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Bamboozle Left 2009 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Hip-hop artist 50 Cent closed out the annual Bamboozle Left festival in Irvine this weekend by treating fans to many of his massive rap hits, including "In Da Club," "What Up Gangsta," and "P.I.M.P.". It was a fitting conclusion to a diverse weekend of bands, ranging from emo to grindcore to old-school punk to hip-hop.
Highly-anticipated sets by Metro Station, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low and dozens of others were delivered with sterling sound and clock-like precision as the two main stages ping-ponged back and forth, leaving only a few seconds of silence between acts. The artists followed through with competent performances and plenty of recognizable hits and classics in the mix. Metro Station's "Shake It" and Ashes Roth's "I Love College" represented some of the current chartbusters, while the Deftones, Adolescents and Vandals dished up some old classics, Several of the bands will be on the Warped Tour later this summer.