#31 – Godsmack / Adema – 11/3/03

First time seeing a show at the Shrine in Springfield and it’s a pretty cool looking place on the outside. Inside more or less resembled a high school gym but still I had heard this place has quite the history of hosting huge shows in the early to mid 90s. Since it was ’03 Godsmack was still actually pretty hot, their Faceless album I still found to be a drop off just as it seems like their albums seem to do since their self-titled in the late 90s. Place was pretty packed. Don’t remember who the opening band was at all.

This would prove to be Adema’s last real big tour that they would do w/ their original lineup until almost 6 years later only to break up again and then several years later reunite again. From previous reviews I’ll just repeat the same comment, as a support band they are pretty tolerable.  They can play all their big hits without having to show how thin a good portion of their catalog is.  Not 100% sure of this set but I imagine this  would be a pretty accurate set.

Co-Dependent
Immortal
Close Friends
Rip the Heart Out of Me
Unstable
Promises
Everyone
Trust
The Way You Like It
Freaking Out
Giving In
Needles

Moving onto our headliner. Even though the Faceless album was the last album that I even remotely enjoyed I will still say that out of all of the modern rock bands still around, Godsmack puts on one of the better live performances.  What I wasn’t expecting was Godsmack to have the best laser show of any show I had seen up to that point and it still one of the better laser shows I have ever seen.  The highlight of the show was the Batalla de los Tambores, Sully comes out on a 2nd drum kit and both drummers play at the same time and alternate.  I would still see Godsmack again if I got the chance.

Vampires
Awake
Bad Religion
Re-Align
Mistakes
Greed
Faceless
Situation
Voodoo
Batalla de los Tambores
Whatever
I Stand Alone

#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

 

#7 – Ozzfest ’02 – 8/20/02

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Alright!!! This would be the year I got my revenge on Ozzfest after that little down pour from last year. More extreme weather but this time along the lines of almost 100 degree heat. Got there a little late, to my recollection I missed: Pulse Ultra (YES!!!), Apex Theory, Chevelle, Lostprophets, & I was walking in as Ill Nino was playing (Dammit!!!). Still pretty sure this is what they played.

If You Still Hate Me
God Save Us
What Comes Around
I Am Loco
Liar

Easily the most eclectic 2nd stage lineup that Ozzfest ever had in the years that I went. I can’t remember the order of the non-rotating 2nd stage bands but I wouldn’t say I hated any of them. Unfortunately I would have gladly traded a few of the 2nd stage bands from the first leg for the bands that were here. Would have loved to have seen Flaw again, would have really liked to have seen Soil & even though I tried to hate him for the longest time I would have wanted to have seen Andrew WK there as well.

I saw a band called Sw1tched and remember really not much from them, I vaguely remember liking their first song and that was about it. They broke up several years ago anyway, not much to comment on.

Saw The Used before they went pop punk and were still somewhat tolerable. I enjoyed their set and I even bought their first CD after seeing not long after seeing them. Probably better suited for Warped Tour (which I would see the next year) not exactly a crowd favorite.  I’m pretty sure they did Maybe Memories & Box Full of Sharp Objects. It was  still something I found very tolerable.

As much as The Used were not a crowd favorite it seemed like Glassjaw got over a little bit better with the crowd, they had been around for a few years at that time and had a decent following. Albeit, I think their music might be a little bit over the head of average Ozzfest crowds. They definitely stuck out amongst all the other bands for sure. They were different but I really enjoyed them.  I’m positive of a couple of their songs that they played.

Tip Your Bartender
Siberian Kiss

Got my first experience of Mushroomhead and the were definitely a highlight on the day.  I can only imagine what it was like to play in those jumpsuits and masks/face paint.  Very good set from Mushroomhead.

Before I Die
Bwomp
Solitaire/Unraveling
Empty Spaces
Born of Desire

I also got to see Seether just as their debut came out and they were just on the verge of becoming big. This was the one and only album that I think Seether could have been able to play Ozzfest with as most of their later output would be more of a modern rock feel to it instead.  This is a really good set considering the time that they receive.

