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Misael’s Top Ten Shows of 2012

2012 has got to be one of the best year’s for me to go to concerts. There’s bands I had never seen before but have wanted to, bands I hadn’t seen in 2-3 years, and even bands I thought wouldn’t come around again for a long time.

Me with Lamb of God singer, Randy Blythe

10. Metalachi 5/5/12 – The Roxy Theater – Hollywood, CA

The world’s first and only metal mariachi band. This was a special Cinco De Mayo concert at the world-famous Roxy Theater. Even though these guys aren’t really known and don’t put on a crazy show with fancy lighting or huge stage setups, I still gave these guys a spot on my list for creativity in what they do. They take popular/well-known (mainly)rock/metal songs and cover them using mariachi instruments. When I first heard about them last year, I couldn’t believe it and had to see it for myself. This was actually the second time I saw them. Here they are doing a Dio cover.

http://youtu.be/vZ7BIge0_40

9.  Lamb of God 10/31/12 – Hollywood Palladium – Hollywood, CA

I had been aching for a while to see Lamb of God live and then they finally announced US tour dates. The first set of US tour dates had to be cancelled due to singer Randy Blythe’s imprisonment in the Czech Republic. Once released, new tour dates were announced and I jumped on them. They were everything I expected them to be live. Crazy, energetic, and most of all, brutal.  After the show I met up with all the members of Lamb of God at different times as they exited the building and got to talk with them for a bit. What a way to spend my Halloween. Will definitely check them out again.

http://youtu.be/lHROJwaVd5I

8. Van Halen 6/1/12 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

One might wonder why a band like Van Halen might be so low on my list. Well I have good reasons for it. When Van Halen last came it was 2007. By the time I heard about it, I had just missed it by a few days and since then I’ve vowed to make it next time they come around. This year they released their newest album, “A Different Kind of Truth”, which featured original singer, David Lee Roth, for the first time in 27 years. My dad has been a Van Halen fan since the 80’s so when they announced this tour, I got tickets for the both of us. The openers for them was the 70’s funk band, Kool and the Gang. That was a real treat for me since I never thought someone from my generation would ever see them. The reason that they’re so low on my list is that, in a way, they were just simply…boring. I’ve seen videos of them from back in the day and I thought for sure I’d see one of the greatest shows I’ll ever see. I paid hard-earned money to see a great show. I also have to put into factor that 3 out of the 4 members are at that age where they probably don’t have the energy like they used to, but then again I’ve seen bands their age put on spectacular shows. David Lee Roth still danced to most songs but he didn’t jump around as I’ve seen in older videos. Eddie Van Halen didn’t do much other than play guitar. He usually stayed in one place and walked around and didn’t run or jump around as I thought he would. Personally, I think they’re at that point in their career where they don’t really care anymore since they reached stardom a long time ago.

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7. Megadeth 12/7/12 – Fox Theater – Pomona, CA

I had the chance to see Megadeth twice this year and I picked this day from the second time as my favored show. This tour was celebrating the 20th anniversary of their double-platinum selling album, “Countdown To Extinction”. This being one of my favorite metal albums and my second favorite Megadeth album, I just had to go to this. The titans of thrash metal, Megadeth, as always put on an awesome metal show for us metal heads. The show carried out really well and frontman Dave Mustaine showed no sign of slowing down anytime soon. He even announced that my particular show would be released on DVD!  After the show I caught up with all the band members except for Mustaine. In this video, before they play Holy Wars, a friend of mine who happens to be the biggest Megadeth fan I know, throws her hand-made Megadeth flag at Dave and he holds it up for everyone to see. I got it on video just for her.

http://youtu.be/PyRd04XQ7N4

6. Linkin Park and Incubus 9/8/12 – The Home Depot Center – Carson, CA

This was this year’s Honda Civic tour. It featured alternative rockers, Linkin Park and Incubus. I haven’t seen Linkin Park since February of 2011 so I was due to see them again. I did see them again in December at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, but I chose this night in particular. This was also my first time seeing Incubus. Both bands put on a great show. Incubus went up first and played greatest hits from their past albums as well as songs from their newest album, “If Not Now, When?”. When they finished, Linkin Park came on. They were the highlight of the night for me. They’re one of the few bands I can see and no matter how hard I try to resist, I end up singing along to every song. They were out supporting their newest album released this year, “Living Things”. The only problem I had during the show was the venue. It was a soccer stadium. I could tell that no matter where you sat, It’d be a terrible view and would be too far to see anything clearly. The only way you’d have a good view is if you were on the floor and had a close-up view. As always, I cannot wait for them to come back.

