July 27, 2010 | Stephen Vicino
The show was absolutely amazing, with a very good lineup. We tried as hard as we could to photograph every band, but of course something has to go wrong. We arrived late so we missed In This Moment and Stemm. Other then that the show was a huge success. With Massachusetts being home to Shadows fall and Rob Zombie the show was nothing less then intense and memorable. When we arrived I ran straight to the Silver Star stage to shoot Norma Jean who always puts on a good show. Next up was Springfield’s own Shadows Fall who’s set left no ones feet on the ground for long. They were extremely energetic and exciting despite me getting slapped in the face by Brian’s dreads while taking pictures. While waiting for the next band to step on stage, I recognized Phil from All That Remains was backstage. Phil was a surprise guest on Shadows Fall’s set and stepped onstage with them to sing a song after which he immediately ran and jumped into the crowd disappearing. After Winds of Plague and Chimaira Atreyu hit the Silver Star stage, swapping times with 3 Inches Of Blood for some unknown reason. They put on a really good show, and have defiantly improved there sets since the last time i saw them. I would defiantly recommend seeing them in concert even if you only know a few of their songs. After a few more bands on the 2 outside stages such as Hatebreed and 3 Inches of Blood, it was time for the headliners.
While everyone was waiting for Lamb Of God to tear the stage apart, a gaggle of Ommpah-Loompahs appeared on stage and started dancing, which caught a lot of people by surprise. There is a huge difference between Lamb of God and 2 stepping Ommpah-Loompahs. After that brief side show, Lamb Of God played there intense set. You can tell they have been on a tour or two before because their stage personality was spot on for their music and they definitely knew how to get the crowd to go wild. One of the more anticipated bands of the night was up next, Avenged Sevenfold who played their first US show since the passing of their drummer The Rev. They were absolutely amazing live. They had great energy, and had an amazing stage set up with fireworks, flames, fog and some bad-ass backdrops including one that was dedicated to the passing of The Rev. If you missed them you should deff try to catch them again this summer on the Rockstar Uproar tour with Disturbed and Stone Sour. As well as this being their first US show, it was also the release date of their new CD entitled Nightmare.
Finally Rob Zombie hit the stage. His set was something I have never seen before in a show. His set was so elaborate and intense with crazy costumes that seemed to have come straight from his movies. He appeared on stage coming out of a robot, with a giant robotic arm. His stage personality also measured up to his movies, he was extremal good and ever cheeped me out while I was taking pictures of him. Because Avenged Sevenfold played this date, his time as well as Korns was cut short, but that didn’t stop Zombie from putting on one of the most surprising and exciting shows I have ever seen, from giant robots, to filling the entire stadium with what seemed to be pillow fluffing, he is defiantly an act to see. One of the most exciting moments of his set had to been when his guitar player played the national anthem with his teeth then smashed his guitar on stage, something which I have never witnessed live, and I have been to a lot of shows. The crowd just went wild for him.
Finally, the act that I and the rest of the audience was most excited for, Korn! Korn has been one of my favorite bands to see in concert. They are an old favorite of mine and really know how to put on a good show. Last time they were in Boston they filmed tier Family Values DVD in the same amphitheater. While my expectations for Korn was high, I don’t think they put their all into this set. While it was very exciting for them to play their old hits like Did my time, Right now and more, they did not talk much, nor seem that excited to play. Which struck me as odd, because I know that’s not how they usually are live, I have seen them countless times and they are always excited, pumped and ready to go. Non the less, it was Korn and it was extremely exciting and thrilling. I can’t wait to see them in concert again.
After all, I am defiantly going to see Rob Zombie and Avenged Sevenfold in concert any chance I get and I think everyone should see them in concert at least once in their life because they put on a show that is unreal and very memorable. I hope everyone had a good time at the show, see you all again very soon at the next show. We have something up our sleeves for August so stay tuned!