Rock Blog: Pain in the Grass

It's Back!

March 22, 2017

The halls of KISW are buzzing with folks getting ready for the roll-out of Pain 2017.  Promotions are being planned. Websites being built. The creative department is stoned in their offices wondering what all the commotion is about.  

While we put the finishing touches on everything Pain in the Grass why don't you take a stroll down memory lane to Pains of yesteryears. Beware friends! I got sucked into a Pain in the Grass rabbit hole looking at old videos today slapping this blog together.  It literally sucked up my whole afternoon.  Also I've been drinking.


Pain in the Grass laid dormant for many years before it was re-invented and resurrected in 2007 at Cheney Stadium.

2008, first year at White River, featured Queensryche with an orchestra.  These two dudes obviously enjoyed themselves. 

2009 was the year Joey from Slipknot got sick and couldn't play. They came back in October of that year and made good on the show.  It was also the year Satchel from Steel Panther wowed the crowd with one of the greatest solos in Pain in the Grass history.

2010 was the second time Godsmack played Pain in the Grass.  If you were there you remember the epic drum-off between Sully and Shannon.

2011 Korn headlined and treated everyone to a bitchin cover of Metallica's One.

Fieldy's shirt was on point too.

Stephanie Savoia

Offspring brought it in 2012

Putting a show like this together can be like herding cats.  It can be tough putting a lot of bands in one place at the same time. We did not have that problem in 2013. The planets aligned and we ended up with what was essentially 2 shows.  So why not do it for 2 days and move it out to the desert? Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and many more. Ironically the year we did it on the east side was the only year it's rained.

Godsmack came back in 2014 for a 3rd Pain in the Grass appearance along with Rob Zombie.  Yahoo! broadcast Godsmack's set.

2015 saw the return of Slipknot along with Lamb of God. Hands down the heaviest Pain to date.   

Disturbed's cover of "The Sound of Silence" was no doubt one of the biggest songs of 2016.  We were thrilled when they agreed to come on board for Pain in the Grass last year.  If you were there you probably remember this moment. 

So what does #Pain2017 have in store?  You'll find out Monday morning at 8:15 with BJ and Migs.