Magic Mountain debuts X2 while construction continues on Thomas Town

Posted Thursday, May 29, 2008 10:11 AM | Contributed by xbombman

X2 opened this past weekend at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and America Coasters Network has posted photos. The ride features new trains that were constructed with lighter materials and holes in the structure for weight savings. Sensory effects have also been added to the ride including on-board audio with tracks from Frank Sinatra, Metallica and Beastie Boys. There is now fog at the bottom of the first drop and flamethrowers as the train passes through the second raven turn.

Additionally, construction continues on Thomas Town. The stations for the train ride and Percy the Small Engine are nearly complete.

Link: America Coasters Network

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Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:05 AM
Sinatra?! That's news to me!
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Thursday, May 29, 2008 6:45 PM
Then it switches to Metallica's "Enter Sandman" followed by Beastie Boys "Sabatoge".

That's freakin great.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008 10:34 PM
If Metallica didn't suck, perhaps.
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Friday, May 30, 2008 12:21 AM
Their popularity in the 90's says otherwise.
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Friday, May 30, 2008 12:36 AM
That's because enough people forgot they were just remaking the same crap they put out in the 80's.

And since when does popularity stand for anything? Have you listened to popular music lately?

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Friday, May 30, 2008 1:41 AM
Either way, the music used REALLY does fit what they've done with the ride, which was very pleasantly surprising, at least for me.
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Friday, May 30, 2008 2:07 AM
Just for the record, 80's Metallica and 90's Metallica are practically two different bands.

Kinda like the 80's Beasties vs the 90's Beasties.

In both cases the 80's version is better.

And being as Sinatra died in the 90's, I'm guessing the 80's were better for him too. ;)

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Friday, May 30, 2008 2:56 AM
In any case, they did a great job(Magic Mountain new management that is) with the music selection. It really enhances the ride and i think that's what the purpose of this was(not to discuss 80's vs 90's Metellica,lol)*** This post was edited by Alexatucla 5/30/2008 2:57:03 AM ***
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Friday, May 30, 2008 3:23 AM
Gonch: totally agree on Metallica being different between the 2 decades.

However, I find "Enter Sandman" to be one of their better songs.

As far as the Beasties, I have followed them since the early 80's. They change constantly. It's a formula that has worked for them because they have had staying power for over 20 years.

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Friday, May 30, 2008 9:21 AM
Paul's Boutique is probably the best hip hop album of all time, with Hello Nasty being a close second.

Metallica was never good, regardless of the decade. Lars is a moron. And if you worked in radio when "Enter Sandman" was popular, you'd hate them just as much as I do.

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Friday, May 30, 2008 11:00 AM
I'll give you Paul's Botique, but Hello Nasty did nothing for me.

Even still, 'best' and 'most enjoyable' are two entirely different things - Licensed to Ill is still easily the most fun to listen to. In the 80's the Beasties were fun. After '93 they started losing me. (although I did dig Ill Communication)

In all seriousness and fairness, Metallica has been as influential, groundbreaking and important in their genre as the Beasties were in theirs.

Lars is a moron and the Beasties spent way too much time whining about the Dalai Lama in the mid-90's - still doesn't change their places in music. :)

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Friday, May 30, 2008 11:00 AM
I'm not a big fan of Metallica, but I've been trying to go out of my way as of late to try to be understanding of the fact that music is completely opinion based. I might not be into watching some terrible looking dude write the same pop songs over and over again with different lyrics and make millions, but there are Nickelback fans all over the world. Who am I to tell them what they enjoy listening to? Like it or not, the tone deaf and the apathetic radio listeners are who the music industry is catered to now.

But lets get real... if moron drummers were a big deal it would be difficult to find many bands you like. Maybe you hate Lars because he looks like an a-hole, and he threw a fit about Napster, but that doesn't really have anything to dow with whether or not Metallica is good.

I've gotten off course (I could fill a page with my silly opinions about almost any band), but my main point is that music is entirely too subjective for me to have the right to tell someone their taste in music sucks... even if it is hard to hold back sometimes when someone throws on the new Ja Rule joint.

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Friday, May 30, 2008 11:28 AM
The thing is, if you listen to any of the less popular metal of the 80's, it frankly sounds about the same as Metallica. I don't care how popular they were. Consider that the genre itself is probably the worst variation on rock music, the way that bubble gum clone pop is the worst variation of pop music. Popular taste is unfortunately not that good. :)
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Friday, May 30, 2008 12:02 PM
I don't disagree with you about popular music. All I'm saying is that I'm making an effort to be more understanding about where people are coming from when they don't like the same music as me. I'm not sure if it lets other people listen to my radio station at last.fm or not, but it is clearly the best selection of music there is (if you have exactly the same taste in music as me that is) if it is an option for you.
Here's a link:
http://www.last.fm/listen/user/Thuss006/personal

EDIT: I suppose great minds think alike Lord Gonchar. We both had the same agenda... pushing our musical tastes the innocent people who couldn't care less, and we didn't even need to colaborate.

*** This post was edited by Word 5/30/2008 12:12:41 PM ***

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Friday, May 30, 2008 12:04 PM
I don't have a problem with popular music. The dumber, the better in most cases. I actually take exactly the opposite view that Jeff does. I think the sheer popularity of some music is validation enough.

I'm not looking for music to change the world, just be fun to listen to. I want the musical equivalent of a summer blockbuster popcorn movie - just entertain me. I don't need the pretentious art film equivalent to appreciate the product.

I'm a metal fan (all the way from the dumbest cock rock hair metal to the most technical, musically skilled progressive stuff). I dig rap (again, all styles from the 80's old school, to the 90's gangsta to the 00's bling bling stuff). I listen to bubblegum pop from all eras (The Partrige Family to Debbie Gibson to Britney to Miley Cyrus). I like sappy, lame 70's soft rock and the 70's funk stuff with the badass bass lines. I like 80's everything. I listen to the 90's alternative bands who thought they were more important than they were. I like Elton John and Jimmy Buffet and Weird Al and The Beatles. I've been known to listen to big band and jazz from that era. I even listen to "uhn tiss uhn tiss uhn tiss uhn tiss" electronic music.

Perhaps I'm too accepting of music? There's very little I flat-out don't like.

I'm just a music fan :)

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Friday, May 30, 2008 12:57 PM
My thing is that there is music I can associate with virtually every major event or era in my life, and as such, the forgettable crap is just... forgotten. I happen to group Temallica in that group. :)
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Saturday, May 31, 2008 9:53 AM
gonchar, you're a cool dude! Word! :)
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Monday, June 2, 2008 12:22 AM
Next year they will play Tom Waits.
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Monday, June 2, 2008 11:25 AM
^^ Back off, delan!!! :)
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