Stone Sour Marquee Theatre 2/9/14
Generally, when singers of huge bands decide to launch side projects or go back to rekindle the rock 'n' roll romance of bands they started before hitting the big time, it's because they don't like having time off, have material that doesn't quite fit into their platinum-selling band's repertoire, or are trying to help out their musician friends who didn't make it.
This kind of band usually does a couple of tours and isn't taken overly serious by itself or its fans. Stone Sour is not that kind of band.
In fact, while Corey Taylor and company haven't put out as many records as the masked juggernaut known as Slipknot (the vocalist's other band), Stone Sour continues to prove that it can stand on its own feet as it packed a near sell-out show last night at Tempe's Marquee Theatre.
The band hit the stage at 9:30 p.m. sharp exploding into "The House of Gold & Bones," which set the tone. There clearly is a difference in the unmasked Taylor, who was smiling from ear to ear throughout the 19-song set, and he genuinely seemed happy to be there.
The crowd joined Taylor per his request during "Say You'll Haunt Me" from 2010's Audio Secrecy. "The first time I ever played this next song was in Phoenix at a radio show," Taylor declared before strapped on a guitar for "The Travelers, Pt. 1."
At the end of the day, Stone Sour is Corey Taylor and Jim Root's (who did not join the band on the current tour) pop group, and songs like "Through Glass" would never resonate with fans of the Knot. "Do you want to go somewhere cold and dark with us?" Taylor asked before the band performed the eerie "Gravesend." They picked things back up with "30/30 - 150."
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One of the best moments of the night came when they band played an impressive cover of the Metallica classic "Creeping Death," as the band paid homage to "the bands that helped get them here" before closing the night off with "Gone Sovereign" and "Absolute Zero" with Taylor singing, "I'm not the devil but I won't be your hero," which couldn't be further from the truth as fans yelled "Corey! Corey!" between every song.