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Who: Hellyeah, Machine Head, Nonpoint, Bury Your Dead

When: Friday, Feb. 22

Where: The Big Easy, Spokane

Why: Why not? And because they'll be at

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Last Night: Hellyeah, Machine Head, Nonpoint, Bury Your Dead in Spokane

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Who: Hellyeah, Machine Head, Nonpoint, Bury Your Dead

When: Friday, Feb. 22

Where: The Big Easy, Spokane

Why: Why not? And because they'll be at El Corazon.

Better than: Drinking alone and pouring every second shot out to Dimebag Darrell. R.I.P.

Three out of four frontmen agree, Spokane has the best weed.

Supergroups are all the rage these days. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Hellyeah works. A common dedication to getting wasted, be it booze or the occasional joint, brought the group together. Drunk or not, drummer Vinnie Paul and vocalist Chad Macy had it together. That's the advantage of playing with your friends. And when most of your songs are about drinking and smoking, it's hard not to have a good time.

Macy was kind enough to inform the crowd that we would hear the entire Hellyeah album, just not in any particular order. Then they threw in a cover of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy," changing the name to "Stone Cold Fucking Wasted." Listening to Metallica's cover of the same song will never be the same again.

To steal from Raymond Carver, Machine Head is what we talk about when we talk about thrash. Loud, fast, hard, and dirty. Just the way I like it.

Before the show, I had a chance to speak with Nonpoint frontman Elias Soriano. Nonpoint hails from South Florida and has ben around longer than their third billing would suggest. Having done eight tours with Chad Macy and his other band Mudvayne, they are all buddies. here are some highlights from the chat:

On how bands stay together and stay in the business: "Write good songs."

His ultimate supergroup: A young Chino Moreno (Deftones) on lead vocals, Robert Trujillo (Metallica) on bass, Pepper Keenan (Tool, Down) playing lead guitar, James Hetfield (Metallica) on rhythm guitar "because he could sing back up, too," and Shannon Larkin (Ugly Kid Joe, Snot, Godsmack) on drums.

On the difference between Nonpoint and Hellyeah: "It puts us in front of new faces. Sometimes the crowd says, 'hey, they aren't singing about beer,' but more of them get into it than not."

On life after metal: "I don't know that I'd want to be doing this kind of music when I'm 60."

On how to be a musician: "You have to jump in with both feet or get the fuck out of the pool."

The big surprise from Nonpoint came halfway through their set. After a few intro bars, I heard a few people in crowd say, "Is that fucking Phil Collins?" Yes, Nonpoint does a metal cover of Collins' "In the Air tonight." And it fucking rocks.

I missed Bury Your Dead because that's when I was talking to Soriano. I could hear them and it sounded good.

Random detail: Spokane's Big Easy is right next to The Bing Crosby Theater. Opening night of "The Little Mermaid" coincided with last night's Hellyeah show.

Personal bias:Vinnie Paul is a metal god. I should have paid the $25 for the after show "hang out."

I hear that tonight's show is old out. too bad for you if you didn't get a ticket.

 
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