Gasoline
Needles
Pride
Pig
Fuck It

Finally got to see Otep. Not super familiar with them at this time but they were touring for their first full length and that was the best output of their careers.  Very good set from them for no longer than what they got.

Battle Ready
Blood Pigs
T.R.I.C.
Fillthee
Menocide

Hatebreed was one of the co-headliners of the 2nd stage. I don’t really remember them very well.  They are one of the more solid bands still going today.  You always know what you’re getting with Hatebreed and they don’t disappoint any time I’ve seen them.

Perseverance
Empty Promises
Burn the Lies
Betrayed by Life
Proven
A Call for Blood
Last Breath
Before Dishonor
I Will Be Heard

The biggest outlier in Ozzfest history was coming on next, this band was Meshuggah. I had never ever heard a band like this. They were THE HEAVIEST band I had ever heard. Sadly I knew maybe 1 song from them but I just couldn’t get over how heavy they were, and technical, and just not anything else like I had ever heard in my life.  I don’t even think they went over that great at Ozzfest.  I really think their music went over the head of the meathead Ozzfest crowd.  I don’t think I even knew what I was listening to at the time but years later they have become one of my favorite bands. I would give anything for them to bring Sickening back into their set.

Sane
Sickening
New Millennium Cyanide Christ
Soul Burn
Future Breed Machine

Finally time for the Phil Anselmo-fronted Down. I unfortunately was unfamiliar with a lot of their material but their stuff was so slow in some spots and so heavy. I know that this was around the time Phil was having a lot of substance abuse issues and his in-between song banter reflected that. And in some ways it was pretty amusing. I believe it was before they did Bury Me In Smoke and someone through a joint on stage to Phil and then Phil asked for a lighter and it started raining lighters. I bet he had like 50 lighters thrown at him. That is my first memory of Down. It would be too long before I would get to see them again.

Lifer
Ghosts Along the Mississippi
Lysergik Funeral Procession
Temptation’s Wings
The Seed
Bury Me in Smoke

Unfortunately due to the tragedy of Drowning Pool’s Dave Williams tragic death that meant no Drowning Pool and a 2nd stage band to open the mainstage. That opening band was Neurotica. They had a couple of songs that I really liked but it just wasn’t really working after Hatebreed/Meshuggah/Down.  To my knowledge I don’t even think they made it after this tour was over.

They were quickly off and then Black Label Society came on, and w/ a new love for BLS they ripped it up as they always do. This was still back from whenever BLS actually played alot of their good material. After this is where it began to have less than stellar acts for alot of the mainstage.

Demise of Sanity
Graveyard Disciples
Bleed for Me
13 Years of Grief
Berserkers

Next band up was Adema and I hope their label paid top dollar for them to be on this tour because it is rough having them play AFTER Black Label. I actually nodded off in my seat during Adema as the heat was getting to me. I do remember when they did “The Way You Like It” they brought out about 10 girls w/o shirts on so that was an easy way to get over with the crowd but frankly crowd was just not into them.

Everyone
Freaking Out
Do What You Want to Do
Immortal
Stressin
Close Friends
The Way You Like It
Giving In

And then to prolong my misery more was P.O.D. Christian metal bands & Ozzfest just don’t really get along together. I can say they were still better than what I figured they would be.  The most uncomfortable part of the whole day was a normal looking family getting way too into the music when they played Alive.  Probably on a mission trip or something.  That visual will never leave my mind as hard as I’ve tried.

Set It Off
Boom
School of Hard Knocks
Southtown
Satellite
Outkast
Youth of the Nation
Alive
The Messenjah

Right before he came out I first saw the preview to a scary movie called House of 1000 Corpses. I knew of it a little and also knew of the nightmare it was to release so I was very interested before Zombie even came out. He jumped right into “Demon Speeding” and he just continued to amaze which is why I always wanted to see Zombie after this. And this was my first experience getting to see the 8’ tall robot when he does “More Human Than Human”. Any time there is an 8’ tall robot I will always be sold after that. What I think I loved the most was his dry, sarcastic sense of humor. He was really cracking me up when it got towards the end of his set and Riggs was soloing and started into “Thunderkiss ‘65” only for Zombie to say something along the lines of “goddamit not that fucking song again”. Then Riggs stopped and Zombie commented more and then broke into the song. Funny ass stuff. Probably the best I’ve seen of Zombie out of the 7 or 8 times I’ve seen him.

