By: Jason Bullinger
L.A. based art and experimental rock band Stolen
Babies opened the show and provided the early arriving audience a unique
and visual treat. The stage had a few props including masks and
skeletons and vocalist Dominique Perski rocked the set with her
accordion often also hitting a metal drum.
Michigan rockers Pop Evil were next up and the
band launched into their single “Deal With The Devil”. The band kept the
crowd on their feet and ﬁsts pumping throughout their high energy set.
Lead singer Leigh Kakaty played the rock star front man center stage
never straying to far from his microphone stand providing a fairly
impressive vocal range belting out note for note. Drummer Chachi Riot is
one of the most energetic drummers out there never just sitting behind
his kit but rather standing and banging on the drums throughout the set.
Pop Evil is currently touring behind their third album “Onyx” released
Next the crowd roared as Stone Sour to hit the
stage. The band opened up with the title track from their recently
released two-disc concept album “The House of Gold and Bones Part 1 & 2.
Vocalist Corey Taylor is truly on the great entertaining front-men is
music. He brings everything live including emotions of angst, melody,
and depth that has is hard to ﬁnd in many conventional bands. He easily
channels both his raw aggression and mixes it up with his soft melodies
to show different sides to his performance.
The band performed a nice set of new material
from both House of Gold and Bones Part 1 & 2. They also touched on some
of their commercial radio hits “Say You’ll Haunt Me” and the mostly
acoustic “Through Glass”. It was not a surprise that Taylor stopped
partway through the set to talk to the crowd about the “elephant in the
room”. The Denver Broncos had gotten blown out in the Super Bowl the
previous night by the Seattle Seahawks and Taylor has comforting the
crowd and asking fans if they wanted to get out their anger and
aggression. The crowd of course fed off Taylor and was the perfect
transition into the song “Made of Scars” They closed the set with a
cover of Metallica’s “Creeping Death” paying tribute to the past bands
and how they have inﬂuenced them. The crowd left very satisﬁed as the
performance was solid and Taylor and Co. were very humble and
appreciated all the love coming back to him.
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