#26 – Seether – 7/31/03

Seether was actually a pretty big band by 2003.  I’m still pretty surprised that someone a band their size came to Foxtown.  Don’t have any idea who the openers were at all.  Judging by the ticket The Sound & The Fury were direct support for Seether.  They were big locally but I don’t think they ever really went any further than that.

Seether was Seether.  They were still touring for their first album so it was still a really enjoyable set.  They did all the things that I enjoy, opened with Gasoline, did the Nirvana cover, but they did throw one little special song.  I still don’t care for Broken as the closer but we got a special treat and Amy Lee came out and they did the song together.  Not sure if a ton of other stops got this but little old Foxtown still did.  Cool moment.

Gasoline
69 Tea
Needles
Pride
Driven Under
Your Bore
Burrito
Sympathetic
You Know You’re Right
Fine Again
Pig
Fuck It
Broken (W/ Amy Lee)

Link to photo album

 

#25 – Adema / Ra – 7/27/03

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From Metallica to Adema in only 2 nights.  Yea, still not sure if that was the best idea I’ve ever had.  I mean I was 19 so yea I guess that’s the best time to do it.  This show was just kinda meh to me.  But again if you just saw Metallica in front of 40,000 people in a dome and then went to see Adema in front of a few hundred people it’s really just difficult to see anything after that.  Ra was just as good as a few months ago.  They start out strong in their first half and then the 2nd half just isn’t a strong to me.  After their set I went and met Ra and got them to sign my stub.  Seemed like very nice guys.  Not sure whatever happened to them.

Do You Call My Name
Rectifier
Fallen Rock Zone
Violator
Skorn
Sky

Even with another album out since I first saw them headline last year it still doesn’t feel like they have enough songs to be a headliner.  They had a few strong singles off of their first album and a few from the 2nd and that’s really about it.  Everything else just felt like filler.  Don’t remember anything else from this show.  I know that I was pretty exhausted after several hundred miles that I’d driven in the last couple of days.

Co-Dependent
Rip the Heart Out of Me
Unstable
Let Go
Trust
Close Friends
Promises
Stressin’ Out
Blow It Away
Everyone
The Way You Like It
Freaking Out
Giving In
Needles

 

#23 – Ozzfest ’03 – 7/17/03

Well for the first time I had to travel outside of KC to go to Ozzfest. Thank you KC for not scheduling it for some unknown reason that year. Figured I would get there in time to not miss anything but sadly enough that didn’t really work out but still I didn’t miss a whole lot. Only band we missed was Memento and that’s not missing much. Got there for a band called Hotwire, not impressive, I don’t think they lasted the rest of the year after Ozzfest.

Then got my first experience for Killswitch Engage, I just heard a little bit of their stuff w/ Jesse and only thing I heard w/ Howard was them re-recording Fixation On The Darkness. I absolutely loved them, Adam D I believe was wearing some sort of cape and because it was already hot, he had a beer dispensing helmet on but surprisingly it just had water in it. They were one of the bands I was most looking forward to and they did not disappoint.

Numbered Days
Life to Lifeless
To the Sons of Man
Fixation on the Darkness
My Last Serenade

Next band up was Twisted Method, they were a lot of fun. Not a ton of substance but a lot of nu-metal fun.  The theme for alot of the bands on this year’s edition was they wouldn’t last much longer after Ozzfest.  Twisted Method was no different.  Lots of but not a style that would last much longer.

The End
Panic
Fled
Reach
Mannequin

Up next after was Shadows Fall and they were just as amazing as the last few times I’d seen them. Really awesome to see a band starting out playing as support at Foxtown City Limits for a few hundred people, only to see them on the biggest metal festival in the country.  Playing for several thousand people.  The future would only continue to get brighter for Shadows Fall after this (for a few years atleast).

Idle Hands
The Idiot Box
Stepping Outside the Circle
Thoughts Without Words
Destroyer of Senses

It was break time after this, wasn’t interested in Unloco, Depswa, The Revolution Smile, Endo & Nothingface. However I would find out very shortly that it was incredibly stupid missing out on Nothingface as I will never get to see them ever again, they are one of the few bands from this time period I’ve always enjoyed and never got to see.  Did find set for Nothingface.

Here Come the Butchers
Murder Is Masturbation
Bleeder
Goldtooth
Villains

In between some of those other bands we decided on top of it being a good way to cool off in A/C we went to the exhibit that was owned by Jonathan Davis that had some pretty sweet music memorabilia like the final setlist from Nirvana and I think also some old Nirvana & some early Korn stuff as well, and serial killer memorabilia as well, it was pretty crazy to see but still it was very cool at the same time.  Blacktop in July in St. Louis is a killer.

