Review and Photography by Cortney Lesovoy
The Tampa Bay heavy metal scene is not dead. Slipknot packed over 14,000 people into Live Nation Amphitheater from front to back on Wednesday, Sept. 4 for their Knotfest Roadshow tour with openers Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth.
The nine-piece rocked out covered in jumpsuits and spooky masks on a two-tier stage all night and began their set with “People = Shit,” their second track off their second studio album that was released in 2001, and the fans knew every word. From the start of their set at 9:15 p.m., horns and bodies flew nonstop on top of the crowd through their 17-song setlist including two encores.
The band only played two songs, “Unsainted” and “Solway Firth,” off their newest record We Are Not Your Kind that was released back in August by Roadrunner Records. This left the rest of the show for fan-favorites and top songs over the past 24 years such as “Before I Forget,” “Psychosocial” and the much-loved first encore song “Spit It Out.”
The world’s biggest heavy metal band came ready to party with visual effects that included a mesmerizing light show, pyrotechnics and a conveyor belt on the second level of the stage where band members showed off their moves.
Many show-goers expressed worry about a cancelation of the show on social media platforms days before the show because of Hurricane Dorian. Much of Florida’s east coast was under a hurricane watch the day of the show.
“There wasn’t any f---ing way a goddamn hurricane was keeping us from f---ing coming down here,” Slipknot singer Corey Taylor announced to the crowd.
There was not a single boom of thunder, strike of lightning or single rain drop that came from the sky during the night. Rumor has it Hurricane Dorian couldn’t handle the heat, and we’re not talking about Florida’s humid weather.
“I know a lot of f---ing people chickened out because they weren’t sure if the storm was going to be there. You tell those motherf---ers what they missed tonight,” Taylor said.
Taylor is referencing his energetic, attention-grabbing Iowa band with two percussionists and a drummer paired with the sweaty, buzzing crowd that jumped around and banged their heads in sync with each other until the last note of “Surfacing,” Slipknot’s second encore.
The tour package will continue their trek through more of the U.S. and across the world in the coming weeks. Die-hard “Knot” fans and those who are just getting introduced to the band will not want to miss it.
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