Sinners Inc.
Demon Speeding
Super-Charger Heaven
Living Dead Girl
Superbeast
Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
More Human Than Human
Feel So Numb
Thunder Kiss ’65
Dragula

At that time probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest metal band at that time was System Of A Down. Toxicity had just came out several months before that and it was probably one of the biggest albums of that year and that album just absolutely blew them up after that. They opened up w/ “Forest” and it was pretty much on after that. With such short songs they got to play quite a few. They had some very trippy video screen behind them, a lot of them w/ stuff on them my 18 year old mind wouldn’t comprehend anyway. Serj was quite the interesting dancer as well, not sure how to even describe his style. The stand out for me in their band w/o a doubt was Daron. I had heard the CD’s of theirs before but wow I did not know how good of a player he was until seeing him live. They still might be the most popular unorthodox band that ever got big. They had just an amazing set. Wished they could have played even longer. Makes me even sadder that this would more than likely be the first and only time that I ever got to see them live. I’m grateful for getting to see them but it still seemed too soon.

Forest
Jet Pilot
Deer Dance
Innervision
Suggestions
Psycho
Chop Suey!
Toxicity
Aerials
Needles
Sugar
Prison Song

And now time for the reason most of us are here. I finally got to see Ozz himself. I have never (and still never) seen a crowd so loving and warm to a show like everybody was for Ozzy. He played all the hits that one would expect and of course a few of the popular Sabbath songs as well. It was heart wrenching watching him do “Mama I’m Coming Home”. Sharon had just been diagnosed w/ cancer months before. Regardless of any feelings people can have for Sharon that is still his wife of 20+ years that was at home trying to get through chemo and he was still out there entertaining. I have the utmost respect for Ozzy for that reason. It’s never dull seeing Ozzy.  And I don’t ever take for granted the number of times I’ve seen him.  Legends don’t last forever.

I Don’t Know
War Pigs
That I Never Had
Mr. Crowley
Gets Me Through
No More Tears
Suicide Solution
Iron Man
I Don’t Want to Change the World
Road to Nowhere
Crazy Train

Mama, I’m Coming Home
Bark at the Moon
Paranoid

I was proud of myself for finally lasting a full Ozzfest. Easily the most eclectic lineup that Ozzfest has put out there. Definitely not the best Ozzfest I’ve been to.  And when you look at the full lineup it was probably one of the weaker ones.  Still got to be introduced to alot of cool bands and getting to see SOAD atleast the 1 time in my life was great.

#4 – Adema – 6/2/02

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So of course they can’t all be bangers and this is my first and definitely not my last example of this.  2002 was still a good year for Nu Metal and Adema was one that really broke into the big time. This was my first time into the massive Remington’s nightclub. And it is still one of my least favorite concert venues of all time and when I found out they were no longer doing shows there I wasn’t the least bit sad. It seemed way too big for what it needed to be & even though I never had any problem with them, the security/bouncers were absolute dicks. Easily the worst I have ever seen.

The reviews for all of these bands will be relatively short as there is not much worth remembering. Audiovent was semi big at the time with their 1 big radio hit which I really don’t even remember at this moment in time. They were really not exciting at all and I’m not even sure at this point they are still even around. Dud.

Somehow Trust Company was also semi big at that time as well thanks to their 1 hit which I think was called Downfall. I’m noticing a pattern now… They were even worse than Audiovent.  Last I heard I think TrustCompany is still currently touring, how they are I have no idea.  Dud number 2 of the night.

Finally the big headliner Adema was out to close the night. They actually had a few more songs than just one. I did enjoy them several years ago but their headliner set was brutal after them playing their popular 3-4 songs. They only had 1 album of material to tour for and they were in a headlining set.  And even from their 1 album a good amount of that were throw away tracks.  You can only do some much I suppose.  Not a noteworthy show to remember.