Slipknot at Aaron’s Amphitheatre
By: Gary Flinn HHM / Beyond The Pit
What can I say about Slipknot that has not already been said? When a band survives two decades pushing the edge of the envelope, has millions of fans around the world, survives tragedy and continues to thrive in the world today, it should be difficult to find those unique words. I, for one, have been a fan of Slipknot for years, at times finding peace and escape in their music through my own personal tragedy. Corey Taylor is one of the few people in the world I would genuinely “fan out” for. Knowing he suffered a broken neck and spinal surgery just weeks ago and only put the current tour on hold for a couple of weeks is just mind boggling to me. Seeing “the Nine” hit the stage with their front man in a neck brace went beyond that point. In the end, as many of you have already heard, Corey Taylor fell as he was stepping up onto his riser at the end of the set. Fortunately, straight from the man himself, he landed on his leg and arm and is just sore. Now let’s get onto the show.
The hot, humid, 95 degree plus, typical Atlanta night kicked off with Of Mice & Men hitting the stage and grinding out a killer set. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing their set. They were followed by Marilyn Manson and then the time came for Slipknot. The crowd started a “Slip” “Knot” chant that morphed into a Heretic Anthem “if you are 5 5 5, then I’m 6 6 6” serenade. The set opened with a video soundtrack of Be Prepared for Hell that got the crowd started. As the video ended, the roar from the masses seemed to roll across the venue. One by one, the nine members of Slipknot took their spots on stage and broke into their hit The Negative One. The crowd was on point from the first notes and stayed there all night despite the heat. This was followed by the classic aural sledgehammer, Disasterpiece. With that the full-fledged chaos of a Slipknot set progressed through fourteen songs that included a mix of classics like Skeptic, Everything Ends, Pulse of the Maggots, and Wait and Bleed, and newer hits like Psychosocial, The Devil in I, Killpop, and Dead Memories. A three song encore followed with Surfacing, Duality, and Spit it Out. It was near the end of Spit it Out that Corey Taylor fell and had to be helped off of the stage.
If you haven’t experienced Slipknot live you owe it to yourself to catch this tour if it comes to a town near you. There is just something about seeing nine people going all out on stage that just does the body good.
Slipknot continues the current tour with Of Mice & Men and Marilyn Manson through the end of August.
1. Intro : Be Prepared for Hell
2. The Negative One
6. Before I Forget
8. Dead Memories
9. Everything Ends
11. Pulse of the Maggots
12. Left Behind
13. The Devil in I
14. Wait and Bleed
17. Spit It Out
- photos: Marilyn Manson live at Aaron's Amphitheater in Lakewood credit Gary Flinn
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