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.
Author and Photographer: Anthony Cannella
As the year continues for Periphery after their recent album HAIL STAN released on April 5, we can assure you they have been nothing but busy! Just a couple weeks after their album was released is when we had the opportunity to have the day with them at the House Of Blues in Chicago. Their set is everything that a Periphery fan could ever want as they mix things up to perfection playing songs off their previous five albums along with their hits from album number six, HAIL STAN. If you have ever seen this band live, there is no surprise on why this band has been successful since 2005. Their style of Metal brings the crowd to make any venue shake from start to finish, making it an amazing experience for all Metal fans. If you haven’t had the opportunity to witness a Periphery show yet, which we highly suggest you do, it is definitely not too late. As we have said before, this band has been busy with touring, but they are not planning on stopping anytime soon as they have their two upcoming tours! Check out below to see how crazy the show was in Chicago at the House Of Blues and then scroll down to view upcoming tour dates that are coming up very soon! You will certainly not be disappointed!
Shinedown and Badflower End Strong On The ATTENTION ATTENTION Tour But Are Nowhere Close To Being Done This Year!
Author and Photographer: Anthony Cannella
Badflower photos by Anthony Cannella
As this tour officially comes to an end, you can only imagine how it was due to the lineup Shinedown blessed us with. Each band produced a level of energy that was matched perfectly that gave the crowd a night of Rock and Metal that they certainly won’t forget. Badflower came out strong as they gave the crowd exactly what they wanted along with the performances of their songs off their recently released DEBUT album “OK, I’M SICK”. This album is officially out on all platforms and it is definitely giving Badflower the attention that they deserve! If you missed Badflower on this stretch of shows, don’t worry because they are not even close to being done yet when it comes to touring. Check out the dates below to see where you can catch these Rockstar’s next!
Shinedown photos by Anthony Cannella
When Badflower finished with their set, Shinedown wasted no time as they proved why they’ve been one of the best Rock/Metal bands of our time. From the beginning of their set to the end, Brent Smith and his band of some of the best in the industry controlled that crowd like we haven’t seen before. Shinedown is genuinely a band that you must see as they give you all of their hits throughout the years, while they tie in their new stuff off their Attention Attenion album. Their energy and intensity throughout their set honestly goes unmatched, which leaves you talking about the experience until you can see them again! If you missed them on this tour do not worry, due to the fact that Shinedown is going to be very busy for the rest of this year! Check out the tour dates below and believe us when we tell you that you do not want to miss out on this opportunity!
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