http://youtu.be/-2PQWUD90kA

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5. KISS and Motley Crue 8/14/12 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA

KISS and Motley Crue had to be one of the hottest tours of the summer. This was the first time in 30 years that they had toured together since 1982. I hadn’t seen KISS in 2009 and was anxiously waiting for them to come around again. Motley Crue I’ve been seeing every year since 2008 and this made the 6th time(the most out of any band) I had seen them. My only complaint is the venue. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater has got to be the worst venue in the world. Everything about that place is terrible. Driving there, trying to get into the venue, finding parking, food/merchandise pricing, and it’s a long walk to the seating area. As for the band themselves, they were awesome as always. First up were the kings of glam metal, Motley Crue. I’ve been a huge Motley Crue fan and I’ve yet to get tired from seeing them. Due to the terrible layout of the venue, I missed most of their set. I took a half day from work and I still got there late! I only got around to fully hear their last 2 songs but they put up an awesome display of pyros, fireworks, buckets of blood, and women on stilts. When KISS came on, the crowd went crazy. It had been too long since they last came around. Thanks to my dad, they were one of the first bands I remember listening to When I was just a kid. They still rock even at their age. They played greatest hits along with some newer stuff. I know it won’t be soon but I hope KISS comes back without having me wait another 3 years.

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4. Scorpions 6/22/12 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA

Scorpions live is the true definition of a rock show. This was their Final Sting/farewell tour and probably the one and only time I’ll ever see them, sadly. The opening was the rock band, Tesla. I was only familiar with a few Tesla songs since they never really caught my attention but from what I hear, they’re one of the most underrated rock bands. My dad has been a Scorpions fan since the 80’s but has never seen them before so when I heard they were coming around, I jumped at the opportunity to take him and I wanted to see them for myself. They put on an all-around rock show and I was really enjoying myself. Even at their age, they still rocked and ran around. They played all greatest hits that I was familiar with. There was hardly a dull moment in that show. I just wish I could see them again. singer Klaus Meine still sounded great and all the other member still had it in them. My dad and I both agreed that they were much better than Van Halen which is why Scorpions is much higher on my list.

http://youtu.be/I9jyCuyjl08

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3. Iron Maiden 8/9/12 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA

There’s no questioning it, Iron Maiden is one of the greatest bands of all time and one of my all-time favorite bands. I last saw them in 2010 for the time and I was dying to see them again. I got my wish this year. This show was definitely better than the last time since they played their older stuff compared to last time where they played mainly songs from their more recent albums. With this tour they recreated their 1989 Maiden England tour and played several songs from their “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” album which is what the tour was based off of. Iron Maiden is everything you could want at a metal concert. They had multiple stage setups, fireworks, pyros, giant Eddie robots, and of course awesome metal music. The whole time the crowd was insane and reacting to whatever song they played. Singer Bruce Dickinson sounded great for his age and all the other members were at their best. Throughout the night, you never knew what was gonna happen next with each song. Their mascot, Eddie, came out as a giant robot multiple times, devils spitting fire, and fireworks. They are a band for anyone that’s into metal to go see. Will definitely see them again without thinking twice about it.

http://youtu.be/UmIQHNNvLEQ

2. Rammstein 5/17/12 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA

Rammstein has to be one of the best bands you’ll ever see live. they’re simply spectacular. Almost every song they play, they have something special planned. During “Feuer Frei!”(Open Fire), they come out with fire-breathing masks. During “Mein Teil”(My Part), they played out the cannibalistic story of Armin Meiwes when singer Till roasted keyboardist Flake inside a huge pot using a big flamethrower. During “Engel”(Angel), singer Till comes out wearing giant angel wings that spit out fire from the tips of the wings and are already covered with flashing fireworks. During “Pussy”, singer Till gets on top of a huge penis-shaped cannon and shoots foam at the crowd. Rammstein is one of the most fun bands you could ever see. i can tell I’ll never get tired of them. I saw them for the first time last year when they did their first US tour in 10 years and I didn’t think they’d come around again until later that year they announced they’d be coming back and I jumped for joy. I won’t hesitate to see them again.

http://youtu.be/GbJsjR-DoCA

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1. Rockstar Mayhem Festival: Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, and more! 6/30/12 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA

This year, without a doubt, the best show for me this year was the 5th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival. This was the 2nd biggest tour of the summer which packed over 28,000 headbanging metal heads and I was there for the opening night!! The main bands that I went to see were Anthrax, Motorhead, Slayer, and Slipknot. I’ll focus this on Slayer and Slipknot since they were the headliners. Slayer and Slipknot are 2 of my favorite bands and both have different fan bases. There were fans that were there for Slayer and hated Slipknot, there were fans that loved Slipknot but didn’t like Slayer, then there were fans like me who loved both bands to the fullest. I never thought I’d see Slayer and Slipknot share the same stage together in one night so this was a dream come true for me. Slayer was incredible and totally blew us away. They played mostly greatest hits including some of my personal favorites that I’ve never seen them play before from the 2 previous times I’ve seen them. With drummer Dave Lombardo being my idol as a drummer, I’m always happy to see his skills live. Guitarist Jeff Hanneman was still out to due his arm injury and was temporarily replaced by Exodus guitarist, Gary Holt. After they finished, Slipknot came on. I hadn’t seen them since 2009 and waiting for them to come back was a very painful wait. This was their first US show since the passing of bassist, Paul Gray. Guitarist Jim Root was out due to his appendix bursting so one of the guitarists from As I Lay Dying(who was also one of the bands on the tour) filled in for him temporarily in the back. Slipknot made their return to the US with sheer force and the crowd reacted really well to it. My eyes got a little watery from joy and excitement once the curtain fell and Slipknot was on stage opening with “Sic”. The whole night they played greatest hits and I was enjoying each and every song and even singing along. Slipknot is just one of those bands where you have to see them live to feel the intensity and electricity for yourself. They’re definitely on my list to see again.

http://youtu.be/1eysVcl4f-s

http://youtu.be/5Ek5b2gRX74

Slipknot Set To Debut Knotfest This August

Slipknot Set To Debut Knotfest This August

Slipknot is launching their own music festival. Dubbed Knotfest, the event will hit the Midwest for two incredible days of music and more this August. The event will rock Council Bluffs Iowa on the 17th and Minneapolis Minnesota (technically Wisconsin) on the 18th. Lineups for each day are as follows:

08/17/12 – Mid-America Motor Complex – Council Bluffs Iowa:

Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, The Urge, Prong, Dirtfedd

08/18/12 – Somerset Amphitheatre – Somerset Wisconsin:

Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse, Prong, Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan

In addition to an outstanding day of music, Knotfest will feature carnival rides, fire, drum circles made of broken down cars and a ton of other Maggot approved activities.

Tickets for both shows go on Sale this Friday June 8th via Ticketmaster. Check out the official Knotfest website for up to the minute information.

Update 07/30/12: With Lamb of God/Dethklok cancelling their 2012 tour due to LOG front man Randy Blythe’s legal trouble over seas, it has been reported by Slipknot’s Twitter that Machine Head will be one of the replacement bands.

Update 08/03/12: Bylthe has been released on bail and Lamb of God will be performing at both stops.

2012 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Artists Announced

2012 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Artists Announced

Now in its 5th year, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has just announced what bands will be performing for 2012. Slipknot and Slayer will headline the main stage this summer, and will be joined by a third mystery artist to be named on March 5th. The main stages fourth slot will rotate between As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria and The Devil Wears Prada.

Updated 03/05/12:  The mystery artist has been unveiled and it is MOTORHEAD!

Thrash legends Anthrax will headline the festivals Jagermeister Side Stage. Also appearing on the second stage are the above listed acts not rotating onto the main stage, Whitechapel, High On Fire and the Jagermeister opener.

The 26 date trek is currently scheduled to kick off in San Bernardino on June 30th. Tickets go on sale April 6th, 2012. A complete list of dates and venues for Mayhem 2012 can be found below.

 

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival dates:

Jun. 30 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater

Jul. 01 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater

Jul. 03 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheater

Jul. 04 – Boise, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheater

Jul. 06 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion

Jul. 07 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion

Jul. 08 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

Jul. 10 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Jul. 11 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Jul. 13 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre

Jul. 14 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Jul. 15 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center

Jul. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre

Jul. 20 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Jul. 21 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Jul. 22 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

Jul. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

Jul. 25 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Jul. 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center

Jul. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

Jul. 29 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live

Jul. 31 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Aug. 01 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake PAC

Aug. 03 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

Aug. 04 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion

Aug. 05 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre

 

 

 

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My Concert Pics

It is no accident that i love taking pictures. in fact i graduated with a Graphics Arts Degree and worked in the advertising field for a time. though i make my living as a state employee my love for picture taking has never waivered. To “compose” a concert photograph and be given a few seconds to do it, is a challenge that i want in order to get that ultimate shot that is so rewarding. Now! i am not a professional photographer (i wish). i just have some knowledge and do have ideas as to what i want to capture. thank god for these digital cameras for they are so tiny but powerfull and that most venues and artists gave up the fight to banned them from concerts. Here are some of my faves.





