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GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

A preface. I'm doing this on my phone while at Six Flags outside Chicago. Pardon any typos, punctuation crap, whatever. I'm doing the best that I can. I took a few photos but won't be able to get them off my camera until I get home on Sunday. Sorry. Just couldn't justify dragging my laptop around with me on this entire trip.

First off, let me just say... Rockstar do a great job with their festivals. I have been to a combined total of 11 Mayhem/Uproar/Taste Of Chaos shows over the years and have never had a bad word to say about any of them. Kudos Rockstar; you do it right.

Got to First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (hereafter known as FMBA) at 5:30pm after a long day of travelling. I'd never been to a show there before. It's an enormous amphitheatre an hour outside of Chicago in desolate, middle-of-nowhere farm country. I saw cows. Not at the show, but nearby.

FMBA is the same premise as Molson Amphitheatre (Toronto), Gexa Pavillion (Dallas), Lakewood Amphitheatre (Atlanta), etc... except it feels bigger. A lot bigger. Not sure what the capacity is, but it's one BIG mother. And it's loud. I thought it was fantastic. Better than all the similar places I've been to.

Adelita's Way and Staind were ok. Neither are really my thing. They both sounded amazing. Really amazing. Again, great venue. The crowd was really into both bands.

I was in the pit. Now I assumed the pit would be like it is at similar venues. A small enclosed section of 100 - 200 people. Wrong. At FMBA it's the entire front of stage and about 100 feet deep. Best guess, it holds roughly 600+, maybe more. The pit was rockin' for A.W. and Staind.

So... Drank a crap load of beer and several free Rockstar energy drinks and some Red Bull too. I was bouncing. So pumped for the main event.

After Staind they set up the white scrim curtain covering the entire front of the stage. I love that.

Lights go out...

AC/DC - "For Those About To Rock" starts up

Spotlights circle the pit. 4 smokin' hot chicks that couldn't have been older than 19 climb onto shoulders and flash their BOOBS! The place goes fucking mental.

Sully's GIANT guitar-strapped silhouette looms behind the scrim. Curtain drops...

The Enemy
Keep Away
Cryin' Like A Bitch
Straight Out Of Line
Awake
Re-Align
Speak
Voodoo
Batalla De Los Tambores
Medley: Back In Black (AC/DC), Walk This Way (Aerosmith), War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
Whatever (with Sully's speech)
I Stand Alone

The pit was so crazy I was thrown from one side to the other, back and forth, up and down. Seriously intense pit action. There were probably 20 people crowd surfing during Voodoo. VOODOO! That's how hype it was.

Sully's voice was strong, confident and without a trace of past ailments. No fear, he's fully back to his strength as a vocalist. He amazes me every time just how powerful he is. Solid.

I finally got to hear Re-Align live. Tony's solo blew me away. His restrained brilliance is infectious. How the hell does he get that unbelievable guitar tone?

Robbie leaned over the barricade and hi-fived me during Whatever. Shannon threw his sticks out at the end of I Stand Alone and one cracked me in the face. It fell over the barricade and the security dude threw it into the crowd. Not exactly fair if you ask me. I touched it first!

I wish they had played at least one more song off The Oracle. I think Forever Shamed live is Godsmack at the top of their game. I love the drum battle, but with a short set I'd sacrifice it for 2 extra songs. Sick Of Life, Vampires, Moon Baby. C'mon, switch it up a bit. My opinion. No one freak out.

Shinedown came on with Sound Of Madness and a million fireballs exploded. After that they were horrendously boring, so I left.

The End.

Ask questions and I will try to answer them during breaks in travelling.

Replies to This Posting

  1. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    maybe Shinedown had some problems so they decided to hit the stage after Godsmack???
    but it is same before or after,nobody cares this was Godsmack's show

    battle scars LOL
    "Love-Sex"

  2. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I believe Shinedown are technically the headliners on this tour. I kinda like that, it switches it up for the guys in GS a little bit. They've been around a lot longer, yes, but Shinedown is an amazing band in their own right.
    That being said, of course, I've been to plenty of concerts in my life, and it's hard to beat a Godsmack show.
    When I saw them with Rob Zombie (and now that I think about it, Shinedown opened for them hahahaha) in 2006, is still the best show I've ever seen in my life...

