Summer’s Last Stand tour, is a tour you definitely don’t want to miss. Heavy weight bad ass’s Slipknot, Lamb of God, Bullet for my Valentine and Motionless in White smashed the audience with 4 hours of in your face, brutal metal. Motionless in White burst onto the stage getting the crowd into a feeding frenzy for what was to come. It was a surreal moment seeing Motionless in White open for heavy giants, Slipknot. I have seen these guys perform a couple of times at a local venue in Indianapolis (The Emerson Theater) and every time they performed, they would perform to a packed house. I would say they have paid their dues and worked their way up to this monumental tour. Bullet for My Valentine is another band I have seen grow over the years. We booked them years ago to play a local showcase (Rising Force Fest) and of course, this was before the big tour bus and screaming fans. The crowd went even crazier as the band played the last two songs of their set “Tears Don’t Fall” and “Waking The Demon”. After a short change over the mighty Lamb of God slowly walked onto the stage, soaking up the screams and cheers from the awaiting crowd. As the lights dimmed, two large screens lit up, displaying candles and buildings being demolished accompanied by Randy Blythe doing his usual, pouring water on his head before all hell breaks loose. A low melody tune was playing that eventually faded into guitar feedback as the band immediately launched into “Walk With Me In Hell” from their 2006 release “Sacrament”. This was followed by “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For” from 2004’s “Ashes of the Wake”, which Randy Blythe dedicated to the servicemen and service women of the US military. Mid way through their set you would think the crowd would slow down a but… Not a chance. The audience got a taste of newer material with “Still Echoes” and “512” from their latest album VII: Sturm und Drang, which was released late last month. Before their set ended, they performed “Ghost Walking”, “Ruin”, “Hourglass”, and “Laid To Rest” before the band closed things out with a fan-favorite track, “Redneck” which started up several huge circle pits in the lawn…… Slipknot wasted no time letting the crowd know why they are the biggest Heavy Metal band of all time. As the lights once again dimmed, the crowd began cheering to a deafening roar as the intro track “XIX” from 2014’s .”5: The Gray Chapter” began to play. As the song came to a close, the curtain dropped to reveal a darkened stage that was lit up by flames and the opening notes of “Scartastrophy” rang out, as the song continued the band slowly come forth out of the dark. Slipknot didn’t let one fan down with their flawless performance and a guarantee to play every hit from their massive discogrophy like “The Heretic Anthem”, “Psychosocial”, “Vermillion”,“Wait and Bleed”. I could go on and on about their set list, although the crowd was loving every moment of it, they went even crazier over “Custer”, “Killpop”, “AOV”, “The Devil In I”. Slipknot has proven why they are the kings of metal. Starting out opening a very small stage at Ozzfest 99, then graduating to the main stage and now headlining all over the world. Their performance was flawless. If you have not bought a tickets to the remaining dates on Summer’s Last Stand tour, go get them.. you will be sorry if you miss this tour.