On a drizzly Melbourne evening what higher to do than go try a rock present, and what a rock present it was tonight.
Cued effectively and actually across the block tonight I used to be an enormous line that just about lined the span of half the block that the Northcote Theatre is located on, followers patiently waited as the road progressed and the 1500 sturdy crowd filed in at a gentle tempo.
The merch desk was packed stuffed with at least half a dozen totally different Corey Taylor shirts and to the left was a small piece of wall actual property devoted to tonight’s opening band Clay J Gladstone. Hailing from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. I had no thought who or what they have been all about. That was about to alter.
As the home music quietened a well-recognized tune within the type of ‘Attractive boy’. For these not within the know this was WWE celebrity Shawn Michaels aka The Heartbreak Child’s theme/entrance music. A smile got here throughout my face as this was organising for one thing I already knew was going to be fairly rattling particular.
As this five-piece band from Sydney took the stage and the very first thing that caught my consideration was the bass participant who at first look was a useless ringer for cult TV character Joe Unique aka The Tiger King. Now in all honesty how will you not envision enjoyable from these guys if they’ve a bass participant that appears like that and has a wrestlers theme as their intro tape.
The second that Clay J Gladstone struck a chord it was on. Once I say it was on, it was vitality, enjoyable, tremendous catch songs and nice musicianship all turned on and turned approach up.
Sonically when you took the DNA from Sum 41, The Offspring, Blink 182, Bodyjar and Jimmy Eat World put it in a take a look at tube and gave it laborious shake you’d have one thing that very intently resembles how I might finest describe Clay J Gladstone stylistically.
Frontman Clay J is a large character and appeared so utterly at house in entrance of a crowd who I can ignorantly assume knew nearly as a lot of them as I did after I entered the venue.
The between track interplay with the group was sturdy with chants of shoey turning into a traditional factor. Asking the viewers in the event that they have been Okay tonight, an now 2/3 full Northcote Theatre responded loudly because the temporary story of a brawl breaking out throughout their Sydney assist for Mr.Taylor was given by comparability as to how totally different the group have been.
Clay J additionally informed all in attendance that he had a giant secret that he needed to share with the group. That secret was that he was the brand new Slipknot drummer and the proceeded to inform us all he was additionally Batman and that he wasn’t a raging alcoholic. He additionally couldn’t specific sufficient how a lot he appreciated tonight’s crowd. You may inform that tonight Melbourne introduced what these 5 lads have been promoting.
In all honesty Clay J Gladstone is one of the best opening act I’ve seen in eternally. Their model of excessive vitality enjoyable had viewers in palm of their arms by the tip of their set. These guys have vitality for days and it’s a must to be with no pulse to haven’t loved what you noticed and heard from these guys tonight.
There wasn’t a dud track within the set and in all, this was the easiest way to find a brand new band. It was natural, enjoyable and precisely what the physician ordered.
Listening to them within the automobile on the best way house after tonight’s present I can safely say that their infectious model of rock n roll is finest served dwell because it provides one other dimension, an vitality that may’t be felt from a recording.
A real testomony to this band is that their set wasn’t as capped or compromised as many opening bands are with sound and manufacturing. Whereas not a full manufacturing present it was sufficient and higher than many I’ve skilled through the years.
Tonight; Clay J Gladstone offered me; they gained a brand new fan and I’m positive there have been many extra gained tonight. I introduced the shirt and eagerly await their return to Melbourne on December 23 at Keep Gold.
Unfold the phrase.
Folks Like You
Excessive College Drama
Put up Fashionable
Dwelling For Halloween
Tonight’s principal course is Corey Taylor and what a serving we obtained. This was my first-time seeing Corey Taylor dwell in any incarnation whether or not it’s Slipknot, Stone Bitter or solo. As a fan of just about the whole lot this man does it was going to be attention-grabbing to see the way it all labored collectively in such a compendious method.
From the pre-recorded intro of ‘The Field’ the band kicked into full gear with ‘Put up Traumatic Blues’ from Corey’s newest providing “CMF2”. Charging the stage Corey took full management of tonight’s crowd and had them consuming out of the palm of his hand, aggressive, fascinating and on level. ’Tumult’ continued the assault. As a track its groves alongside and Corey is simply giving it his all, veins now apparent in his neck. I at all times thought this track was one of the best track 9 Inch Nails by no means wrote. It’s slick as hell.
‘Black Eyes Blue’ is subsequent seeing Corey seize his guitar for the primary time tonight, as numerous a track stylistically to its predecessors, it loses no momentum its placement is ideal.
Taylor takes a second to thank a now packed Theatre and says we’re in for a deal with tonight in guaranteeing all of us have one of the best evening. Taylor’s love of Australia and our large rock n roll heritage makes it certainly one of his favorite locations on the earth to go to.
The anthemic ‘We Are the Relaxation’ has Northcote Theatre singing in fantastic voice. The mantra of “No solution to beat me, no solution to win” sung again loud and proud at Taylor and his band. For me this was a spotlight of the set as this was the observe that first grabbed me and refused to let go at first pay attention of “CMF2”. It’s a excessive vitality blast with a brilliant cool guitar solo. Once I say spotlight, this was the primary of some.
