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03/31/2007 Stone Sour, Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall, Stemm (Niagara Falls, NY @ The Dome Theater)

By Eric | March 31, 2007 11:38 pm

Adam and Sara joined me for this one, and it was nice to have someone to talk to during all the down time! After standing out in line (switching lines once because we were allegedly in the will-call line, and we had our tickets), we finally got in. Adam had the bright idea to head upstairs to the balcony, and it was a good thing, because we ended up on the 3rd tier, leaning on a rail, the bar right behind us! Much like the last Jagermeister tour I went to (Slipknot, Fear Factory and Chimaira in ’05), the Lizard Man came out to warm up the crowd in-between sets. After his mildly entertaining schtick, Stemm was up first. The hometown boys ripped it up, only getting to play 4 songs, but they made the most of it. The place was bonkers right from the get go for them, and when they closed with Monster, the place really rocked. Shadows Fall was up next, and while I was excited to see them, the fact that their levels were just a bit too loud kinda made the rest of the performance seem flat. What I could hear did sound good though, and they mixed it up a bit. They played Redemption and one other off of the new Threads of Life album, “The Light That Binds” and “What Drives The Weak” off of The War Within, and “Stepping Outside The Circle” from the Art of Balance, along with one or two others. We got the Lizard Man again, then Lacuna Coil. Sara was all hyped to see them, and then was kinda disappointed as six of the seven songs were off of the new album, which she doesn’t care for. To me, they were good enough, but the male lead singer (as opposed to their female lead singer) looked kinda goofy and could have sounded better. Seeing them didn’t make me like or dislike them any more than I already did.

One more round with the Lizard Man, and then it was Stone Sour time. They came out to Europe’s “The Final Countdown”, which kinda made the show, in and of itself! They opened with 30-30/150, which whipped the place into a frenzy right off the bat. They kept it up (and this may not be in order) with Come What(ever) May, Take A Number, Made of Scars, Reborn, Your God, Monolith, Inhale, and Sillyworld. They then took a little break, and just Corey came back out with a guitar, and started covering Chris Issak’s “Wicked Game” before starting Bother. He then continued the sing-along with a cover of Sweet Home Alabama, bringing the entire band back out for Through Glass. They picked it up a couple notches again with Tumult and Blotter. A short hiatus later, the encore started out with Hell & Consequences, and the final song of the night was Get Inside. Now, I already knew (having seen Slipknot twice) that Corey knew how to work a crowd, but he was in fine form on this night. The rest of the band was right behind him, and sounded amazing. The Dome was packed, and everyone seemed to be singing along and really getting into the show. Some of the pits were quite impressive. Being the old farts that we are, it was nice to spectate from the balcony! Helluva show though, I’d have no qualms seeing Stone Sour again.

Stone Sour – 30/30-150

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