Each fall, Chicago's Riot Fest assembles a very loud bill of punk and hardcore bands, now utilizing several different local venues. The lineup for October's seventh Riot Fest was announced earlier this week, with extra news today of an exciting reunion of sorts.
The festival announced its "largest lineup ever" for Oct. 5-9, featuring fitting headliners such as the Descendents, ALL (two eras of the band!), Social Distortion, X (playing the "Los Angeles" album), Seven Seconds and more, plus one very unexpected headliner: Weezer, an oddly pop choice for a festival that has previously prided itself on its punk cred. Then again, the event is no longer called Riot Fest, really; it's now the Red Bull Riot Fest. Yes, corporate sponsorship of a punk festival.
Today's news at least is in keeping with the festival's tradition of creating an interesting reunion each year (like last year's original Naked Raygun crew):
Glenn Danzig will reunite with members from his post-Misfits band, Samhain, for one set, then with guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein from the Misfits for several Misfits songs, and that's in addition to Danzig's own set -- all Oct. 7 at the Congress Theater.