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09/22/1998 Family Values: Korn, Rammstein, Ice Cube, Limp Bizkit, Orgy (Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena)

By Eric | September 22, 1998 11:59 pm

This one was a dandy… A couple of non-related firsts related to this show also: my first show as a college student (and made more than a couple friends jealous!), and I’m pretty sure this was the first real event since the War Memorial was renovated and newly-christened as the Blue Cross Arena.

Speaking of firsts, it was also the first show Orgy ever played together as a band. Hardly anyone knew who they were (I think Stitches may have *just* been starting to get played on the radio), so needless to say, the crowd was a bit lifeless for them. Partly due to that, and partly due to who was on next.

Orgy setlist: Dissention, Gender, Pantomime, Fetisha, Stitches, Blue Monday, Revival. I couldn’t tell you if Jon Davis came out for Revival or not.

The natives were getting restless by this point, as Rochester had a pretty rabid Limp Bizkit fanbase. The place went predictably nuts when they came out, and stayed that way through the whole set. Especially because Faith was in heavy rotation by this point, everyone knew who they were, not just the die-hards. Made for a fun, jumpy crowd, who of course went even more jumpy when they closed with Jump Around.

LB setlist: Cambodia, Pollution, Counterfeit, Thieves, Nobody Loves Me, Stuck, Leech, Faith, Jump Around.

To bring it down a notch (barely), Ice Cube was up next, and having little to no exposure to live rap (save for Snoop at Lollapalooza the year before), I was wholly unprepared for the amount of bass that would be shaking my entire body. Ho. Lee. Shit. There were times I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to breathe. It was fun (!), but it was also a WTF moment for sure. Cube and his hype man WC did a great job imploring the decidedly non-diversified crowd to move while playing mostly big hits. I don’t know the whole setlist, but we did get Check Yo’ Self, Fuck Dying, It Was a Good Day, Fuck tha Police, and Straight Outta Compton.

Then the curiosity part of the show… we’d all heard about Rammstein’s stage show, which included a ton of fire-related props. The music was cool too, but let’s face it, everyone wanted to see the pyro show. With rumors and legends of fire departments being called, shutting down shows, etc., everyone wanted to see this. For the most part, it didn’t disappoint. I remember being in the front quarter of the floor, and you could feel the heat off their pyro. People right in the front couple rows got sprayed with the lead singers “appendage” as well. During the last song one of the guys had what essentially looked like a flamethrower. Yikes. Quite the experience. Like I said, the music was pretty decent too, although most everyone had no idea what they were saying, and beyond Du Hast, most of us didn’t know any of the other songs either. But it was fun!

Rammstein setlist: Rammstein, Bestrafe mich, Weißes Fleisch, Sehnsucht, Asche zu Asche, Heirate mich, Du riechst so gut, Du hast, Bück dich, Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?
And someone has the whole set (minus Heirate mich for some reason) on YouTube!







Looking back, I feel like this era was Korn at their peak. Follow The Leader was a great album (much better than Life is Peachy if you ask me), and they were on top of their game in the live setting as well. They started off with It’s On!, followed by only a snippet of Freak on a Leash, since it hadn’t been released as a single yet… they essentially didn’t play it! They brought out Ice Cube to do Children of the Korn, and then launched into Wicked, which was exactly that. The Shot Liver Medley was obviously a highlight, I mean, what’s not to love when you cram all the cool parts of like six songs into one long mosh fest? The encore was pretty much the best part of the show, however. They utilized the revolving stage, and there were dual setups of every instrument, allowing all the members of both Korn and Limp Bizkit to perform All In The Family on stage at the same time. Amazingly, it held together and the song worked. This show is still one of the highlights of my concert-going career, 16 years later!

Korn setlist (I’d swear they played Got The Life also, but setlist.fm says no.):
It’s On!
Twist (preceded by short Freak on a Leash Intro)
Chi
Children of the Korn / Wicked (with Ice Cube)
A.D.I.D.A.S.
Shot Liver Medley (Shoots and Ladders / Justin / Predictable / Ball Tongue / Divine / Kill You)
B.B.K.
Blind
Dead Bodies Everywhere (preceded by snippet of I Ain’t Goin Out Like That)
Faget
All in the Family (with Limp Bizkit)

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