Stone Sour – Glasgow, SSE Hydro, Glasgow - 8 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 10 December 2017 04:00

When you bring an arena tour around the UK with only one support act, you had better make sure they are worthy of warming up your 14,000-strong audience. Stone Sour made sure to bring an act that would not only warm up the crowd, but whip them into a frenzy ready for the party Corey Taylor and company were sure to bring.


Pretty Reckless


The Pretty Reckless were the chosen ones, proving their worth as the warm up. Opening their set with ‘Going To Hell’ you could be forgiven for thinking you were at a TPR headline show.


The New Yorkers were given a generous hour long set in which they showcased songs from each of their 3 full length albums. Opening with hit single ‘Follow Me Down’, there were a few awkward smiles from the younger audience members and security as the opening sexual moans blare out over the PA.


If there were ever any doubts as to the actress come rock stars ability to hold her own in the cut throat music industry ‘Sweet things’ shows us that she can wail like the best of them. A call for crowd participation during ‘Heaven Knows’ is fulfilled by the Glasgow audience. ‘Going To Hell’ brings another chance for the crowd to sing along. Momsen draws you in with her captivating performance and strong vocals matched perfectly with the blistering guitar skills of Ben Phillips and an impressive light show worthy of a headline slot alone.


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Now with the crowd fully warmed up and raring to go, Stone Sour had to bring a top-notch show.


Set opener ‘Taipei Person/Allah Tea’ from latest album ‘Hydrograd’ launches the SSE Hydro into a frenzy with pyrotechnic sparklers before Corey Taylor draws a huge cannon to shower the crowd in confetti. The party has well and truly been kicked up to 11.


The first moment of silence from the music the crowd jumped at the chance to song ‘Happy Birthday’ to front man Corey Taylor, who once again is celebrating his birthday in Glasgow.


As they powered through a set consisting of tracks from all their previous albums the Glasgow audience didn’t let up for one second. The set was well thought out catering to all fans from across their career.


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‘3030/150’ saw the return of Taylor’s confetti cannon. It is clear to see that this current line-up is the strongest and happiest yet. With every member smiling throughout the show. Their infectious energy was absorbed fully and kept the whole arena singing, shouting and dancing every second.


After dedicating ‘Hesitate’ to all the ladies in the room and perhaps feeding off the energy in the room they play through it at a faster tempo from the recorded version. As they lead into ‘Cold Reader’ and ‘Get Inside’ from their debut album, Taylor instructs the crowd to “bounce like we’re at Download 2018”. Could this mean we will be seeing a UK festival appearance next year?


A brief interruption to the set bring a special announcement over the the PA that it was Corey’s birthday, which brought the second rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ and a birthday cake being brought onto stage. Before the cake leaves the stage, Taylor takes a handful: in typical Glasgow form (we do like a good chant here) a chant of “we want cake” prompts Taylor to through handfuls of cake out to the pit.


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Bringing the main set to a close was a brilliant cover of the Black Sabbath iconic track ‘Children of the Grave’, a song that they were only playing on the British dates of the tour.


After a brief break they return for an excellent encore, ‘Gone Sovereign’, ‘Absolute Zero’ and, accompanied by five multi-coloured Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Men, ‘Fabuless’ brings the evening to a close.


The whole evening was a complete success for both bands playing blisteringly good sets. It is quite clear that every single person left with ears ringing and sore throats from belting out every single word.


Stone Sour return to British shores in June, playing the following dates:


Sunday 17 – Manchester, O2 Apollo

Monday 18 – London, Roundhouse

Tuesday 19 – Nottingham, Rock City


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