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AFI and Yellowcard tops at X-96 BASH

X-96 BASH, Utah State Fairpark, Saturday.

Long hair, spiked hair, red hair, blue hair. Throw in BMX and high-flying motocross exhibitions, along with some of the top bands of the day, and you've got the annual X-96 BASH.

This year's show featured a plethora of music, including two main stages and a smaller third stage for locals only. If that wasn't enough, one of the many kiosks gave concertgoers the chance to show off their own music skills and have one of their songs recorded.

Shade and water were in high demand as July-like temperatures hit the Utah State Fairgrounds on the final Saturday in September. The warm weather may have also helped a near-record crowd show up for the ninth-annual event. Those who came as the show began were greeted by a 90-minute line at the entrance gate, which soon grew to two hours.

Those who came early enough for Yellowcard saw one of the best sets of the afternoon. The day's other top performance award goes to AFI, the band the majority of fans were there to see.

AFI drew the largest crowd, which would have been even bigger if the concert schedule hadn't been thrown off by Eve 6 — which didn't even show up at the Fairgrounds until an hour and 15 minutes after it was scheduled to play. Once Eve 6 did start playing, Max Collins' vocals were good, but the band never got into a rhythm as technical problems plagued the set.

Those who stuck around to watch all of Eve 6 missed most of AFI, which had already started playing. Fortunately, there were enough smart fans who found their way to AFI's stage, giving the support its set deserved.

Alien Ant Farm, a band that looks more and more like it's destined to be a one-hit wonder, gets the award for most water bottles, shoes, etc., thrown onstage. Overall, however, the crowd was patient as it waited for the remake of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal."

Orem-based heroes The Used closed out the afternoon with a high-energy punk set that put the large crowd into a moshing frenzy. Singer Bert McCracken — who's known as much for formerly dating Kelly Osbourne as he is for fronting the band — immediately let the crowd know that nothing was going to hold him back by throwing a crutch into the crowd.


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