Looking at the lineup that was just announced for this year’s Last Fling, the Naperville Jaycees’ annual festival at Rotary Hill, I must admit I am a bit surprised. I can’t recall a time when the festival, which takes place from August 31 through September 3, had a PG-13 rating.
On Sat., Sept. 1, the GEN-X Summer Tour plays Last Fling, and it is headlined by a band called Buckcherry. This is a band that is raw, hard and heavy rock and roll, and being offensive isn’t something they shy away from. With a song called “Crazy Bitch” being their biggest hit, the sensitive, more conservative concertgoer should take that PG-13 rating quite seriously. The GEN-X tour also includes the bands P.O.D., Alien Ant Farm, and Lit.
I’d just like to applaud the organizers of Last Fling for getting the GEN-X Tour to play our great city. There may be some controversy surrounding the addition of this band lineup, but I see nothing negative when a crowd of people can smile, laugh, scream, and shout all in response to a musical experience.
On social media I see comments like, “Buckcherry might be a bit too much for never-naughty Naperville.” I think bringing this show into town shows those folks that Naperville can sit in the back of the class and get crazy with the best of them.
Last Fling will also welcome the safer POP 2000 Tour hosted by Lance Bass of NSYNC and featuring O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera, and Tyler Hilton on Fri., Aug. 31.
Tickets for Last Fling are now available here www.lastfling.org/MainStage.