Rock the Bells was yesterday. I'm still in some degree of pain. It was hot, and there is no amount of water in the world that could have satisfied everyone there, but it was still kickass.
Supernatural and Rahzel started the show, and entertained while other acts were setting up. They were pretty good, Supernatural did a ton of freestyling, and Rahzel is amazing at beatboxing, even apparently imitating a robot from the Transformers movie. Jedi Mind Tricks were really angry. Immortal Technique was good, I'm going to check out some of his stuff. EPMD was cool, they really are legends. Mos Def & Talib Kweli were great, though, except for I Try and Get By, Kweli's solo stuff kind of bored me. Then there was Public Enemy. They put on a great show. Unfortunately, people behind me decided to start a "mini moshpit" before they went on, which is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. I should also mention that I was at the front of the audience, in the front 5 rows of people. I got repeatedly punched in the back of the head, and elbowed in the neck once, and felt like crap, so I wasn't able to enjoy Public Enemy, and went to get water in the middle of the set, missing 911 Is a Joke and Fight the Power. I did see Welcome to the Terrordome and Power to the People. They didn't perform Rebel Without a Pause. Scott Ian of Anthrax was there for a couple of songs.
After getting water, the Roots were next. I wasn't crazy about them, except for one song, The Seed (2.0). That was really good. Cypress Hill was next, and were really good. I was able to work my way back to where I was during Public Enemy and meet up with my friends. I knew Cypress Hill liked to smoke weed, but wow. B-Real took a joint out before one song and started smoking, they passed it around to the whole band, and then even a cameraman. Then, before the next song, the percussionist took a bong hit. Fortunately for them, I guess the police were more concerned about Rage Against the Machine starting a riot than this.
Wu-Tang Clan was next, but me and one of my friends were really tired, and went to get some water and sit down. We were able to hear Wu-Tang from there. I kind of regretted it, because I heard them perform Da Rockwilder, so apparently Redman came out for that. I also heard Triumph on the way to the bathroom. Another friend touched Method Man's ass when he was crowdsurfing. But it was for the best, I had plenty of energy for Rage.
Rage opened with Testify, Bulls on Parade, and People of the Sun. By the start of People of the Sun, I got back to the front of the crowd by cutting through moshpits. Even though the entire crowd was like a moshpit, these were more well-defined. They also did Calm Like a Bomb, Guerrilla Radio, Bullet in the Head, and Know Your Enemy. The second to last song was Sleep Now In the Fire, I forget what they closed with. For the encore, they started with Freedom, I forget what they did second. During the second song, Zach de la Rocha did an entertaining rant about the Bush administration. I agree with him, but he's just so hilariously filled with rage. Then the final song of the night was Killing in the Name. They were fantastic. Their performance ties with Les Claypool and His Fancy Band for my favorite concert. I've never been to such an intense concert, and I doubt anything will ever match it.