I was pretty excited about this next band up and that was Sworn Enemy. I wasn’t a hardcore expert and just really beginning to get into it and Sworn Enemy was my first hardcore band I became interested in outside of Hatebreed. I loved their first major label album that they came out with and they were one of the 2nd stage bands I was most excited about and they didn’t let me down, they were absolutely great.

One Way Trip
As Real as It Gets
I.D.S.
Sworn Enemy

Speaking of bands that were a year or 2 late on the nu-metal bandwagon was Grade 8, even though they were somewhat hated on I absolutely loved them, and the one album they put out I even thought it was a good album. I really enjoyed their performance even though I might have been in the minority at that time.  Don’t think they really did much after this tour but I still enjoyed them.

Adrenachrome
Deal With It
Empire Falls
One Wish
Brick by Brick

The most awkward part of the day was Motograter, I was really looking forward to seeing them, out of all the Ozzfest’s I’ve been to this is the only time a band has missed or practically missed their whole set. Motograter was pretty much done right after Ozzfest anyway, when they did finally come out Ivan said something I can’t remember and they played one song and left after that. This probably began my bias against Ivan Moody.  But over the years he would make it even easier for me to not like him.  This was definitely the beginning of the end for this band.

It was finally time for the 2nd stage headliners. First up was Voivod, I didn’t know a damn thing about them outside of the fact Jason Newstead was in their band at that time. I wished I would have done more homework on them at the time, they are an important band in the underground metal scene and even more so was the only time I would have had to see Piggy before he died a few years later. I really was not all that impressed with Voivod at that time but if I would have read more I should have atleast stayed and given them a chance. I’d still like to see them if the opportunity came up.

Voivod
Rebel Robot
Gasmask Revival
Tribal Convictions
Facing Up
Blame Us
Astronomy Domine

And finally to close out the 2nd stage was Cradle of Filth. Wow there was all kinds of shit going on stage with them. This was my first black metal(ish) band I’d ever seen. I didn’t really know anything that they played but wow was it entertaining. They had girls climbing up on this cloth material that would spin them around when they dropped from the top of the stage, just all kinds of stuff going on. Even more impressive was the entire band was still in full leather costumes and makeup. The only person was the drummer who was not in full costume, he had his shirt off but still had leather pants on still. It was still ungodly hot. Was not as well versed on COF musically.  I would definitely like to see them again.  They’ve gone downhill a little bit since then.  This would have been one of the better times to ever see them live.  Time to walk to main stage. 2nd stage for the most part was enjoyable, saw everybody I wanted to see w/ the exception of Nothingface. Still kick myself to this day about it but I loved everybody else I saw.

A Bruise Upon the Silent Moon
The Promise of Fever
Cthulhu Dawn
Dusk and Her Embrace
Her Ghost in the Fog
Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids
The Forest Whispers My Name

Time for a semi-lackluster main stage. The most positive thing was the indie rock/hipster/garage/crap band The Datsuns were scheduled on a few of the Ozzfest dates and St. Louis was not one of them, thank god!!!!

I think I might have just been Chevelle’d out by this point. This was the 4th time I’d seen them in the last year and a half and they’d only put out 1 new album in that time period.  I’d seen most of those songs multiple times by then.  Nothing against them, I just needed a Chevelle break.

Family System
The Red
Comfortable Liar
Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)
Forfeit
Until You’re Reformed
Send the Pain Below
Wonder What’s Next

Finally after what seemed like forever it was finally time. The only buzz kill was having to see Manson when it was still daylight out. I was still going crazy the whole set, I loved the Golden Age Of Grotesque album and obviously the set was heavily from the new album which I was great with. I also loved the upright bass that Tim Skold had going on as well. I am a sucker for the upright bass even if it’s considered unnecessary. When Manson did Doll-Dagga Buzz-Buzz Ziggety-Zag he brought several girls on stage to play drums, even though we were a little way away it atleast looked like the girls were pretty much naked on stage or what they were wearing was flesh covered. Either way it was fantastic and it might be the catchiest song he has ever done. Would have loved to maybe have heard some other tracks from Antichrist Superstar or Portrait although I really didn’t figure I’d get too much of any of those anyway. It was everything I was hoping for. I would have loved for the set to be longer but that’s OK I still knew it wouldn’t be as long as what I would hope for but it was still a great experience and my whole night was already made by that point anyway.

