Review by: Emilie Rae, Photos by: Eric DiRezze
Korn and Stone Sour took their Serenity of Summer Tour to DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan on July 30. Joining the headliners were Skillet, Yelawolf, and Ded. The weather was maybe a little on the hot side for the start of the show, but other than that it was a perfect day to enjoy some rock n’ roll.
Starting off strong and loud were newcomers Ded. Their first full length album, Misanthrope, just dropped last week. It was awesome to see those guys rocking out and really raising the bar for the night with their infectious energy. I was so happy to hear “Dead to Me” live. It’s my favorite from the album, but honestly their whole set was awesome and I look forward to seeing them again in the future.
Next up was Yelawolf. Some may have seen this act as a bit out of place in this hard rock lineup, but I thought he put on a great show. The raps were on point, the DJ sounded great, and the crowd seemed to be really getting into it.
Moving on and picking up the pace was Skillet. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say a single bad word about this band. I fall in love with them more and more every time I see them. A highlight for me was the extended intro to “Awake and Alive” with their cello and violin players getting the spotlight for a moment. It was really fun to watch the crowd get into their last song as they closed out their set with “Monster.”
It was time then for one of my favorites. Stone Sour. Corey Taylor sounded amazing, but I didn’t expect anything less. The rest of the band were super energetic and fun to watch. They played a mix of new and old and didn’t skip on the hits. Personal favorites of mine were “Scars,” “Tired,” and “Through Glass.” It may not be the crazy antics of a Slipknot show, but in ways I actually prefer to see Stone Sour. They put on an impressive show that only left me wanting more!
By now the sun had set and everyone had found their way to their seats for Korn. The entire amphitheater and all the way up in the lawn was packed full. Detroit was ready for a rock show. In typical Korn fashion, they brought just that. They came out with “Rotting In Vain” and the crowd went nuts. They played a good mix of hits from over the years. I loved hearing “Y’all Want a Single,” “Got the Life,” and “Coming Undone.” Just when we thought the show was over, we were graced with a four song encore and eventually ending the night with “Freak on a Leash.”
In my opinion this has been THE tour of the summer for rock music lovers. Hopefully you got a chance to catch the Serenity of Summer Tour in your town! I had a fantastic time and would love to see more from all these bands soon!