Photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Two of music’s heaviest bands teamed to blow out the fans out of the water at Jones Beach along with support from Underoath and Ho99o9, and no eardrums were left unassaulted.
Korn has only played the waterside venue on Long Island’s South Shore a handful of times in their illustrious career, but Tuesday night’s show left an impact that won’t soon be forgotten. The night’s setlist was a sandwich of older favorites and newer singles, with “Blind” quickly turning the second song of the show into a rowdy body-crushing mosh pit.
Korn’s heaviest songs brought even the highest rows of the amphitheater up to their feet. The absurdly loud guitars shook the concrete foundation of the venue in sync with the bowel-shaking basslines during “Make Me Bad” and “Somebody Someone.” With guitarist Munky on temporary paternity leave, stage left was held down by substitute thrasher J. R. Bareis, whose headbanging antics kept perfect tempo with the rest of the band.
Highlights of the set included classic “Shoots and Ladders,” finishing with the climax of Metallica’s “One,” and a particularly ferocious “Freak On A Leash.” Korn ended the night with “Falling Away From Me” and the Long Island crowd danced, staggered and limped their way out of the pit into the parking lot.
Earlier in the evening Alice in Chains offered a spacier, if equally heavy aural slaughter to everyone in attendance. Jerry Cantrell and his band are perhaps the least likely success story of the 2010s, resurging from the death of Layne Staley and of the grunge era as a whole to be one of the most reliable and enjoyable live artists around.
AIC drew on their deep catalog of classics like “Them Bones,” “Man In A Box” and “Angry Chair,” as well as William DuVall-era hits like “Check My Brain” and “Hollow.” But the peak of the night was undoubtedly hit during “Nutshell.” With phone screens lighting up the night, William’s heartbreaking vocals and Jerry’s sizzling guitar tone transported everyone to an intense place of pain and sorrow like only Alice In Chains can.
One could almost be forgiven for forgetting how many great songs this band has, and the one-two finishing punch of “Would?” and “Rooster” would have honestly been a dandy headlining set in its own right. As the tour continues on, Korn needs to stay on the very top of their game to compete with their openers.
As for the other openers, only sparse groupings of fans were inside early enough to greet Ho99o9 and Underoath, but both acts gave 100% from the stage as if it was a sold-out house. Those who were there responded in kind, headbanging and jumping around in the hot August sun.
Twin headlining bills can sometimes be hit or miss, but with both Alice In Chains and Korn delivering strong setlists and commanding stage presence, this is a must-see tour if it’s heading towards your town.
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Next up at Jones Beach:
08/09 – The Smashing Pumpkins, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, AFI [TIX]
08/25 – Carlos Santana, The Doobie Brothers [TIX]
08/28 – Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, Behemoth [TIX]