June 25, 2022

Editor’s Observe: Try our full protection of 9 Inch Nails’ Friday night time headlining set right here, and see a photograph gallery from all three days of Boston Calling 2022 right here.


Is the 2022 competition season cursed? With many occasions coming again for the primary time in three years, there’s a rash of unhealthy luck operating by way of the panorama. From unhealthy climate to artist cancellations to easily mediocre lineups, few occasions have been proof against misfortune within the early days of summer time.

Boston Calling was maybe hit tougher than most — by no fault of its personal, thoughts you. If there’s one factor the annual Memorial Day Weekend occasion might have finished to keep away from being caught on this whirlwind of crappy luck it might be not asserting headliners a yr prematurely. Even with out a pandemic, conditions change, one thing competition organizers absolutely discovered once they tapped Foo Fighters (who pulled out following the dying of drummer Taylor Hawkins) and Rage Towards the Machine (who as soon as once more rescheduled their reunion tour) manner again in Could 2021.

However replacements occur; not less than Boston Calling’s bookers had an okay lead time to search out fill-ins. 9 Inch Nails had been introduced on to take over for Foos — after which ended up having to play a double-header when The Strokes cancelled on the final minute as a result of a constructive COVID take a look at. Meaning by the point all was stated and finished, three of the competition’s unique headliners by no means truly carried out, leaving the highest of the invoice at NIN, NIN, and Metallica.

On high of that, extreme climate triggered an evacuation and delay on Saturday, forcing quite a lot of undercard acts to skip their units. When gates lastly reopened after about two hours, it got here with extra unhealthy information, as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard had been additionally compelled to cancel as a result of they too had a member take a look at constructive for COVID.

It wasn’t simple, and followers had been understandably upset — though directing that anger on the competition itself isn’t precisely honest. If something, be mad on the unlucky placement of the VIP entrances on the two mains phases that triggered fixed logs jams within the crowd, or the shortage of a second water filling station. These are gripes price having, however moaning over lighting storms, tragedies, and a pandemic virus? What a waste of rage.

The very fact is, Boston Calling handled all these set backs and nonetheless placed on a powerful occasion. That is the primary summer time competition season in three years; we needs to be completely relishing in the truth that we acquired powerhouse performances from HAIM, the ridiculously high-energy showmanship of Run the Jewels, nostalgia hits like Avril Lavigne and Low cost Trick, and — sure — two unimaginable exhibits from legends like NIN.

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