‘Track #3’ slows issues barely and touches on the melodic magic Taylor is ready to create along with his band of brothers in Stone Bitter. All the pieces is there and sounds so rattling good. Harmonies are on level and this band merely smokes.
‘Past’ carries on the custom of showcasing simply how good a track author he’s, executed flawlessly.
Taylor addresses the group by saying “You simply hold getting higher and higher with each f**king track. You guys are a present, thanks so f**king a lot Melbourne”.
Pausing Taylor says Earlier than I Neglect to the viewers who erupt in anticipation for the Slipknot basic. Persevering with Taylor once more says “significantly earlier than I neglect, I wanna make lot of noise for our pals, certainly one of our favorite new bands, let’s give it up for Clay J Gladstone” a deafening cheer crammed Northcote Theatre. Taylor continues by saying “Their singer might effectively be the brand new Slipknot drummer; I’ll by no means inform. I’ll let you know what they’re. Watching them final evening, they’ve quick change into certainly one of my favorite new bands, they’re f**king wonderful and it’s been an absolute blast having them out for these reveals”
Taylor once more addresses the group with “Now earlier than I neglect, I would like you to provide it up for my dudes up right here” as he introduces the band. With one last ‘Now earlier than I neglect is the identify of this subsequent track”.
The opening riff has Northcote Theatre bouncing because the Slipknot basic is delivered, vitality electrifies the room. I’m positive if there was any room there would have been one hell of a pit occurring.
As a stark distinction to the final track Taylor’s does a solo rendition of the ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ theme which is a novel solution to segway into ‘Snuff’ an apparent crowd favorite and the second Slipknot track within the set which was sung by what gave the impression of each voice in the home. Haunting, chilling, magical.
If by likelihood you had slipped right into a sombre way of thinking throughout ‘Snuff’ relaxation assured ’30/30 150’ kicked your ass because the vitality piqued and once more Northcote Theatre was bouncing. It was brutal, intense and a lot rattling enjoyable. The lighting and manufacturing on this explicit track was second to none. Corey with out his guitar is the consummate frontman bounding with vitality and stamping the stage along with his presence.
‘Discuss Sick’ is a type of songs, it has the swing and swagger that I haven’t heard in music for some time. That opening riff is SO ‘Urge for food for Destruction’ period Weapons N Roses. It’s slick as hell and catchy as f**okay. Axl and Slash might take a lesson or two from this track.
Haunting, darkish and highly effective is ‘Midnight’. Sans the orchestral therapy of the album model delivered a story of reflection, self-criticism and loathing and the way we see a world that doesn’t really feel proper. The solo on this track is an entire monster dwell.
‘By Glass’ is one other of these crowd favourites that simply has a message and that means that’s so relatable to closed out tonight’s set and had the group in fantastic voice but once more.
Leaving the stage briefly Taylor and band are cheered again onto stage as Taylor asks the viewers ‘Would you like a pair extra songs?”. “Do you need to assist me sing a f**king track?”. Northcote took over the primary few traces of ‘Duality’ as Taylor joined in and the total blown assault started. Each pinch squeal in place each dynamic current. This was a tremendous model. I couldn’t see if there was a mosh occurring however there was undoubtedly some motion upfront, what else would you come to anticipate?
“There’s yet one more to go, earlier than that, give it up for my wonderful band” Taylor instructions to a deafening cheer. “Now comes the shock” declares Corey. “This track is certainly one of my favorite songs by certainly one of my favorite f**king Australian bands of all time. We particularly threw this collectively to play it for you.So if it, you higher assist me f**king sing it”. An influence chord rings by which might have belonged to any Australian rock band, it wasn’t till the unmistakable intro riff of INXS’ ‘Don’t Change’ kicked in that it grew to become clear what the shock could be. Tonight it was a trustworthy, respectful and rememberable Corey Taylor model of this now forty one yr outdated iconic Australian track, which as you guessed had everybody in fantastic voice. What a solution to shut out tonights present.
This present felt like gigs of days passed by, jam packed, nothing however good vibes and a room stuffed with unbelievable vitality.
Tonights set was so effectively thought out, its move by no means misplaced engagement. There have been no egos on the stage tonight simply 5 musicians having the time of their lives. No particular person guitar or drum solos made for a very refreshing change and gave tonights present a lot move that I discover is lacking as of late.
This felt like gigs of days passed by, jam packed and stuffed with unbelievable vitality.
The fifteen track set delivered to us was an ideal snapshot of Taylor’s twenty 5 profession and musical journey. If I used to be to introduce somebody who was unfamiliar with the world of Corey Taylor tonights present was the last word showcase.
If you’re heading to any of the Good Things present you should definitely catch Corey and his unbelievable band. You gained’t be disenchanted.
Put up Traumatic Blues
Black Eyes Blue
We Are The Relaxation
Earlier than I Neglect
Sponge Bob Sq. Pants Theme