Last Night: Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest at Ak-Chin Pavilion

Thousands of people showed up for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on Friday, from all walks of life--five-year-olds with their parents all the way to couples pushing 60, meatheads and meth-heads, respected industry figures and pierced and tattooed punks--but there was one definite commonality. All of them came out to enjoy a full day of heavy metal from some of the industry's legends and up-and-comers.

Just one problem: We were in the desert.

Granted, it only hit about 108 degrees F, and it was somewhat hazy and cloudy. It could've been a lot worse. But for those in attendance from noon to midnight, the drill was hydration, shade, sunscreen, repeat... but in the world of metal, that doesn't sound like much fun, now does it?

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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