Jagermeister Tour Report From Philadelphia
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I had the chance to attend the Jagermeister Music Tour when it made a stop in Philadelphia, Pa on November 18th at the Electric Factory. I’ve been to the 4 seperate Jagermeister Tours so I knew what to expect going in, an amazing metal show.
I had never seen Mastodon live so I was excited about that, needless to say that anyone who appreciates great, original metal will need to check these guys out. They know how to get the crowd involved and they sure as hell know how to blow your mind with the amount of talent they all clearly have. They played quite a few songs as well and it was just great to see the crowd involved and enjoying themselves and you could clearly see the band was feeding off of that vibe. It was after a good half-hour or so that they finished up and left the stage leaving the fans wanting more, and more they would get.
Next up on the list was Killswitch Engage and I’ve seen them many times now, so I knew what to expect from them. For the fans who have never seen the band live before tonight they were in for a treat, full of a blistering and amazingly intricate onslaught of metal. From the second the lights went down all the way up until the first sound of a note was hear the fans were screaming with anticipation. They finally started to play and with no surprise almost the entire floor broke out into a huge pit and for the first time in over a year the hardcore kids and metal kids weren’t fighting all that much which was great to see everyone getting along finally. They played a lot of different songs, including everything from “Numbered Days” to “The End of Heartache” and everything in between. Sadly they didn’t play any songs from their debut self-titled album, which was a shame but nevertheless it was one of the best set lists they’ve had in a while. After about forty-five minutes they left the stage, and the reason everyone was there that evening was about to take the stage.
Slayer was up next and after a good thirty minute wait they finally came out and took the stage and immediately the floor broke out into a huge pit once again. This time there were a few fights between the hardcore and metal kids but after a few people were removed it was peaceful, respectful moshing once again. Slayer always knows how to energize their fans and tonight was no exception because everyone in sight were banging their heads and singing along to every word. They played a wide variety of songs from their catalog playing songs like “Necrophiliac” which Tom Araya had introduced by saying ‘This song is for the ladies out there, it’s a love ballad.’ and then he went on to make quite a number of disturbingly funny remarks about the song title, I’ll let you all use your imaginations on that one, though. They also played the usual “Angel of Death”, “Disciple” and about a dozen other songs. The end of the concert was almost here, and every fan knew what was coming next, so after about a five minute break for the band Tom came out and thanked all of the fans for coming and made sure everyone was having fun. Then the rest of the band came out and they started to play “Post-mortem” and every fan of the band knew what song follows that, so right at the end of the song the beginning of “Raining Blood” started to be heard. Of course, starting with the sounds of thunder and then Dave Lombardo came in with the drums, and so on. I’m not sure how many people knew what was going to be happening during this song but for those who didn’t it was a surprise and it was great to be there. They did the “Wall of Blood” during the middle of the song all the way until the end of the song and Kerry, Jeff, Tom and Dave were all covered in blood. What an amazing way to end an amazing concert experience.
With that said, anyone who has a chance to check out this tour needs to go see it, it’s WELL worth your money and you won’t regret it.
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