Thaeter
This Is the New Shit
Disposable Teens
Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth
Rock Is Dead
mOBSCENE
The Dope Show
The Golden Age of Grotesque
Doll-Dagga Buzz-Buzz Ziggety-Zag
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
The Fight Song
Beautiful People

I understand that record sales is how these type of decisions are made but man that was a downer going from seeing Manson and then have to see Disturbed after him.  By the time their 2nd album was out I was already starting to get off the Disturbed bandwagon.  I still say that their first album had some good songs.  Everything after that just wasn’t as interesting to me and had less quality songs each time a new album came out.  I’m sure Disturbed wasn’t awful but I wore myself out so much for Manson I just wasn’t feeling them.

Bound
Voices
Intoxication
Conflict
Fear
Remember
The Game
Down With the Sickness
Prayer
Liberate
Stupify

I was also pretty damn excited for Korn as well. Found it odd for them to open up with Blind as it is usually the way they close out all of their sets but it was still cool for someone who hadn’t ever seen Korn before. A lot of their set was primarily their singles.  Having never seen them it was alright with me.  They also played Did My Time off their yet to be new album and the song still went over real well.  The highlight of their set was them doing Faget, definitely was unexpected when you look at everything else they played.  My only complaint was them closing with Somebody Someone, never liked that song.  Didn’t think it works in the set, let alone as the closing song.  But either way it was really awesome and I enjoyed every minute of it.  Here is their set.

Blind
Twist
Got the Life
A.D.I.D.A.S.
Falling Away From Me
Here to Stay
Did My Time
Shoots and Ladders
Freak on a Leash
Faget
Somebody Someone

It was time for the legend himself, and this time he came loaded with his biggest lineup that he has ever had in his solo career.  Zakk was still playing all guitar, Mike Bordin was still behind drums, and Jason Newstead was the touring bass player for Ozzy at that time.  Robert Truijio just got a new gig a few months before that with another band known as Metallica.  Set wise it was just about the same as it was the year before.  But you always know what you’re getting with Ozzy.  He doesn’t deviate from his sets a whole lot.  But for someone who’s been doing it as long I don’t feel Ozzy should be judged as critically as anyone else.

War Pigs
Mr. Crowley
I Don’t Know
Flying High Again
Goodbye to Romance
Iron Man
Sweet Leaf
Children of the Grave
Suicide Solution
I Don’t Want to Change the World
Road to Nowhere
Crazy Train

Mama I’m Coming Home
Paranoid

2 Ozzfests in a row now.  Had a wonderful time.  Probably better if I didn’t have to go to St. Louis but a wonderful day was had by all.

#22 – Powerman 5000 – 7/3/03

After 2.5 years I finally get my first free concert.  Thanks to an ex-girlfriends brother winning tickets on the radio I reaped all the benefits.  I had been a PM5K fan for several years.  I would have loved seeing them more during the Tonight the Stars Revolt tour cycle but Transform would still end up being a really solid album.

First band (that I remember) was Shinedown.  This would be the only time that I did anything remotely close to tolerating watching Shinedown.  I guess their first album wasn’t as terrible as everything else that they ever released.  I didn’t love them but unlike every other time I didn’t hate them.  This should be what was played.

Crying Out
No More Love
Stranger Inside
45
Left Out
Better Version
In Memory
Fly From the Inside

PM5K were everything that I hoped for and more, they played everything off their Stars album and Transform I could ask for. The best part was they even did Car Crash off their very amazing Blood Splat Rating System album, I would have absolutely lost it had they did Neckbone but it was still amazing and considering they don’t really do a damn thing off that album anymore I’m even more grateful for that reason. Crowd was super into it the whole night, sadly the venue size would gradually decrease each time I have seen them but I still love them and enjoyed them just as much as the several hundred people that were here for this show or even the sad 30-40 people the last time I saw them and I will continue to see them as long as they are still out touring. Easily the best PM5K set I will see, even 1 more song from Blood Splat Rating System would have put it completely over the top but it was still amazing, I am fairly sure of the accuracy of this set.

An Eye Is Upon You
Supernova Goes Pop
Tonight The Stars Revolt!
Automatic
Action
Free
I Knew It
System 11:11
Nobody’s Real
Top Of The World
Transform
Theme To A Fake Revolution
Hey, That’s Right

Car Crash
When Worlds Collide

#21 – Warped Tour ’03 – 6/24/03

I would say considering the time this was somewhat of a risk for me to go to, I really wasn’t that sure going into this. It was really not my type of music but I was going with several friends and it ended up being a lot better than what I ever could have imagined. Didn’t know a lot of the bands here but it worked out very well for me anyway. First band I remember seeing is a fairly cool band called Tsunami Bomb. Never even heard of them before, they were very fun. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed them as much several years later but at that time I really enjoyed them.

