Full Gallery: Stone Sour at Myth in Maplewood, MN
Photographing one of Corey Taylor’s bands has been an ever-increasing goal of mine over the past few years. With permission to shoot Knotfest slipping through my fingers this past summer, I was pumped to hear that Stone Sour was coming to town! He and James Root may not have been coming to town as 8 and 4, but my excitement level was just as high.
I was able to catch a bit of Papa Roach’s set before SS came out, and they were on fire! The audience was buying what they were selling, hand over fist. Jacoby Shaddix was all over The Myth; walking on railings in the middle of the club, jumping from stage to the barricade, and just running all over. Security had to scramble and switch things up on the fly, depending on where he was running off to, but they run a pretty solid shift at the venue. I had never seen Stone Sour before, but knew they had a huge challenge ahead of them to follow a showing like that.
Stone Sour came out with a song off of their new album “Gone Sovereign”. Corey sprinted across the stage like a man on fire, growling “This is mine!” into the microphone, clenching it tightly with both hands. The following two songs I was able to shoot included “Absolute Zero” and “Mission Statement”. “This generation needs to unplug and live their fucking lives!” was the impassioned statement before launching into Audio Secrecy‘s “Digital”.
After ripping through several more songs including “RU486, Corey introduced the band which included Roy Mayorga. He mentioned that Roy had survived a minor stroke, which happened back in May of 2011 following a show in Des Moines, IA. From the look of things, Roy made it through his ordeal juuuuust fine. After “Say You’ll Haunt Me”, the band left the stage for a brief moment.
Taylor came back out on stage alone, but also wielding a guitar. He worked his way into the Alice in Chains classic “Nutshell”. This surprise cover wound its way into “Bother”, which was the first time of the evening that I felt the entire crowd really click with the band. Half way through the song, the audience was taking entire lines from Corey, which was responded to with several “Fuck ya, man!” expressions, verbal and nonverbal.
Roy Mayorga came back to the stage and took a seat at his drum kit and was met by Corey. They exchanged a few hand shakes, fist bumps, words and returned to their former positions on stage. In yet another surprise move, Corey and Roy kicked into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious”! They stopped about two verses in and he exclaimed “Where the fuck did that come from?” and laughed a bit; this guy was just having fun. Taylor later stated that this was his favorite stop on the tour thus far. Yes, we have all heard this at pretty much every show we’ve ever been to, but I am going to go ahead and believe him, and tell the next towns on the tour to step it up!
This tour is in support of the newest album House of Gold & Bones Part 1, and it was announced that House of Gold & Bones Part 2 will be released on April 9th, 2013. That being said, if you missed Stone Sour on this most recent tour, you will probably have a chance again very soon.
Stone Sour Set List:
Hell & Consequence
Made of Scars
Rumor of Skin
Say You’ll Haunt Me
Nutshell (Alice in Chains Cover)
Superstitious (Stevie Wonder Cover)
Through the Glass
The Travelers, Part 2
Last of the Real