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‘The Edge’ rocks Little Rock with 10-year anniversary bash

Submitted by Jacob Ellerbee on October 16, 2013 – 3:50 pmNo Comment

Junior Maddie Ferpotto and sophomore Alexa Tremel, each holding a Sick Puppies tour poster, were two of several UALR students who attended 100.3 The Edge's "10 Year Bash" event Sept. 20.

More than half a dozen bands converged at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock Sept. 20 to celebrate 100.3 The Edge’s tenth birthday.

All That Remains, the headlining band of the Edge’s “10 Year Bash,” preformed well past midnight and into the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Vocalist Phil Labonte spoke to The Forum before the bash and said the line-up of bands looked promising, specifically noting English metal band Asking Alexandria.

“We’ve played Little Rock a couple of times,” Labonte said. “We’ve gone out with Asking Alexandria before, we’re actually pretty good friends with those guys.”

Asking Alexandria was the second to last band to perform and put on a dazzling and raucous 9-song set. Four of the songs performed came from the band’s latest album, “From Death to Destiny,” which topped out at number five on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

The band saved their latest single, “Death of Me” as the last song of the set. Frontman Danny Worsnop put on a mystifying vocal performance as he was able to sing almost operatically at times, but utilized a commanding and menacing death-metal growl most of the time. The ability to channel your voice on both ends of the spectrum is truly impressive.

The band’s instrumentation was as equally impressive as Worsnop’s vocals, albeit not as memorable.

Labonte said he’s looking ahead to a fall tour, which features Asking Alexandria and Sevendust, as well as his own band.

Another memorable performance came from hard rock stalwarts, SOiL. The band is perhaps best known for its major label debut, “Scars” (2001).

The band recently welcomed back original vocalist Ryan McCombs to the fold, after he left the band and joined Drowning Pool. McCombs second stint with SOiL began in 2011.

The Forum sat down with SOiL before they hit the stage at the Clear Channel Metroplex.

The band members reminisced about some of the more memorable stops in Little Rock while on tour.

Adam Zadel, the band’s guitarist, said it has been about a decade since they were last in Little Rock.

“It must have been like ’03 or something when we were here,” Zadel said.

“Shinedown was just starting to pop and we were on tour with them. Crazy show, a couple thousand people were there – it was awesome.”

Bassist Tim King said he was surprised Zadel remembered anything from that show.

“We don’t remember a lot because we called it the “No Rest For the Liver” tour,” King quipped. “We’ve played Juanita’s a ton of times, too. It’s always a good little place. Great tacos.”

McCombs said his best memory of preforming in Little Rock was in 2009, when he was in Drowning Pool.

The band was played Edgefest 2009, which was memorably set in open field on a rainy day.

“Getting around backstage was horrible,” McCombs said, laughing.

While on stage for The Edge’s “10 Year Bash,” McCombs thanked the crowd for its unwavering support and for allowing him to do what he does: perform music for a living.

The crowd of about 2,000 saw memorable sets from Nonpoint, as well as Sick Puppies, the Australian 3-piece.

Alexa Tremmel, a sophomore student at UALR was in attendance of the show and found it to be an overall exciting night.

“I thought the concert was great! Sick Puppies were probably my favorite [performance],” Tremmel said. “Just getting to meet some of the band members was pretty legit.”

100.3 The Edge plays the active rock music format, which is music from mainstream hard rock and metal acts currently touring the globe. Additionally, every Sunday night, the station features music exclusively from Arkansas musicians.

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