Chicago’s three-day, punk-rock carnival was host to Slayer, Jawbreaker, Raconteurs, Patti Smith, Rise Against, Bob Mould, Rancid, Bikini Kill, Lucero, the Struts, and more. Here are our favorite guitar-related moments from the 15th annual gathering.
Manchester Orchestra’s Robert McDowell
At this Riot Fest performance, which preceded a winter tour where Manchester will play 2009’s Mean Everything to Nothing in its entirety, Robert McDowell brought out “Sheriff”—a Fender ’72 Telecaster Deluxe reissue. In our Rig Rundown with him, McDowell told us that the Tele originally belonged to bandmate Andy Hull, but McDowell fell in love with it while Hull was falling out of love with it.