  3. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    While I am excited for the Tampa show on September 13, I have to wonder if the boys will ever get off this festival kick. The sets are too short.

    Our local rock station did their annual RockFest earlier in the year and Shinedown headlined that as well. I like their songs, but just don't see them as the show-enders. At this particular show, they had major equipment problems and did the majority of the set acoustically. I think only 2 songs had full-on power. They were so apologetic and I have to give them kudos for staying up there and doing what they could

  4. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    razor_wire wrote:

    The Enemy
    Keep Away
    Cryin' Like A Bitch
    Straight Out Of Line
    Awake
    Re-Align
    Speak
    Voodoo
    Batalla De Los Tambores
    Medley: Back In Black (AC/DC), Walk This Way (Aerosmith), War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
    Whatever (with Sully's speech)
    I Stand Alone


    Enough with ending the shows with "I Stand Alone"!

  5. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    razor_wire wrote:
    Robbie leaned over the barricade and hi-fived me during Whatever. Shannon threw his sticks out at the end of I Stand Alone and one cracked me in the face. It fell over the barricade and the security dude threw it into the crowd. Not exactly fair if you ask me. I touched it first!


    At CrueFest 2, I had my usual spot in front of Robbie (AND NIKKI), and he let me know a pick was coming my way...no question, if you were standing anywhere near me, you knew it was intended for me. This total douche, who I had already learned did not even know Smack's music before that point, jumps in front of me with his arm extended, knocks my hand back and the pick goes in the opposite direction, over the rail. Security guy picks it up and gives to someone else entirely. I was so pissed. I know, it's just a little piece of plastic, but it was being given to ME.

  6. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    Time bomb would be nice. They have been playing this same set for awhile.

  7. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    I agree with Marley about the festival kick, sets are so short. They seem to play all the hits at the festivals that most everyone has heard on the radio. It would be nice for a longer set with such oldies as Time Bomb, like Danno mentioned. I think if they headlined their own show, I'm sure they would play more of the older goodies that us die hard fans love.

  8. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    GREAT REVIEW RAZR.....I WOULDN'T EXPECT ANYTHING LESS!!!

    Sounds like you're having one hell of a good time
    , stumblin' (haha!) from town to town! We'll be @ UPROAR tomorrow (Saturday) then again on the 29th...and look forward to seein' Smack kick the shit outta Shinedown. Maybe they flipped the proverbial coin to see who would headline the tour, and SD won. Ohhhhhhh Well.........


    "C."

  9. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Listened to some Shinedown.. the total number of songs i liked.. 0

  10. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I kinda like 45..i'm trying.

  11. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Excellent review friend! So so so so so glad you finally got your show in after the Nashville incident... You failed to mention how many times you hurled the day after though I must admit I was giggling watching your tweets deterioate as the show went on. And BTW, how does one "accidentally" drink an entire beer?
    Georgia

  12. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    good question Georgia LOL
    "Love-Sex"

  13. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Was a great show!!! I feel your pain with the drumstick! I too took one to the face. Put a nice gash in my forehead and soaked my shirt in blood. Still didn't get the stick.....

  14. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Here some pictures I took at the show. I am a terrible photographer. These are the only 4 that are not of my thumb and/or horribly blurry.







  15. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Sully
    "Love-Sex"

  16. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    it really wasn't my intention to only have photos of Sully, but all the others turned out terrible. I didn't get a single shot of Robbie that didn't have my thumb in the way.

  17. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    the photos are great don't worry!
    Craig have some good photos too
    Did you see them?
    "Love-Sex"

  18. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    They are amazing shots, I'm impressed!

  19. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I'm sure Marley will have a review on Friday...her show is Thurs!!!

    You know...at that place.... 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

  20. Re: GODSMACK @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (Chicago)

    Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    All I think of is the snail from Spongebob when I hear Gary. Meow.