As if they were waiting for the sunset, the band Loaded took the stage in the beginning of the Wednesday night (16). Led by Duff McKagan, ex-bassist from Guns N 'Roses, the group began playing for the happiness of gauchos fans.
The first song of the evening was "Executioner's Song". It brought all the fans near to the stage and started a small marathon of Hard Rock that would continue for the next hour, with the band playing covers and hits from the two studio albums. The band, that is Mike Squires (guitar), Jeff Rouse (bass), Isaac Carpenter (drums) and, as we already said, Duff McKagan (vocals and rhythm guitar) was invited by Down to their tour. They showed huge cheer and happiness to the chance to present their work. Always moving around the stage and calling the public to participate to the concert, Duff was weaving a pleasant atmosphere on the Pepsi Stage with a mix of blues rock and punk rock that has earned them comparisons to bands like the Ramones, the ex-band from Duff, Guns Duff N 'Roses and the solo projects of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.
The band played the hits "Seattlehead" (Dark Days), "Sick" and "Sleaze Factory" (Sick), from The Damned "New Rose" and "Attitude" from The Misfits. The most avid fans also had the opportunity to see two Guns N 'Roses covers. The first was "So Fine", which Duff immediately changed the guitar he was playing for a bass, and in the end of the concert they played "It's So Easy". A gift for everyone who was there for the band itself and also to the nostalgia of the old Gun's bassist.
Almost an hour passed over until the equipment were replaced and the preparations for Down to get on stage were set. And to announce the arrival of the band, a song was played (something about going down, southern folk), making direct reference to the band's name. Everything was all ready. As the band took the stage, people were screaming in anticipation, but seeing Phil Anselmo - who had come at last - covered by Rio Grande do Sul flag made the noise triple.
Energy was between stage and the public. Anselmo didn’t stop all the time, while he wasn’t singing, he was talking to the people and even compare Porto Alegre to New Orleans (the city where the band are from). Both are southern towns, so he said that the band and the fans should be related in some way because of this. But not only the strong energy from the band was remarkable at the concert, the emotional value was too, where almost all the songs were dedicated to somebody (either the public, sometimes to the people who suffer depression, or to the Alsemo ex-partner - Dimebag Darrell - even to the band itself). And it was in this mixture of strong emotions, overflowing energy and heavy riffs that the band played a set that mostly belonged to the first album - "NOLA." - With hits like "Temptation's Wings", "Lifer", "Stone The Crow", "Bury Me In Smoke", and music from other recordings, such as "Ghosts Along," "The Mississippi" and "New Orleans Is A Dying Whore ". For the encore, after many requests, "Walk" (Pantera) was played. Tempers calmed and the concert was closed with "Bury Me In Smoke".