Korn & Breaking Benjamin – 1/25/20

▣SNHU Arena | Boston, MA                            ▣Saturday, January 25th 2020

Rock bands Korn and Breaking Benjamin played in front of a sold-out crowd last Saturday night in Manchester New Hampshire. Both bands celebrating over 20 years of rocking shows, this concert has proved why they have been so successful for the past two decades.

Crowds filled the streets near the arena, making their way into the venue to try and avoid the rain. The large crowds, plus the heavy rain, made for some confusion at the doors and unfortunately kept me from seeing tonight’s special guest and opening band, Bones UK. Which was a big disappointment,  because these guys are the real deal! I caught the Grammy-nominated trio a couple years back, and they blew me away. You can check out that review here. So, do yourself a favor and make sure to check those guys out next time they come around. I put a link down below.

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I finally made my way to the photo pit area just in time for Breaking Benjamin. The veteran band came out, and quite honestly, I don’t remember them ever sounding this good. It’s been over 13 years since I last saw them play. The five-piece band has integrated some raw sounding qualities that can not be denied, and I was truly enjoying watching them at work.

Founder and frontman, Benjamin Burnley, at one point said he was the happiest when he was performing in front of their fans, and he wants to keep doing it until he dies. And, if that did happen, he hoped he would die on stage singing the next song as he took us into one of the biggest hits from their catalog, The Diary of Jane. He asked the crowd to sing along with him, and they happily obliged by singing word for word – this performance got them a standing ovation. Another highlight was when they performed So Cold. I’ve always loved that song, and I really enjoyed seeing them play it live. As loud cheers filled the arena, the band closed with I Will Not Bow. They had put on a great performance for their fans, it was definitely a memorable one.

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It was time for Korn, and as I waited for the curtain to come down, I couldn’t help but feeling excited for their set to begin. It’s been a few years since I last saw them play, and they have become one of my favorite bands to watch live. Making a statement for their fans, the band opened with their 2002 hit, Here To Stay. That led to hit after hit from Blind, Shoots and Ladders, Somebody Someone, Make Me Bad to Freak on a Leash.

They played only the best from their repertoire, and kicked some major ass doing it. Singing and loud cheers filled the venue, putting the crowd on their toes all night. These guys are all so talented, and to be perfectly honest, I love watching Jonathan Davis perform. From his bagpipe playing to his growls and dancing – this guy is a BEAST! Not to mention how great of a singer, and entertainer he truly is.

Davis thanked the crowd for all the support over the past 25 years, something you can tell he is profoundly proud of. Highlights for me- well, their entire set. But I also really enjoyed watching them perform 4 U, which I have never seen them play live, and Davis sang it so passionately. The band closed with Falling Away From Me, and it was another amazing performance from Korn.

It truly was an amazing night in Manchester, and one that would rock the venue and city for days to come. My advice… their Winter 2020 Tour still running, so if you happen to see it coming near you, I highly suggest you grab a ticket. These rock giants are not to be missed! I put the rest of the tour dates below. Until next time…

Review & Photos: Carlos Londono

Check out the band’s website for more info!

