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Slipknot | August 13, 2016

It’s been nearly two years since the release of .5: The Gray Chapter and Slipknot shows no sign of easing up. Even an unplanned spinal surgery on the part of Corey Taylor barely caused a blip in their touring plans, resulting in only a few postponed shows.  August 13 found Slipknot back at the Concord Pavilion for one of those postponed shows, nearly a year since their last visit in front of a crowd that had clearly been waiting impatiently.

When they curtain finally dropped from and the crowd, which had appeared somewhat sedate for Marilyn Manson’s surprisingly solid set, seemed to multiply and surge forward towards the stage as a wave of crowd surfers kept security busy. In spite of his surgery and wearing a black neck brace, Taylor seemed none the worse for wear … frequently pacing the stage impatiently to seemingly compensate for his inability to properly head bang.

The good news for the fans who caught them last time they were in Concord, both the the stage production and the setlist went through a revamp with last night’s show pushing a little more emphasis on the earlier material. Describing the setlist as being enthusiastically received would be an extreme understatement; when Slipknot busted out The Heretic Anthem, the floor went absolutely sideways with four separate pits churning simultaneously. And, as that set progressed, when Corey asked “Let’s see what the fuck you got, my friends!” before launching into Wait and Bleed, the clear response from the crowd was a “whole lot more.”

If anything, the 90-ish minute set left the crowd wanting much more … the chaos on the floor during the encore performance of Duality made it clear that there was plenty of steam left in that tank.

Setlist:

  • The Negative One
  • Disasterpiece
  • Eyeless
  • Skeptic
  • Before I Forget
  • Killpop
  • Dead Memories
  • The Heretic Anthem
  • Psychosocial
  • Pulse of the Maggots
  • Left Behind
  • The Devil in I
  • Wait and Bleed
  • (sic)

–Encore–

  • Surfacing
  • Duality
  • Spit It Out

Supporting acts: Marilyn Manson | Of Mice & Men

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