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Arizona's Fall Frenzy

Arizona’s Fall Frenzy — featuring Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots, Rome, Devo, and Weezer — went down over the weekend at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Ariz.

It was quite a challenge to get into the park Friday night as the street to the usual will call entrance was completely blocked off, even to foot traffic. Apparently this was due to a few suspicious packages that the bomb squad attended to, information that had I known then would have likely turned me straight back home.

Shinedown’s hour plus set covered 13 songs including “45,” “Save Me,” an acoustic cover of Lynyrd Skynrd’s “Simple Man” and show closer “Second Chance.” As guitarist Zach Myers told us on Thursday when he came by Fender headquarters, the band is about to start working on their next album. We can’t wait to see what frontman Brent Smith has in store after the smashing success of their last album, The Sound of Madness.

Fans had to then wait over an hour before STP finally took the stage; Frontman Scott Weiland indicated that the delay was flight related.

The set list was a bit shorter than what they’ve been playing on their tour; They finished out a 15-song set with “Dead & Bloated” and “Trippin’ On a Hole in a Paper Heart” as encores.

On Saturday, Fender caught up with Blue October, who played a 14-song set midday. Just minutes before taking the stage bassist Matt Novaskey lost one of his pedals, presumably to the scorching heat, but the Houston-formed rock band still delivered a strong outing finished by hit “Hate Me.”

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Blue October is currently on its Pick Up the Phone nationwide tour to raise awareness for suicide prevention and reduce the stigma behind mental health issues. Tour dates here.

I certainly didn’t envy Devo with their jumpsuits and masks. Despite calling this a “Fall Frenzy,” there’s really nothing fall-like about Arizona right now. The new wave band went on about an hour after Blue October wrapped up, a few hours still before sunset, which meant they too had to endure the 108-degree weather.

By the time Weezer took the stage to close out Saturday’s show, it was at least more bearable out and the wacky L.A. rockers rewarded the packed house with some of their most popular tunes and new single “Memories.” Watch video below.

Rivers Cuomo also kept it interesting with his off-stage antics. After telling the audience that it was kind of scary to fly in for the show on a private jet, he proceeded to take risks throughout the night: jumping into the audience, leading a light-up sword (borrowed from a fan) parade around the grassy area and showing off his tight rope abilities on top of the fence surrounding one of the VIP tents.

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