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Cypress Hill Smokeout: The Boys on the Hill Bring the Rock, Rap, and Ruckus

October 29, 2009

Written By: David Carr
Photos By: Ed Hannigan

View all of Ed’s Smokeout Photos Here.

After a bit of a hiatus Cypress Hill brought back their Smokeout Festival to San Bernardino California. The two day event featured a ton of rock and rap acts, and a wide array of discussion/celebration around marijuana. At times the band roster came off more like a casting call for a soap opera or made for TV movie.

Many of the bands on the two day bill seemed to be going through a bit of drama behind the scenes. Day one of the festival saw reunions of Houston’s Geto Boys and Cee-Lo Green’s old Atlanta crew The Goodie Mob. Day two had Pennywise debuting a new lead singer thanks to the departure of long time bandmate Jim Lindberg.

The Deftones had a fill-in bass player while their bassist Chi Cheng lay in a hospital bed in a coma after a tragic car accident. And then there was the Sublime reunion. Original members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson have reformed Sublime with new frontman Rome Ramirez. The family of deceased lead singer Bradley Nowell has been vocal in their displeasure of the bands use of the name and even went so far as to file an injunction against the band.

On Saturday while dj Muggs and Mix-Master Mike kept the beats pulsating and flowing on the second stage, Pennywise turned in a pedestrian set with fill in vocalist Zoli Teglas on the main stage as the crowd watched and yawned. The party seemed to get started when Sublime 2.0 took the stage with their new lead vocalist. The band played through their most well known tunes and had the crowd singing and moving to their heady mix of ska, punk and reggae. Rome Ramirez is a solid guitar player and seemed to handle the pressure of filling in for Nowell well. He handled the breezy laid back vocals with ease and was able to keep the party going throughout the set. Whether or not this new version of Sublime will yield any new music remains to be seen and the group still has to contend with the Nowell family.

As Method Man and Redman and Bad Brains stormed the second stage, Cypress Hill hit the main stage with a set filled with their greatest hits. After a quick break The Deftones were up next. The Deftones may not have been as commercially successful as their nu-metal brethren but the band remains one of the heaviest and most thought provoking of the nu-metal pack. Lead vocalist Chino Moreno screamed, wailed, shrieked and emoted as his band laid down their Sabbath meets Robert Smith brand of metal. Moreno even showed off his skills as an mc as he rapped “Back to School” off of the bands classic disc “White Pony”

The Deftones raised the bar for headliners Slipknot and the “knot” was able to clear it. With nine band members dressed in masks and matching jumpsuits, kettle drums on hydraulics and a dj violently convulsing back and forth one could have made the assumption that Slipknot would be the band with all of the “issues”. Instead Slipknot proved to represent the best of what the metal genre has to offer. Musically the band is a three way split between Metallica, Faith No More and the Blue Man Group. On stage the band is a demented circus with singer Corey Taylor as the would be ring leader. Taylor shouted, screamed, rapped and sang his lyrics of alienation and lost hope as the band brought their pummeling music to a raucous level. The band gets the award for most interesting sing-a-longs (or in this case shout-a-longs) of the day. Taylor had the crowd chanting such lines as “I am the push that makes you move” and “give me a minute and I’ll change your mind…give me a bullet and I’ll change your life”.

If there is one criticism of the Smokeout it may be the division of labor between stages. Acts like Bad Brains and Method Man and Redman deserve to be on the main stage. If this can happen next year B-Real and company will ensure the party will be alive an smokin’ all day and night.

See Pablo Cortez’s Review of Day 1 here.

See Dave Brook’s Review of Day 2 here.

See Dustin Roe’s Day 1 photos here.

Cypress Hill Smokeout Day 1, Part 3

October 29, 2009

Written By: Pablo Cortez
Photos By: Dustin Roe

View all of Dustin’s photos here.

Day 1 – After six smokeless years, well, not completely smokeless, Cypress Hill returned to San Bernardino, CA for the seventh Smoke Out tour. The joint venture with Guerilla Union was held at the San Manuel Amphitheatre, formerly the Glen Helen Pavilion and featured original member reunions of both Goodie Mob and Geto Boys and, for the first time ever, Cypress Hill closing out the night by performing the entire Black Sunday album on the first day of this two day festival.

