This past Friday (5), magazine-turned media behemoth Vice turned 20 in style, renting out the spacious Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a star-studded anniversary concert. Hosted by Andrew WK, the entire concert was several hours, and featured a house band led by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner. Lil Wayne, Scarlett Johansson, Chromeo, Stephen Malkmus were among the many to perform, but there were also “all star” metal and punk mini-sets. The house band for the metal medley was Acrassicauda, not surprising given that they were the subject of the 2007 documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad. They were joined by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick and Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta to perform Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction” and Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy.”
Later in the night, the punk medley was led by Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham and the Cro-Mags’ John Joseph and also featured The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman, OFF!’s Steven McDonald and drummer Hisham Bharoocha. It featured covers of Fugazi’s “Waiting Room,” Misfits’ “We Are 138,” and songs by Cro-Mags and Bad Brains. It was capped by Ben doing the crowd-walking thing he does so well.
Vice professionally filmed the entire concert, and it will be available on their channel before too long. For now, here’s some crowd-filmed footage of the metal medley.
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