Stone Sour @ The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney 26/8/2017

Confetti guns, banter and a Stone Sour back catalogue, yes M'am

Stone Sour have returned to Australia to an upraw by fans, the last time the band graced the stages of our capital cities was in 2013 for the now defunked Soundwave festival, so a tour with a more intimate setting was just the ticket. The band brought along their triumphant new album Hydrograd, the sixth studio album for the American rock band which was released on June 30th of this year. Some stats on just how impressive this album is; Hydrograd debuted eighth on the US Billboard 200 with 33,000 album units - a shattering 30,000 were from pre sales alone! Reviews for Hydrograd have been given 10/10 calling it a risk worth taking, and a risk that has paid off as there were thousands ready to pay tribute to the band at the Hordern last Saturday night. The last time I checked there were less than 80 tickets left for sale an hour before the show - it was safe to assume the Hordern was going to be sardine city. 

 

Five piece hard rock band Bare Bones were the supporting act - hailing from Sydney the locals have been very busy since inception, recording two EP's Villains (2013) and Cut Throat Living (2014) and of course supporting Australia's  best punk, rock and Hardcore acts. Bare Bones appeal to a vast amount of people due to their cocktail mix of styles - together this rupture of flavour gives them their unique sound - keep your eyes vastly peeled on this lot. While standing in line people were asking me “Have you heard of this band? Is it b-e-a-r or b-a-r-e?" No one that I spoke too knew or have heard of this band but certainly had people talking both before and after their set. To put it bluntly, Bare Bones are tight! and give me the vibe of the early Grinspoon days with more grooves than a corrugated fence, the band had the crowd banging their heads and cheering from the start. Definitely worth checking out!

 

Stone Sour had a seventeen song set list!! and what a great mix of songs - ranging from their first self titled album (2002), Come What(ever) May (2006), House of Gold and Bones Part I & II (2012-2013), and of course their new album Hydrograd (2017). Taylor also included two acoustic songs Bother and Through Glass which were truly amazing to watch live - just the intimacy of his voice and guitar had the audience elated.

 

Throughout, Taylor and Co. got the crowd to participate during a number of the songs and the roar of lyrics he received back from the crowd blew him away, each time saying that Australia is his favorite place to visit on earth. However the intensity proved too much for some with an incident during the set where the band stopped the show to call for medical personnel to attend to a fan in the pit. The look on Taylor's face was sheer concern and reassured the crowds that even though your in the pit of doom, the band is looking after us all and just want us to have a good time...

 

The band, continued with hit after hit, the guitar work of Johny Chow was nothing short of jaw dropping, blended in with the spunk of latest recruit Christian Martucci and rounded out perfectly with Roy Mayorga's precision drumming, it was flawless. Throughout the show Taylor came out with a massive air gun that shot confetti all over the crowd, devilishly laughing the whole time. There was a three song encore of Gone Sovereign (which was cut half way through due to the  ongoing medical emergency in the pit) followed by Absolute Zero and to finish off with Fabuless when the wacky waving inflatable tube men rose up (featured in the film clip of same). All in all the skill, comedy and tunes were a perfect Saturday night out... 

 

All band members were sensational to watch and there would be no way of knowing that Taylor was in fact performing with a broken big toe, who he of course named “Hugo” and if that isn't weird enough it even has its own Twitter account... 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Greg Morgan, Brisbane set