TVD Live Shots:
KoRn, Alice In Chains, Underoath at Tinley Park, 8/21

KoRn continues to be a strong metal staple and if this night in Tinley Park was any indication, opening with “Here To Stay” with a fantastic performance, made this known. With all but one member from the original lineup (drummer Ray Luzier taking over for David Silveria in 2007), it is super special seeing these pioneers of nu-metal still killing it to this day. Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch rejoined the band in 2013 and they have since released two records upon his return with a third on the way. The Nothing is set for release on September 13, 2019.

The well-rounded bill began with fairly newcomers to the scene, Fever 333, known for their energetic and stimulating live performances. They have recently gained recognition having been nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Performance for their song “Made In America” and winning a Kerrang! Award for Best Song for “Burn It,” both within the last year.

Next on the bill was a band that is not new to the scene but instead has evolved through the metalcore, emo, screamo, and post-hardcore scenes since the late ’90s. Underoath, since disbanding have reunited in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. The album cover of their latest release last year, Erase Me, adorned the backdrop of their set. A looming statue of a broken down, crumbling angel with giant, beautiful wings set the tone for the band’s performance.

Alice in Chains took to the stage in contrast with warm, bright lights in flashy splendor and varied patterns along with animated zombie characters keeping the band company on stage. The alarm clock displaying the red numbers 4:20 certainly sent out the signal to the crowd and increased the familiar mixture of the crackle of beer in the air and a skunky, funky scent.

By the time KoRn came on, the crowd was more than ready to rock out to the familiar anthems that they’ve celebrated throughout both fun and rough times. There’s something about gathering for the same purpose and reason, singing along to words and melodies that mean something to everyone that escalates the whole meaning and experience of going to a show. It’s bands like KoRn that continue to keep that spirit of togetherness alive through metal, and it’s definitely something not to be taken for granted.

As I looked around at all of us there that night, one thing for certain is that we’re all getting older. Music itself is a perfect replication and example of time moving onward. With each beat and note, it signifies the passing of that moment. Maybe it’s the smoke still lingering but it’s certainly clear that it’s important to cherish the music and the bands and the times in which we’re living, because they are passing by. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy these moments together.

KoRn continues their tour with openers Alice In Chains, Underoath, and Fever 333 through September 4, 2019, concluding in Mountain View, California.

UNDEROATH

ALICE IN CHAINS

KoRn

KoRn SETLIST:
Here To Stay
Blind
Divine
Rotting In Vain
You’ll Never Find Me
Twisted Transistor
Shoots And Ladders
Got The Life
Make Me Bad
Somebody Someone
Freak On A Leash

ENCORE:
4 U
Twist
Coming Undone
Falling Away From Me

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