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Vandals join X Games lineup

Aspen Times Staff
The Vandals are scheduled to play a free concert Jan. 29 at the AWOL event on Aspen Mountain. (Contributed photo)
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The Vandals, a Southern California punk band, has joined the Winter X Games musical lineup.The band will perform a free show Jan. 29 during AWOL Aspen, a wallride exhibition at the base of Aspen Mountain.

AWOL, a sidelight to the Winter X Games at Buttermilk, features skiers and snowboarders launching themselves up a 30-foot wall facing Aspen Mountain. The band plays on a stage atop the wall. The action starts at 5:15 p.m.The Vandals’ career spans 23 years and 12 albums, including their latest, “Hollywood Potato Chip.” The band includes guitarist Warren Fitzgerald, drummer Josh Freese, bassist Joe Escalante and vocalist Dave Quackenbush.

“This band is a great fit for this event,” said John Rigney, the Skico’s managing director of event marketing. “Their energy matches the intensity of the wallride and the whole X weekend.” Fast, catchy tunes like “Jackass,” “My Girlfriend’s Dead,” “I Have a Date,” “Idea For a Movie,” “I’ve Got an Ape Drape,” “People That Are Going To Hell” and “Anarchy Burger” are Vandals classics.

Winter X Games Ten will also bring a pair of free, outdoor concerts to Wagner Park in downtown Aspen on Jan 28 and 29. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, performs Jan. 28. Friday night’s act has yet to be announced.AWOL Aspen is part of the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series, featuring six free, outdoor concerts coinciding with big events and peak weekends throughout the ski season in Aspen/Snowmass. The remaining concerts dates are Feb. 11, March 16 and April 16.


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