Review/photos by Mike "Suicide" Santoro
Having been a big fan since their 2002 self titled debut album, I was pretty stoked to hear that Stone Sour would be rolling through my area. In case you have been living under a rock, Stone Sour members Corey Taylor and Jim Root are members of the phenomenon known as Slipknot. Taylor actually started the band with former member Joel Ekman, but went on to join Slipknot with Jim Root. Slipknot were the ones who ended up with a record deal, so Stone Sour took a back seat. These days, the line up of Stone Sour consists of Corey Taylor on vocals, Jim Root and Josh Rand on guitar, along with Roy Mayorga (formerly of Soulfly). Their bassist, Shawn Economaki, just recently parted ways with the group, leaving the band to enlist Rachel Bolan (Skid Row) to record their latest release, "House of Gold and Bones - Part 1." Rachel didn't end up touring with the band, which left Stone Sour still in search of a bassist. Buffalo, NY native Johny Chow was chosen as the touring bassist for Stone Sour's current tour cycle. Chow is an accomplished bassist, who is also an internationally established street artist and sculptor. Chow has played in Souls of We (George Lynch), Systematic, Fireball Ministry, Soulfly and most recently, Cavelera Conspiracy, as well as being one time manager of the famed Viper Room on Hollywood Blvd.
Papa Roach was chosen as direct support for Stone Sour on this latest tour. They had their start in the late nineties, riding the rap rock/nu metal wave, and accumulated multi platinum record sales in the process. Lucky for us, they shed their rap rock skin and simply evolved into a solid rock band, with great stage presence and a slew of hits. Singer Jacoby Shaddix led the band through a blistering set that featured songs from every album. Being that Buffalo, NY is the home of Hardcore music legends, Snapcase, Jon Salemi of Snapcase (and more recently, Resolution Racing) joined friends and former tour mates, Papa Roach on stage to perform "Dead Cell," from their 2000 release "Infest." It is always a treat to see a guest musician pop on stage for a song, yet a rarity to see outside of L.A. and NYC.
Stone Sour started their set with "Gone Sovereign," the first single off of their latest CD, "House of Gold and Bones - Part 1." As the show continued, the near capacity crowd was treated to a roller coaster ride of alternative metal. Corey Taylor is an amazing vocalist and song writer, showing his diversity by slowing the tempo down temporarily with a couple of acoustic songs, "Bother" and "Through glass." The four song encore marked the end of the show, as they closed with the finale, "30/30-150" from the "Come What(ever) May" album.
In closing, this show featured a group of musicians that have little ego and plenty of appreciation for their fans. Bands that would play for ten people with the same enthusiasm as if they were playing for ten thousand, are the ones who will give you a great rock show, and on Tuesday night, all of us in attendance received just that.