Rock on the Range 2009

2009 Rock On The Range Festival

05/16/2009 Crew Stadium – Columbus, OH

Words/Photos by larganation

So this was my first trip to the east coast. Im from Oregon and thats mainly where I stay. I decided to take this trip to Ohio to go to the Rock on the Range festival, a 2 day show with three stages and tons of bands. The band I mainly went out there to see was Slipknot and I was not dissapointed at all. but I will get to that in a bit.

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I got to the Crew Stadium about an hour after gates opened. I diddnt have to wait long to get in. To my surprise the first thing that greets you when you walk in is ice cold beer. oh yes no beer gardens. You are free to roam around as you please with a beer or a jager bomb in your hand. So far im digging the east coast.

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The first band I see is a band I have never heard of before, but they put on a good show. the band was called The Veer Union. they played the second stage. After that I ventured my way to the main stage to see Saliva warming up the crowd. Im not a big Saliva fan but they did put on a good show. Chevelle preformed next. i stayed back a little ways conserving my energy for Korn and Slipknot. After chevelle finished their set Korn came on. I had to make my way to the front and get a taste of the mosh pit. Korn put on an awesome show playing all their hits. But they did not play any new material which they said they would be trying some of it out. All in all Korn, despite not having David or Head anymore still brought their A game and it will be a preformance i will not forget.

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Alice in Chains was next. All i can say from that preformance is WOW. Even not having layne (R.I.P) anymore  they were incredible, and even brought Duff (Guns and Roses, Velvet Revolver) out to help out during Rooster. Next was the main event. Slipknot! All i can say is OH MY FUCKING GOD! they played about and hour, hour 15. I had to make my way to the front. I got my ass kicked in so many ways. I woke up in the morning with bruises everywhere, and a nearly broken toe. Every second was worth it. Of course they played all the songs you would want to hear. Wait and Bleed, Surfacing, Before I Forget. but the crowd went crazy on the last song they played. Spit it Out! I remember getting down to the ground during zero bullshit, then watching everyonme go nuts when Corey screamed JUMP THE FUCK UP! unfortunatly I lost my wallet at that time and could not make the show the next day. Iwas to concerned about being able to fly back home without an I.D. Its a good thing the Coumbus Airport is leniant about that sorta thing otherwise I would be sleeping under a bridge somewhere in Ohio. In closing Rock on The Range 2010 here I come.rock121





Musically Speaking: The 2009 Golden Gods Awards

The 2009 Golden Gods Awards

Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com

 

This past Tuesday night, I headed to Club Nokia here in Los Angeles to check out the first annual Epiphone/Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Honda Fury. I met up with our contest winner Jeff (cool guy) and fellow talesfromthepit.net user Cheryl (a.k.a. Krazy For Korn/also very cool) to check out the whose who of heavy metal (the show even included a black carpet instead of the traditional red). Despite the fact that the winners list leaked on blabbermouth.net a few hours before the show, it is not my goal to tell you about the winners here You can simply watch the show on MTV2 on May 2nd who won the rather unique awards.

God presenting an award to the Rainbow Bar & Grill

God presenting an award to the Rainbow Bar & Grill

Part of the advertising in local street papers and the internet that made me excited for this show was a DJ set by Corey Taylor of Slipknot. I have a lot of respect for Taylor and thought watching him DJ would be a real treat. No disrespect to Taylor, he picked a great mix of metal (everything from Priest and Black Sabbath to White Zombie and Pantera) and punk (Minor Thread anyone?). I however expected him to spin vinyl, not play songs from his IPOD. “Spinning” from the venues soundboard, Taylor was kind enough to take photos with fans and seemed to be having a blast. Most important, he got the crowed pumped up for the evening, one classic at a time.

Corey Taylor - Golden Gods 09:  Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA

Corey Taylor - Golden Gods 09: Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA

The first musical performance of the evening was Killswitch Engage. I was somewhat shocked that they opened the show, but looking back, you want a big opening for television and they definitely can fill those shoes. The band opened with the Guitar Hero hit “My Curse”. As the crowd simply stood and watched like it was a Tuesday night in Silver Lake, guitarist Adam D taunted the crowd, calling them names the censors will have to remove from the broadcast. Up next was a new song (name unknown) that very well may have been making its live debut. Just my impression – it felt very light and I hate to say it but an attempt at a commercial hit. The band closed their three song set with their cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver.” About ½ way though the song, the venue opened up the second section of the three tiered lower floor. Many including myself moved up to be closer to the action. As front man Howard Jones belted out the classic, Adam D continued to call the crowd another word for cats. The band thanked the crowd and left the stage, seeming disappointed by the lack luster response.

Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage 04/07/09 - Golden Gods Awards 2009

Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage 04/07/09 - Golden Gods Awards 2009

The second performance of the night was by Riverside Grindcore up and comers Suicide Silence. I had never heard the music of this five piece band and all I have to say is this. Heavy fucking elephant tits. Wow, these guys were amazing. The band wore typical sneakers and tight black jeans, but up top the band had on white button up shirts, black ties and nice suit jackets. As the band played their four song set, the nights first circle pits got going up on the front of the floor. These guys won me over big time, and I will be seeking them out again for sure.

Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence - Golden Gods 2009:  Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA

Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA

I don’t recall what award he gave out, but Hatebreed front man (and this decades Rikki Rachtman) Jamey Jasta warned the crowd that he expected to see EVERYONE moving during his bands set. When they hit the stage a few minutes later, the the audience did not disappoint the Connecticut hardcore band. They opened the set with “Destroy Everything” which the fans took to heart. Many were upset that they were stuck on the second tier of the lower floor (the front section of the floor was limited to 100 people who got paper bracelets allowing them access up front) and decided to simply hop the rail. This continued into the second song “To The Threshold” as the circle pit in the front grew larger and larger. Jasta was very talkative during the brief set. In between shout outs to Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog (who was in the circle pit wearing a Black Label Society leather vest) the front man reminded the audience that they were on TV and that they were to get crazy. Hands down, Hatebreed (who I have never seen, but always wanted too) played the most high energy and brutal set of the night.

Hatebreed @ the 2009 Golden Gods Awards:  Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

Hatebreed @ the 2009 Golden Gods Awards: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

The fourth band of the night was All That Remains. A lot of people in the section I was in seemed very upset that they were the next to last band. Another band I don’t know much about, the first song they played was not only very out of place, but rather terrible. Front man Philip Labonts vocals sounded weak and powerless. If Godsmack is Alice in Chains on their worst day, All That Remains is Godsmack after their worst week ever. As the crowd booed between songs, (something the crowd did a lot over the night. Metallica, Protest The Hero, and Atreyu front man Alex Varkatzas were all booed) the band shrugged it off and kept rolling. I will say this, each song (they played three total) seemed to get better, but really that’s just me trying to find something positive to say.

All That Remains - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

All That Remains - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

The night closed with a set that left many deaf (myself included) by Megadeth. The three song set list was voted on by fans. The legends opened with “Peace Sells”. With the bass line that doubles as the into music for MTV News, the band launched into the 1986 classic as many in the house went crazy. The song went right into the bands second number – “Sweating Bullets.” The band sounded tight as pits swirled and Mustaine sang the psycho vocals with his signature growl. The band closed their set with “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. This is one of my favorite Megadeth songs, and for the first time all night I wish I could hop the rail to get into the main pit. The band killed it as it cranked out the legendary thrash number. As fast as they came, the band left the stage much to the disappointment of many fans who paid expecting a longer set. With that, the first ever North American metal show came to an end. Make sure to check it out May 2nd on MTV2. Look for me bootlegging in the Lamb Of God t-shirt :)

Megadeth - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA 04/07/09

Megadeth - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA 04/07/09

 

 





Coheed/Slipknot Kansas City Sprint Center

Saturday January 24th was a day I had been anticipating for a long time. You see thanks for my Older role model up the street i got turned onto slipknot at a VERY young age. We are talking in 98 right before ozzfest and all that shit. I was going to see these guys at POP’S. First slipknot show i saw them, they were a fuckin opening band. Here was the line up. It went Dope, Slipknot, Coal Chamber, and Soufly. I remember going to that show and not knowing much about this band called slipknot. Who had the unheard of TWO official sites Slipknot1.com and Slipknot2.com. Everything about them was just intense.

I remember like it was yesterday being at Pop’s where I have seen many a metal show and walking upstairs being greeted by James from slipknot who someone had pointed out to us. I remember Joey being so cool and all for the fans. I remember my Mom meeting slipknot outside a random show there a few years later when they came back to headline. I remember talking to Corey about Pizza Hut and George Carlin. Corey was wearing a pizza hut visor which really off set the image I had going for him. He told me stories about working the old shitty pizza hut paying dues. They were all really cool people in person.

EYELESS 1999 Pop\’s (Video of a slipknot show i went to in 99′)

Then Ozzfest 99 came. It was almost overnight. Slipknot became and still is HUGE. It is awesome to see these guys playing arenas now. They are one of a hand full of bands I was blessed enough to see, hear and meet before the masses. I will always remember those shows and there raw energy. I was hooked from a young age.

