As I Lay Dying at La Zona Rosa - more photos... photo by Jeff Barringer - staff photographer
I took a break Tuesday night to let the LCD screen burn in my retinas reset. Vince over at Metal Blade Records invited me out to check out a couple of his bands playing down at La Zona Rosa. Evergreen Terrace and As I Lay Dying and they tore it up at La Zona Rosa. The band requested no barrier and no security and the show turned into a free for all. I spend all night ducking and snapping pictures from the crowd trying to avoid getting clotted over the head by the dozens upon dozens of crowd surfers. The bands and the fans had a blast. It was great to see Austin's metal crowd out on a drizzly Tuesday in such numbers. Check out my pictures of all the stage diving craziness in our photo gallery.
On to SXSW 2008 news...
The lineup for the Japan night set is up, and once again it's fronted by The Emeralds, moving them from the rumored to the confirmed list. At least 30 more (just a hair under 400 total now) bands have been added to the confirmed list including Carbon/Silicon with Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James (Generation X) and 80's band Was (Not Was). I did get a chance to talk with Roky Erickson's people about the benefit but they refused to divulge this years performers and would neither confirm nor deny the R.E.M. rumor. No new rumors as yet but as I always, if I hear it you'll here it. To check out the latest rumors and confirmed bands coming to SXSW Click Here To Check Out The SXSW 2008 Band List!