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x-voltage
03-28-2011, 10:14 PM
This was the Avalanche Tour at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois. I only have a set for Stone Sour since they were the only band I was there to see and the only band there that I listen to. I had second row on the right side of the stage the entire show. I'll do a short review of the other bands:

-Art of Dying: They were a decent opener. I think they have potential to be a pretty famous radio rock band, even though they currently have a few popular songs. They had good energy.

-Halestorm: I think they were the second best band of the night. The female lead singer has a great voice, and some of their stuff was heavier than I thought it would be. The drummer, and brother of the singer, was crazy. He was jumping around, throwing sticks, and he broke his snare twice. They did a great cover of Slave to the Grind by Skid Row. I also caught a pic from the bass player.

-Skillet: They were alright (musically) but their stage presence was awesome. They had explosions (of smoke) and platforms that raised their guitarists 20 feet into the air.

-Theory of a Deadman: They were the only band besides Stone Sour that I kind of knew. I refuse to listen to the radio now-a-days and I know they get a lot of radio play. I recognized 3 songs (So Happy, Bad Girlfriend, and Hate My Life). They did a decent cover of Cocaine by Clapton as well. BUT... I hated them. My friend who went with me agrees, it may have been the most boring set I've ever seen. It just seemed like they lacked energy. They used a backing track for some songs like So Happy. The lead singer had a lot of failed attempts at jokes as well.

Now for the reason I came, STONE SOUR!!! They were great. I've seen Slipknot twice, but never Stone Sour. I've been a huge fan for at least 4 years and I absolutely love the new album. Here's the set:

1. Mission Statement
2. Reborn
3. Digital
4. Dying
5. Hesitate
6. Made of Scars
7. Say You'll Haunt Me
8. Unfinished
9. Bother
10. Through the Glass
11. Get Inside
12. 30-30/150

It is pretty similar to the first two shows of the tour except that they switched Blotter and Tumult (which I was excited to see) with Unfinished and Get Inside. That's fine though because Unfinished is one of my favorite songs off of the new album and they have to play Get Inside at every show in my opinion. I caught a pic from Jim Root which was awesome. I liked the set but I think they played way too many of their popular songs (probably to expose the band to the fans of the first 4 bands). I think they should have taken out two of the softer songs because there were a lot, and replaced them with Nylon 6/6, Bitter End, or Comewhatever May. Highlights were Mission Statement, Reborn, Made of Scars, Unfinished, Get Inside, and 30-30/150.

NickLed19
03-29-2011, 02:16 AM
I am going on Wed. What time did Stone Sour start playing? Looks like they only played an hour. Thats bs for being the headliner. I have seen Theory 2 times before, both with Motley Crue and they were terrible both times. One of the worst live bands ever, and its not like they have good music.

x-voltage
03-29-2011, 08:33 AM
Hahaha, I'm glad that someone agrees with me about Theory of a Deadman. They suck live!!! Stone Sour went on at about 9:50-10:00. Somewhere in that range. I believe they played to about 11:00 or a little after.

NickLed19
03-29-2011, 01:39 PM
Hahaha, I'm glad that someone agrees with me about Theory of a Deadman. They suck live!!! Stone Sour went on at about 9:50-10:00. Somewhere in that range. I believe they played to about 11:00 or a little after.

Yeah, I am going mostly for Stone Sour and Halestorm. I do want to see how good Skillet is live, everyone says they are awesome. And they have a really hot drummer. :D

x-voltage
03-29-2011, 02:33 PM
Halestorm was pretty good, lots of energy. Skillet's drummer was pretty hot and had a good voice. The rhythm guitar player is a girl too and she is about 3 feet tall.

NickLed19
03-29-2011, 02:40 PM
Halestorm was pretty good, lots of energy. Skillet's drummer was pretty hot and had a good voice. The rhythm guitar player is a girl too and she is about 3 feet tall.

Yeah, what time did your show start?

x-voltage
03-29-2011, 05:30 PM
It was supposed to start at 5:30, but Art of Dying didn't go on until 5:45ish. Also Art of Dying tried to have the audience sing part of their one of their songs but no one knew the words and we kind of just mummbled it. It was hilarious, even the singer laughed. No one knows who they are really, let alone know their lyrics.

Motograter_Ghost
03-29-2011, 10:24 PM
I'll be goin to this show in Wichta, KS alone :( but I'll be meeting up with the Halestorm crew then bravin the crowd on my own. I cant wait! I'll prolly end up goin to the Springfeild or Tulsa show as well. Stone Sour and Halestorm are kinda special to me and it'll be good for me to get away and escape into that pain....bittersweet :P

NickLed19
03-30-2011, 02:05 AM
Yeah, to be honest if Halestorm and Stone Sour were not on this tour....I would not even think about going. Skillet is ok, but I could care less about them and Theory just sucks.

