Return of the Dreads with Korn, Rob Zombie and In This Moment

Return of the Dreads with Korn, Rob Zombie and In This Moment

This past Wednesday night thousands of Metal Manics poured into the White River Amphitheater in anticipation of what could be the best night of metal this Summer. The co-headlining tour deemed “Return of the Dreads” features two of the most distinguished bands in metal dating all the way back to the late 1990’s and continuing on through today. Korn and Rob Zombie on the same bill had the metal community a buzz and the show definitely lived up to the hype. We were actually cool enough to get an invite to check it out and get our hand-bang on so here is how it all went down.

Return of the Dreads

Photo by Christian Hamilton

In This Moment kicked off the festivities with an albeit short but visually stunning set. ITM does not often get the props they deserve from the metal elitists. They have a very big, and ever growing, following who absolutely love them. Front woman, Maria Brink, has pushed the boundaries of metal and art combining them seamlessly into what can only be described as a brand of heavy metal creative mastery. Her stage presence is undeniable as she simply owns the crowd from the moment she takes the stage.

The seven song setlist saw several outfit changes but the ebb and flow of the show never suffered. It was a perfectly choreographed production that just so happened to play some pretty killer music. Kicking off the show was Sick Like Me followed by Black Widow. The show was visually stunning as it drew to an end with Whore and Blood.

There was a short intermission before the heavy metal heavyweights Korn took the stage. You could feel the energy in the crowd grow as the time passed by waiting on the set to be changed over. Korn is much more fundemental in their approach to metal. They have been on the scene for a very long time and are one of the last true juggernauts remaining from that era.

The crowd sensed the delay was over an erupted as Ray Luzier entered onto the stage and took his perch behind that wicked rig. Jonathan Davis has a much more direct delivery than Brink which was evident as he exploded straight into a killer live rendition of Right Now. Davis instantly took command, getting the thousands of metal heads in attendance worked up into a head banging, mosh-pitting furry which exploded into full on mayhem with Here to Stay.

Return of the Dreads

Photo By Christian Hamilton

Brian “Head” Welch and Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu shared the same side of the stage for most of the performance. The longtime bandmates performed perfectly, feeding off of each others energy as the set grew more and more intense with Coming Undone. The insane 14 song, power packed setlist continued with Make Me Bad and Shoots and Ladders. This was an all out metal assault as the band took the crowd down a path filled with some of their greatest hits.

The epic set reached its pinnacle with the likes of Twist off of Life Is Peachy and climaxed with Freak on a Leash from Follow the Leader. There is no doubt that Korn is, even after all these years, still a very capable and relevant band that is able to continue on as long as they see fit. Return of the Dreads folks, proof is in the pudding; There is no downside to Korn and the only thing better than seeing them live is reliving the experience through the photos of the show.

Now, there is only one more act to follow and who else best to follow Korn but the one and only Rob Zombie. Zombie, much like Korn has been in this game a long, long time and is showing no signs of slowing down. This cat puts on one of the, if not THE, production spectacular of our time. There is nothing more intense than that of Rob Zombie live.

Rob Zombie is a pioneer in a brand of horror – glam -metal that can’t be rivaled. The production alone behind a Zombie show lands him atop the list of best live performers ever. The current Zombie line-up features bassist Piggy D, drummer Ginger Fish and guitarist John 5.  Zombie is defiantly an entertainer and you can see the influences of his horror films come through in the productions of his sets.

Return of the Dreads

Photo By Christian Hamilton

The set was down and dirty, only 9 songs long but kicking things off was Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown from the Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor record. The entire band was tip top from the get go. John 5, in all of his brilliant garb is one of the best guitarist in the industry and Piggy D‘s onstage antics are both creative and canny as he plays with the crowd. Rob himself is a fine tuned, choreographed madman on stage feeding off of the crowds energy and the crowd absolutely loves it.

There were a few minutes of talking with the crowd before we really got down and dirty with the Zombie classic Dragula. This hard hitting live version of a classic Rob Zombie track worked the crowd into a frenzy. The actual highlight of the Zombie set were the 2 White Zombie covers. More Human Than Human and Thunder Kiss ’65 was the boiling point on this already hot summer night in the Pacific Northwest.

Zombies night ended with another classic Rob Zombie track Living Dead Girl and a heavy metal cover of Grand Funk Railroads We’re an American Band.

Return of the Dreads absolutely lived up to the hype with all 3 bands being trend setting in their own right. This is the can’t miss show of the summer so be sure to check it out when the tour hits your city and be prepared for the metal mayhem that will be sure to follow.  Check out all the remaining tour dates plus photos of the Washington State show below.

RETURN OF THE DREADS Remaining Tour Dates:

8/2 – Austin, TX at Austin 360 Amphitheater
8/3 – The Woodlands, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4 – Dallas TX at Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/6 – Noblesville, IN at Klipsch Music Center
8/7 – Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center
8/9 – Maryland Heights, MO at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/10 – Kansas City, MO at Sandstone
8/21 – Clarkston, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/23 – West Toronto, ON at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/24 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH at Blossom Music Center
8/25 – Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
8/27 – Syracuse, NY at Lakeview Amphitheater
8/28 – Boston, MA at Xfinity Center
8/30 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center
9/1 – Hartford, CT at Xfinity Theatre
9/2 – Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavilion
9/3 – Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live







Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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