Oh man, this show! This show was….something. And I mean that in a really really good way!
So last week I got an email from the app I used to by Green Day tickets on earlier this year, about bands that were going to be playing in the area. I saw that Stone Sour was going to be playing at The Midland in Kansas City, so I mentioned it to Luke, since Stone Sour is his favorite band and because it’s been a while since they’ve been here, and the last time they were we had a chance to go, but Luke passed up on it! But after I told him he said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to go, because live shows just don’t seem all that exciting to him.
I guess he got curious about it though, because the next day he looked up ticket prices, saw that Steel Panther (a band that we’ve both been very into lately) was opening for them, and that sold him on going. Well, that and the fact that he figured out that he could get pretty sweet seats for pretty cheap! 😉 So long story short, that’s how we ended up going to this show. 🙂
So yesterday was the day of the show! Yay! The nice thing about finding out about this show a week beforehand was that we didn’t have to wait very long for it haha.
After Luke got off of work yesterday he drove home, changed and got me, we stopped at Sonic for dinner, and then drove 40 minutes to Kansas City. And I just need to say, the roads in KC are super weird and don’t make a lot of sense. Luke and I also think downtown Saint Louis is much more exciting than downtown KC, but I think we might be a little bit biased, considering we’re originally from the STL area 😉
Anyway, so we got into KC and had to drive around for a little bit to find a parking garage. Funnily enough, we accidentally ended up in the same garage that we parked in for the Green Day concert. It was a little bit farther away from the venue we were going to that night than a few other garages, but it was also less crowded. So we parked, walked two blocks to The Midland, and got in line at around 5:50 pm which was 10 minutes before the doors were supposed to open, and then we waited. 6:00 pm rolled around, the line was getting pretty long, and the doors sill weren’t open. 5 minutes went by and still nothing. And then 10. By then people were getting a little bit antsy. But finally they opened the doors 15 minutes late and everyone started filing in.
Luke and I had seat tickets in the balcony, so we didn’t have to rush in to get a good spot in the pit which was nice. Haha we’re not exactly pit people. It can get a little bit rowdy in there and by the end of the night we were really glad that we weren’t involved with all of that. Anyway, we went up to the balcony, bought some drinks, found our seats, and settled in to wait for the show to start.
The Cherry Bombs were the first act of the show and neither Luke or I had ever heard of them before. We both just kind of assumed that they were just some new band or something. But since we had some time to kill I looked them up and we were very wrong. Turns out they’re a group of professional dancers, aerialists, fire artists, hoopers, pole dancers, and singers. And boy were they awesome! Haha that was definitely an interesting was to start off a show! I didn’t get any photos of them, unfortunately.
After Cherry Bombs performance Steel Panther came on stage to a crowed who was very ready to rock! If you don’t know who Steel Panther is, they’re a comedic band that basically makes fun of everything 80’s glam rock, metal, and pretty much anyone who takes themselves too seriously. Oh and they’re actually really fucking good. Like, aside from being hilarious, they can actually sing and play their instruments and its great! Luke and I were super stoked to see them play live, because we’ve been watching them a lot on YouTube lately, so it was pretty awesome to actually experience them for ourselves!
So for the most part it seems like opening bands only get to play a half an hour-ish set before the main act comes out, but they got to play for an hour and it was sooo much fun! Haha so it turns out Cory Taylor (the lead singer of Stone Sour) is a huge Steel Panther fan and has been supporting them since their first album. So that’s probably why they got a little more time, but everyone there was very into it. 🙂 And I mean, how could you not be? They have some very lewd/sexual/drug filled lyrics, they told some really funny stories, and pulled a bunch of girls up on stage and several of them flashed the crowd. Like I said, it was a lot of fun. 🙂
Luke and I decided that the place really filled during and right after Steel Panther’s set. I’ve never really understood why so many people don’t show up for the opening band, but the people who did last night missed out on a great time! But anyway, by the time Stone Sour came out the pit was packed and the balcony where we were sitting was pretty full as well. Honestly I was surprised that the show didn’t sell out, this was a pretty small venue, and small shows usually sell out really fast, but apparently Stone Sour isn’t as big of a band as I thought they were. Apparently Slipknot (Cory Taylor’s other band) is much more well known than Stone Sour is and I was just unaware of that until Luke told me last night. Haha but in my defense, this isn’t exactly the type of music I’m really into or follow, so I really don’t know much about it. 😉
Anyway, once most of the band made their way out onto stage the crowed went wild, Corey Taylor ran out last, but once he did, everyone lost their damn minds haha. But I mean, he is a very impressive singer, song writer, and front man, so I guess it was no surprise that people were excited to see him!
So like I said, this isn’t the type of music or a band that I really pay a lot of attention to, so I’m not gonna go into a detailed song-by-song thing like I did for Green Day. Mostly because I didn’t know all of the songs hahaha. And there were a few songs that I knew, but didn’t know the names of. 😉 It’s all good though. It was still a great time! Stone Sour is great live! They were energetic, had a good stage presence, and looked like they were having a great time too! Corey Taylor shot a confetti canon several times, threw lots of water bottles into the crowd, almost got into the pit at one point (his security guard didn’t look too happy about that), and encouraged people to sing along, not take themselves too seriously, and kinda egged the pit on when it started getting really rowdy.
And oh boy did the pit get rowdy! It took them a little bit to get warmed up, but eventually they were all getting very much into it. It was very interesting to actually see people pushing and shoving each other (and I’m pretty sure they’re were some punches thrown to), but then pick each other up when they fell down. Haha and I mean, I have been in a semi rowdy pit before, but I’ve never got to witness it from above.
Anyway, they played a few older songs, and some songs that Cory Taylor said they hadn’t played in a long time. But like I said, I wouldn’t really know haha. But Luke seemed pretty impressed with their set list and was surprised about a few of the songs they played. 🙂 So they ended up playing for a little over 2 hours I think? So this was a super long show! But we still managed to get out of the venue, to the parking garage, in the car, and all the way home in a pretty decent amount of time. It was about 11:45 pm by the time we got home. Not bad! On the way home Luke said that he was physically and emotionally exhausted, and went on about how awesome it was that he got to see Corey Taylor in person, be in the same room as his favorite band, and how close we actually were to them. So yeah, now he understands how I felt about seeing Green Day. 😉
Haha so we came home to some pretty pissed off dogs and cats. They get fed at 8 pm on the dot every night, but every once in a while whenever we do things like this, we just wait to do that until we get home and they hate it. Oh well, they got over it. 😉 And yeah, that was our night last night. It was great!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
And that’s all I’ve got for today, so happy hump day everyone!