TheClairvoyant
03-30-2011, 06:47 AM
Sounds like you had a good night, and I totally agree with Theory of a Deadman being the most boring-est live band ever, I hate them, their basically a 10x softer version of Nickleback. I remember listening to Skillet a lot years ago, heard their immense live, got some real good tunes as well.

300%_Density
03-30-2011, 08:27 AM
Sounds like you had a good night, and I totally agree with Theory of a Deadman being the most boring-est live band ever, I hate them, their basically a 10x softer version of Nickleback. I remember listening to Skillet a lot years ago, heard their immense live, got some real good tunes as well.

Good not agree more on TOADM, just an absolute god awful band. They just take elements of other really horrible bands and decided to make one super crappy band.

x-voltage
03-30-2011, 09:15 AM
I am just laughing my ass off at how many people think Theory is a shitty live (and studio) band. Me and my friend were making fun of them the entire set. We almost started a Stone Sour chant during the middle of Theory's set. My friend yawned like 10 times, which should never happen at a metal concert haha.

NickLed19
03-30-2011, 01:32 PM
I am just laughing my ass off at how many people think Theory is a shitty live (and studio) band. Me and my friend were making fun of them the entire set. We almost started a Stone Sour chant during the middle of Theory's set. My friend yawned like 10 times, which should never happen at a metal concert haha.

Would not really call this a metal concert.

x-voltage
03-30-2011, 03:08 PM
yea, i didn't mean to call it a metal concert, but Stone Sour does have a lot of metal songs. I was just referring to them. But no one should yawn at any type of concert.

NickLed19
03-30-2011, 03:09 PM
Bout to leave for the show in about 20.

x-voltage
03-30-2011, 05:25 PM
share the set man!!! for stone sour only

NickLed19
03-31-2011, 02:15 AM
Pretty sure it was the same set you got, I left during Bother. I was just not that amazed with Stone Sours live show. It was ok, but nothing great. The show in general was strange.

The venue holds around 6,000 people. I would be shocked if 2,000 showed up. It was pathetic. Art of Dying was lame, Halestorm was amazing. Arejay Hale is such a badass drummer, and Lzzy is just awesome. They were the real reason I went, and they were worth it.

Skillet was killer as well, really enjoyed them. Theory was awful. Cocaine was the best song they played, and it even sucked. haha

x-voltage
03-31-2011, 08:32 AM
I thought Cocaine was the best song they played too (the only good song) and they didn't even play the whole song. Stone Sour's 2 best songs of the night were after Bother (Get Inside and 30-30/150), it's too bad you left. You didn't even enjoy Corey's energy on stage?

kommie
03-31-2011, 11:55 AM
Is StoneSour's new CD worth listening to? I liked the first two. I've heard Say You'll Haunt Me on the radio, it's ok, but it has that Through Glass sound to it. Are there heavy tracks on it or is it more like SYHM the whole time/super duper radio/ tween girl friendly?

NickLed19
03-31-2011, 02:04 PM
I thought Cocaine was the best song they played too (the only good song) and they didn't even play the whole song. Stone Sour's 2 best songs of the night were after Bother (Get Inside and 30-30/150), it's too bad you left. You didn't even enjoy Corey's energy on stage?

I am seeing them again in May at Carolina Rebellion, thats one reason I left. I am mad that I missed Get Inside. Corey comes off as a jackass on stage imo, great frontman but he acts like a jackass.

Hearing Misson Statement live is awesome though. Best song off Audio Secrecy, imo.

x-voltage
03-31-2011, 11:07 PM
Kommie, Audio Secrecy is one of my favorite albums of the past 10 years. I absolutely became addicted to it when I bought it. Every song is awesome. You probably only know the pop songs like Say You'll Haunt Me and Hesitate but there are a lot of heavy songs like you asked. Look up The Bitter End, Mission Statement, Unfinished, Let's Be Honest, and Nylon 6/6. They really matured on this album. It has a lot of diversity. It has the "pop" Stone Sour songs, like I mentioned, and the stuff you'd normally expect from Stone Sour (the heavy stuff and the slower songs). Definitely buy it.

xxMetal_Mikexx
04-14-2011, 02:43 PM
I was at this concert, I was up all front the whole time. For Art of Dying through Skillet I was on the left. Then I made my way to the right so I could be on Jim's side during Stone sour's set. Overall I think everybody was good accept fore Theory. Also during 30/30-150 and Say you'll haunt me I was part of the Mosh Pit (How the hell at a non-metal concert I don't know.) But I've seen Slipnkot three times before and Stone Sour once back in 2006 but I would rank this concert in my top five definitely.