In June I had back-to-back Hatebreed shows (I’ve already written about meeting the band).
Up first was the show at Lupo’s on 6/10 with Chris, Josh and Russ, I haven’t been to Lupo’s in a long time. Mission one, buy earplugs at the bar…wait…they don’t sell earplugs. This is a problem (protect your hearing kids, shows are LOUD). I asked several members of security if they knew where I could get a pair, fortunately someone had a pair that they gave me, thanks random Lupo’s security guy!
Act of Defiance was the opening band, I can’t say much about their set, we weren’t impressed. We were sitting up at the back of the venue for the set. The people around us were less than impressed and were expressing their displeasure.
Next DevilDriver took the stage, I don’t know much about the band other than the lead singer was the singer in Coal Chamber (who I had seen way back at OzzFest). DevilDriver put on a good show, crazy high energy. I’d only heard one song, “Clouds Over California” before seeing the band live, and they played it live, so that was cool.
Hatebreed took the stage, they played songs off every album. It was crazy! The pit was kept “contained” due to the fact that there is a “dance floor” in front of the stage, and then two or three steps up, can’t mosh on stairs. It would have been quite a different experience with an open floor, which I would see the next night…
The second show was on 6/11 at Toad’s Place in CT. This time it was just my friend Jim and I. I’ve never been to Toad’s Place, it’s a very small club compared to where I usually see shows, that’s not a complaint, just an observation.
Same lineup as the night before…Act of Defiance took the stage, this was a completely different experience. Maybe it was the acoustics at Lupo’s, the band sounded good and put on a much better show than the night before.
This was a hometown show for Hatebreed, the final show of the tour and they left it all out there. They change up the set list, they still play songs off every album, just different songs. Toad’s has a completely open floor, the pit was huge and awesome. If you ever have a chance to see Hatebreed, do it!
The first show in July was the Slipknot/Manson show at the Xfinity Center, I’m not a big fan of outdoor shows, that being said $20 on Groupon, can’t beat it (plus, it’s Slipknot!). On this particular adventure it was Jim, Josh, Paige and myself. We arrived shortly before Of Mice & Men took the stage. We had General Admission tickets and tried to find seats that were not in direct sunlight. After locating decent seats we sat and waited for the show to start. I can’t say much about Of Mice & Men, they were a band that performed but I don’t know any of their music. They put on a show, I didn’t hate it, so there’s that?
Next up was Marilyn Manson, I’ve seen him live before and remember him putting on a decent show. Now, as far as the songs went, they were performed well, but between songs when he would drunkenly babble at the crowd was a mess. A decent show overall, but still a mess.
Finally Slipknot took to the stage. Their stage presence is quite daunting, 8 people on stage, drummers on spinning platforms, DJs running around jumping off things, then there’s Corey Taylor. To me few artists have the range Corey does, he can switch from singing clean to screaming and still make it sound great! A Slipknot concert is an experience like few others.
A week after Slipknot/Manson it was time for Jason and I to make our way to RI for the Lindsey Stirling concert. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this show, but I was on board. I wasn’t sure if there would be an opening act or not, there was. Carah Faye performed, I know nothing about her at all except she has crazy energy and an amazing voice.
After Carah Faye finished her set it was time for Lindsey to take the stage. And take the stage she did! She played for close to two hours with a stage show like I haven’t seen before, wardrobe changes, set changes. After a few songs a white screen dropped from the ceiling, when backlit one could see through it, video was projected onto the screen so it appeared as though they were performing in a forest, or in a raging inferno, it was amazing. Tickets for Lindsey’s next show in October went on sale the next day, I’ll be seeing her again!
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