The thrash metal of Slipknot, paired with shock rocker Marilyn Manson and modern metalers Of Mice and Men, made for quite the memorable evening before a sold out Tampa crowd at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater.
While operating in chronological order, the members of Of Mice and Men warmed up the audience with their aggressive breed of heavy metal. Staples like “Bones Exposed” were present and sat comfortably among the crowd, whereas the band’s new anthem “Pain” rounded out their set on a proud note. This band’s best days are ahead of them.
Marilyn Manson, the pivotal and controversial frontman, offered a fair performance that thrilled while leaving some wondering of his health, as seen in later dates. Opening with “Angel With The Scabbed Wings” from ‘Antichrist Superstar,’ Manson vocally was in fine form, as was his supporting lineup which notably once again features a live keyboardist. Manson threw his mic onstage countless times, often leaving the stage inexplicably, yet concluded the set confidently with “The Beautiful People.”
As for Slipknot, the band delivered one of their strongest productions in some time. The most obvious change was opting out from the ram’s head which previously donned the stage for their 2015 visit to Tampa, in favor of a massive LED screen which engaged the crowd with gruesome animations to tracks like “Pulse of the Maggots” and the ‘All Hope is Gone’ fan favorite “Dead Memories.”
Slipknot fared well while standing proud behind songs off of ‘.5: The Gray Chapter,’ rushing onstage to the themes of “The Negative One” and “Disasterpiece.” Other selections such as “Killpop” and “The Devil in I” received intense reactions from the crowd, as the album has continued to settle well among newcomers and dedicated listeners alike. Centered around heavily rotated classics ala “Psychosocial” and “Wait and Bleed,” the set Slipknot unveiled was vicious and relentless.
Sure, lead vocalist Corey Taylor was found wearing that famous neck brace, just like for all other stops on this 2016 tour. Yet he was as entertaining as ever: growling, spitting, screaming like a madman. Taylor even saved his one jump of the night for the signature Slipknot crowd participation during “Spit It Out.” A show to remember.
Slipknot Setlist 7/02/16 Tampa, FL Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater
The Negative One
Before I Forget
Pulse of the Maggots
The Devil in I
Wait and Bleed
Spit It Out