Bad Brains were the final band to take the main stage that night. They were a very slight 5 minutes late(hey, what's 5 minutes when it's Bad Brains right!?). They had the biggest crowd of anyone that day, and the most rabid with anticipation. After H.R. gave the band a short introduction they got started ripping through some Punk classics like "Attitude", "Right Brigade", "Sailin' On", and "The Regulator". Then a few of the classic Reggae numbers began to mix into the set such as; "Jah Love", and "I & I Survive". Of course there was a bit of sharp Jeckyl & Hyde feeling at times(ex. "FVK" into "I & I Survive"), but when you're working with Bad Brains it would disappointing without it. The set went for the most part smoothly, though were a couple snags. For example, the entire left stage monitor tower was completely knocked over, causing them to cut "Universal Peace" short(though no one was going to complain since they went on to play "Banned In D.C." immediately afterward. As the set was nearing it's end they added a but of the metal influenced songs in with "Soulcraft". Though it was short lived, because a few song later the band announced there was only time for one more song, and immediately breaking out a song the entire crowd had been waiting for, "Pay To C*m". Having seen the set list I assumed an encore was coming, especially with the completely hyper crowd. However, H.R. thanked the crowd, and said goodbye, this was reassured by a fest worker motioning that the set was indeed over.
The band played tight, and at a nice pit friendly speed. Absolutely worth seeing if you're a Bad Brains fan through and through.
H.R. doesn't jump around and shout like the crazy figure from the 80's, but I'm not going to say it ruins the performance by any means. Most are shocked upon seeing the band, but personally I didn't think much of it. My only related complaint was that he wasn't high enough in the mix.
So, there you go! Now it's time for Pictures! With amazing on-stage vision!!!