Wing Ding kicks off summer concerts

Wing Ding kicks off summer concerts

By Caroline Rohner, Staff Writer

Angry, testosterone-charged rock-fueled… WXRX’s 10th annual Wing Ding Sunday May 25. Thousands of music lovers flooded Davis Park to see the featured metal/hard rock outfit Powerman 5000, along with four other national acts. Powerman 5000, or PM5K as fans refer to the group, performed a varied mix of material during its hour-long set. The Boston-based band is led by lead vocalist Spider One (whose real name is Mike Cummings). Despite a penchant for screaming unintelligible lyrics, Spider One had a great stage presence and continually engaged the audience.

The group displayed an amazing level of energy on each song, particularly its 1999 hit “When Worlds Collide.” PMSK also played a few tracks off its recently released fourth album, Transformed. PM5K’s current single, “Free,” proved to be a crowd favorite.

Unfortunately, the music was not the most memorable part of Powerman’s performance. The band was forced to stop for 10 minutes when a small number of crowd surfing and stage diving fans became out of control. Spider One cautioned, “You guys are too rough,” and pointed out injured fans to security guards. Once the situation was under control, the band finished its set without further incident.

Powerman 5000 was preceded by four other up and coming groups. The first three bands—Head On, Double Drive, and Revis— played typical hard rock fare. They all showed talent, but their music was rather bland and quickly became repetitive during their 35-minute sets.

Socialburn showed the most potential among the opening bands. The Nirvana-influenced group stunned the audience with its current radio hit “Down.” They provided a nice change of pace from the previous acts.

Wing Ding 2003 might not have had the strongest lineup compared to past years, but it certainly left everyone entertained. If you want to check out Powerman 5000, they are currently on tour and will return to the stateline area to play Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 29.

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