone's time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:50 AM

anybody get stabbed?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:50 AM

can we steer this back towards the mummified fist pumper?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:51 AM

mac looks like an indie rock version of rick santorum...discuss.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:53 AM

before the vein in your neck pops, just keep reminding yourself... IT WAS FREE

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:54 AM

Permit wouldn't allow for amplified music between 2-4, so they must have just been trying to keep that news quiet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:58 AM

I liked GN'R back in the day and saw sad Axl not too long ago at Webster.
I like Superchunk but kind of blame them for mmo. Merge is maybe one of the best labels of all times.
I went to CBGBs one of the last Sundays ever and saw Flipper.

I never ever considered going to any of these CBGBs shows because it said CBGBs. I don't even know what CBGBs means anymore.

Posted by jozev | July 9, 2012 11:59 AM

I like that Mac started out by congratulating the small crowd for being able to find them.

And they didn't have time for Precision Auto. Still a great show though!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 11:59 AM

I blame Superchunk for emo.

Posted by jozev | July 9, 2012 12:00 PM

First picture of Mac is cool, too bad it's in B&W.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:03 PM

UM, that's Jimmy! From Trash and Vaudeville! Jimmy is the best

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:04 PM

why wouldn't the permit allow for amplified music between 2-4? Why could they do it from 12-2 and from 4-6? What is so special about 2-4?
Makes no sense

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:05 PM

"Who's the old queen fist pumping behind the Marshall amp?"

Isn't that the owner of Trash & Vaudeville?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:07 PM

maybe broadway matinees prevented amplified music from 2-4. who knows

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:07 PM

"the latter of which was a treat to hear loud in Disneyfied Times Square."

I bet the writer is a 20 something from the midwest and has no idea what Times Square used to be like. Look at me! I'm slumming it up in Bed Stuy, which makes me a New Yorker!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:08 PM

Broadway matinees run from 2 to 4.. hence the no music at those times... I think the city had a lot to do with all the bs on this (not posting set times etc) Not to say the CBGB fest wasn't an epic waste of money but the city can complicate anything pretty easily

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:09 PM

Yeah, I'm not complaining as it was free, but if the point of this was to get a big crowd as in 'RECORD BREAKING CROWDS EXPECTED' as heralded on the festival website for this free show, then they failed miserably by how they planned it and by the lack of information that they gave out.

Yeah, I got to see some cool sh*t for free, but a lot of people didn't because of how ridiculous this was set up and how non existent the information was to potential crowds that never showed up because of this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:09 PM

Yeah it went really smoothly with one band a starting as soon as the last one finished from 12-2.

Then 2pm hit and it was just silence. No one knew if another band was starting or who was next. Luckily the sound guys had the schedule visible and it said "no amplified music 2-4". Bizarre.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:11 PM

OK, so if Broadway Matinees interfere with the concept of putting on a loud rock show in the streets of TImes Square on a Sunday Afternoon, then WHY DO IT THERE? Do it somewhere else where you don't have that problem! It didn;t have to be there. It could have been anywhere else in the City....

Why force the show into an area of the City (which is known for matinees) where you need to interrupt the entire flow of the show by two hours because of what's going on inside the buildings nearby?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:14 PM

Jon Wurster's tweet with Superchunk set time was very brave. He is our generation's Anne Frank.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:15 PM

If you can't hear the Broadway show from outside, what makes you think they can here the music form the street inside?

The Brodaway shows have amplified sound also, but they are theaters so they are built to hide the sound both ways.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:17 PM

yeah, the minute Duff was finished on stage one, Superchunk went on on stage two five blocks uptown and then when Superchunk was done, there was nothing, not even a stage announcement telling people there would be a two hour wait until the next band.

People assumed there would be another band, but they just started breaking down the equipment. People just left.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:19 PM

12:08 was really cool back when Times Square was dangerous. Now he just anonymously grumbles on a website. I hope I turn out like you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:21 PM

yeah but even the Superchunk set time leak was strange. It wasn't a straight on time, it was a backwards (easy) clue, as if he was told specifically NOT to tell the time, so he had to tell it by not actually telling it.

What gives? Why was this such a secret? Were they afraid if they told people how ridiculous the set times structure was (early bands, two hour intermission, then more bands) no one would show up?

