It seems like an age since the last time we saw Stone Sour play live. We remember it well; Download Festival 2013, fresh off of the release of House Of Gold & Bones and back then we were blown away. So fast forward four fucking years to 2017 and we have a juicy new record and a super shiny arena tour cycle to indulge on. Yorkshire was an absolute icebox that day, but if anyone is going to bring the heat, it’s Corey Motherfucking Taylor.
But before we get to all the inflatable arm flailing goodness of Stone Sour, we had quite the opening act to warm up with. That’s right The Pretty Reckless was up first and looking like Ozzy Osbourne MK.II, leading lady Taylor Momsen wasted no time in mesmerizing her audience. Like a cyclone of blonde hair and black leather, The Pretty Reckless burst onto stage with the orgasm heavy hit ‘Follow Me Down’. Being the first of only a two-band bill, The Pretty Reckless had a lot to pull off. However the turn out was incredible. Our ears were buzzing with slick solos, rough ‘n’ ready vocals and endless: “We love you Taylor’s” from the crowd. As well as that one lady who’s favourite phrase that day was: “Get naked!” Alcohol really does do the strangest things. TPR’s setlist was a solid hybrid as a whole; bringing both heavy rock anthems from 2014’s Going To Hell, blues orientated numbers from last year’s Who You Selling For, as well as a couple from the first record including ‘Make Me Wanna Die’. The mix up was great. Not often do you see so much diversity in such a short amount of time. Tracks like ‘Hangman’ and ‘Sweet Things’ worked in tandem to showcase TPR’s entire spectrum of musical fortitude. We’d like to give a shout out to string slayer Ben Phillips for some of the tightest solos we’ve seen in a long time, and to Taylor of course for just oozing beauty and immense talent. If you haven’t yet been to a Pretty Reckless show, make it happen people.
There’s really not a bad word you can say against Stone Sour. The inexperienced/uneducated may think Stone Sour live in Slipknot’s shadow, but you’ve only got to see them take the stage to realize that notion is complete folly. These guys love what they do, and when they audibly erupt onstage the passion for their craft just surges through you. Touring in support of their sixth and arguably most creative record Hydrograd, Stone Sour detonated a bunch of new tracks including ‘Knievel Has Landed’ and ‘Rose Red Violet Blue’, as well as bangers like ‘Get Inside’ from the very first record. Corey Taylor is just talent personified. He’s one of the most gifted and humble human beings to walk the earth and it’s a delight to watch him flip you off on stage never mind watching him crush it time and time again. Similarly to TPR before them, Stone Sour’s set was a mix of both heavy and mellow.
Transitioning from neck snapping soundtracks like ‘30/30-150’ to heartfelt serenades like ‘Hesitate’ in a smooth coherent motion, it was simply faultless. In addition to this, the crowd itself was a major plus point. Turning up for the support act was a good start, but Yorkshire lost its collective shit for Stone Sour. With a real mixed bag of ages, and sexes for that matter, this crowd was electric. Singing every word to every song and starting a fucking pit to ‘Through Glass’, you did the north proud Leeds you crazy bastards. Corey Said that Stone Sour will be back sooner than we all think, and we are praying for a club tour or obviously some UK festival appearances next year. Either way we will be attending, it’s already been too long since last time. Best of luck on the rest of the tour chaps, you were FABULESS.