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POSTPONED: P.O.D., Alien Ant Farm headline four-band rock/metal assault at Stage On Bay

 

POSTPONED: P.O.D., Alien Ant Farm headline four-band rock/metal assault at Stage On Bay

06 Sep 2017

Due to impending Hurricane Irma, this concert will be rescheduled for a later date.

For older rock music fans seeking to wax nostalgic about the pre-internet, radio hit/MTV video days, The Stage On Bay is set to deliver this week.

Payable On Death (better known as P.O.D.) and Alien Ant Farm are stopping by Savannah during an East Coast swing. Joining them for a four-band onslaught are nu-metal bands Fire From the Gods (Austin, Texas), and Powerflo (Los Angeles), the latter of which features members of platinum-selling Cypress Hill and New York metalheads Biohazard.

P.O.D., a California-based, Christian nu-metal band, earned national acclaim on the back of their third studio album, “The Fundamental Elements of Southtown,” which was certified platinum in 2000. The follow-up album, “Satellite,” featured the hugely popular singles “Alive” and “Youth of the Nation.” The album went triple platinum. P.O.D. has released 10 studio albums and earned three Grammy Award nominations during their 24-year history.

Alien Ant Farm blasted into the global spotlight when their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the airwaves and MTV by storm in 2001. The song, which was released as a single from their second album, “ANThology,” thrust the young band into a new era, and gave them their only No. 1 hit on the U.S. Modern Rock charts, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

Over the subsequent two decades since forming, Alien Ant Farm has seen and done it all. From label disputes, bus crashes, disbanding and reuniting, the Southern California boys have survived and continued to tour and write their trademark post-grunge, alternative rock sound.

“It’s definitely a wonder, in the landscape that exists these days,” guitarist and founding member Terry Corso said. “To have this kind of longevity is everything. I see bands that do well one year and the next year, they’re just gone. You might hear a second of their first single off their sophomore effort and then they’re gone. It seems to me to be a little bit of a whirlwind, vortex thing in the industry these days. We came out in the era of the last of the platinum babies. It was the last time a lot of young bands were selling a million records and establishing themselves.”

Corso, along with frontman Dryden Mitchell and drummer Mike Cosgrove, grew up in Riverside, Calif., east of L.A., and were friends before Alien Ant Farm took form.

Corso took a five-year break from the band after trouble with their third album, “TruANT.” Original bassist Tye Zamora also left the band for two years. Both returned in 2007. While Zamora has since left the band again, longtime friend Tim Peugh joined the outfit.

“We grew up together,” Corso said. “We’re all the original members, except for our bass player. Even the bass player (Peugh) though, is an old, old friend of the band. Me and Dry and Mike have known each other since we were teenagers. We started this a long, long time ago. We put everything we had into it.

“The older you get, the more you respect that sort of thing. We love playing music together. We always have. I would say it’s safe to say that our drummer and I, after all these years of jamming together, have legitimate telepathy.

“No matter how pissy people get with each other, we were secretly missing each other,” Corso continued. “It made it real nice to get back together. Not only to mend the musical relationships, but the human relationships as well.”

Despite five studio albums, including 2015’s “Always and Forever,” Alien Ant Farm is typically remembered for their “Smooth Criminal” cover.

“It was definitely a bit of a jagged pill to deal with over the years. I think, if anything, it was cool to see those people that cared enough to find out [about the rest of our music],” Corso said. “That made them more caring as people. I love those people that just don’t do what their friends do.

“We have this solid core of fans that will always come out to see us, as long as we come through town and play well. That means a lot. We dealt with our share of fair-weather fans. Believe me. I think we came out of the other side with a lot of people who saw that we were more than a band that got a freak accident cover of Michael Jackson.”

To their credit, Jackson himself was a fan of the band’s version. When it came to the now infamous video, Alien Ant Farm worked with Jackson’s people to ensure they correctly payed homage to the King of Pop. Jackson even signed off on the video, allowing the band to use his trademark moves and dances.

“There can be 3 million people in the world that want to knock me down because I had success from a record that had a Michael Jackson cover on it, but those 3 million people go away as soon as I remind myself that Michael Jackson himself was a fan,” Corso said.

“We actually gave him a No. 1 single when Quincy Jones said that song would not go to No. 1 for him. [The original version] topped out at 24 or something. We took the song to No.1. He got to get into Quincy’s face,” Corso adds with a laugh. “It was a cool thing. It’s something I still marvel at.”

IF YOU GO

What: P.O.D., Alien Ant Farm, Fire from the Gods, Powerflo

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13

Where: The Stage On Bay, 1200 W. Bay St.

Cost: $21.50-$39

Info: savconcerts.com

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