Tents and Flicks – A number of performers opened the show including Short Dawg, Swollen Members, Devin the Dude, Psycho Dream and Hieroglyphics which you could watch at the Indonesia Stage, acting main stage for the night. The expo tent housed vendors, petitioners, medical marijuana advocates and the day’s meet and greet with the performers as well as discussion/education panels from Oaksterdam University and Celeb-stoners Mickey Avalon, Ngaio Bealum, Michael Rapaport and Adrianne Curry. A couple of stoner comedies were played in front of the grassy knoll,” How High?” and “Nice Dreams”, making for a hazy, mellow movie at the park night. This area of the event seemed to cater to the people that were standing in the sun throughout the day and burnt out. Drinks and munchies were just a few feet away and the open turf area was a good place to lay and watch the crowds go by. Speaking of munchies, a good assortment of food vendors were out. Tacos, nachos, burgers, hot dogs, ice creams and churros were readily available. Good thing too, considering the crowd.

Bushwicked, mobbed and lit up – We were able to catch the Geto Boy’s set with original members; Willie D, and Bushwick Bill. Scarface did not make it the show. Their set included hits like “The World is a Ghetto”,” My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me”, and my favorite “Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangster” the story of how to be a good gangster with a bit of politics thrown in. Making an entrance to the Rocky theme song, Goodie Mob followed. Setting it up with “Goodie Bag”, a tweaked “Git up Git out” mixing Spandau Ballet’s “True” with Beastie Boy’s “Paul Revere” which surprisingly works, and a collection of their hits, both old and new. These guys got the crowd ready for Cypress Hill who played their 1993 album Black Sunday in its entirety starting with track 1, “I Want to Get High”.

B-Real lit up what must have been the largest blunt he could hold in one hand and the crowd followed suit. They were engulfed in a steady, continuous thick fog that rolled up and over their heads for the entire set. This set took us back to the days hanging out at a friend’s garage or backyard, listening to the album while collecting cash for and debating who would make the trip to the fast food drive thru. Day 1 of SmokeOut 2009 was a very chill, very relaxed event. Definitely worth a trip out for fans of hip-hop and that little green plant that makes this all possible.

See Dave Brook’s Review of Day 2 here.

See David Carr’s Review of Day 2 here.

See Ed Hannigan’s Day 2 photos here.

The Cypress Hill Smokeout Part 1

October 27, 2009

Written By: Dave Brooks
Photos By: Ed Hannigan

View all of Ed’s Smokeout photos here.

I show up to the Cypress Hill Smokeout in my green “Naturally Gifted” t-shirt with a plant on it that at first glance looks like a pot leaf (it isn’t), my camo shorts and my usual longish hair with full beard. Not your typical photographer look. I bring along my trusty Samsung S630 to take my “pro” shots with and forget to bring the memory card. That means I get to take 9 whole pictures!

Jim, editor-in-chief of CWG, and I enter the parking lot and ask some San Manuel Amphitheater employees where to find the V.I.P. parking section. We are given a variety of answers that don’t seem to point towards anywhere, so we decide to park in the first available spot and buck authority. This is Rock ‘n Roll damn it! A flash of our passes and we are in. We navigate through the maze of barricades and personnel with sheer ignorance and walk right onto the main stage. There’s only a sound check going on at the time, don’t get too excited, but we do just happen to walk onstage through on to backstage. According to our brightly colored, segregated wristbands, this is a ‘no no.’

We’re now backstage illegally and face a dilemma, how are we going to see the show when we can’t risk running into the Gestapo-ish San Manuel Security? More importantly, how are we going to eat, when there’s a limited ration of food tickets and you can’t buy anything backstage with money? We try to bullshit the volunteer staff, no luck. I try bribing and begging the food guys, no dice. I turn around and find my temporary savior. The Ice Cream Man. This guy is giving out FREE motherfuckin ice cream. “Two ice cream sandwiches please” I ask King, leader of the Ice Cream Men. “No problem” says King. “Come back anytime” he adds. Fuckin A I will.

Word is spreading around backstage that Pennywise are about to go on. What to do? We again try to act like we belong, but this time there is a wily veteran of a backstage security woman in our way. She notices our inadequate wristbands and it’s on. “What are you doing back here? You’re not allowed back here! How’d you get back here?” All “back here” excuses fail. She ain’t having it. I am escorted off as Jim smartly evades her and stays backstage. He eventually joins me as I figure out that I get to stand directly in front of the stage for the first 3 songs of each band. (With my photo pass and all)

I get to the front of the stage as Pennywise goes on and notice that I am a little out place. I’m surrounded by 15-20 photographers, over $100,000 worth of camera equipment and look nothing like a person that should have a photo pass. Who cares though! No one is kicking me out! For a novice Pennywise fan, I think they played pretty damn well. I overheard hardcore Pennywise fan’s say that new singer Zoli Teglas isn’t really up to par, but the guy just started filling in for Jim Lindberg 2 nights ago. Give him a break I say! I had a good time Zoli. Thank you for having the balls to face the hardcore fans.

