X Games Austin 2015 -- Music rewind
Behind the music at X Games Austin 2015
X Games Austin 2015 is officially in the books, but the highlights from the week on the ground in Austin, Texas, are still rolling out. Aside from the action sports progression and gold-medal-winning runs, X Games Austin hosted three days of live music, including Nicki Minaj (pictured here), Metallica, Pennywise and more. What follows is a look back at the music.
After a string of independently released and critically acclaimed EPs, Joywave made its major-label debut in 2014 with the release of "How Do You Feel?," featuring the infectious hit "Tongues," followed by opening slots with The Killers, St. Lucia and a breakout performance at Lollapalooza. At X Games Austin, the band took to the stage on Friday and delivered a solid set.
The Pennywise song "Bro Hymn" has long been a favorite of X Games athletes, and the Hermosa Beach, California-based punk legends dropped in to perform a set list of fan favorites at X Games Austin. The band even let the audience onto the stage during an encore performance.
And then there was Nicki Minaj. To host such a giant show, the X Games built a new stage, dubbed the Super Stage, and Minaj opened the festivities on Friday night at X Games with a set that lasted well longer than an hour.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, rapper Talib Kweli took to the stage on Saturday at X Games, and despite the heat and humidity, he delivered a solid set of classics from his back catalog.
The rapper simply known as Kid Ink performed select cuts his breakout album "My Own Lane" on Saturday at X Games. Playing in the lead-up to Metallica, Kid Ink held his own with style.
Before taking to the Super Stage on Saturday night at X Games, Metallica posed for photos with a few X Games athletes.
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett performs a guitar solo during the band's set on Saturday night at X Games Austin. The band reached deep into its back catalog for their X Games set, playing songs that were written in its early days as a thrash metal band in the 1980s.
James Hetfield of Metallica plays up for the camera at X Games Austin 2015.
Metallica played for almost two hours on Saturday night at X Games Austin, and the venue was packed with thousands of fans and concertgoers.
This was the scene during Metallica's live set on Saturday night at X Games Austin.
When the action sports action ended on Sunday at X Games Austin, the Glitch Mob was there to close out the show.
Big in Texas
The crowds on hand for the music events at X Games Austin 2015 were serious. Until next year, Austin!