Dallas, TX – 97.1 The Eagle hosted BFD 2017 at the newly refurbished Starplex Pavillion with a capacity crowd Sunday. With the threat of more rain looming and light rain falling at gate time, fans still lined up outside the venue. Headliner Stone Sour along with Papa Roach, Three Days Grace and much more brought huge crowds even though some were skeptical about this year’s lineup.
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Starset an early opener dubs themselves as a cinematic rock band. Lighted helmets and Martian style suits they are certainly a spectacle to watch.
Shortly after Starset and somewhere into the crowd’s second beer Fozzy with lead singer Chris Jericho musician and wrestling extraordinaire took the stage. A very high energy metal act that got the crowd moving. Crushing out 5 songs including one cover “Eat the rich” by Krokus Fozzy was absolutely a crowd favorite.
Skillet an undeniable crowd pleaser had many fans lining the pit barricade before their set. Skillet is certainly proof that you can’t read a book by its cover. With all the looks of a seasoned rock metal band, Skillet is a proclaimed Christian rock band with no apology. Even so, their show is extreme, colorful and very much rock.
Two very memorable moments happened Sunday when the Eagles Cindy Skull and Debbie Sexxton offered up a moment to remember Chris Cornell. With slide show images of Cornell shown on overhead screens, the audience went silent and caressed the moment. Shortly afterward The Pretty Reckless took the stage with their rendition of “Like A Stone.” The Pretty Reckless had been on tour with Soundgarden and played with them the night of Cornell’s death. Singer Taylor Momsen commented on how crazy this spring tour has been for them. Sunday was their last show of the spring before starting back up mid summer.
Three Days Grace took on the night with a ten song setlist that was intense and very solid. Their hits “I Hate Everything About You” and “Never too Late” had arms in the air with every person singing along. This Canadian band a long way from home was certainly a force to be reconned with Sunday evening.
Papa Roach met the challenge with the same amount of energy and vigor after Three Days Grace. Singer Jacoby Shaddix adds trendy boyband haircut with metal tattoos and super vocal ability. Shaddix works the stage left to right and then repeats. It’s clear he’s putting every amount of effort into each chord while rarely taking a breather. A twelve song setlist from Papa Roach including their new hit “Help” off their latest album Crooked Teeth. Unless you have been living under a rock or never turned on a radio, you know this band.
Headliner Stone Sour took the stage shortly before ten Sunday with elbow and standing room only. Singer Corey Taylor rushes the crowd with a double barrel confetti gun and blows the crowd away with raining confetti. Busting out twelve songs including one from their latest album release titled “Fabuless”. This new album Hydrograd should be released late June and fans loved getting a taste Sunday night at BFD. Stone Sour clearly was the heaviest set of the night and the masses stuck around for the finish.
What started as a misty raining morning turned into one of the craziest and memorable days for DFW rock and metal fans. Artist signing autographs all throughout the day on multiple concourses, a very memorable tribute to Chris Cornell and a lineup that truly built as the day went on.