The RUST Festival was originally created in 2005 as a tribute to the legendary US Festival’s “Heavy Metal Day”. It made its triumphant return but this time it was at Santa Anita Park on November 25th, 2017. DELUXE Presents which was formed in 2016 to produce boutique music festivals hosted Saturday’s RUST Festival return. It was dubbed “Black Saturday” and it brought out some of the heavy hitters in the rock and metal tribute scene in So. California.
Those who attended the all day festivities were treated to a day full of non-stop Hard and Heavy Music. Two stages were created to allow for a continuous flow of music.
The bands performing on the RUST stage included Hurrikane (Scorpions), Rhoads to Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne), Just Like Priest (Judas Priest), The Iron Maidens (Iron Maiden) and Bonfire (AC/DC). Capping off the day on the RUST stage were Fan Halen performing a set of classic Van Halen tunes that included a guest appearance by Van Halen’s original bassist Mark Stone.
The LEGENDS stage was filled with a full day of musical mayhem featuring tribute acts Motley Crue’d (Motley Crue), Paradise Kitty (Guns ‘N Roses), Master of Puppets (Metallica) and Black Sabbitch (Black Sabbath). The last band of the day on the LEGENDS stage, were none other than Led Zepagain. Led Zepagain are truly one of the best tribute bands around. The crowd was treated to an 80 minute set of the best from the Led Zeppelin catalog.
All the bands performing on both stages gave the crowd what they came for, a great time hearing the music that most of us grew listening to.
All in all it was a well run festival. The bands were on time for the entire day. There were a couple of minor technical issues but they were met head on. Chris Mitrovich, founder of DELUXE Presents and RUST Festival hinted as to giving it another run is 2018 and beyond. I for one would love to see it happen. I think a lot of those who attended feel the same way as well.
The Band List:
Fan Halen – World’s #1 Tribute to Original Van Halen
The Iron Maidens –All-Female Tribute to Iron Maiden – Long Running and World-Famous
Black Sabbitch – All-Female Tribute to Black Sabbath
Masters Of Puppets – World Famous Metallica Tribute
Bonfire – Tribute to Bon Scott-era early AC/DC
Paradise Kitty – All-Female Tribute to Guns N’ Roses
Just Like Priest – Full-Strength Judas Priest Tribute
Rhoads To Ozz – Tribute to Randy Rhoads-era Ozzy Osbourne
Hurrikane – High-Energy Tribute to Scorpions
Motley Crue'd – Tribute to all-eras of Mӧtley Crüe
Led Zepagain - The Most Accurate and Authentic Replication of Led Zeppelin
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All Images © Joe Schaeffer Photography 2017