This was the 4th time I've caught AIC and to be honest, I'm not sure I'll bother next time they come around. For 20 something years I've said they're my favorite band of all time but it doesn't feel like that to me anymore. DuVall does an amazing job in the band and I really dig the records they've done with him, but it's not the same band I fell in love with. You know what you're going to get at a Chains show if you've seen them once already and that's boring me these days. Love hearing Cantrell's playing live, but the last two times I've seen them I was straight up bored.
I've seen Korn 5-6x, but hadn't seen them in over 15 years. Initially, I HATED them. I was full on in my Dream Theater/Vai phase when my friends were trying to shove the first couple Korn records down my throat. I wasn't having any of that shit. Then they put out Follow The Leader....and follow I did. They've always put on amazing shows, even when they were all fucked up on speed and booze. Their live sound is pretty ridiculous, to say the least. I'm a huge Ray Luzier fan and he just goes OFF live...such a great fucking drummer. Munky busted out the black 7-string JEM Vai gave him, it was pretty cool to see that.
They played a pretty long set and I was surprised how well that whole electronic period of songs worked into a live show. I suppose it's easier with 2 guitars again.
I'll go see them anytime, anywhere. There's a lot of nostalgia that comes along with that band for me. I don't own any of their CD's anymore, but they were a huge part of my favorite teen years. I miss so much about the mid-late 90's.
I also saw Blink182 last Thursday. They're my fiancee's childhood favorite band and watching her get that excited is one of my favorite things to see. It also helps that Travis Barker also goes the fuck off live. He plays maybe 2 measures of a verse or chorus then just tears it up until the next section. I guarantee that dude plays a different show every night he plays. Not really a favorite of mine as a band but I know a bit of their history and their shtick/stage banter in the past, which felt pretty forced, both times I've seen them. The guy who replaced Tom DeLonge (can't remember his name but he's from Alkaline Trio) doesn't sing in the same register as Tom and they're playing down at least half a step, creating a really dull version of their pop punk thing. Barker was worth it alone, though. I barely even paid attention to the other guys.