Without any interruption from rain on Sunday, August 21st, two hard rock heavyweights were able to rock the Pine Knob Music Theatre.
The four-act lineup featured Korn, Evanescence, Helmet, and Jeris Johnson, but the day’s and evening’s expected storms threatened to cancel the show. The morning found the rain had stopped, and the metal mini-festival had continued in full swing.
And, it must be stressed, with great joy. Korn and Evanescence, in particular, were clearly enjoying themselves on stage throughout their 80-minute sets on Sunday, despite being known for their angst-filled lyrics and dismal visuals.
Throughout Korn’s 16-song set, leader Jonathan Davis smiled like Harry Styles, and if you drank a shot every time Amy Lee of Evanescence expressed appreciation, you’d be sloshed by the show’s halfway point.
“We’ve been doing this a little bit of time,” Lee told the about 12,000 predominantly black throngs. We’ve been here before. Together, you and I have gone through a lot. The saying goes, “We don’t know if we’ll have a tomorrow, so we better enjoy today.”
On the other hand, Korn gave a performance that was both presents and on point on Sunday, ripping through its radically varying arrangements with ferocious precision and an alluring stage presence. Davis was still a powerful frontman, but Ray Luzier’s drumming was just as impressive.
While Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu was out sick, Ra Diaz ably filled in on bass, and Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer played a variety of guitar parts together, from power chords to otherworldly ambient.
Meanwhile, the performance provided a wide-ranging tour of the band’s discography spanning 28 years, drawing from nine of the group’s studio albums and occasionally hiding in front of a screen to play the videos.
Korn performed a medley of songs from its self-titled 1994 debut album, including “Ball Tongue,” “Need To,” and “Divine,” as well as the heartfelt “Alone I Break” and “Here to Stay,” in honour of the 20th anniversary of the band’s “Untouchables” album. Epic performances of “Falling Away From Me” and “Let the Dark Do the Rest” from the band’s most recent album “Requiem” were highlights, while the fast, psychedelic instrumental “Porno Creep” returned to the stage for the first time in a decade.
Even staying until the end was rewarding for Korn fans, as Davis played the bagpipes during “Shoots and Ladders,” which eventually turned into a snippet of Metallica’s “One,” and Lee returned to the stage to finish the night with the rest of the band playing “Freak on a Leash.”
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Even though a murky sound mix obscured Lee’s vocals, Evanescence’s 15-song concert was equally as crowd-pleasing and exciting.
The five-piece, who performed on a three-tiered platform, was a little more focused on their most recent album than Korn, playing six songs from 2021’s “The Bitter Truth,” including “Artifact/The Turn” and “Blind Belief” in the encore. Along with platinum singles like “My Immortal,” “Call Me When You’re Sober,” “Lithium,” and “Bring Me to Life,” they fit in perfectly with Evanescence’s discography.
My only complaint was that it took 40 minutes in between Korn and Evanescence’s sets because they both used full-scale stage presentations.
During the intermission, however, the crowd was treated to an unexpected and unexpected sideshow: a pair of raccoons strolling around the Pine Knob catwalk and even coming down the ladders in the direction of the pavilion. Animals finally returned to the top, where they likely watched Korn perform from the pavilion’s observation deck. It’s recommended that you check out TheActiveNews.Com for further information.