Then I get the call that chris had scored pre-sale to KC and we were going to see Coheed(his fav band) open for Slipknot(my fav band) I was ready to see them again.

This brings me to Jan 24th 08. I decided not to play games. I was going to wait for chris to call me, leave my house and meet him by the highway. The first call i get is at 11:30 and its all bad. The sprint center sent a email out saying basically leave your cameras at home. I was needless to say disappointed. I was really looking foward to shooting at that show. I don’t know who’s rules it was. Bullshit though.

Whatever…. I had packed plenty of herbal remedy refreshments! I also bought a half pint of grey goose, and the guy at the liquor store gave me one of those little ass bottles free! Score. I drink maybe 5-10 times a year. I am a event drinker. I don’t like sitting around being drunk id much rather be at a wild concert in a town ill never come back to for a while.

Doing the trip we almost got popped going down the highway which wouldn’t of been a fun experience. Everything was going great . After we got 90 miles out from kc from my post in the back seat. I started mixing up drinks, time to get CRUNK!!!!! That went great for 20 miles until the car started to over heat. We were 3/4’s of the way there. FUUUUUUUUUCK! So i hopped out and walked around this gas station for a half hour. Luckily it was a replica super walmart downsized to walgreens size and packed around a million gas pumps. That shit had a subway, A pizza hut and a Tire Center everything.

Chris brought his friend Jason on this trip, He was a good road trip companion. Pretty cool guy. He and Chris ate subway while i chilled and ate pretzels. I had smashed two cheeseburgers and a large fry from Culvers before i left. I didn’t want to be the kid that ate too much in the pit. I wanted to be the kid that drank too much!

We finally let the car cool off, topped off the antifreeze and said fuck it. Hopped back on the highway. We hit KC about 5:20 and found a parking spot 3 floors deep in KC’s underground garage next to the venue. We blasted off between the smoker session and the drinks pumping in my veins i was charged. I made us wait till doors open to walk up there. It was too cold to fuck around.

It was decided that we were going to try to sneak our cameras in. Disregarding that email from earlier and all the signs posted saying “no cameras”. I kept trying to educate Jason of our ways. He didn’t think we could get them in. I knew we could, but like i told him “thats the easy part”. When we approached the door, we realized our error. They were searching too vigorously to sneak anything buy them. They had a big walk through metal detector and wands.

Then we foolishly decided to abandon ship. We strolled back to the car and put the cameras up. I took that time to also make myself another drink with the little bottle i got for free. I poured the whole thing into a drink and headed for the door again. I am slamming this drink before i get to the security people, then i pull out a bottle of water and slam that shit too right in front of them.

We go inside and notice a very exploitable flaw in the security. They are not watching the smoking area at all. All they are doing is checking your tickets as you reenter. I was pretty smashed at this point and kept telling my friends I was going to hop the fence and go get those cameras. Luckily they talked me out of it. We went to the floor and watched Trivium. They were okay, and thats being nice because they were just okay and i was Drrrrrrunk. Nothing exciting happened during there set. I kept watching security during this set. They had that place locked down on the inside.

I went in between sets to see if i could sneak the cameras in before Coheed. This time they had security posted outside everywhere. Our time had came and went, there would be no bobby or chris footage.

I have two Coheed cd’s they both are acoustic cd’s. I like them but didn’t know what to expect. They came out and played “welcome home” to open the set. Honestly that was the only song i knew the whole set, and standing there during Coheed the alcohol caught up with me. I was kind of in a musical daze, it was one of those sets that just flew by. Claudio was definitely rocking the full fro’ they had the slit throat backdrop going too.

The slipknot fans put up with the set, but it was obvious it was not a lot of peoples cup of tea. Fuck those people, it is a concert. If all music was the same as the band you came to see it would all be boring and wouldn’t be MUSIC. My advice is if you hate a band that much, go smoke a joint, go get a beer, smoke a cigarette or walk around aimlessly. It makes no sense to sit around and bitch about it like some of these people did.

Honestly the Coheed set flew by, also i was expecting more. My buddy had hyped them up quite a bit. However he did say that there set that night wasn’t that tight and seemed a little off. Second day of the tour that seems understandable. Don’t get me wrong though they rocked. It just was a average set and flew by because i was blasted!

The intermission for slipknot was long, drawn out and seemed to take forever! It might have been because this radio DJ came out and hyped the crowd up. He said “slipknot will be out here in a few minutes” about 30 to 40 minutes before they actually took the stage. I passed the time by Inching closer and closer to the stage. During Coheed’s set i was 2 people from the barricade. By the time the infamous nine masked maggots hit the stage i was one person off the barricade. My buzz had leveled off, i was pumped.

