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Gallery: Riot Fest 2018

We cherry-picked the essential guitar-centric happenings from Chicago’s three-day celebration, including performances from Johnny Marr, Elvis Costello, Incubus, Weezer, Bad Religion, Jesus Lizard, and more!

Duane Denison

The Jesus Lizard’s Duane Denison

These Chicago hometown heroes closed out their set with old favorites like “Puss” and “Then Comes Dudley,” while still squeezing in a Chrome cover. Here’s what the Jesus Lizard guitarist told us in 2013 about his signature Electrical Guitar Company Chessie: “It’s a minimalist rock machine.” To enhance its mechanistic look, ECG drilled into the front of the guitar the bolts that normally line the edge of its guitars’ backs. Remove the bolts, and the guitar opens in one piece for repair. Its bare aluminum neck boasts the same width and pitch as a Gibson ES-135. “I can’t think of another guitar that has that combination—the pitch, the feel, plus the scale length, and all while keeping the weight down.”