Title: KoЯn rocks the Big Dome for the first time
Written by Kevin Pableo
Edited by Jamie Ortega
Ovation Productions has proven, once again, that when it comes to nu metal, they’re the one to beat. Korn, who is the very first nu metal band to perform in the Big Dome, turned the SMART Araneta Coliseum into one rocking rolling and headbanging mass on August 10, 2011.
Slapshock, the concert’s opening act, set the tone for the entire evening with their first tune, “Wake Up”. Often compared to bands like Limp Bizkit, the rock group fronted by Jamir Garcia, showcased their trademark hiphop and heavy metal fusion as they performed 5 of their hits including Agent Orange”, “Adios” and “Carino Brutal.” Before leaving the stage Garcia announced that they will be releasing a new album “Kinse Kalibre” this August, a bit of news which was greeted with whoops and yelps from the audience.
Before the main act hit the stage Kid Knuckles warmed up the crowd with a set that featured classic rock hits like Rammstein’s Feuer Frei and System of Down’s Chop Suey, etc. A sign which made the audience go wild was when the stage crew unwrapped Jonathan Davis’ microphone.
Korn peppered the Big Dome with their mesmerizing, guttural and eerily melodic tunes like “Blind” which was the band’s very first single from their self-titled album. Other grim, angst-laden and foreboding-sounding tunes were “Here To Stay””Pop A Pill and “Freak On A Leash” which was followed by a snippet from Pink Floyd’s “Breathe”.
Jonathan displayed rare versatility by using his bagpipes at the intro of the medley: “Shoots and Ladder” and “One”. You know you’ve got a great rock concert when a crazed mosh pit appears and at the start of the song “Got The Life” ardent fans created a giant circle pit near the patron section of the Big Dome ”.
For the encore the band performed “Falling Away From Me” followed by a rousing medley of “Coming Undone”, “We Will Rock You”(Queen cover), “Twisted Transistor”, “Make Me Bad” Thoughtless”, “Did My Time” and “Clown”. The very last song which punctuated a night of head banging craziness was “Y’all Want A Single.” After taking their bows Jonathan Davis, “Munky” James Shuffer, “Fieldy” Reginald Arvizu and Ray Luzier threw some guitar picks and drum sticks to the crowd. Jonathan thanked the fans and promised to return to Manila in the future. It’s a promise the zealous Pinoy Korn fans hope their idols will keep.
An estimated 3,000 to 6,000 rockers packed the arena for KoЯn’s 1st major concert in Manila. Thanks to Ovation Productions for bringing KoЯn LIVE here in Manila.
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