We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – as far as touring line-ups go, the combination of Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang has set the bar for 2012. Given that Mastodon put out the Thrash Hits Album of 2011, The Dillinger Escape Plan put out the Thrash Hits album of 2010, and Red Fang are one of our favourite up’n'coming crushers, it’s gonna take one heck of a tour to top this.
When the tour arrived in Manchester, our man Gary Wolstenholme was on hand to take a few photos – and boy, there are some corkers among this bunch. You can always rely on Brent Hinds to throw some quite frankly creepy facial expressions into the mix, and even though they seemed to insist on playing on near-darkness, Gary also got some sweet shots of the Dillinger lads.
Mastodon @ Manchester Academy - 06 February 2012 c/o Gary Wolstenholme
When he’s not on tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan (or taking copious amounts of magic mushrooms with his porn star girlfriend, Jenna Haze), The Dillinger Escape Plan’s frontman, Greg Puciato, likes nothing more than hanging around in tour buses and discussing dinosaurs. Actually, that last part’s not entirely true, but it has provided us with a relatively clean segue into us posting this video again.