I am Horrible at song names. I couldn’t name five slipknot songs honestly. I don’t study the track listings, I don’t have a read out on my cd player. When slipknot hit, they ripped the place apart. From the floor up, it was a mad house. What impressed me the most was how much old material they played. Only a few songs into the set they played my favorite slipknot song which i believe is number 3 off there self titled album. I got the fuck up during that song and bounced my ass off.

They really put a lot into this show, one nice addition i saw was a Flat Screen Tv mounted to Clown’s Percussion kit. He had a camera set up and was playing that footage on the TV. During the mayhem that ensued the camera was hit out of focus for at least 20 minutes until he fixed it. Sid looked healthy again from his foot injuries and was even doing pull ups while clowns kit was suspended 6 feet in the air.

Mick and James seemed to really be enjoying this tour, slamming out the hard riffs that make up slipknots style. Paul was jamming away on the bass. Corey was energetic as ever and really seemed to be into this set. He told the crowd at one point “if this next song doesn’t make you wanna rip your head off, i will piss in your mouth”. It is nice to have a band care so much about your experience at there show. Slipknot Cares.

At one point a bra flew up on stage from the girl behind me, James put it on his head and rocked out for a minute. I have to say that was a little wierd. Funny though, then it started a chain reaction of girls flashing the band towards the end of set. The best part though was the dude in front of me was with his girl, and she screamed like someone was about to stab her. “OMG DONT TURN AROUND” she said. Naturally i turned around. I thought it was funny. What was the big deal after watching nine masked men murder everything on stage for an hour.

They played a fierce 1 hour set and took a 10 minute break, then came out and rocked out for another half an hour. Then took another break.

Then i heard the opening chord’s to my favorite slipknot song. It all started back in gym class in high school, back in the slipknot ozzfest daze. My friend Aj would stomp, kick and slap the beat to surfacing while we screamed the chorus at the scared kids in our class. FUCK IT ALL, FUCK THIS WORLD, FUCK EVERYTHING THAT YOU STAND FOR. Surfacing is my jam. Both middle fingers in the air I screamed the chorus loud enough to make everyone in my gym class proud. I remember at the ozzfest when Corey would announce this is your new Fuckin NATIONAL ANTHEM!!!!!!

Brought me back. It used to be that meant the end of the show. They had one more for us though SPIT IT OUT was a great song to end with. I was impressed slipknot had outdone themselves yet again with another great show. Everyone seemed quite happy with the show. As we were climbing the stairs to exit the arena i realized i had left a sweatshirt in the pit. Oh well another causality of war, stepping out into the frigid missouri Air I wasn’t cold at all. It was that good of a show.

I encourage everyone to go see this tour if possible, it will be well worth your money to do so.

bzntz09′

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The Slipknot/Coheed and Cambria/Trivium Madison Square Garden Show 2/5/09.

taken from my response in the slipknot forum.

“well i’m back from the concert and it was a real blast.

i wished slipknot would have played more songs from AHIG.

first things first. that emai about early entry for ot9 that was not being used at

madison square garden was done in error.

there was a ot9 yellow section for early entry and meet and greets.

would you guys believe that i was the only one being escorted by ot9 for early entry.

everybody was looking at me as if i’m with the band. there were a lot of people

including 2 guys from mexico that were waiting in line since 10:00 am this morning

and here i go before all of them and warm and toasty since i was waiting inside

the venue and it was a really cold day in n.y.c.

it really pays to be an outsidethenine member. btw there were some hardcore

knot fans that did not know what ot9 was or is.

so i have plenty of pics really upclose and videos on the way. trivium were ok.

coheed and cambria were good but the set list wasn’t the best that they could have

done. thanks. oh! i forgot…i got a jim root guitar pick sweet.”

ADDENDUM

In retrospect everything went well that day.

Slipknot deliver the goods and got to see  Coheed and Cambria again. 

Trivium is not my cup of tea.









Slipknot w/ Coheed and Cambria & Trivium 03/07/09: Forum – Inglewood, CA

Slipknot w/ Coheed and Cambria & Trivium

The Forum: Inglewood, CA 03/07/09

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

I mean, lets be honest here, you are not good enough to be a cop, so to get your rocks off you work concert security. Not only do you collect a paycheck to power trip, you tiny lil cock is rock hard right now and were it not for an arena full of underage children I know you would have it covered in your own saliva stroking till you blew watery wad all over the beer line.

