Monday, June 15, 2009

A Few Quick Thoughts on Download 09

I saw a few quick thoughts because I only caught a few people's sets, thanks to the power of the internet and the fact that Download was streaming the main stage live on their website. But, thanks to the five our time-difference, the majority or the stream was when I was still asleep. Anyway, I managed to catch Korn, Slipknot, and of course, the big Faith No More reunion. I would've been watching Manson but, Download didn't feel like broadcasting him.

Anyway, we'll start with the main event, Faith No More. It was amazing to be able to watch Faith No More play their first show in almost 15 years. Even if it was just over the internet. It was so epic when Mike Patton (pictured above) came out on stage looking like a straight pimp with the rest of the band and played "Reunited". And of course they went on playing all their best songs. I was just glad they played "We Care A Lot" even if they did wait till the very-very end of the show to bust that one out. One thought I had during the show was, the song "Be Aggressive" sounds so much better live than it does on the album. It was a great show. Patton on the boys are better than ever.

Next up on my list to talk about is Korn's set. They went on right before Faith No More. Korn played a great set. I know that Korn isn't exactly the most popular band in the metal community but, fuck you, I liked them. Have ever since I was a kid. In fact, they were my first concert. I was glad to see Korn playing a show after Jon's whole "Solo" thing. Even if it was only 3/5ths of the band. They played most of their best songs. I was kinda suprised they didn't play any songs off the Untitled album. Again, I liked that album. I don't care what you say. Korn always puts on a great show. I was suprised to see them play "Another Brick In The Wall." I know they don't play that song often and they do it so well. On a side note, of all the bands I saw, there were the most girls flashing during Korn's set. I guess chicks dig the kilt... I think that's how you spell it.

Finally, I'll talk about Slipknot's set. As i understand it, this was Slipknot's first time headlining the Download Festival. Even though they play there almost every album cycle. They put on an amazing show as always. Slipknot never dissapoints when it comes to live shows. They're natural born performers. They played pretty much the same set list they played when I saw them. Except, they played "Sulfur" instead of "Purity". Plus, they actually had Pyro! I ound it annoying that whoever was working the cameras didn't have any of them focused on the audience during the "Jumpthefuckup" part of the show. That's what we wanna see. That part of the show is just to see 40k people jump in unison. Not to see Corey Taylor jump. he does that the whole show. Oh well. I had fun watching it. I wish I could've been there but, this is almost half as good. Which is good enough for me.

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