Corey Taylor and Friends is now one of my favorite shows, and I don’t mean from a photography point-of-view, I mean on a pure enjoyment level. Sunday night Taylor brought this special performance to the Garden Amp in Garden Grove, a venue I had never been to before (I actually didn’t even know it existed before Sunday). I wasn’t even planning on going to this show. I mean, I had heard about it but really didn’t give it much thought, but missing it would have been a huge mistake. Yeah, it’s that’s good.
Corey Taylor gets around. Along with fronting both Slipknot and Stone Sour, Taylor has busy doing guest appearances on other artist’s tracks, and doing a few shows under the banner Corey Taylor and Friends. These “friends” shows feature nothing but covers, and the set list was just perfect! These more intimate shows are such a great way to experience music from a great set of artists too. The band consists of guitarist Zach Throne, drummer Brandon Pertzborn, and bassist Jason Christopher, and let me just say that damn these guys are so good together. And as for Corey Taylor, he can sing anything.
Let’s get back to the set list for a second…. every damn song made me want to stop and sing along. This list was insanely good, with David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream”, The Clash, Asia, and even Prince’s “Cream”. At one point Taylor was talking to the crowd about the song choice and mentioned how people would be surprised, asking him “you listen to that?”. His response was “F&*% Yeah”! And man, they NAILED every song. One of the issues I have with covers is that every artist wants to put their own spin on it, you know, make it their own. Sometimes that works, but more often than not it can be irritating. Sunday night Corey Taylor and Friends treated every song with the respect it deserved. It was a joy to listen to.
I have to mention one other thing about this show,.. it was raining, at an amphitheater, with very little stage cover. I had brought a jacket and rain covers for my cameras, but then when I got there it was really nice outside. Since the weather app said there was no more rain in the forecast I just left in the car, which parked blocks away (Note to self: the weather app is full of crap). It started raining as soon as the show started, and since the opening act was already on stage I just decided to ride it out, and when the band hit the stage so did they. The rain didn’t faze any of them, they just embraced it and put on a fantastic show.
I’ve actually photographed Corey Taylor a number of times with Slipknot and Stone Sour, and once years ago in Vegas when he did a solo acoustic set, and he always has the energy to make a show great, but this was different. His smile, and everything just seemed like he was enjoying it as much as everyone else was. That is when a “show” becomes something more, and in this case much more.
Speaking of the opening act, I had no idea what to expect from The Cherry Bombs…. but it took no time to figure it out! Their Facebook page describes them as “a sexy rock n’ roll entertainment group with elements of dance, aerial arts, fire arts, pole dancing, hooping, singing, and badassery”, and they are in your face energy.
Everywhere you looked something unique was happening, and then the grinders came out!
The bottom line is this, ya know how sometimes you aren’t sure if you will like an artist until you see them live? That is not Corey Taylor and Friends. Trust me, you will love this show, so if you see it coming to your area just go buy tickets.
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