Jim gets a call and finds out that we have the opportunity to interview Immortal Technique. As one of the most controversial and outspoken MC’s out there, ‘Tech would be a great interview. I scheme my way back into what I find out later is the wrong backstage to try to find ‘Tech. Might as well get some more free ice cream! I spend my time wandering around looking for anyone that might look even close to a rapper. No luck. As I leave the backstage area, Sublime, or the new incarnation of Sublime with Rome Ramirez fronting the group, has taken the stage. While I do agree with Bradley Nowell’s wife regarding the use of the band name, I have to say that I enjoyed their set immensely. This kid sounded like Bradley, played guitar pretty damn close to Bradley (messed up the intro to “Santeria”) and has even stated that he plans on writing new songs for the band like Bradley. What balls! The crowd loved him and enjoyed every second of their set. All of the classics were played. A successful reunion if I ever saw one.

We leave their set a little early to go see and meet Immortal Technique, who we now know is backstage of the 2nd stage where he is performing. We feel a little stupid to say the least, but it doesn’t end there! We don’t immediately recognize him as we approach his trailer! We shake his hand and say that we are here to do an interview with “Immortal Technique.” He says “That’s me. Immortal Technique isn’t a group, it’s only one nigga.” I knew this, but….well, forget it, I feel like an idiot. He proceeds to tear up the 2nd stage. Dropping hits like “Bin Laden” and “Harlem Street.” Leading the crowd through a sing along of “Homicide harlem, BLAM! What’s the problem?” With the time splits between each stage you end up missing either the beginning or end of a set. We race back to see Cypress Hill only to catch the last 2 songs of their set . Chino Moreno of the Deftones guest starred on “Rock Superstar,” making this hit track even more hype with his unique brand of vocals.

Skipping the Kottonmouth Kings, we stay around for the Deftones. I have personally seen them roughly 15 times now and count them as one my most influential bands. They open their set with a brand new track titled “Rocket Skates” off of the yet to be released ‘Eros.’ If this is any indication of what’s to come, I am extremely excited. It’s a combination of their early and recent stuff all balled into one. Chino had a ton of energy that night with Jim attributing it to his weight loss. Makes sense to me. He was running around the stage, physically emphasizing the high points in the songs being played. I’m completely truthful yet definitely biased when I say that their set killed. At least the beginning did, as we missed the last 20 minutes running over to the Method Man and Redman show at the 2nd stage.

As I enter and get closer to the back of the stage, I see Redman walking to the stage. “What’s up Redman!” And do that half handshake/half pat on the back thing. He says, “What’s up.” Meth and Red jumped on stage, and brought the house down for a full hour with their individual hits, delivering the final blow with classic Wu-Tang (“M-E-T-H-O-D Man” being the topper). My current rating for the Cypress Hill Smokeout, out of 10, at this point would probably be a 9.935. Oh yea, one last band to go………….SLIPKNOT. Did I mention that I get to sit in the very, very front for the first three songs?

Damn. It’s just clockwork for these dudes now. Always killer shows. I know it helps when you have that many guys on stage, but you still have to give credit where it’s due. Slipknot are touring on their latest album “All Hope is Gone” and decided to pay a visit to the Smokeout. Corey Taylor, Jim Root, Mick Thomson and the gang all have killer new masks. This just adds to a dynamic, precision based attack of a show that seems to never let up. I think that they played 3 tracks off of their debut right at the get go, just so they piss themselves off enough to make it through such an energetic performance. And 4 encores too. As we were leaving we heard some type of music playing and thought it might have been a 5th encore. We’re still not entirely clear about that.

Walking back to the car was interesting, as we passed the car initially and then remembered that it was definitely on more of a sloping hill like the one behind us. Finding the car was a relief. So much walking and bullshitting had taken its toll. The conversation shifts to what fast food restaurant the GPS tells us is closest and……the car won’t start. Are you serious… Some nice guy in a truck comes down to jump the car and it doesn’t work. Everything is in place, it just won’t work. We thank the guy for trying as he leaves and go back to the car. I replace the positive terminal cap and what seems to be 15 seconds later, I notice that the car’s interior lights are on. The what? Yea! They’re on. Start the car! Start the car! Jim turns the keys and……..

It starts right up. Un fucking believable. See ya next year, Smokeout!

See Pablo Cortez’s Review of Day 1 here.

