No shots at FLAG, Death, Rocket from the Crypt, or Vista Chino — but this one-show-only reunion of all-star '90s funk-metal side-goof Infectious Grooves was the nostalgia trip of the weekend. The stage was awash with alt-metal icons — bassist Robert Trujillo (Metallica), drummer Steven Perkins (Jane's Addiction), vocalist Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), and fill-in guitarist Jim Martin (Faith No More) — but still had a scrappy "let's get the band back together" feel, taping down their own setlists and Trujillo himself motioning for the costumed freaks to come out from the sidelines to party.
Despite the amount of talent onstage, it was hard not to watch the long out-of-commission Martin (his old bandmate Mike Patton could be spotted watching from the wings, too). He always cut a serious, shadowy, imposing figure in Faith No More (he was the only one who didn't play along in the iconic underwear photo), but seemed totally game to add background vocals ("Go psycho! Go psycho!") for a band who has brazenly ridiculous lyrics like "Nookie nookie / I'll try her cookie." Best of all, he brought his The Real Thing-era guitar tone, which elevated the sound of the slap-bass cover of Led Zepplin's "Immigrant Song" or "I'm Gonna Be My King," which was already a Faith No More rip-off in 1991.