10 Years | 07.22.12

ingrid sqIt took Hasek a few attempts during breaks between songs to snap the bra, but he eventually succeeded, and it would stay on for almost the entire set.

Pop’s, Sauget, Ill.

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10 Years knows how to have a great time entertaining the fans. If you are unaware, 10 Years is a rock band from Knoxville, Tenn., that has toured with the likes of Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, Deftones, KoRn, Chevelle, Disturbed, Shinedown, and Linkin Park. This stop was part of their Minus the Machine Tour.

Right from the start of their one-hour, 15-minute set, you could tell this was going to be a great time. 10 Years came out of the chute with an amazing amount of energy, and got the crowd into from the very beginning. Guitarist Ryan “Tater” Johnson, didn’t spend much time on the stage before jumping down into the security pit to be with the diehard fans who arrived early to ensure a spot up front. Ryan continued to play almost all of “Fix Me” with the crowd, while resting his head on a fan and signing to her. There was never a dull moment throughout their entire set, which even featured many laughs. During “Beautiful,” a bra was thrown onto the stage. Singer Jesse Hasek picked it up and remarked, “First bra of the tour and it’s still warm,” which got a nice laugh from the crowd.

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Next up was “Minus the Machine,” and during this break, you would think he would just toss the bra back into the crowd or off stage—but you would be wrong. Hasek decided to put it on over his shirt. Since the bra was very small, he said, “I hope this isn’t from a nine-year-old, ’cause then this would be really inappropriate.” It took Hasek a few attempts during breaks between songs to snap the bra, but he eventually succeeded, and it would stay on for almost the entire set before he threw it back to the crowd. He asked if being drunk was a good excuse for wearing the bra, then said, “Eh, I’d do this sober,” which got another great laugh from the fans.

Hasek mentioned that they have been coming to Pop’s for seven or eight years, and it was the first time they had ever seen so many strip clubs in such a small area. Back in those years, 10 Years were experiencing huge success with the song “Wasteland,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. As a thank you to the fans, they decided to play “Wasteland” acoustic: “I want to hear you all,” said Hasek. The last song was “Shoot It Out.” During this number, Hasek jumped off stage and sang the song with the fans, which really got them going. It is always great to see a band who knows who is responsible for their success: the fans. | Greg Artime

10 Years’ upcoming CD, Minus the Machine, will be available August 7.

Setlist:

“Chasing the Rapture”
“Fix Me”
“Autumn Effect”
“Now Is the Time”
“Beautiful”
“Minus the Machine”
“Russian Roulette”
“11 a.m.”
“Knives”
“Fade into Wasteland” (acoustic)
“Backlash”
“Shoot It Out”

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