Just saw this on gizmodo ... there is a whole thread going about it, so I'll post their
opening quote here:
My life was just flipped, turned upside down and I didn't even have to move to California. It just took one photo, a dozen instant messages, and a handful of emails to confirm that I've been lied to by musicians.
My first reaction when I saw the photo above was to believe that it could be fake, but several searches for more information led to the same answer: It's from a summer performance of a band called Immortal and it's real. The band had used a fake wall of amps for some reason—probably to appear more "hardcore" or whatever it is metal bands aspire to be—and got caught.
The next thought was that perhaps it could it be just a rare one-time act of concert stage trickery. But unfortunately a series of emails and instant messages to musicians, stage hands, equipment providers, and club managers revealed the sad truth: It's not too uncommon for bands to set up fake stacks of speakers or amps—hell, empty amp cabinets are frequently sold for that precise purpose.
So - What a hoot, to see something like turn up!