See David Carr’s Review of Day 2 here.

See Dustin Roe’s Day 1 photos here.

The ‘Cypress Hill Smokeout’ Returns Oct 23 & 24th W/ Slipknot, Deftones, Sublime and More

September 3, 2009

Cypress Hill and Guerilla Union announce the return of the ‘Cypress Hill Smokeout’

Event to feature performances by:
Slipknot, Deftones, and Cypress Hill


Guerilla Union has announced the return of the annual CYPRESS HILL SMOKEOUT Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, CA. The event, which last took place in 2003, returns for the first time as an epic two-day mind opening experience encompassing a music festival and cannabis expo featuring CYPRESS HILL and headlined by Kerrang Awards ‘Best Live Band’ Slipknot and Grammy-winning art rockers Deftones, plus the much-anticipated reunions of two hip hop icons Goodie Mob and Geto Boys and very special guest Sublime, the genre-blending punk, reggae and rap pioneers. World-renowned comedy duo Cheech and Chong will host.

This landmark event, launched by Cypress Hill in 1998 to create awareness around cannabis counter-culture, will highlight 30 exclusive live performances over three stages. States B Real of the iconic multi-platinum outfit, “This will be our best Smokeout ever. Slipknot, Deftones, Sublime! Cheech and Chong, Redman and Method Man, Geto Boys, Goodie Mob…It’s a stoner’s dream come true. Our fans deserve an event that celebrates our love of music and marijuana culture. It’s gonna take two days to take it all in. I can’t wait to play some new music and hang with all our friends and fans.”

“After six years we are returning with the world’s premier cannabis music festival,” adds Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs. The spirit of the Smokeout is centered in unifying people, music, while being embraced by the world’s oldest miracle herb. This two day festival of high vibrations of lifted music with friends and family is truly exciting to see take form and once again rock the stage with some of the best musical acts in the world !!!!” Look for Cypress Hill to perform material from their past releases as well as new material from their forthcoming album.

The full line-up for the CYPRESS HILL SMOKEOUT to date includes: SLIPKNOT, DEFTONES, CYPRESS HILL, very special guests SUBLIME (Bud Gaugh, Eric Wilson and Rome), PENNYWISE, REDMAN & METHOD MAN, GOODIE MOB (featuring all original members Cee-Lo, Khujo, T-Mo, Big Gipp), BAD BRAINS, GETO BOYS (Scarface, Willie D, Bushwick Bill), IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, KOTTONMOUTH KINGS, HEIROGLYPHICS (Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, Souls of Mischief; Opio, A-Plus, Phesto, Tajai), K’NAAN, LIVING LEGENDS (Aesop, Bicasso, Eligh, The Grouch, Luckyiam, Murs, Scarub, Sunspot Jonz), B REAL, MIX MASTER MIKE, DEVIN THE DUDE, DJ MUGGS, DIRTY HEADS, SWOLLEN MEMBERS W/MOKA ONLY, BIG B, AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, DJ REZA, LENNY V, BARRY WEAVER and SHORTDAWG THA NATIVE and more to be announced.

In addition to the music portion, fans can experience the Smokeout Cannabis Cup and Medical Marijuana Expo which includes an infamous V.I.P. (Very Important Pot smoker) private party, a 420 Movie Night highlighting classic cannabis themed films and a glass art showcase. There will also be a wide range of guest speakers and celebrity appearances focused on cannabis education, legal workshops and grow tips, in addition to massive munchie gardens, vendor village and surprise performances. A full schedule of activities will be unveiled at a later date.

“We are proud to partner with Cypress Hill for the return of the Smokeout,” states Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union. “It’s been six years since the last one. I am so happy that we’re bringing it back in anticipation of their amazing new studio album! The fans have been very persistent letting us know that they miss Smokeout. We’ve pulled out all the stops for this year’s festival. It’s gonna be the Comic-Con of Cannabis! I know Cypress Hill is excited that Slipknot and Deftones are headlining the show. With Cheech and Chong hosting and the reunion of Dungeon Family legends Goodie Mob and the Geto Boys, I’m sure hip-hop heads will be thrilled too. The last minute addition of our very special guests Sublime is crazy. We always strive to make our shows a once in a lifetime event. I know Bud, Eric and Rome can’t wait to tear up the Smokeout stage. This show is gonna be historic. Smokeout fans are in for a real treat.”

Ticket pre-sale begins Friday, September 4 at 10:00am. On-sale to the general public is slated for Saturday, September 12 at 10:00am. Visit to sign up for a newsletter, up to date information and festival updates.