St. Louis radio station, 105.7 The Point (KPNT), hosted its 33rd festival line-up–Pointfest 2015–headlined by Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Chevelle, and The Used.
Since 1993, St. Louis radio station KPNT-105.7 The Point, has hosted Pointfest, a large festival rock show highlighting bands that echo the station’s tagline, “Everything Alternative.” This year was no exception with their 33rd Pointfest taking place at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO.
Breaking Benjamin made an eagerly awaited return to the stage, headlining Pointfest 2015 in support of their newest release, Dark Before Dawn. The band, still fronted by Benjamin Burnley but with four new members, took stage and played for an hour and a half. The band played a number of their hit songs, the first single from their new album, “Failure,” and delved into a cover song from Metallica (“Through the Never”), and a mash-up of “Imperial March” (from Star Wars)/”Schism” (Tool)/”Heart Shaped Box” (Nirvana)/”Walk” (Pantera). The band and Burnley’s vocals were spot-on during their entire set. As a brief break during the set, Burnley handed out bottles of water to a number of people in the pit, paying special attention to the younger kids and reminding people to share among their neighbors. During a few fan-favorites, Burnley’s vocals were barely heard above the audience, who sang along to every word.
Playing before Breaking Benjamin were Seether, a band hailing from South Africa. They opened with perennial favorite, “Gasoline,” then launched quickly into “Rise Above This,” a song dedicated to lead singer/guitarist Sean Morgan’s brother, Eugene.
Chevelle played second on the main stage, playing a 50-minute set that left many fans wanting more. Chevelle formed on the outskirts of Chicago, and has played often in the area since its inception. They are a favorite in St. Louis and command a large and dedicated following.
Another favorite among the St. Louis locals, The Used, were the main stage openers. The band played their usual style set, which highlights a number of elements, including post-hardcore, emo, screamo, and metal. Along with their many and varied influences, the band has also made headlines through their support of theÂ It Gets Better project, a non-profit seeking to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
Opening the day were eight other bands, alternating their performances between two stages near the front entrance. Local band, Greek Fire, headlined the “Black and White” stages, drawing a large audience that crowded throughout the Black and White stage area. Steve-O of Jackass fame introduced the band, after performing his “magic trick”–tucking his genitalia between his legs without using his hands.
Also playing on the Black and White stages wereÂ Meg Meyers, Yelawolf, Young Guns, Shaman’s Harvest, Highly Suspect, Rev Nation,Â and the opening band for the day,Â Lori’s Puppets.
Pop’s Concert Venue sponsored a stage for eight local-area acts to perform at the same time as the bands on the front stages. This stage was located in an area of the amphitheatre grounds separated from the Black and White stages, but offered alternative entertainment for the crowd.
Also playing on a third stage, sponsored byÂ Pop’s Concert Venue, were: