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Skindred Skindred’s continued rise to fame is only heightened by today’s appearance at Sonisphere, the large crowd gathered to see Benji and co on stage just shows how popular the band are slowly but surely becoming. Bouncing is the main priority today, and the crowd obey orders, bouncing along with the reggae metal beats, singing along every word. A sparkling set from a band with much promise.
Taking Back Sunday I need to stop going to Taking Back Sunday gigs expecting to enjoy it, because every time I come away disappointed. Today sadly is no exception. It fairs slightly better than at Reading Festival last year, but still boasts the usual recurring problems that taints recent TBS gigs. The set is a corker, the inclusion of old classics and new tunes alike is a brilliant way to please everyone, and as a whole the crowd seems to enjoy it, but Adam Lazzara’s constant failure to deliver a spot on vocal performance bickers the bands overall sound. Overall the set has a few hits and mostly misses, a decent setlist but some pretty dire vocals let down what could have been a great comeback from a once great band.
Machine Head Machine Head are hardly special guests. There’s actually nothing special or at all surprising about their recurrence on the line up. After throwing a tantrum because of Limp Bizkit playing in their spot and deciding they don’t want to play anymore, they then decided they would come back under the pseudo of “special guests”, probably with a couple of 00’s added to their wage packet. Obviously, the fans still forgive them for playing up and. It’s not as if Machine Head have shied away from the UK recently, and if you’ve seen Machine Head in the last couple of years then you’ve seen this all before. There’s no doubt that this is a good Machine Head performance, they sound excellent, but it’s tainted by childish moans and ego trips. They don’t help themselves when they decide to push their luck a tad, announcing they were “begged” to come back and play and their only doing it for the fans. Ten Ton Hammer is a great inclusion, and it draws slightly away from the usual set list that Machine Head play from gig to gig. This, however is the only time things show signs of differentiating from the norm, Davidian finishing the set off, keeping the sing-a-longs going but the repetition shimmers through like a particularly bad hangover. Could have been better.
Cancer Bats Another day, another Cancer Bats gig. The boys never shy away from the UK, and seemingly live here seeing as they play so much. This isn’t a bad thing, after all Cancer Bats are currently one of the best live bands around. The third stage tent suits Cancer Bats perfectly, the atmosphere buzzing before the band even step on stage. An explosion of jumping, pits and pumping fists envelopes the crowd and it’s clear that Cancer Bats are here for one reason; to entertain, and they do that in bucket loads. The set list is made to get the crowd moving, the inclusion of a cover of Beastie Boys song ‘Sabotage’ goes down a treat. ‘Lucifer’s rocking chair’ gets the head banging starts and provides an excellent end to an excellent set. Cancer Bats continue to surpass themselves and today is no exception.
NIN Today could possibly mark the last ever Nine Inch Nails UK show, so the excitement building up in the crowd is that of astronomical proportions. What the crowd didn’t expect though, is that Trent would choose to play such a strange set. The majority of the crowd are completely unaware of what most of the songs are, and after a while a lot of people seem to lose interest. You can’t fault today’s performance, Trent plays with emotion throughout, and even though he’s a man of very few words it’s clear that this show means an awful lot to him. The set is very subdued, quiet and laid back, a stripped down performance. ‘Something I Can Never Have’ is amazing live. It would have been nice to have heard some of the “bigger” songs live, but the set still manages to show just how important Trent is to the music industry. The set managed to confuse, provoke and amaze, all in one. Ending with ‘Hurt’, NIN have proved they can do what they want, when they want, and no matter what anybody says,Trent is one of the greatest frontmen of all time.
Will be updated very very soon as i seem to have lost the rest of the review!