Korn

Breaking Benjamin

Bones UK

BREAKING BENJAMIN

KORN

> UPCOMING TOUR <

Tue, FEB 4
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Fort Wayne, IN
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BMO Harris Bank Center
Rockford, IL
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Xcel Energy Center
St Paul, MN
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Resch Center
Green Bay, WI
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Wed, FEB 12
Simmons Bank Arena
North Little Rock, AR
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JQH Arena
Springfield, MO
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Sat, FEB 15
U.S. Cellular Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
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Intrust Bank Arena
Wichita, KS
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Pinnacle Bank Arena
Lincoln, NE
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Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sioux Falls, SD
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Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Rapid City, SD
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Adams Center Griz Tix
Missoula, MT
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Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Nampa, ID
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Spokane Arena
Spokane, WA
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Moda Center
Portland, OR
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Sat, FEB 29
Reno Events Center
Reno, NV
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Sun, MAR 1
Save Mart Center
Fresno, CA
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Sat, MAR 21
KNOTFEST Japan
Chiba-city, Japan
Fri, MAY 22
Banc of California Stadium
Los Angeles, CA
Thu, MAY 28
AFAS Live
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sat, MAY 30
Tipsport arena
Prague, Czech Republic
Sun, MAY 31
NTC Stage Restaurant
Bratislava Iii, Slovakia
Tue, JUN 2
Impact Festival
Łódź, Poland
Fri, JUN 5
Rock im Park
Nürnberg, Germany
Sat, JUN 6
Rock am Ring
Nürburg, Germany
Tue, JUN 9
Budapest Arena
Budapest, Hungary
Wed, JUN 10
Nova Rock Festival
Nickelsdorf, Austria
Fri, JUN 12
I-Days Festival
Milano, Italy
Sun, JUN 14
Download Festival
Castle Donington, United Kingdom
Wed, JUN 17
Gröna Lund
Stockholm, Sweden
Thu, JUN 18
COPENHELL
København, Denmark
Sat, JUN 20
Graspop Metal Meeting
Dessel, Belgium
Sun, JUN 21
Hellfest
Clisson, France
Thu, JUN 25
Provinssi Festival
Seinäjoki, Finland
Fri, JUN 26
Tuska Festival
Helsinki, Finland
Sun, JUN 28
Yubileynyy
Sankt-peterburg, Russia
Tue, JUN 30
Vtb Arena Dinamo
Moskva, Russia
Thu, JUL 2
VOA Heavy Rock Festival
Lisbon, Portugal
Sat, JUL 4
Resurrection Fest
Celeiro, Spain
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Slayer Final Tour at Bank of NH Pavilion – 7/26/18

▣Bank of NH Pavilion | Gilford, NH                               ▣Thursday, July 26th 2018

When one of metal’s legendary bands announce they’re calling it quits, but not before one last tour, metalheads around the world stop everything and buy tickets. Slayer’s start of their Final Tour would bring along Nepalm Death, Testament, Anthrax, and Lamb of God. It was a night packed with complete chaos!

It was a beautiful, sticky summer night in Gilford, NH. I unfortunately missed the opening band, Nepalm Death. I was bummed because I heard great things about the UK band. I hope to catch them at some point!

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The band Testament was on stage next. It was my first time seeing them live, and I was excited for their set. Testament is another band that has been around for decades, and in my opinion, has reached thrash metal legendary status. They ripped from the start- song after song they rocked the crowd. They were badass! I was blown away by how good they were live, and by their amazing stage presence. Their backdrop was a viper snake, which was really freaking cool!

A15Thrash metal gods, Anthrax, were up next. Scotty Ian’s son kept peeping out and giving the crowd the horns.  Anthrax is one of those bands you have to see live. We’ve had the pleasure of covering them a few times now, and their sets are always really enjoyable to watch. If you have not seen these guys live, stop sleeping! They will not be around forever, hence Slayer. The guys from Anthrax kill it every time and never disappoint!

It has been roughly 11 years since I’ve photographed Lamb of God, so I knew what to expect. The guys are known for putting on energetic sets, led by singer Randy Blythe, who has fueled this band since joining in 1995. Fast paced, heavy loud riffs, combined with great vocals, makes this one of the most exciting acts to watch live and has been for the past decade. Although pretty much everyone has heard the name Lamb of God, I feel the band is underrated for how good they really are.

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As the farewell was about to begin, it hit me that I was about to send off one of the most influential metal bands in the last four decades. Slayer has become a household name, and their concerts are a metalhead’s dream. It was my first time photographing them, and I had a feeling the night would be perfect. When the curtain came down, exposing the stage for the first time, the crowd’s energy went up a few notches.

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The mosh was going hard all night, but it was definitely running harder once Slayer was on stage. Their set was intense! Killer backdrops, fire explosions, combined with some of the best lyrics and riffs in the business . I cannot say enough about their amazing performance! The music for this special occasion was handpicked, and of course the best. Click here to see their incredible setlist. Don’t forget to take a look at the photos- my god, they were amazing to photograph! It was an appropriate send off for the historic metal gods. From myself and everyone at the show in Gilford- farewell Slayer…we love you. \m/

Review & Photos: Carlos Londono

Check out the band’s websites for more info!

Slayer

Lamb of God

Anthrax

Testament

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TESTAMENT

ANTHRAX

LAMB OF GOD

SLAYER