Sunday, March 31, 2013

From The Vault - (HED)PE

Click on any of the pictures to see more photos of (hed)p.e. playing on the Tattoo The Earth tour in 2000.

(hed)p.e. is playing tonight at Station 4 in St. Paul, so here's another trip back in time to the band's earlier days. I previously posted audio of (hed)p.e. opening for Stuck Mojo in Kansas City in 1998. Here are some photos of the band taken on the Tattoo The Earth festival tour on August 12, 2000 at the Orange Pavilion in San Bernardino, California. Around this time, soon after the release of the second album Broke, (hed)p.e. seemed poised to break into mainstream success and they were touring with all the big buzz bands of the day. Here's an advertisement for one of their shows with Slipknot and Mudvayne. I saw (hed)p.e. probably a half dozen times during this time, but I'll limit the pictures to this one show.

Tattoo The Earth was a festival-style tour during the summer of 2000 headlined by Slipknot that also featured a number of tattoo artists. There were something like 20 bands playing on two stages all day. The bands playing varied a bit on each date, but this show had Slayer, Mudvayne, Professional Murder Music, Famous, Nothingface, and many, many others. San Bernardino is out in the middle of a desert, so an August day there is blistering. Fortunately I was able to stay out of the sun backstage between sets, and remember hanging out for a bit with Coal Chamber bassist Nadja Peulen, some of the guys from Slipknot, and someone claiming to be Insect On Acid from Mentors (I don't really know if it was actually him or not!). It was an exhausting day, but a lot of fun.

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