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Music as a Weapon 4 Tour Report From New Orleans

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The Music as a Weapon 4 Tour is not just a couple of bands tagging along with Disturbed for a romp around the states. It is an all day festival of skin art, extreme sports, and music in addition to the headliner bands that draw the crowds in the first place. It all sounded wonderful to me when I bought my tickets. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way.

It was a hot Louisiana spring day. The sun was in full flesh-baking mode and the beer and water were over-priced, but we braved the hardships to see the sights and hear the notes of the Music as a Weapon 4 show in New Orleans. Hoping for the best, we tromped through the gate promptly at 2:30. There was a band already on stage, but I must confess that I was too busy looking for the other festivities to catch any names. I only know that the best known of the outside bands, Suicide Silence, was M.I.A. Anyway, I searched high and low for the festival. The only things I could find were the small-time bands' merchandise and a Sprint truck set up with all of their latest cellular devices. Where were the amazing things I was promised? I wanted to see back flips off ramps and hear the buzz of tattoo guns. I had to know what was the cause of the non-madness. It turns out that some busses had broken-down in Little Rock, and the rest of the fest would not be coming.

Well after this slight disappointment, I settled down to enjoy the music, but (even though I'm Cajun) 90 degrees of heat forced me to seek shelter in the parking lot under the cover of a car's roof as it was only three o'clock and the doors wouldn't open until six o'clock. The tailgating was actually quite fun, though. Has anyone seen Heavy Metal Parking Lot? Well, I have. And I felt like I was reliving the glory days of getting wasted in the parking lot before the show with your best buds blaring your favorite mix of metal to rev everyone up for the coming mayhem that is the concert.

Eventually, the doors opened and the show started. The floor of the small arena was packed and most of the seats were sat in. Lacuna Coil opened the show...and did an amazing job. It was my first time seeing two singers on stage; Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro. That in itself was different and intriguing, the way the two had to interact with the audience directly while the other was singing. Their playing was superb and beautiful. The most haunting song was one from the new album called "Spellbound." Unfortunately, they only played for 30 minutes which included 6 songs. I was hungry for more of the darkly enticing musical aroma that Lacuna Coil creates.

Next up was Chimaira. They might as well have been the last band of the night because they brought the house down. The agression they brought to the stage completely made me forget that I was surrounded by teenyboppers (it was an all-ages event). I felt like I was in a smoky, sweaty, bar in a seedy part of town hoping my ears don't start bleeding from the ridiculously loud volume. I was headbanging along as were all to the awesome tunes they ripped from their instruments. They also played for only thirty minutes, coming in under ten songs, two from the newest album "The Infection." They were fucking great!

The last two bands of the night, Killswitch Engage and Disturbed, respectively, played well. That's it. Killswitch had some moments of metal, but were mostly singing ballads for the ladies. The vocals were clean and soft like a freshly washed teddy bear. The music was ambient, yet upbeat. It was lovely; not heavy. Disturbed brought back some heaviness, at least. This was a rock concert, right? Frontman David Draiman arrived onstage on a huge spinning band logo in the air. He immediately went into song rather than soaking up the applause like a pompous ass. He paced the stage like a lion singing and growling his heart out. I'm no fan of ballady-clean vocals, but when David does it, it still sounds cool. I loved all of the songs and was dancing and headbanging along the whole time. The indoor festivities were no let-down.

All-in-all the Music as a Weapon 4 show was fun. I was expecting more, but shit happens and busses break down. All the bands did an awesome job! I definitely recommend seeing the show if they come to your town if you can afford a popular concert price.

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Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.

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1. KaiserShake writes:

Damn straight chimaira brings the house down!

# Apr 13, 2009 @ 10:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

well, i tried getting into the charlotte show for free as a roadie, but none of tha bands thought my sign was a good enough ploy to want a roadie for the day. the only members of any band to sign anything for the fans who stood near the busses long before the show started were David, Dan, and John Moyer form Disturbed. all other band members from lacuna coil to KSE ignored every1 as they went to and from the arena. it was like they felt we were going to infect them with some disease if they came near us.

the early show stuff stunt tricks and side stage bands were cancelled. there was an 80% chance of rain, but it didnt rain until way later into the night. there were a few bmx guys riding around trying to impress people with their stunts, but noone was even paying attention. even though i was not able to get in to see the show, i have to say that david, dan, and john of disturbed were the coolest people on the show. at 1st david walked past us into the arena, and just waved at us. some people were kinda mad, but hes got things to do. dan, came straight from the bus to us and was happy to sign things for people. john was next, and was all smiles as well. david eventually came out form the arena, and signed things, but we could tell he was a tid bit under the weather, but he still took the time out to sign stuff. while i may not be big fan of disturbed, i got a bit more respect for them.

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 9:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianSD writes:

I met David and the Drummer in the bathroom of the Vic in Chicago at a Machine Head show back when Supercharger came out. The drummer was cool and talked to me, but David said hey and walked by. maybe he had to meet someone. who knows, that was also when they had only one album out. but either way drummer was really cool guy, don't know what his name is.

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 3:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Blindgreed1 writes:

I have met them all and while David is a busy man, he's a bit of a primadonna IMO. Maybe it was because me and Dan were making fun of his lip piercings (they were poiting different directions). Still, Dan Donnegan = very cool man. I never had any interaction with John either, but we've all had our good and bad days right?

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 3:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Callista Maris writes:

I've met all the current band members of Disturbed three times and every time they were perfectly nice and friendly to me. I got all of them to sign about half a dozen things, got photos and hugs and handshakes, the works (The drummer's name is Mike Wengren btw). John is probably the most outgoing and friendly of all of them but I love them all. :D

# Apr 14, 2009 @ 8:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^Do you by any chance have boobies? That usually makes a difference. lol.

# Apr 15, 2009 @ 2:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Callista Maris writes:

No actually. :P

# Apr 17, 2009 @ 3:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. chinozgirl writes:

I recently caught the festival in okc!much2my surprise(boyfriend,son&I attended)the lady from reprise records invited us2the meet&greet 4 Disturbed.(I have met them 3x b4!)well it was my sons 1st time uv meeting 1 uv his fave bands&next thing I know my boyfriend had told her uv my son(whose14 now)losing his father(@35)2years ago.she then gave us wristbands&told us we would have2sign a waiver2go onstage with Disturbed 4 1song!my son was totally overwhelmed&said he knew his dad would be there watching him!it was awesome-all the guys in Disturbed were nice&made my son's day!(getting onstage was a bit scary being that we were hoisted on a little catwalk above the drummer about 25 feet in the air!)I really enjoyed Chimaira&Disturbed-but not2hip on K.E.like u said 'ballad-y?'all&all the show was good&I was just thankful4the lady@the label!&happy2see my son happy&headbang with his mom!=)thanx Disturbed!

# Apr 27, 2009 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Jobe writes:

i went to this tour in bossier city-Shreveport. they was no bmx there wasnt any tattoo artist. it wasnt even a festival.
there wasnt even a 2nd stage outside which is the main reason i went (to see suicide silence)
i showed up at 2 which was when the festivities were to start. we waited until 6 just to see the 4 main bands. which put on a good show....but wasnt really the reason i was there.
very disappointing

# Apr 27, 2009 @ 1:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Guttersniper writes:

I'm gonna be there this Saturday... hopefully all the festival type stuff has gotten its sh** together

I havent heard anything about how Spineshanks performances have been, i think im looking forward to seeing them more than anything

# Apr 27, 2009 @ 6:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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