The next band I was looking forward to seeing was The Used. Going on my 3rd time seeing them I already knew exactly what to expect.  And just as they did before they still delivered a wonderful performance.  The biggest highlight was Bert stage diving of the huge stack of speakers and I actually got a pretty cool picture of him doing it. They were really good though and I even knew a lot more of their songs this time around. Definitely one of those bands I have since grown out of but I was a big Used fan back at this time.  This should be the set they played.

Maybe Memories
Pieces Mended
The Taste of Ink
Blue and Yellow
Buried Myself Alive
Say Days Ago

I was excited that Glassjaw was there. I saw them at Ozzfest the year before but that really wasn’t the right environment for Glassjaw.  Their music requires a little bit of thinking and Ozzfest is definitely not the place to have overly complex music.  Going on almost 15 years later and I’ve still yet to get to see Glassjaw again.  What I didn’t know about Warped prior to going was that every band has their own tent that they sell merch and will sign at.  I decided the line wasn’t super long for Glassjaw and I really wanted them to sign for me so I went ahead and got it line.  They signed my Warped program.  Not a whole lot of conversation, by no means were they rude, but they seemed nice enough.  This would not be my only signing of the afternoon.

Tip Your Bartender
Mu Empire
Ape Dos Mil
Pretty Lush
The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports
Cosmopolitan Bloodloss
Natural Born Farmer
Siberian Kiss

I’m kind of kicking myself for this next band,  I would love to be able to see Rancid again. After seeing Rancid I remember I was not impressed with them at all at the time but I was not anything close to calling myself a fan or anybody who even really knew their music, but now I’m atleast aware of some of their music and now I wouldn’t mind seeing them. Now I like almost all of those songs that they played.  Oh well, maybe sometime in the future.

Radio
Ruby Soho
Roots Radicals
Maxwell Murder
Journey to the End of the East Bay
Red Hot Moon
The Wars End
Fall Back Down
Dead Bodies
Listed M.I.A.
Time Bomb

Now I finally got to see the main reason for me going, I tried to hate him for a couple years and I couldn’t help it, I love Andrew WK. It’s probably the most fun music I have ever heard, I probably thought I was too cool and tried to not like it and I couldn’t do it!!!! He was the most entertaining person of the day without a doubt. They brought random kids on stage, and they were sitting on Andrew’s shoulders while he was performing. This was the most fun concert experience I have ever seen, sucks that he could only get half an hour but with Warped that is to be expected.

It’s Time to Party
Ready to Die
Don’t Stop Living in the Red
I Get Wet
She Is Beautiful
Party Hard

I had one goal going into Warped Tour and that was to wait in line to meet AWK. After probably 30-45 minutes of waiting in line I finally got to meet him. I was wondering why the lines were taking so long to move and when we got up there I figured out why.  AWK was not just signing his name, he was signing a paragraph on everyone’s programs.  On mine (and probably others too) he singed his paragraph on both of his legs on the Warped program.  Out of all the people I have met in my life, rather that be someone in a band or anybody else, I have never met anybody nicer and more gracious than AWK. Even more impressive he stopped for a moment from signing and stood up on his table and thanked everybody again for waiting and then told everybody that if it gets to be the end of the show and that if everybody didn’t have everything signed that they wanted by the time the show was over he would follow them out to the parking lot and sign everything until everyone was happy. Wow… just wow. I had never heard anything like that nor have I ever heard anything like that since. We also got a picture w/ his guitar player Jimmy Coup who had the definite look of a homeless guy and he was just awesome. He signed the program I heart AWK and signed his name. Finally it was our time in line; he thanked me and my friend for waiting in line for so long w/ it being so hot.  He also took a picture with us and signed his paragraph in my program.  It’s still one of my most prized autographs I’ve ever got in my times of going to concerts.  I fell in love with AWK that day and I have remained a fan to this day of everything that he does.  Wonderful Warped experience.  I would definitely return to Warped in the future.

Link to my Warped Tour album.

