Do you know what a Z-tar is? Have you ever seen one? If not, then you must not have been at Tingley Coliseum Wednesday night, where one of Deadsy’s guitarists jammed away on his Z-tar.
Deadsy, a band made up of old prep-schoolmates, opened The Tour With No Name, featuring Puddle of Mudd and KORN. Playing a handful of songs from their debut album, “Commencement,” Deadsy had a positive effect on the crowd that filled the coliseum early that night. Most weren’t sure what to expect but were happily satisfied by the melodramatic, nu-metal sound that Deadsy embodied.
Some time after their set, members of Deadsy made their way to the floor to sign autographs and receive such compliments as “You guys rocked!” and “When does your CD come out?” The members of Deadsy were very personable and polite to the fans and signed their (stage) names to posters, stickers and flyers that had been handed out by friends of the band.
Puddle of Mudd was the next band to take the stage. They too seemed to have surprised the crowd, showing an uncharacteristically raunchy side. They mostly played songs from their “Come Clean” CD such as “Control,” “She Hates Me,” “Blurry” and “Drift and Die.”
Wes Scatlin, lead vocalist, had the crowd moshing, crowd-surfing and waving their hands to the music. Throwing out guitar picks, head banging to the music and jumping around onstage, he gave an energetic vibe to those close to the stage.
Throwing a little bit of Black Sabbath into the mix had the crowd screaming, jeering and raising their hands in agreement. Singing along and getting into the music, the crowd was definitely ready for the headlining band — KORN.
When the lights went out, a mob of people rushed toward the stage. Screams of enthusiasm surged into the air. A circular movie screen hanging above the stage started to play the long version of the video “Here to Stay.” The crowd simmered down and watched the video, waiting for the band to take the stage. Finally we see them, as, one by one, they take the stage. A beat starts, Jonathan Davis, the lead singer, appeared as screams from anxious fans filled the arena. As if on cue from the crowd, the music started and immediately the crowd responded. Swaying to the beat, moving their bodies, pushing and maneuvering their way to the stage, the crowd had finally been rewarded. KORN had arrived.
For 90 minutes, KORN played its nu-metal, energy-wrenching music. The crowd, never getting tired, rocked to every song. Fueled by the beat, the lyrics and the energy the band put out.
When KORN left the stage for a break, the crowd didn’t move an inch. They stayed put and started chanting “KORN, KORN, KORN …” The sound of bagpipes filled the air, and you knew what was coming. The band members re-took the stage, while Jonathan Davis appeared at the top of the stage playing the bagpipes. “Shoots-and-Ladders” and “Got the Life” were the encore songs. As “Got the Life” concluded and the concert was coming to a close, a couple of air guns spit out confetti that snowed down on the stage and into the crowd. Davis thanked the crowd for coming, then left the stage with the other members.
The lights came on and an exhausted crowd let out a simultaneous sigh. The fans were happy. They’d sleep well tonight!