#29 – Slayer / Hatebreed – 10/11/03

Slayer playing Reign in Blood. Yep. Didn’t give going a 2nd thought. This is still one of the most excited feelings I’d ever had going into a show. Venue was at Memorial Hall which resembled the Memorial Hall in Joplin. Not located in the nicest area in KC. It was also the only other time I would visit this venue.

Opening band was called Hemlock and they were just annoying as shit.  Somehow against my better wishes I’ve found out that they are still touring.  I just don’t understand how or why.

Arch Enemy was the opening band (no I will not count Hemlock).  The crowd really didn’t get into them until they played Ravenous at the very end.  I was not super familiar with them either which still bothers me to this day as this was the one and only time I have seen them.  I loved all of the songs that they played on this tour.  Hopefully in the future I still might have a chance to see them again.  But I’m going on more than 14 years since this so I’m not holding my breathe.

Silent War
Heart of Darkness
We Will Rise
Dead Eyes See No Future
Dead Bury Their Dead
Ravenous

Next up was Hatebreed, crowd was alot more into them than Arch Enemy. They were still just as amazing as they were 6 days ago. Again, no idea on the set as it was changed around all the time on this and other tours. Nothing against Hatebreed but I had seen them several times and they are always solid and enjoyable, it was now finally time for SLAYER!!!!

Its really hard to describe the mood of the inside of that building during Arch Enemy & Hatebreed. But when Darkness of Christ came on the PA the mood of that whole floor took on such a darker feeling than any other show I’ve ever been apart of my entire life.  The crowd just feels different for Slayer than it does for any other band.  I can’t think of much of anything that they really seemed to miss or something else that I wanted to hear from them w/ the exception of playing Seasons In The Abyss but I would get that a couple more times after this so I wasn’t out much at the time. This is still in my top 4 or 5 of loudest shows I’ve ever been to in my lifetime. My ears rang for atleast 2-3 days after this show. Just amazing getting to hear Reign In Blood from beginning to end. This would definitely qualify as one of those life changing shows I’ve ever attended. I’m sure this will sound like blasphemy but I actually left like ¾ in to Raining Blood. I will say the electricity I felt when they were beginning to play Raining Blood and it is something I think everybody should witness atleast once in your life. But I left early because of the parking situation and the fact it is kind of a sketchy neighborhood. When we were going to walk back to my car, it was parked in an almost impossible situation, it was in like a fenced in basketball court and when I got out there I had cars literally everywhere around me, I just backed up and hoped for the best even though I was ready to bump someones car while backing up and hitting someone. And I hit nobody!!!! So proud of myself. Just typical for a Slayer show right? GOD HATES US ALL!

Darkness of Christ
Disciple
War Ensemble
At Dawn They Sleep
Stain of Mind
God Send Death
Payback
Mandatory Suicide
Fight Till Death
Dead Skin Mask
Hell Awaits
South of Heaven
Angel Of Death
Piece By Piece
Necrophobic
Altar Of Sacrifice
Jesus Saves
Criminally Insane
Epidemic
Reborn
Postmortem
Raining Blood

 

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#28 – Hatebreed / Madball – 10/6/03

One of my biggest regrets is I just flat out don’t remember anything from this show.  I’ve looked online for sets and videos and anything else that I could and I just can’t find anything else to help me with.  This lineup was absolutely stacked. Hate Eternal opened, followed by Terror, Madball & Hatebreed. 

Hate Eternal was definitely an odd choice as an opener. Don’t remember anything from them but I know I did definitely enjoy them. It’d be another 7 years before I’d see them again. 

From my foggy memory Terror was the highlight of the show for me. I immediately fell in love with them. My memory tells me I wouldn’t see Terror for another almost 8 years which is way too long. 

I’m sure Madball was cool. I don’t remember them at all but I have always enjoyed Madball and I’d see them several times after this. 

Hatebreed was Hatebreed. Always awesome. I’d see them opening for Slayer the next week in KC. 

 

#9 – Hatebreed/Six Feet Under – 9/13/02

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This was the best show top to bottom that Foxtown has ever put on in my time of going to shows out there.  Hatebreed/Six Feet Under/Shadows Fall would be a killer lineup today in a much larger venue let alone a tiny venue in SE Kansas in 2002.  There was probably an opening band but I have no knowledge of that.  Shadows Fall flat out toured their asses off and it felt like every few shows I went to they were there.  As usual with them I just cannot remember what all they played.  I’m sure it was probably heavy with Art of Balance songs.  Killer band, I still hold out hope they will be back together at some point.

Next up after that was Six Feet Under.  Holy shit, my first death metal experience.  My knowledge on anything really heavy was minimal at best.  Meshuggah was pretty heavy and of course having seen Hatebreed a few times was heavy but this was the heaviest band I had seen at this point.  I don’t remember absolutely loving it, I don’t remember absolutely hating it.  I was probably more curious about what I was hearing than anything else.  Of course I had no idea about what I was watching, I have no idea at all what they played but I think they played 4:20 which is a little bit different sounding than most SFU tracks which is how I probably managed to remember even anything from them playing.

Same thing with Hatebreed.  They also toured their asses off in the early 2000s as it felt like every few shows I was at they were always on the bill too.  They are still one of the most consistent bands in metal.  I just wish I could remember much from this show.  I was able to find a setlist online that I think is probably pretty close to what they played.  Such a killer set, this would be an awesome old school Hatebreed setlist to hear now.  Top to bottom just an awesome bill at Foxtown.

Proven
Remain Nameless
You’re Never Alone
Perseverance
Puritan
Driven by Suffering
Raining Blood
Betrayed by Life
A Call for Blood
Smash Your Enemies
Empty Promises
Burn the Lies
Hollow Ground
Mark My Words
Healing to Suffer Again
Last Breath
Burial for the Living
Worlds Apart
Before Dishonor
I Will Be Heard

#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.