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On stage: Stone Sour

- Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold & Hellyeah - Oct. 2010 - Birmingham (GB) -

- Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold & Hellyeah -
- October 28th 2010 - Birmingham (GB); National Indoor Arena -

I arrived at the venue about 5 (half an hour before doors opened), and the queue was already stretched around the building, but I was in the crowd by 6 after buying an Avenged T-shirt, so I had a decent spot for Hellyeah.

Hellyeah were opening with a bang, Hellyeah stormed through their 40 minute set with some choice cuts from both of their studio albums, setting a great mood for the two co-headliners to come. Opening track Hellyeah, Cowboy Way, You Wouldn't Know and closer Alcohaulin' Ass were highlights, but I thought Hell Of A Time could have been swapped out by something heavier from the first album, Rotten To The Core would have been a better track.

Matter of Time
Cowboy Way
Hell Of A Time
You Wouldn't Know
Alcohaulin' Ass

Avenged Sevenfold's entrance was accompanied by a roar from the crowd, it was clear who the majority of people were here to see. An elaborate stage set up added to the spectacle, and the crowd were in great voice, drowning out M. Shadows' every word. And whilst A7X were technically sound, it felt like they were going through the motions at some points, and due to Mike Portnoy being behind the drumkit, the amount of songs they could play will have been limited, resulting in a setlist relying heavily on newer material (I'd have preferred some older tracks from Waking The Fallen/City Of Evil, like Chapter Four, Trashed & Scattered or Seize The Day). Matt engaged with the crowd towards the end though, allowing them to pick the final song from a choice of Almost Easy or Bat Country; Bat Country was chosen by a landslide. The highlight of their set was a heartfelt speech from Matt about his fallen brother, Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan, before an emotional performance of So Far Away, which almost brought me to tears. A crushing performance of God Hates Us was another stand out track from a solid set by the A7X boys.

Critical Acclaim
Welcome to the Family
Beast and the Harlot
Buried Alive
So Far Away
God Hates Us
Unholy Confessions
Bat Country

Stone Sour were coming out to a combination of We Will Rock You and a piece from Star Wars, Corey Taylor's men dominated the stage for their headline slot. Opening with Mission Statement, they combined old and new for a great setlist, blasting through Reborn, Made Of Scars and a brutal Get Inside, along with current single Say You'll Haunt Me, before Corey and his acoustic guitar took centre stage for a beautiful rendition of Bother which had the crowd echoing every line. The acoustic singalong portion of the set continued straight after with a personal highlight of Through Glass, before some newer songs brought the tempo back up. Finishing up with a one-two punch of Hell And Consequences and the anthem of 30/30-150 from the brilliant Come What(ever) May album sent everyone home bruised and battered, but in great spirits. Corey Taylor was on fantastic form as well, you can really tell he loves what he does, a true metal legend.

Mission Statement
Made Of Scars
Say You'll Haunt Me
Get Inside
Your God
Through Glass
The Bitter End
Digital (Did You Tell)
Hell & Consequences

(guest writer)


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