Story and Photos by Tom Collins
Edited by Scotty J
Camden, NJ got to feast on a Heavy Metal meal last Wednesday, July 26th! Served up on a hot Skillet with a shot of Stone Sour and a heap of KORN! The masses converged on the BB&T Pavilion early to take in a great lineup of music that also included rising stars, Ded. Skillet lead the charge into the evening with a blistering set and showmanship for which they’re well known.
What some may not know is that Skillet is lead by husband and wife duo, John Cooper (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keys, vocals). Considered to be a Christian Rock band, they have enjoyed mainstream success with hit songs like “Hero” and “Monster”. On stage, they add a dynamic to their show with a string section and hydraulic lifts that hoist band members high above the stage. They were definitely well received by the crowd and provided a great lead in to the next act that many were waiting all day to see.
Next up was Slipknot front-man Corey Taylor’s side band, Stone Sour. Corey “unmasked” stood at the front center of the stage, taking in the screaming crowd before him. Decked out in a sports coat, jeans and a comic book character SHAZAM lightning bolt t-shirt, he was ready to Rock! Stone Sour ripped into Tapei Person / Allah Tea. It’s a very strange thing to watch Corey’s face change from a friendly smile to the ferocious roar and piercing eyes that hide under his Slipknot mask. One thing that got Corey to smile ear to ear was between songs. The crowd would chant ” F’ Nickelback!”. He didn’t exactly encourage the crowd to continue, but his laughing grin was all they needed. Taylor and Kroeger have been openly feuding since Chad called Slipknot “Nickelback Light” and accused them of not being able to make hit songs. Clearly, the audience in front of Stone Sour had different views than Chad Kroeger. With his jacket removed and bearing many Slipknot tattoos, Taylor and his band Stone Sour continued their set with Made of Scars, Say You’ll Haunt Me, 3-/30-150, Tired, Do Me a Favor and Song #3. A highlight of their set was “Through Glass” which they had recently dedicated to the memory of Chester Bennington. After giving the crowd a chance to catch their breath, Stone Sour ended out their set loudly with Absolute Zero and Fabuless. It was a fantastic set to leading up to KORN, but it wasn’t the last we would see of Corey for the night.
One of my favorite parts of covering a KORN show is the moments leading up to them taking the stage. The last thing to be done on the stage, before lights go down, is Jonathan Davis’s custom mic stand being brought out and placed at center stage. It’s a literal piece of custom art work created by legendary “Aliens” artist, HR Giger! The lights drop and KORN starts right into Rotting in Vain. The stage is largely back lit with Blues, Reds and strobing white lights, making it hard to see most of the band well except for Jonathan. It was a great effect, but I’m sure fans would have liked to have had a better view of the band. That aside, they put on an amazing set. Davis’s voice is so unique and unmistakable. Their set was laced with hits like Falling Away From Me, Did My Time, Here to Stay, Y’All Want a Single, Clown, and Black is the Soul. Another highlight of a KORN show is when Jonathan plays the haunting beginnings of Shoots and Ladders on his bagpipe. Wearing his usual attire of a kilt, it was like he was leading a army of Highlanders into battle! Korn continued their set right into “Twist”, fan favorite “Got the Life”, “Coming Undone”, “Insane” and “Make Me Bad”. As I mentioned earlier, Corey Taylor wasn’t done for the night. He came out and sang along side Jonathan for “A Different World”! It was incredible to see two of Metal’s greatest voices on stage together. Much of the audience had to watch it on the large video screens as the entire crowd up front had their cell phones held high trying to record the moment. Ironically, people watching concerts through cell phones is something is very outspokenly against! You can see photos of this moment with Jonathan and Corey in our photos.