Subliminal Verses Tour Show Report From Philadelphia, PA
Band Photo: Slipknot (?)
I had the chance to attend the Subliminal Verses Tour in Philadelphia, PA. The tour included bands such as: Lamb of God, Shadows Fall and of course, Slipknot. The date of the show I attended was on March 5th and the show was at the Wachovia Spectrum. I took some pictures which are now up in the gallery section and also did a show report. The following is how the night transpired:
I had arrived at the show at 4p.m. however, due to difficulties with tickets I won through a radio station; I had to wait outside until about 7:30p.m. So I got inside the venue around that time, missed the opening band Gizmachi and came in during Shadows Fall. When I came in I believe Shadows Fall was playing Revel in My Loss. After that they started playing a couple of more songs including: The Power of I and I, Inspiration On Demand, and What Drives The Weak just to name a few. The pit was insane during their set, I haven’t seen so many people moshing and being friendly at the same time in months! Then they took their exit, which was done immediately after they finished playing What Drives The Weak.
Up next to take the stage was Lamb of God, who I’ve seen about five or six times now, so I knew what to expect as soon as they took the stage. They came out to the same middle-eastern intro song they had during their run on 2004’s edition of Ozzfest. Immediately following the intro song they started to play Laid to Rest, which made the crowd go insane and the pit broke out almost twice as big as it was during Shadows Fall. They played about 10-12 songs during their set including 11th Hour, Ruin, As The Palaces Burn and many more. When they started to play Omerta I think I noticed the crowd calm down a bit during the mellower part of the song but as soon as they noticed it was about to get a little crazy, the pits did just that, went crazy. To finalize their performance for the night they played Black Label which immediately broke out into two giant pits and just about the entire floor was a pit. As the final note rung out, it left the city of Philadelphia in ruins, yet at the same time still wanting more.
After about a good thirty-five minute set up Slipknot was about to take the stage as the lights went down the chants started “Slipknot! Slipknot! Slipknot!” is pretty much all you could hear. The band made their way onto the stage by playing their intro song off of their Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) album, which is entitled Prelude 3.0. Immediately following that song was The Blister Exists and as soon as the first ring of a note from the guitar was struck the floor was engulfed in yet another pit. They continued to play songs from all of their albums, including: Duality, Vermillion and Left Behind just to throw some titles out there. During one of their breaks between songs this gigantic white circular screen came down, to which over the PA system you could hear Vermillion Pt. 2 playing. They actually had a video playing during this as well, which was most likely the video they had shot while shooting the video for Vermillion as well. The fans sung every word to the song and it was great to see the reaction their fans had to them playing acoustic songs, even if it were over the PA system and not actually them playing, during their set.
At one point, the lights went down and after a few minutes of silence the lights came back on. At this time everyone had noticed Joey Jordison doing another drum solo on his kit that was once again powered by hydraulics. After that there was another quick pause and then Corey Taylor came out to talk to his family in Philadelphia. He then said that he wanted to play a song that they’ve never played in Philadelphia before tonight. They then began to play Everything Ends. Again after that song Corey came back out to talk to the crowd. To which he stated that the other night in Connecticut the fans had proven themselves during the song they were about to play. Corey then stated that he knows that if we could go two-thirds of the way as crazy as they did that we’d set the bar for the rest of the tour.
Right after that they started to play Spit It Out, and in the middle had asked the fans to get down on the ground and not get up until he said “jump the fuck up.” As soon as he screamed those four words the place erupted into one gigantic pit, from front to back, nobody was standing still. Right after that they left the stage, but anyone who has seen them on tour knew they’d be coming back out.
They came back out and Corey asked if we wanted to hear a few more songs. To which the crowd erupted. Then they started to play Get This, which was followed by Wait and Bleed, then last they played Surfacing. They took their last bow and the song Danger – Keep Away. Corey was the last member to leave the stage; he actually seemed to almost be in tears by how much the crowd had shown its love for them.
This was one of the best metal tours I’ve seen in a long time and anyone foolish enough to not go and see it is just being dumb. The ticket price isn’t exactly the cheapest, but they always say “you get what you pay for” and that holds true, every band was amazing and everything was well worth the ticket price. So if this tour comes to a town near you be sure to check it out! The remaining stops on the tour are as follows:
9 - Cleveland, OH - CSU Convocation Center
11 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
12 - Detroit, MI - Cobo Arena
13 - Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse
15 - Lowell, MA - Paul E. Tsongas Arena
16 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
18 - Hampton, VA - Hampton Coliseum
19 - Atlanta, GA - HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
20 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
22 - West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amphitheatre
23 - Tampa, FL - USF Sun Dome
25 - New Orleans, LA - UNO Lakefront Arena
26 - Houston, TX - Reliant Center
28 - Oklahoma City, OK - Fairgrounds Arena
29 - Valley Center, KS - Kansas Coliseum
31 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
1 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum
2 - Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Live
4 - Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Convention Center
5 - El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
6 - Glendale, AZ - Glendale Arena
8 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
9 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
10 - Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
12 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
13 - Sacramento, CA - ARCO Arena
15 - Portland, OR - Memorial Coliseum
16 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
17 - Spokane, WA - Star Theatre
19 - West Valley City, UT - E Center
20 - Denver, CO - Magness Arena
22 - Kansas City, MO - City Market
23 - Ames, IA - Hilton Coliseum
24 - Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
26 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
27 - Springfield, IL - Prairie Capital Convention Center
29 - Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center
30 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
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