LIVE REVIEW: Slipknot, Korn “Prepare for Hell Tour” - Moline IL

July 25th 2014 - Slipknot and Korn took on Moline, IL with the “Prepare for Hell Tour.” The tour we’ve been waiting for since the late 90’s early 2000’s, Slipknot and Korn. We finally got it and it was everything we expected. You’ve got two of the best frontmen sharing the same stage. Two of the most entertaining bands of their generation. Slipknot are fresh of the release of the their #1 album in America “The Gray Chapter” and Korn is celebrating their 20th anniversary of the their debut album.


The show got kicked off with the band King 810. I don’t know what you know about these guys, but they are the real deal. There’s been a buzz about this band ever since they signed to Road Runner. Last night was the first chance I got to see them live and they did not disappoint. Their back story is one worth looking into, it only gives their music and message that much more depth. It adds this edge to their show and presence that most bands lack. They held their own with Korn and Slipknot.


Korn has been through the area plenty of times over the past 20 years. Their back again celebrating their 20th anniversary. Korn has never disappointed me live. Last night they tore the place down with just an opener stage and set. They sounded as good as ever. The highlight for me was “Good God.” I hadn’t heard that song in a while and it was good to see it back in the set. I think most people probably gravitated to “Shoot and Ladders” with Metallica’s “One” mixed in. They’ve been doing that for awhile, but it never gets old.


Once Jonathan Davis walked out on stage with the bag pipes the show had peaked, but it never came back down, “Shoots and Ladders,” “One,” “Got the Life,” “Freak on a Leash” and “Blind” closed out the show. During “Blind” a kid (I’m assuming Jonathan Davis’ kid) walked out on stage to “dance” with the rest of the band making for another potential highlight of the night. Korn can play before or after anybody. Tonight it was before and they raised the bar for Slipknot.


But it was Slipknot's show and it really doesn’t matter how high you raise the bar these guys are going to barrel right through it. It was simply an amazing stage show. I had friends at the show who knew very little Slipknot music who were never bored because of said stage show. I had never seen Slipknot before so I had never seen the rising and spinning percussion kit things. I’d never seen the masks live. It was a lot to take in and an awesome experience.


I’ve been listening to “The Gray Chapter” quite a bit so when they busted out four songs, (five if you include XIX) including “Sarcastrophe,” “The Devil in I,” “The Negative One” and the main set closer “Custer” I was in Heaven. The highlight for me though was the final three songs “(sic),” “People = Shit” and “Surfacing.” Like I said before I’d never been to a Slipknot show and these are three of my favorite songs so it was amazing to see them encore with them. I was a little shocked “Wait and Bleed” didn’t make the set, but it was still an awesome show.


The one negative is that there wasn’t enough people here. Slipknot is from Des Moines, Iowa, 3 hours west of us. Slipknot is playing with Korn, two of the biggest bands of their generation. Why was any part of the arena blacked out? The crowd that was at the show was fantastic. The bands were amazing. That said, I heard from friends or saw on Facebook several people saying they really wanted to make the Slipknot Korn show yet none of them made it. I saw another guy asking for video from the show to see how it was. This show was nowhere near sold out, there were plenty of tickets available…go to the fucking show. It was amazing and you missed it. Support hard rock and heavy metal and go to the shows, that’s how you’re going to keep it alive.

 BYLINE: Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.
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MUSIC NEWS: PENTATONIX JUMPS UP BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 CHART TO #3 WITH THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME

Vocal sensations Pentatonix soar into the holiday weekend with That's Christmas To Me jumping to #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, while holding the #1 spot on the Holiday Album Chart for the 5th consecutive week selling over 99,000 units this week with total sales of nearly 200,000 in the US to date. That's Christmas To Me is currently #1 on Amazon's CD and Digital Best Sellers list as well as Top 3 on iTunes Main Albums Chart.

In addition, their PTXMAS (2013) jumps back onto Billboard's Holiday Chart at #4 causing for 2 albums in the Top 5 on the chart. PTXMAS also lands in the Top 5 on Amazon's CD & Digital Best Sellers List and Top 15 on iTunes Main Albums Chart. On Spotify, the album has been streamed over 3 million times in the US.

