Friday, 30 January 2015


After getting Slipknot tickets as an early Christmas present, my excitement grew until I travelled to Birmingham on the 27th January. 
The Birmingham date was sold out, filling the newly renovated Barclaycard arena from top seats to the fans at the front, no one sitting, everyone ready.
This is the third time I have seen Slipknot, the first time being their first headline set at Download 2009, and then Download 2013 - so yes, this is the first time I have been to one of their own tours!  

Whilst we completely missed King 810, we were not particularly bothered. However, Korn were brilliant. Fantastic. A lot of Korn fans were in the crowd - which I expected due to many fans of Slipknot also being fans of Korn - as a generalisation. I wasn't too fussed due to hearing them and seeing them previously at Download, and being like 'yep, they ite', but now I might just get into them a little more.. I could also join in a little with Freak on a Leash, owing to growing up watching music channels such as Kerrang! and Scuzz, and listening to the radio (so metal..). Their stage presence was second to none. Having done a full UK tour, and as the last tour date, the energy was still there. I felt like Slipknot now had to live up to Korn, rather than the other way around. Set list below: 

Here to Stay
Right Now
Love & Meth
Falling Away from Me
Good God
Shoots and Ladders
Y'all Want a Single
Freak on a Leash

This energy, I feel, was not so pronounced during Slipknot's set. I personally found that Corey, particularly, lacked the energy that I have seen him with before with Slipknot. 
This did not, however, stop the energy of the crowd, it was electric. I feel like those who have not seen Slipknot before had such a treat with their pyro, lighting, and staging - though I am a sucker for production! It really was a stage show, not merely for the staging but also each individual member giving us an individual show to create what is Slipknot. 

(Slipknot & Korn perform at Nottingham, Source)

I am a fan of their earliest album, so hearing Eyeless, (sic), Wait and Bleed, Spit it Out, and Surfacing was a personal treat to my ears. From their new album, I felt their best performance was of Custer. Whilst my favourite song of .5 is AOV, I can give a neutral view towards the other tracks. The set had a perfect mix of Slipknot over the years, and now I cannot wait for Download - and maybe I'll be buzzing from the entire day with an amount of alcohol in my system, getting the fcuk down won't hurt so much.. (-Drink aware!-)
And after thousands of sweaty beer covered people left the arena, McDonald's and bed beckoned. (Again, so metal). Set list below:  

The Heretic Anthem
My Plague
The Devil in I
 The Negative One
Three Nill
Before I Forget
Wait and Bleed
Spit it Out
People = Shit

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