Sept. 2, 2007
 
Papa Roach, Let the Guilty Hang Stomp and Slam Into X-Fest-2007
Just Two of the Bands Rockin' the Riverfront for X-106.3's X-travaganza


X-Fest Xcitement
Crowd went crazy for a great show
 
By Tony Seaton
Huntington News Network Producer

 
A rip-roaring good time was had by a crowd estimated by the Big Sandy Superstore Arena box office to be more than 8,300 at Harris Riverfront Park Saturday. X-Fest started 11 years ago at Ritter Park and has outgrown that venue by a bunch over the years. Sponsored by 106.6 WAMX, "The Tri-State's # 1 Rock Station," the event featured music of a variety of "metal" rock sounds, from heavy Southern Rock, to heavy, HEAVY metal.
 
X-Fest in this year's incarnation featured "Bad Boys of Rock" bands Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Hinder. Also on the main stage were Stereoside, Cinder Road, Revelation Theory, and Black Stone Cherry. Papa Roach rocked so hard the singer warned the crowd, "If I suddenly disappear, it's because I went through the stage!"
 
On the Live and Local stage, the floating bandstand at the amphitheater, bands who battled their way onto the bill in a three-week showdown at Monkey Bar included Extinct by Design, Haulin' Dust, War Creek Mafia, Earth to Eros, and local heavy metal slam-dance inciters, Let The Guilty Hang. Guilty's singer divided up the crowd into two sides and encouraged them to go at it, and they did.
 
A thrashing, swinging, spinning, jumping melee of pumped up young men ensued. Security broke that scrum up in a quickness.
 
Security was tight with guards at the floodwall entrance intoning: "No cameras, no pocket knives, no outside food or drink, no video phones, no folding chairs. If you have chains on your wallet you must remove them." Needless to say, no guns, but they wanded everyone just in case. They also confiscated a lot of cameras for owners to pick up later, but there were still a bunch of folks taking stills or video with their camera phones.
 
Security apparently did its job well, as Huntington Police dispatch reported, "nothing exciting," happened during the day-long event. Nothing exciting except 8,300 crazed fans dancing, crowd surfing, slam dancing, screaming and singing along with 12 very popular bands on two stages.
 
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