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Toadies and Helmet at Revolution Live July 25

Before pop princesses and boy bands flooded MTV's New York City studio with screaming prepubescent tweens, rock reigned supreme.

Live music meant muffled vocals over distorted guitars and complicated drum patterns, rather than lip-synching and choreographed dance moves. Radio stations hosted mini music festivals with little more than a stage, some amps, and a few strobe lights; they didn't accommodate 40 back-up dancers, costume changes, and 65-foot heart-shaped sets. Music was raw, loud, and real.

Sure, it's been only several years since rock ranked high on the mainstream popularity meter. Yet in an attempt to relive the old days of rock 'n' roll, two of the mid-'90s biggest bands — New York's Helmet and Fort Worth's Toadies — have teamed up for one hell of a road trip. These former label mates have joined forces on a coheadlining tour 'round the United States in support of Toadies' latest album. The mission: Play. Rock. Music.

 
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