Well let me tell you! It was an ordeal trying to get to this show. I can write a whole story about just traveling to the show. However, this is a show review for fans of heavy metal music. And heavy metal music is what I was experiencing as soon as I walked into the door and down the steps of the House of blues on Sunday April 1st. Shadows Fall was already on stage with Brian Fair’s flailing dreadlocks and all. Their brand of metal is not pushing the envelope too much but they know how to get the crowd moving into a frenzy. I almost felt like it was 1990 and I was at the Agora watching Testament perform. This is a band that has earned their veteran status and judging by the show they will be with us for quite some time. I am guessing this performance isn’t going to be a memorable one for them or the crowd. The energy in the band just seemed a little lackadaisical to me. Maybe just too much of the rock star life creeping up on them.
The show was hosted by one of those tattooed face and surgically implanted things kind of person.
Why does that seem to be standard at a metal show these days? And we had to hear him talk in between every band that night.
After grabbing a 22oz can of beer and of course an over priced shot of Jagermeister (in honor of the people that put this show together) I partook in viewing the performance of the aesthetically pleasing lead singer of the band Lacuna Coil. She kept my interest enough to withstand their entire set. After listening to Shadows Fall complain about how the scene is full of wimpy metal bands, one has to wonder if their successor is who they where talking about. However it isn’t all bad. I enjoy all the different levels of metal music. And actually if you are a fan of Evanescence you should check out Lacuna Coil. They are just a bit more edgy and perform with integrity that dwarfs Amy Lee’s band. The male counterpart to the lovely lady that graced the stage of the Jagermeister music tour was expendable but I suppose necessary to give the band a bit of that male bravado we all love in our metal music. The crowd seemed less alive than when Shadows Fall was on stage. Did I mention that the singer of Lacuna Coil would be a great candidate for a one-night stand with your intrigued reviewer?
Oh! There was that freaky tattooed guy again. I am just wondering what kind of job that guy would get if hosting events ever fell through.
The headliner, Stone Sour, took the stage and the crowd exploded. It was the first track off of their album Come what(ever) may that lead the assault. 30/30 150 seemed to be the shotgun blast that crowd needed to bring them to life. Corey Taylor, with his shaven head and shirtless tattooed body, was incredibly strong vocally. In my opinion, one of the best metal vocals in the business. A key point that made the crowd do that pit thing they do so well was when the band performed “Made of scars”, one of the more memorable songs off the album. The band performed a good mix of their catalog and played all the pop radio hits. Halfway through the set we were all personally serenaded by Corey. He came out with his acoustic guitar and did a little solo performance. He surprised me by playing a cover of Chris Isaacs’ “Wicked Games”; he did the song justice as well. He shows that he is a dynamic and diverse vocalist and musician. He also played “Bother” and when the crowd all sang in unison he made sure to let them all know that Cleveland won the prize for one of the loudest crowds on the tour. (I wonder how many other cities win that prize). He then went into a short version of “Sweet Home Alabama”. I think “Cleveland Rocks” would have been more appropriate. After that the band joined him for the second half of “Through Glass” and ultimately the rest of the show. This performance was completely different then that when Corey is that monstrous looking dreadlock donning maniacal front man of Slipknot. The only thing that was the same is the strength of the performance and his voice. I don’t think I have ever seen anybody go from the level of brutality that Slipknot brings to the pop sounding hard rock that Stone Sour provides with as much integrity.
All in all the Jagermeister tour was a good time with the headliner carrying all of the weight. I almost would have liked to see Shadows Fall play right before Stone Sour. But apparently I don’t work for Jagermeister. I just write about the guy that does.