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Review and photos by Frances SealySlipknot provided a full blast, metal music phantasmagoria designed to churn stomachs and scare the bejesus out of the faithful, raging fans who attended. They used some 100 or more strobe lights and videos in the background showing maggots feasting and laryngoscopic views of human innards. It was an ample feast for the shock rockers and head bangers.
The band's biggest trademark is playing and vocalizing behind masks and costumes while displaying their meaty metal chops. The stage was set with runways and multiple levels of band platforms that allowed front man, Corey Taylor, to explore while giving fans his guttural growls as easily as the maggots feasted on the guts overhead. There were three drummer/percussionists elevated on moving platforms that added to the visual (and thundering) effects to the musical maelstrom.
Corey Taylor took a hard fall during a show in Atlanta at the beginning of their summer tour. He reportedly didn't know how injured he was even though he could not walk after the fall. He ended up having to have surgery and wearing a neck brace for part of the tour. There was no brace during this show. However, the physical antics seemed to be guarded. Regardless, there was no problem with Corey screaming his head off.
There were lots of fans even though the Tucson Arena was only half filled. That was still approximately 5,000 'maggot' head bangers! (Maggots is the name Slipknot's hardcore fan base.)
The set contained many of the hits that Slipknot is well known such as "Surfacing," "Duality," "(sic)," and "The Heretic Anthem." This is one of the top metal bands in the land and they work hard to maintain their supremacy. The show was a testament of pure theatrical excess designed to freak people out either with their eyes wide open are shut tight as a drum.
1. Be Prepared for Hell
2. The Negative One
5. Before I Forget
6. The Shape
8. Dead Memories
9. The Heretic Anthem
11. Left Behind
13. Skin Ticket
14. The Devil in I
15. Wait and Bleed
17. Hell (The Tiger Lillies song)
20. Spit It Out
21. 'Til We Die
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