10 Years at Pop’s

10 Years
10 Years knows how to have a great time entertaining the fans. If you are unaware, 10 Years is a rock band from Knoxville, TN, and has toured with the likes of Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, Deftones, KoRn, Chevelle, Disturbed, Shinedown and Linkin Park. This stop at Pop’s in Sauget, IL was part of their Minus The Machine Tour. Opening for 10 Years was local band, Mesoterra, Kyng and Fair to Midland. Right from the start of their 1 hour 15 minute set you could tell this was gonna be a great time. They came out of the chute with an amazing amount of energy and got the crowd into from the very beginning. Guitarist, Ryan “Tater” Johnson, didn’t spend much time on the stage before jumping down into the security pit to be with the die hard fans who arrived early to ensure a spot up front. Ryan continued to play almost all of “Fix Me” with the crowd while resting his head on a fan and signing to her. There was never a dull moment through out their entire set and even featured many laughs. During “Beautiful” a bra was thrown onto the stage, singer, Jesse Hasek, picked it up and remarked “first bra of the tour and it’s still warm” which got a nice laugh from the crowd. Next up was “Minus The Machine” and during this break you would think he would just toss the bra back into the crowd or off stage, but you would be wrong. Jesse decided to put it on over his shirt. Since the bra was very small, he said “I hope this isn’t from a 9 year old, cause then this would be really inappropriate.” It took Jesse a few attempts during breaks between songs to snap the bra, but he eventually succeed and it would stay on for almost the entire set before throwing it back to the crowd. He asked if being drunk was a good excuse for wearing the bra, then said “neh, I’d do this sober,” which got another great laugh from the fans. Jesse mentioned that they have been coming to Pop’s for 7-8 years and the first time they had never seen so many strip clubs in such a small area. Back in those years they were experiencing huge success with the song “Wasteland,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. As a thank you to the fans they decided to play “Wasteland” acoustic, “I want to hear you all,” said Jesse. The last song they played was “Shoot It Out”. During this song Jesse jumped off the stage and sang the song with the fans, which really got the fans going. It is always great to see a band who knows who is responsible for their success, the fans, and 10 Years has this nailed! “You guys are fucking awesome!” said Jesse to end the night. This tour is in support of their upcoming cd, “Minus the Machine”, which will be available August 7th, 2012.


    • Chasing The Rapture
    • Fix Me
    • Autumn Effect
    • Now Is The Time
    • Beautiful
    • Minus The Machine
    • Russian Roulette
    • 11 A.M.
    • Knives
    • Fade Into
    • Wasteland (Acoustic)
    • Backlash
    • Shoot It Out


I used my Canon 5D Mark II with the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.


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