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Korn and Staind Brought Metal Back to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday

Korn performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

 

–by Sean Derrick

Nu metal bands Korn and Staind teamed up for a co-headlining tour which made its way to St. Louis Sunday and a stop at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Thanks to Covid-19 it was the first metal show at the venue since, ironically enough, Korn appeared there August 23, 2019. Also, thanks, in part, to Covid the show itself had a different feel, as well.

Fire From The Gods performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

The evening opened with an invigorating set from Fire From the Gods. The rap metal artists got the crowd amped up with a 45 minute set that was hot from the get go. Their energy seemed infectious and didn’t have a dull moment.

Fire From The Gods performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

Staind came out next and while the music sounded good and tight for the most part the only energy coming from the stage was from guitarist Mike Mushok (who always brings his beast mode onstage) and drummer Sal Giancarelli. Even bassist Johnny April had his moments.

Mike Mushok of Staind performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

But vocalist Aaron Lewis seemed more subdued than normal. Most of the set, when he didn’t have a guitar, he simply leaned against the mic stand to prop himself up. When he stepped away he just walked sluggishly and slowly in a small area not interacting with the crowd much at all. It was the 3rd time I have seen Staind and Lewis has never really been animated, certainly not like Mushok, but this was the most subdued I have seen him yet. It was almost like it was a bother for him to be there. As a photographer he was extremely boring to shoot.

Staind performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

The crowd, for the most part didn’t seem to mind the lack of energy from Lewis. Songs like “So Far Away”, “It’s Been A While” and “Right Here”, resonated well and played more into his subdued state.

Staind performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

For Korn, it was almost the polar opposite, even if outside forces tried to temper their performance.

Ray Luzier of Korn performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

Korn had to cancel or postpone several dates on this tour after vocalist Jonathan Davis contracted the deadly disease, which sapped him of much of his stamina. They actually have had to cut the popular song “Shoots and Ladders” from the set, apparently because it was too much for Davis, especially with the bagpipe intro.

Korn performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

Korn’s bassist, Fieldy, had to take a leave of absence from the band to deal with some “bad habits” and Ra Diaz form Suicidal Tendencies is filling in with a marvelous attitude and performance. He and drummer Ray Luzier did a 4 minute drum/bass riff with several solos from Diaz after “Clown”. Diaz fits in nicely with the high energy output of the band, especially Luzier.

Ra Diaz with Korn performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

The set was electric from start to finish and the band was as tight as I have ever heard them. Highlights came in the form of “Freak on a Leash”, “Falling Away From Me” and “Coming Undone”.

James Shaffer of Korn performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

For Davis, Covid has sapped him of much of his strength and energy that he has a throne onstage which he frequently rests and sings from. Davis has insisted that he will still perform and give it all he can. Davis also struggled at times to hit his signature growls and screams but made up for it with his enthusiasm and tenacity, not letting any personal issues ruin his onstage performance.

Jonathan Davis of Korn performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

Davis seemed genuinely appreciative to be onstage as he thanked the crowd several times for coming, noting at one point that it was “Still amazing that after 27 years this many show up for a mother F*cking Korn concert.” Enthusiasm makes up for a lot. Davis’ was commendable, considering what is pushing back at him, that is something his contemporary in Staind should take note of.

The tour last until October 3.

Sept. 09 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amphitheatre
Sept. 11 – Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept. 12 – Irvine, Calif. @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sept. 14 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sept. 15 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
Sept. 18 – Austin, Texas @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Sept. 19 – Houston, Texas @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sept. 21 – Dallas, Texas @ Dos Equis Pavilion
Sept. 23 – Louisville, Ky. @ Louder Than Life Festival

Sep. 25 – Scranton, PA (rescheduled from Aug. 14)
Sep. 28 – Wantagh, NY (rescheduled from Aug. 17)
Sep. 26 – Holmdel, NJ (rescheduled from Aug. 18)
Oct. 01 – Mansfield, MA (rescheduled from Aug. 21)
Oct. 02 – Hartford, CT (rescheduled from Aug. 20)
Oct. 03 – Gilford, NH (rescheduled from Aug. 22)

 

Be sure to check out the rest of the photos after the setlists below.

 

Staind Setlist:

Eyes Wide Open

Open Your Eyes

Not Again

Fade

Right Here

Crawl

Outside

Paper Wings

So Far Away

For You

It’s Been Awhile

Mudhovel

 

Korn Setlist:

Insane

Falling Away From Me

Here to Stay

Victimized

Cold

Dirty

Clown

bass and drum jam

You’ll Never Find Me

Coming Undone (with refrain from “We Will Rock You” by Queen)

Can You Hear Me

Freak on a Leash

Encore:

It’s On!/Trash/Did My Time

Twist

A.D.I.D.A.S.

Blind

One thought on “Korn and Staind Brought Metal Back to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Sunday

  • RANDY JACKSON

    Nice job as always Sean.

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