With Irvine Meadows closing down, Billboard asked a few artists for their favorite memories there. This is what M. Shadows had to say:
We didn’t get to play there much, we played there one time, during Uproar in like 2009 or 2010, and it was an amazing show. I grew up going there. One of my first Warped tours was there, seeing Bad Religion and NOFX there. I’ve seen Sublime countless times there and Slayer there, so Irvine Meadows, to me, was the ultimate venue. It was right down the street from my house, it’s a beautiful venue. I guess the most memorable experience would be watching Bad Religion play, I think it was Bad Religion, Rancid, Guttermouth, NOFX all playing the Warped tour when I was a young kid. And I remember there was so much dust, so we all had bandanas around our faces and I remember just coughing up dust for a week. That always stuck with me because it’s when I fell in love with punk rock. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to play in a band and I want to do this and be in the mosh pit.