Slipknot @ Mayhem Festival / Indianapolis, IN / 2008

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I was a late comer to Slipknot. When I needed motivation for those long runs, Slipknot’s live concert music powered me along. So when I found out they were coming out of hiatus this summer to tour, I was so excited…until I saw the Denver date — July 20th — I had the Leadville 50 that day. SHIT!

For a while I was debating if I could run and get back to Denver to see the show. That was just crazy. I would have to miss. So I started looking for alternate ways to see them. I go to California for work a lot but the dates didn’t work out. Then I noticed that the tour would be in Indianapolis around the time of our family vacation to the the old home state. Sweet!

I was originally going to drag my sister along for the day to keep me company. I thought she could meet a nice wholesome boy with tats and piercings. However, I found out that it was my nephew-in-law’s 21st birthday and he wanted to go. So I took the young lad as my date instead.

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Interestingly, I had never been to Deer Creek — I mean Verizon Wireless Music Center. I still call it Deer Creek. Oddly, I had never been to a show here when I lived here. I showed up and checked out the activities while waiting for Ed. A little motocross jumping behind the smaller stages.

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Was able to catch a little Five Finger Death Punch of the side stage. This was the only band on the side stages that I had ever heard of. I am not out of it — these were just pretty obscure.

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I browsed the booths to see if I needed anything. I wasn’t really sure what to buy at this booth. So many choices!

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Ed showed up and we grabbed some food and sat down to watch Dragonforce — they are the dudes that have that super fast song with all the guitars at the end of Guitar Hero III. They pull it off on stage live too. Crazy.

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Then it was time for Disturbed. Still wasn’t dark yet. David came out on a dolly ala Hannibal Lector at the airport scene in Silence of the Lambs. Kinda cool. Seen Disturbed before. Ed had too. The crowd is always pumped but David kinda seems like he is too “awesome” for the gig. He tries to be dramatic and he doesn’t ever move/dance. It is a lot of walking and singing. Kinda odd to me. Good performance though but short. With all the bands, the timing seemed to be really strict and laid out.

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The time had come…I could have skip all the concert before this just for Slipknot. They darkened the stage and played some spooky music for minutes. Anticipation! Then the curtains raised and they rolled out 1×1 and started it up! The place went nuts!

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They went on to play a lot of the live classics, the new song and even an old one that I had never heard before. I had my smaller real camera this time and I messed with the settings to try and get some decent shots. We were back a lot further than I am used to because I got the tickets late with the planning issue described earlier. None the less, pretty good seats anywhere at Deer Creek. Behind us was the big grassy field, where all the GA ticket holders go to.

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During the encore, the main drum set lifts up off the ground — seen that before — but then leans over 90 degrees and starts rotating like the face of a sundial. Pretty sweet. I jumped down about 20 rows to get a close up before they wrapped up right at 11 PM. From Corey’s comments, it feels like a bigger longer tour is in the works and we will see Slipknot again to promote the new album very soon. At least I hope so! It wasn’t enough. Stay sic!

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