  

Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, CA I uttered those words (or at least something close to that) to the security guard who confiscated camera #1. I spoke those words to him, not because I can, but because he works for me. As the cock smoker turned around and walked away, I told him I would make him famous, and I did just that.

It’s a shame that camera #1 got taken, not because it is the less superior of the two I crotched into the Forum tonight, but because it was taken by opening band Trivium. Now don’t get me wrong, Trivium do their thing and they do a fine job at it. However, it’s just not my thing. A bit too generic for me. They do however do an outstanding job at creating a relationship with the crowd. It is a relationship based on respect, and they truly did an outstanding job at warming up tonight’s very undersold and un-saved crowd.



After spending a few valuable minutes with Claudio Sanchez earlier in the day, I was very excited to see what really is the best thing going on in music right now – Coheed and Cambria. This was the 7.5 time seeing Coheed live for me, and expectations were at an all time low. I had planned to see Slipknot this spring regardless of who opened, so having the mighty Coheed was hard to believe for a few days. Knowing the Slipknot fan base has a lower IQ than NASCAR fans (with a few choice exceptions) I fully expected to see Coheed get boooo’d from the stage. With banners that read God Won’t Save You, the upstate New York band took the stage at the venue that would be holding a church service for 18,000+ the following morning in fine fashion. Opening with “Welcome Home” the band is so fine tuned being just shy of 3 years on tour that they easily could have checked tonight’s Phish set list on their cell phones without missing a beat. “The Velourium Camper III: Al The Killer” followed and despite the earlier shake down I stealth taped it with camera #2 as it was all part of God’s plan for me.

 

As a faint Slipknot chant started, bass player Michael Todd assured the crowd they would be their soon enough. A few songs from their recent record followed including a smoking “The End Complete” and solid version of “No World For Tomorrow” despite Sanchez having some kind of issue with his gear. The band closed with the epic “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” that was amazing for those who cared, but a struggle for those who could care less. In the end, where I was there were more cheers than boo’s and despite one object bouncing off Claudio’s dome I think they managed to at least get the respect legion of maggots ready to worship their own God’s.


As the floor grew more rowdy, I grew more angry about getting busted. I tried to shrug it off, and did a pretty good job as the main event of gang masked mayhem took to the stage. Going old school off the bat, “EYELESS” made an early appearance much to the obvious delight of the name dropping of our wonderful state. As I watched security warn a female for her camera only to bust and steal a camera from a male, I got so steamed I for a moment wished I could hop in any one of the 4-6 pits on the floor.

 

“Wait and Bleed” really seemed to be the first song that sent the large pits into overdrive. If there was to be a breather during the set, it was “Before I Forget” which is saying a lot for their song selection. The band is killing it. Not only are they killing it, they spend a lot of time walking around the crowd. Clown came somewhat close to us at one point, and Taylor managed to sing their most recent single “Dead Memories” from the soundboard that sits in the back of the floor. Watching another male busted while female was giving a warning, I decided to go fuck some shit up on my own.


I went up to the booth and demanded my camera back due to their sexist standards. The gal (who was neither friendly, but not rotten) refused, and I demanded to speak to a manager. Over the next three minutes, I explained the sexism at hand, I gave the number of the guard and I explained how this was already going to be on the internet anyways and that it was Gods will that he do the right thing. I returned to my seat with my camera tucked into my pocket in time for “Left Behind”.

The interesting thing with Slipknot is that even if a song is not a hit, heck even played on the radio, each song feels like a hit. I think it’s the fact that their fan base is so rabid and crazy. It is almost scary how much control that band has on their fans. Thankfully the 9 men who make up the metal messiahs treat that honor with respect. They allowed the fans to sing “Duality” and while 97% of the upper deck was empty, I know for a fact the crowd sang louder than every other show in Los Angeles tonight combined.

 

They closed their set with the popular “People=Shit” and left the stage to ear piercing chants of SLIPKNOT. Returning for an encore, the band launched into “Surfacing” and the place went nuts. All night injured/crushed fans were pulled over the guard rail. The paramedics clearly had their hands full. These fine individuals had to work overtime during the encore it was that nuts. “Spit It Out” closed the night. Taylor didn’t even have to tell the fans to sit down as he often requests the crowd to do, they already know too. As the entire crowd (floor included) sat down, the band built up, and waited for Taylor’s command. As he screamed JUMP, the entire crowd rose and went nuts one last time for their masked heroes. As the song wrapped and feedback rang through the room the lights came up and the crowd seemed as if it was a balloon that comes untied and is propelled by the leaking oxygen. A collective exhale with a crooked smile, knowing that you survived and won all on the same night.

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