No one showed up by NOT telling anyone this either.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:22 PM

This is exactly how things went down with the Ramones/Television back in the 70s!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:23 PM

Hot as fuck. You figure it out. Hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:30 PM

I only stayed for the first two hours...saw something that Superchunk was going on at 1:20 so headed over. Apparently, from 2 to 4, no music, because they had to go silent due to Broadway maintees (I assume it was their deal with the City, because soundguy advised). It was too hot to stick around waiting until 4, so I left. That having been said, enjoyed Duff and Superchunk.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:34 PM

yeah great idea....

put some bands on at 12 noon, which is incredibly early for music fans, have them play a five block walk from each other, then have nothing for two hours at the hottest point of the day forcing people to either a) wander around and kill time in the heat for two hours in order to see the rest of the show, or b) simply leave and not return.

Great idea. Kudos to the promoters!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:41 PM

lol hahahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:43 PM

IF they had told people the set times and whewre honest in advance about the two hour dead time nonsense, people could have planned their day around this more reasonably without getting stuck in TImes Square all of a sudden in 100 degree heat with a show that was suddenly interrupted for two entire hours.

Pretty obnoxious, even if it was free. Especially since there was another show going on at Summerstage.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:44 PM

CBGB fest and Great Googa Mooga should join forces.

Would be the CBGBGM Festival

Then there could be bands and food from 12 -2, then two hours of no music and no food in the middle of the day , and then the food and music resumes at 4pm.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:47 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/duffmckagensloaded/cbgb/6.jpg

That's Duff McKagan of the future watching Duff McKagan of today...
Trippy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 12:48 PM

I'm still waiting for them to post the set times.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:06 PM

^ Hahaha.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:11 PM

That's Duff McKagan of the future watching Duff McKagan of today...
Trippy.

>>

probably his dad saying "thats my boy" !

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:28 PM

If I would have known there would be a 2 hour break to cool off inside somewhere maybe I would have gone to this from 12-2 and 4-6.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:29 PM

You could have planned on seeing a movie in between the sets if they had told people what was going on.... You could have went somewhere else to have lunch, you could have went shopping, you could have......

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:43 PM

I went to both sets, the 12-2 and the 4-6 and I tell you between the lackluster small turn out of a crowd to the two hour dead zone in the damn middle of the whole thing, it really had no pacing or energy of a rock show. Seemed really forced, like some sort of tv show taping or other kind of silliness. Just when they built up momentum with Superchunk's set and started to build some sort of a crowd, the whole thing shut down completely for two hours.

bad idea.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:45 PM

it was so freakin hot that even my iphone quit on me from heat exhaustion!

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 1:58 PM

whatever. i just wanted to see superchunk, and thanks to their twitter, knew exactly when they'd be on. not sure if they were pining for massive crowds at this, but it worked out in my favor as probably 50 people turned out for that set (though probably a few hundred by the end). the event definitely had potential -- there were a few blocks of lots of good food trucks there too. reminded me a bit of siren fest (assuming it went all day long), without that weird intermission.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 2:19 PM

like Siren Fest but without the crowds of people watching the bands and with two hours of nothing on stage in the middle of it.

Yeah, exactly like Siren Fest.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 2:35 PM

Now how many were just tourists that happened to be in there lol

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 2:41 PM

Duff looks like he has a hair stylist on his payroll.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 3:09 PM

Calm down 2:35. He said "a bit like Siren fest assuming it went all day long".

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2012 3:12 PM

'Welcome to the Jungle' was the first Guns single. Just sayin'

Posted by mikeybot | July 9, 2012 7:37 PM

Ha! Nice 'review'! Sounds more like a diary entry to me.

I like this site, I check it regularly for news and photos of events. But it is very problematic for the discipline of music criticism in general when sites like this one purport to be something they are not. Nothing new, been happening for years all over the Internet, but it is a large part of the reason real music criticism is so hard to find.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 2:47 PM

superchunk cool stuff.

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 3:27 PM

Amazing that Mac still gets air! very cool.

Happy Duff turned his life around. He played drums in my old friend's band and seems to be a sincere guy.

Posted by Jeff | October 5, 2013 1:11 PM

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