Sean Patrick

Korn/Stone Sour/Skillet - BB&T Pavilion - 7/26

Last night, Korn brought thei Serenity of Summer Tour to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden.  Also on the bill was Stone Sour, Skillet, Yelawolf, and DeD.  In other words, a long day of hard rock and metal.  

First, I took back winners to play KornHole with Korn.  Fieldy and Ray from the band came out to play against our grand prize winners, Team E (long story)!  Well, neither the winners nor Korn were too good at KornHole, but fun was had.  Come to find out, this was the very first KornHole with Korn.  Kudos to Roadrunner Records for small nice KornHole boards, either though they were like slip and slides.  Band couldn't have been nicer.  

Some drinks and food before the opening DeD took the stage.  Kind of sounded like Korn lite?  Maybe I should use the word "lite" to discribe, especially with a show that Corey Taylor is a part of.  Listen to Yelawolf, who seemed to be overpowered by a DJ on stage.  Skillet was solid.  Third to seeing them. Crowd on the lawn seemed to be into them.  Feel Invincible and Awake & Alive sounded pretty good.  

Now time for the big boys.  Stone Sour took the stage just after 8pm.  Corey Taylor is a monster on stage.  The same high energy even without the mask and Slipknot.  They opened and closed the show with new tunes from their Hydrograd record, along with their #1 hit Song #3.  In between, hit after hit including Tired and Absolute Zero from House of Gold & Bones Part 1, Grammy nominated 30/30 150 and of course Through Glass.  Confetti guns, even those scary blow up faces with arms that you see in front of car dealerships.  The band was tight throughout the 50 minutes they played.  Wish they could have played another 50 minutes.

Korn hit the stage around 9:30 with the first single (Rotting in Vain) from their latest release The Serenity of Suffering.  Followed by Falling Away From Me, which had everyone one on their feet.  I stuck around for a couple more songs before I called it a night.  From the looks of the setlist, fan couldn't have been disappointed.  Shoots and Ladders, Freak on a Leash, Blind, Clown, and even Corey Taylor came out to sing A Different World from the latest Korn record.  I have always said Korn is one of the most intense shows I've ever seen since their OzzFest days.  They're a little older now, but from what I saw last night and even last year, they still bring it 100%!

I will say the crowd was a little light, though it definitely increased midway through Stone Sour's set.