So counting down from my number 5 live gig:
Date: 8th May
Yep, I pulled out the big guns straight away here. For those of you who know me well would of thought I’d place this at the top, but Taylor had his work cut out to take the top place and while he absolutely killed it for over 2 and a half hours and not getting a single fault from me, as well as the funny as fuck comedy before hand, he’s been squeezed out by some awesomesauce shows. FYI I’m still recommending all Corey Taylor fans to book tickets the second they see one of his acoustic shows.
Venue: The O2
Date: 24th November
The fact that this was the second time I’ve seen Alter Bridge live, this time promoting their latest The Last Hero, in 3 years and I am happy to see them again anytime just goes to show how sweet these dudes are. Course it helps when they are backed up by Like A Storm and Gojira, who's Magma still gets massive amounts of playtime. But the former Creed dudes and Myles Kennedy are on top form and know how to keep the punters happy.
Venue: Wembley Arena
Date: 16th December
If you’ve been reading recently you know how much I enjoyed this gig, the nostalgia, the great old school tunes, the beer. But all joking aside this was a highlight for me in 2016, Limp Bizkit still have their amazing stage presence and never put on a shit show, while Korn are just getting back into their stride with The Serenity of Suffering, they found their second wind and it's almost as good as the glory days of the late 90’s.
Venue: O2 Forum Kentish Town
Date: 17th October
It has taken me almost 20 years to see the all-round master of horror Rob Zombie, and it was totally worth it. Even though Zombie had just released The Electric Warlock, he still relied on the older classics which was what a long time fan like me could wish for. The band were on point and Rob himself moved like a young man nonstop for the whole show. This gig rated high for me because it was a long time coming for me, the group of a whole awesomesauce stage presence and an almost perfect set list.
Venue: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Date: 8th October
If you read my review of Beartooth's gig last month, you shouldn't be surprised they took the top spot. From the moment we got in it was nothing but balls to the wall metal goodness. Vanna warmed up the crowd perfectly as the second act before headliners Beartooth took to the stage to tear the place apart, 2 and a half thousand people moshing like there was no tomorrow was a sight any band wants to see, as well as a few Walls of Death. Beartooth's song choices were mainly off their latest release Aggressive which suited me fine. But it was the band's work ethic on stage that really impressed me, they never seemed to stay still and constantly leading the punters on. Metalcore might be a lesser genre to some Metal purists, but Beartooth live is a game changer.
- Moorhaven at the Little Black Heart in Camden
- Cash (A Tribute to Johnny Cash) at the O2 Islington
- Asking Alexandria aftershow at the Kerrang Awards, Troxy
Written by Dan H.