Walking into the third and final day of Boston Calling, there was a visible difference in the crowd that had occupied the grounds the previous two days. Many of the teens had been replaced with older fans sporting metal band tees. Today was the day many of these people had been waiting for for years: Tool was to return to the stage for a headlining set.
Boston Calling had strategically planned Sunday to accommodate this different crowd, with sets from newer punk stalwarts like The Hotelier and Pup in the early hours, and Converge and Piebald in the afternoon.
Run The Jewels
At the height of the afternoon, while Tool fans were starting to gather around the Green Stage, Killer Mike and El-P of Run The Jewels amassed an incredibly energetic and packed crowd at the xFINITY Red Stage, where they brought the best of Run The Jewels 3 (including this writer’s personal favorite track “Hey Kids”) and their back catalogue. It seems that no matter how many festivals they play, the duo, along with their DJ Trackstar, are always able to hold it down and put on a killer performance, trading lines and verses like every show is their last, and making sure to encourage the crowd to jump and sing along to every word.