Slayer, Rob Zombie & Exodus

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB

by Craiger (July 30, 2011)

     With a somewhat disappointing turn out of under 6000 people at the Scotiabank Saddledome (due in part to the long weekend here in Canada), those who showed up were in for a night of metal madness with the likes of Slayer, Rob Zombie, and Exodus! The fans were all die-hard metal fans who chanted "Slayer" throughout the streets of Calgary before and after the show! Check out some show pics here!

     Before I get into the show itself, I'd like to take a minute to thank all the female metalheads that made it to the show! Although at times you made it difficult to keep my eyes on the stage, you added an extra element to what was already an unreal night!

     The doors opened at 6:00pm with Exodus taking the stage around 6:45 (gives you time to grab a tour shirt, which were all around $40 - no long sleeves or hoodies for some reason). To be completely honest, I haven't listened to Exodus since the 80s, back when I was a wee little headbanger! They hit the stage with a tonne of energy and were as loud as they were heavy! Singer Rob Dukes led the group through "The Ballad Of Leonard And Charles", "War Is My Sheppard", "Strike Of The Beast" and "The Toxic Waltz". It was a short but energy-filled opening act. Do yourself a favor and arrive in time to see them - you'll be glad you did!

     After a half hour break, Rob Zombie took the stage and electrified the Saddledome crowd! With this being my first Zombie show, I was eager to see if his stage show would live up to the hype. Needless to say, Rob Zombie is a true showman...from 20 foot tall flame-shooting robots to giant mechanical ghouls rocking out during the show, plus several big screens displaying disturbing images and trippy visual effects. On top of that, the Zombie and his undead band members rocked the house for close to 90 minutes. They opened their set with "Jesus Frankenstein" followed by "Superbeast". "Dragula" was enhanced by the band members all donning Canadian flag cloakes. Nice touch! The highlight of the show for me, had to be "Thunder Kiss 65" I only wish they would have played more vintage White Zombie. Rob Zombie took time to interact with the crowd on numerous occasions, even going as far as running through the floor section. I can't wait to see him live again!

     Knowing that Jeff Hanneman wasn't going to be joining his bandmates, I was interested to see the effect his absence would have on Slayer's performance (with Gary Holt from Exodus filling in, they didn't miss a beat). The wait was finally over...Slayer hit the stage with a vengance and as loud as ever! They opened with "World Painted Blood", "Hate Worldwide" and "War Ensemble". Having seen them three times before, this was one of their best performances. Tom Araya's voice tore the roof off the place and Kerry King shredded his guitar with ease. With Dave Lombardo on the skins, Slayer is on top of the metal world! Their 90 minute set continued with such classics as "Dead Skin Mask", "Seasons in the Abyss", "South of Heaven", "Mandatory Suicide", "Raining Blood", "Black Magic" and "Angel of Death" (the encore finisher). Perfect! With only five shows left on the tour, if you have the chance to go, dont miss out. It was an awesome night of metal!
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