Reviewed by: Jerry
So, if you take a look at our Links page, you'll see Alice In Chains listed there. They are most certainly one of our favorites here at WTR. We saw them about three years ago in a 2000 seat indoor venue and prior to that Steve saw them do a full acoustinc show in the same place. Both were simply fantastic. This show, at an outdoor venue in front of about 15,000+ fans was also just as great. If you have never seen them with their "new" lead singer William DuVall, do yourself a favor and go. He does a fantastic job both behind the mic and working the crowd.
They played a couple of songs from their new forthcoming album - which aren't bad, and also played Check My Brain, their first single with DuVall. Everything else is what you would probably want to hear to include Down In A Hole, Again (one of my favs), Them Bones, and closed with probably the two most popular AIC songs, Would? and Rooster.
Cantrell sounded great on lead guitar. Though he has changed is hair style a bit from the last time opting to grow the crew cut out and looking more like Leon Russell. He, of course pulls it off nicely.
Korn was the headliner at this show. I know some of you can't believe that but it was deserving. I consider myself a mild Korn fan (Steve, not at all). I got hooked on them with Freak On A Leash and consider there follow up LP to that, Issues, a most outstanding album. But I wouldn't call myself a big fan. I've always heard they were great live and that fueled my excitement for this show - in addition to seeing AIC again. My primary thought as they rolled through their set was that I have not been giving these guys enough of my attention over the years. They were outstanding. They played everything I wanted them to play - Beg For Me, Got The Life, Freak On A Leash, and the closer, Falling Away From Me (no, they did not play A.D.I.D.A.S). I could have listended to them all night and listened to them play everything they had. The crowd was amazing and totally into it.
This is a great example of why you should go see bands that you aren't a huge fan of. You could very well walk away with a new band to add to your "top ten". This isn't the first time it's happened to me and likely won't be the last.