|Photos by Matthew Keever|
Seventeen years after its inception, Korn still managed to sell out the Verizon Wireless Theater on Sunday night for the 2010 Jagermeister Music Tour. Most bands could only dream of continuing to sell-out venues for two decades, but a look at Korn's fan base, which ranges from 10- to 35-year-olds, gives us the feeling that the band isn't going away anytime soon.
By the time the alt-metal/grunge heroes took the stage a little before 9:30 p.m., the crowd had been chanting, "Korn! Korn! Korn!" for a good 15 minutes, and Aftermath was beginning to worry that a fight would break out if the band didn't show soon. But the lights finally went out, the crowd screamed, and the band took the stage... and fights broke out anyway. We were scared not for our well-being, but for the well-being of our camera.
Thankfully (and surprisingly), we managed to get it out of the venue in one piece.
AdaKain, a Dallas-based metal group, opened at 7:30 p.m. and was well-received by fans. After the band's 30-minute set, the members walked out from backstage, and a few dozen fans in the crowd approached them requesting pictures, autographs and "throwing up their horns," as they say at these kinds of concerts.
2Cents took the stage next after dancing along to Mickey Avalon's 'My Dick' during intermission. The group's lead singer, Adam O'Rourke, is also the band's drummer, which is impressive if for no other reason than his ability to ignore his awkwardly scrunched diaphragm and belt out the lyrics. He also managed to taunt the crowd into moshing.
"Is this a fucking emo concert?" O'Rourke said to the crowd, halfway through 2Cents' second song. "Is Dashboard Confessional up next? Do you guys need some razors to cut yourselves?"
At this point, the crowd was pissed, but from what Aftermath could tell, that was the point.
"Or is this a fucking metal concert?" he asked, as the crowd shouted and screamed in agreement. "So punch someone in the face!"
We're all for metal and moshing, but Aftermath always thought fists and elbows were for brawls, not moshes. Maybe the rules have changed. For the rest of 2Cents' set, we stayed away from the pit.