Godsmack, Live, Bush & others Bring The Thunder at WMMR’s MMRBQ

Words and Photos by Cathy Poulton

Pop Break Live: WMMR’s MMR*B*Q featuring Godsmack, Live, Bush, The Pretty Reckless, The Struts, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons, Stolen Rhodes, and Dinosaur Pileup at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ

Philly’s rock station WMMR held their yearly MMR*B*Q this past Saturday at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ.

The impressive lineup included: Godsmack, Bush, Live (who were reunited with original lead singer Ed Kowalcyzk), The Pretty Reckless, The Struts, Zakk Sabbath (featuring Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde on lead vocals and guitar), Rival Sons, Stolen Rhodes and Dinosaur Pileup.

The all-day festival opened up with a great set from Philly’s own Stolen Rhodes, who were special guests of MMR jock, Jaxon.

There were so many great sets performed throughout the day but there were a few moments that really stood out. Getting to see Pennsylvania’s Live perform, reunited with original lead singer Ed Kowalczyk was pretty cool. After all these years they didn’t seem to miss a beat.

WMMR has always had a very special relationship with Chris Cornell, who suddenly passed away on May 17th so it was only fitting that DJ Pierre Robert lead the crowd in a toast to him. Having influenced so many musicians it was no surprise that there were many covers to honor him during the day.

But it was Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless and her tribute to him that really stood out. Fighting back tears she performed a beautiful emotionally charged cover of Like A Stone. Having opened for him in Detroit the night he passed and having expressed numerous times in interviews that Cornell was an idol of hers I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been. The audience really showed her the love afterward.

It was what I call a “moment.”

Godsmack

Setlist:

Awake
Straight Out of Line
1000hp
The Enemy
Keep Away
Cryin’ Like a Bitch
Something Different
Voodoo
Batalla de los Tambores
Whatever

Encore:
Come Together (The Beatles cover)
I Stand Alone

LIVE (reunited with Ed Kowalczyk)

Setlist:

All Over You
Operation Spirit
Pain Lies on the Riverside
The Dolphin’s Cry
Selling the Drama
I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash cover)
I Alone
Lakini’s Juice
White, Discussion
I Am the Highway (Audioslave cover)
Lightning Crashes

Bush

Setlist:

Machinehead
Nurse
The Sound of Winter
Everything Zen
Swallowed
Little Things
The One I Love (R.E.M. cover)
Comedown

The Pretty Reckless

Setlist:

Follow Me Down
Oh My God
Hangman
Prisoner
Make Me Wanna Die
Who You Selling For
Heaven Knows
Take Me Down
Like a Stone (Audioslave cover)

The Struts

Setlist:

Put Your Hands Up
These Times Are Changing
Could Have Been Me
Kiss This
Put Your Money on Me
Where Did She Go

Zakk Sabbath (featuring Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, formerly of Ozzy Osbourne)

Setlist:

Supernaut (Black Sabbath cover)
Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath cover)
Children of the Grave (Black Sabbath cover)
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)
Snowblind (Black Sabbath cover)
N.I.B. (Black Sabbath cover)

Rival Sons

Setlist:

Electric Man
Thundering Voices
Tied Up
Pressure and Time
Torture
Open My Eyes
Keep On Swinging

Stolen Rhodes

Dinosaur Pileup

Setlist:

Red and Purple
Grim Valentine
Arizona Waiting
Anxiety Trip
Traynor
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