 

#20 – ZZ Top / Ted Nugent – 6/1/03

Top to bottom this is one of the best lineups that I had seen to this point in my concert going life. This lineup would be considered a guitar player’s wet dream. I was not that familiar with any of the artists here. I knew the hits from ZZ Top & Nugent but that was about it. If only I had done my homework it would have been even more enjoyable. Kenny Wayne Shepherd hit the stage first and he killed it as I figured he would. I didn’t have the appreciation for his style of music but that appreciation would come later in life for me. But he also threw in Voodoo Child and that was a really awesome way to end his set. I think he would really be even more amazing to see him at a small bar or club but as the opener for 2 larger bands he still did exactly what he was supposed to do and warmed the crowd up real well.

Somehow, Somewhere, Someway
Never Lookin’ Back
Shame, Shame, Shame
Blue on Black
I’m a King Bee
Little Wing
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

The Motor City Madman was up next and it he was everything and more than what I expected. Loved the bunkers surrounding the drums and some of the monitors as well. Thanks to his performance it got me more encouraged to want to seek out and listen to more Ted Nugent.  Even with all of his political leanings in the early and mid 2000s he was still very enjoyable to see live in concert.  Anymore I don’t think I could even stand to see him live.  His overbearing personality has finally overshadowed his phenomenal playing which still stands up against anyone even half his age.  Solid set and enjoyable stage show with all of his explosions and crossbow skills on stage.

Free-For-All
Wango Tango
Stormtroopin’
Snakeskin Cowboys
Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
Guitar Solo
Hey Baby
Rawdogs & Warhogs
Crave
Kiss My Ass
Cat Scratch Fever
Stranglehold
The Great White Buffalo/Star Spangled Banner/The Great White Buffalo

And now finally time for the bearded headliners of the evening. They were not disappointing in the least.  Looking at this set now it’d be nice if they’d throw in a few deeper cuts but after seeing them like 5 or 6 more times this is just what they play.  They always give the crowd exactly what they want to hear.  Occasionally throwing in something a little different like Catfish Blues.  Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers is also a pretty cool track too as that’s not something they do a ton anymore.  The majority are just their more widely known tracks.  But it was still new and fresh to me as this was the first time I heard any of those songs live.  But the best was the fact this was the first of many shows that I would go and see with my dad.  Should be a complete set for them.

Gimme All Your Lovin’
Pincushion
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Manic Mechanic
Rough Boy
Cheap Sunglasses
Buck Nekkid
Catfish Blues
I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
Piece
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
Tube Snake Boogie
Sharp Dressed Man
Legs

La Grange / Sloppy Drunk Jam
Tush

 

#17 – Ministry / Lollipop Lust Kill – 4/15/03

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My first Ministry experience was with their FornicaTour (they always managed to come up with the best tour names).  Nothingface was actually scheduled to be on this tour.  I know that their name was printed on the flyer (then blacked out) but they were already off the tour by the time it was showtime.  Which is a shame.  That was a band I really enjoyed and I never did get to see them and with their singers untimely passing in ’17 there will never be another opportunity to see them.  Due to having to run around all of Springfield just to get my ticket I was running late and ended up getting there as an opening band known as Motograter was finishing off their very last song.  This should have been a sign that me and Motograter were just not meant to be as something similar would happen months later with me trying to see them on Ozzfest.

Lollipop Lust Kill was after them.  Didn’t know anything about them then and I know they didn’t last much more than a year after this tour, breaking up in the summer of 2004.  I don’t remember much from them but I know that I enjoyed them on this tour.  Shame nothing else came of them.

Finally after what seemed like forever of set changes Ministry was finally out.  In a tiny place they managed to set up a video screen and actually had 2 drum kits on stage.  Wow, never heard anything as loud as what I heard that night. Unfortunately my knowledge of Ministry consisted of their big hits off of Psalm 69 album & then whatever songs on their newest album @ that time.  But wow were they amazing.  This ended up being memorable unfortunately for another way.  I think it was during So What, someone actually went on stage and tried to go after all.  That did not go down very well for the person who did so.  After screaming several obscenities at this person he finished the song but from what I remember the set was cut very short after that.  I don’t blame all of it on this person but I can’t help but think this incident helped keep Ministry out of Springfield when, from what I heard, they had been there several times previous to this date. Although the fact they got bigger after this album might have had a little to do with it too.  After seeing alot of the current day Ministry sets this is a set I would love to hear again.  A very memorable first time getting to see Ministry.  Something I will not ever forget.

Link to photo album

Animosity
Unsung
Piss
Dead Guy
Filth Pig
Bad Blood
Psalm 69
Crumbs
Supermanic Soul
Reload
N.W.O.
Just One Fix
Hero
Thieves
Jesus Built My Hotrod

We Believe
So What

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