Sorry, I have been very busy with work. I have a ton to catch up with. Let's start with the concert I attended this summer: Slayer and King Diamond. And Hellyeah too, but they suck.
I went to Council Bluffs, IA for the Rockstar Mayhem tour which only included the main stage bands, not a huge deal though I would not have minded seeing Jungle Rot. Nevertheless, I was not going to pass up a chance to see King Diamond and Slayer for the first time.
I missed The Devil Wears Prada which is absolutely okay with me. My wife and I both had to work the day of the concert and had to stop at Raising Cane's for some chicken fingers before heading to the concert. I would not have minded missing Hellyeah either, but we managed to make it to their set.
Hellyeah was about what I expected. The singer, previously from Mudvayne made one of those "metal saved my life" speeches which is kind of meh. The music was pretty bland. I have never been a big fan of Hellyeah. I just think they are kind of boring personally.
King Diamond was next to the stage and they sounded amazing. King's voice got stronger as their set rolled on and they played some great songs. They did not play "Don't Break the Oath" to the dismay of one fan that kept screaming for them to play it. I did enjoy the inclusion of some Mercyful Fate tracks. The decorations were a nice touch to the stage and King made things very entertaining with his onstage antics.
I ran into Kelly from Full Metal Attorney and we spent some time catching up. It was the first time I have actually seen him since law school. We chatted about the bands and other concerts we have been to and laughed at my wife who was reading the first Game of Thrones book during the concert.
Slayer took the stage and played a blistering set hitting all of the typical Slayer tracks. "Raining Blood", "Angel of Death", "South of Heaven", and "Dead Skin Mask" all were played. I was a little disappointed about the lack of "Seasons in the Abyss" personally, but that is a bit of an oddity in the Slayer catalog.
All in all, it was a great time. I don't get to too many concerts these days, but I had to make it for Slayer and King Diamond.