Yesterday, PTX premiered the music video for "Silent Night", the 5th music video in support of That's Christmas To Me. Earlier this month, the band released, "White Winter Hymnal," "Winter Wonderland / Don't Worry Be Happy" ft. Tori Kelly, "Mary, Did You Know?" and their original song and title track, "That's Christmas To Me".  All four videos have been viewed over 20 million times.

"Silent Night" is also featured as iTunes single of the week. This is the first holiday song of the season for single of the week.

As PTX readies next week's 2015 tour announcement, they kicked off their promotional campaign with a presenter slot on the 2014 American Music Awards.  The group performed this morning on The Today Show and are set to continue promotion with performances on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas In Rockefeller Center, A Hollywood Christmas at the Grove and The Sing Off Holiday Special.

PTX recently collaborated with world-renowned director Baz Luhrmann and Barney's New York to compose and arrange the music for the Baz Dazzled Holiday Windows on Madison Avenue which can be seen throughout the holiday season. They were also the main talent for the unveiling on November 13th performing their own arrangement of their holiday hits.

Pentatonix consists of lead vocalists Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin "K.O." Olusola.  Their new holiday album, That's Christmas To Me debuted at #9 on The Billboard Top 200 Album Chart making this the 2nd album (first one being PTX Vol. III) in a month and 4th album in less than a year to debut Top 10 on the chart. The group released 4 music videos in support of the PTX Vol. III, "Problem", "La La Latch", "Papaoutai" ft. Lindsey Stirling and "Rather Be"  which have been viewed over 31 million times. Having recentlyeclipsed 6.7 million subscribers and over 670 million cumulative views, the PTXOfficial YouTube page is currently the 13th most subscribed-to music channel, having surpassed the subscriber totals of both Adele and BeyoncĂ©. Their music video for "Daft Punk" has recently surpassed 100 million views.

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MUSIC NEWS: IN THIS MOMENT ASCEND TO TOP 10 WITH “BLACK WIDOW”

Atlantic recording group In This Moment has made a stunning top 10 chart debut with their long awaited new album, "BLACK WIDOW." The Los Angeles-based hard rock band's fifth full-length release arrived at #8 on this week's SoundScan/Billboard 200, while also enteringBillboard's "Hard Rock Albums" tally at #3 – both marking In This Moment's highest chart placement to date.
 
"BLACK WIDOW" is highlighted by the potent first single, "Sick Like Me," currently approaching the top 10 at Active Rock radio outlets nationwide. The track's companion video – directed by Robert John Kley and In This Moment's own Maria Brink – can be viewed here. Additionally, In This Moment will release the official video for "Big Bad Wolf," premiering this "Black Widow Friday," Nov. 28th at 11am EST on the band's official YouTube channel,www.youtube.com/inthismomenttv.
 
Produced by longtime collaborator – and multiple GRAMMY® Award nominee – Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne), "BLACK WIDOW" is available in an array of distinctive configurations, including a very special vinyl piece exclusively available at Atlantic's webstore,http://store.atlanticrecords.com.
 
Known worldwide for their dramatic live performances,In This Moment is celebrating "BLACK WIDOW" with an epic US headline tour. "'The Noise' Presents In This Moment's 'BLACK WIDOW' Tour" – featuring support from 3 Pill Morning, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Starset – travels through mid-December. For complete details and ticket information, please visitinthismomentofficial.com/tour.
 
The trek has been met with ecstatic praise in a range of national outlets. "One of the most unique, diverse and theatrical live acts you could witness in heavy music today," raved Loudwire about In This Moment's recent performance at New York's Webster Hall (livestreamed exclusively by SiriusXM Octane). "Not only are they a powerhouse sonically but visually they are beyond captivating. With a bigger label backing them for 'BLACK WIDOW,' the production, sound and overall professional level of their concert experience has been elevated."
 
Tonight will see Yahoo! Music presenting In This Moment live from The Fillmore Detroit, set to get underway at 8pm EST – for more, please see screen.yahoo.com/live/event/in-this-moment. Sirius XM will also broadcast the band's December 16th date live from The Fillmore in San Francisco, kicking off at 9:50pm PST, exclusively via Sirius Octane.
 
In This Moment is Maria Brink – Vocals * Chris Howorth – Guitar * Travis Johnson – Bass * Randy Weitzel – Guitar * Tom Hane – Drums. 
 
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