Lamb of God w/ Clutch & Corrosion of Conformity
May 12th, 2016 (Thursday) at the Pageant in St. Louis, MO.
The day started off like any other, woke up early for work, it was a long boring day however upon the end of my shift I was very excited for two reasons. 1.) I was going on vacation for the next 11 days and 2.) in a few short minutes I was going to the Pageant to see Corrosion of Conformity, Clutch and Lamb of God destroy! Unlike a few of our contributors I had not gone to the Clutch/CoC show a few months back so I had never really seen either of those two bands. I was very excited to see those two bands as my taste in music has expanded significantly since the last time I was in close proximity to Clutch (Sounds of the Underground 2003) but I didn’t watch them then. Lamb of God was also on that tour if I am not mistaken and if I am well then so be it, it has been 13 years since the show dammit!!
I feel like at this point I should mention that it was Matt’s birthday on this very day, no importance to the story just, what a way to turn 30, am I right?
Corrosion of Conformity was first, not only was I blown away by their sound and performance, really got some great shots of them (I might try to fix the randomness of these photos later). Believe it or not, I had never listened to them before, I know and I run a metal page. In all honesty, the crowd I ran with back when never really listened to them, and this was before my days of ever expanding my musical knowledge/taste. However, I really enjoyed them, but lets just say they didn’t make me a fan, though I would go see them again if they came through.
Clutch was up next, this was another band I was not really into before the show, still not into them, but damn what a show! I loved the songs that I heard, they had great energy and they failed to play the one song I actually knew (I heard it the first time, when the song first came out). We all know and love the song I’m talking about, in fact I am sure I can get you to sing it while reading this, “A bang, Bang, BANG, BANG….” you did it didn’t you? It’s ok, so did everyone else. Clutch puts on a great enough live show that I would see them again with the right band, maybe CoC if they just continue on down the same road again. . I would be ok with that!
Now for the reason we, or most all of us were there, Lamb of God! Their stage set up was HUGE, was it necessary no, but I feel like they have evolved enough to where they can have a stage like that. It’s not like they went too far out of their element with it, their screens showed images and video of war and other various things. The front of their stage was set up with electric candles, kind of a nice touch, really more for the pictures than anything. I think its necessary to say that for a band that has been through so much over the past years, seeing them live that night was like seeing them reborn. Randy had more energy than ever running and jumping off of stands from the stage, got a pretty killer shot of that, oh you’ve seen it?!?! Regardless, I don’t feel like they played much off the new album, though they didn’t play anything off the first album either. Which is fine, but I always love watching the crowd during Black Label and if you don’t feel like the album mixes well then, yea I would probably stop playing stuff from it also. I digress, the show came to a pretty abrupt stop at one point when a no name asshole decided it would be a GREAT idea to get onstage, thus Randy reminding the entire crowd the reason he was in prison and exclaiming that we were there to see them play not some fucktard (my words) dance around like an idiot. I’m just so tired of stupid people, what makes anyone think they can jump on stage with the band without an invite is beyond me. . especially when the stage is as tall as it is at the Pageant. They, picked up right where they left off after that slight delay and gave the crowd what they needed some New American Metal for the pits.
Overall the concert was fantastic, I ran into our friend Brian Fair of Shadows Fall and talked with him for a little bit. Before I finish up I just want to say, it was so great to see Matt having a good time. He had created a shirt that said something like “Smile its my 30th Birthday. . . Now buy me a drink!! And I am pretty sure plenty of people obeyed his shirt. It was an honor to shoot this show and I would do it all over again if given opportunity.
Note: Not sure what is going on with the random order of the photos, however I really want to get these photos posted and I don’t know what order they should be in. Regardless, as always please feel free to Like, Share and Comment on the photos you like!