STONE SOUR/PAPA ROACH/OTHERWISE Club Nokia Los Angeles Wednesday, February 13, 2013
It’s been a crazy few days here in Los Angeles. On Tuesday afternoon, the saga of rogue LA turned cop killer Chris Dorner ended with his fiery demise in the mountains above LA. Then Stone Sour, Papa Roach and Otherwise burned down the house at Club Nokia Wednesday night (Feb. 13). I have been to literally hundreds of concerts over the years, but few that I have witnessed had the intensity of this hard rocking triple bill.
Most rock music fans know Corey Taylor as the lead vocalist for the Des Moines, Iowa masked metal marauders known as Slipknot. That outfit is well known for an aggressive sound and twisted stage show, which over the years has been highlighted by stage props like goat heads and trash can drums. Stone Sour -Taylor’s “side project” - is actually the band he fronted before joining the ‘Knot. Over the years, Stone Sour has taken on a life of its own, having released four albums since 2002. That growth was evident onstage in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night.
The 80 minute 17 song set opened with “Gone Sovereign” and “Absolute Zero,” the first two tracks from their latest release, “House Of Gold & Bones – Part 1.” Taylor came dressed for the occasion in a white suit and pants with burgundy dress shirt. From the moment he appeared, Taylor took complete control of the stage and crowd. His baritone voice was accented by soaring octaves which powered through the thundering rhythm section of bassist Johny Chow and drummer Roy Mayorga and searing fretwork of guitarists Jim Root and Josh Rand.
While singing, Taylor stalked and attacked the stage like a man possessed. By the third song, he ditched the white jacket. Within a half hour, his shirt was drenched in sweat. In between songs, he entertained the packed house with his engaging banter.
The band blew through some of their biggest songs, with a good sampling of new material added to the mix. “Do Me A Favor”, the first single from the forthcoming new release “House Of Gold & Bones –Part 2” was dropped in for good measure. A spectacular light show added to the intensity of the band’s performance.
After pummeling through ten of their most intense songs, the band slowed it down with the mid-tempo monster hit, “Say You’ll Haunt Me.” Next, a solo guitar-slinging Taylor performed a cover of the Alice In Chains gem “Nutshell”, followed by the now classic “Bother.” Guitarist Jim Root joined Taylor for “Through Glass.” With the audience firmly in hand, the band launched into two crushing songs from “HOG&B Part 1”, before bringing the night to a triumphant close with “30/30-150.”
It is quite evident that Taylor has developed into one of the most charismatic and impressive lead vocalists in all of rock, while Stone Sour as a whole have cemented their reputation as a tight and powerful musical force.
Co-headliner Papa Roach lit up the stage with the appropriately titled “Still Swinging” as their opening number. After 20 years together, the Sacramento, CA natives still deliver the goods. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix doesn’t have the same range, but like Taylor, is a powerful ringleader who knows how to work the crowd into a frenzy. He and his band mates (guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo) slammed through a 70 minute 16 song set from their stockpile of radio hits.
The performance also featured tracks from the new Papa Roach release, “Connection.” Of the new songs, the extremely heavy “Where Did The Angels Go” was a particular standout. The band closed a solid performance with their first big hit “Last Resort” as the entire crowd sang along.
Otherwise, a new band from Las Vegas opened the night. Their 30 minute seven song set was impressive and highlighted by current radio hits “I Don’t Apologize” (which lead singer Adrian Patrick appropriately called the ultimate anti-Valentine’s Day anthem) and “Soldiers,” dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces.
L.A. Writer w/MFNRocks.com