Monster Mash Music Festival took over Tempe Beach Park on Halloween weekend with a stacked lin
eup that brought fans out from across the country. Following a sold out first day with Coheed and Cambria, Primus, and Tool performing their only 2015 show, day 2 had a lot to live up to.
The day began with Ghost, who took the stage in truly eerie masks and makeup, backed by equally creepy intro music. Seeing the band during the day was certainly different from their usual dark club shows, but the costumes and theatrics still entertained in the Arizona sun. Opening with "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" the faceless ghouls put on an unforgettable performance.
Maynard James Keenan made his second Monster Mash appearance of the weekend, this time fronting Puscifer. After dressing up as Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant the previous night with Tool, Keenan took a more fun approach to his costume on Sunday, sporting a beer belly, underwear, and an Avengers shield to form what appeared to be Captain America. The band remained modestly hidden behind the center stage drum kit, openi
ng up with "Grand Canyon". Singer Carina Round's vocals blended perfectly with Keenan's, and made for an incredible live show.
Linkin Park were the final act to take the stage after a weekend of unbelievable talent and crazy costumes. It may have been November 1, but the band didn't let that stop them from having fun. In true zombie fashion, vocalist Mike Shinoda stumbled towards his mic stand, looking braindead and hungry as he gazed out at the crowd with blood dripping from his mouth. The opening notes of "Papercut" pulled fans out of the zombie apocalypse, continuing on with a nonstop string of hits. Chester Bennington blew everyone away with his vocals on lighter tracks like "Castle of Glass". The 23 song set never had a dull moment, and even featured two tracks from Shinoda's side project Fort Minor, including the hit "Remember The Name". A three song encore wrapped up the weekend, finishing up with "Bleed It Out".