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Aftershock Day 2: Back-to-back performances of Tool, Godsmack, Limp Bizkit, Megadeth

UP NEXT: Korn, 311, Turnstile, Amity Affliction, Parkway Drive


Day 2 at the Aftershock music festival at Discovery Park in Sacramento provided unforgettable back-to-back performances by Megadeth, Limp Bizkit, Godsmack and headliner Tool. 

The Tool fan base was out in force for the long-awaited  tour (Tool T-shirts everywhere) and the group didn’t disappoint, generating jaw-dropping moments with Pushit, Rosetta Stoned,  Stinkfist and Ænima during a set that lasted nearly an hour and 45 minutes. 

Perhaps the biggest crowd uplifter of the night was Limp Bizkit, playing the role of a generation gap uniter, and providing crowd pleasing antics and classics such as Nookie, Break Stuff, My Generation, Hot Dog and My Way. Frontman Fred Durst ditched his Yankee cap for a cowboy hat and matching attire, and kept things rolling in front of a U.S. flag and a tribute to Nu Metal. 

Godsmack and Megadeth were both solid and powerful with their iconic, pioneering sounds, with the former gifting fans an extraordinary, “giving it their all” set, complete with relentless expertise and pyrotechnics, and the latter with a raw tribute to thrash metal endurance (ala Hangar 18 and Symphony of Destruction). 

Day 3 starts Saturday with 311, Turnstile, and Korn as the headliner. There will also be a provocative showcasse of international acts, including two metal bands fro Australia — Parkway Drive and The Amity Affliction, a band from Mongolia, The Hu, and Britain’s surging Sleep Token phenomenon. 

Concert-goers and visitors should anticipate delays near Richards Boulevard on I-5 and Garden Highway. Officials expect up to 40,000 people will be in and out of the Discovery Park area each day. 

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