An earful of Korn powers Projekt show

06.05.2008
MANSFIELD -- Leaving the stage after a shattering hourlong set, Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer tossed picks into the audience before delivering this declaration: "Next time, we're closing this [expletive] show!"

See, Projekt Revolution is Linkin Park's baby, and appropriately that band closes each show, including Thursday's stop at the Tweeter Center. But it was Korn that hit the stage as if it were storming a beach in battle with a ferocious performance that blended fan favorites and an eclectic selection of covers. Dressed in his traditional black leather kilt, singer Jonathan Davis went full tilt on every song, and the band was so brutally loud it could make your eyes water. He tore through the hits "Got the Life," "A.D.I.D.A.S," "Freak on a Leash" and "Falling Away from Me," but it was the cover songs that sparkled even more. There was Metallica's "One," Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall," and especially Davis's surprisingly credible version of Cameo's 1980s club classic "Word Up," in which he nailed Larry Blackmon's funky drawl.
So Linkin Park had a tough act to follow, although there were more than enough fans left to motivate them. As the current kings of raging Abercrombie & Fitch shoppers, Linkin Park opened with "Don't Stay," from its current hit CD, "Meteora." Whereas Korn's Davis is an angry screamer, singer Chester Bennington wails and whines like a child unhappy to have been born into this cruel, cold world. That's Linkin Park in a nutshell, with little variations in theme or tempo. Song after song, whether its the balladlike "Somewhere I Belong" or "Nobody's Listening," Linkin Park is Bennington hunched over like a question mark, bellowing bombastic lyrics of adolescent angst.

Of course, there was no angst to be found during Snoop Dogg's set. Not only was the rapper in fine voice, but such songs as "Murder Was the Case," "Who Am I (What's My Name)?," and "Beautiful" were polished and pumped by a live band, including a three-piece horn section. And although he once claimed to have given up marijuana, Snoop lit up what seemed to be a blunt, even sharing it with a woman in the front row.

Earlier in the day, the Used took the stage, and lead singer Bert McCracken, formerly known as somewhat of a drunken mess, appeared to have cleaned up his act. His band's big, bruising anthems such as "The Taste of Ink" and "Blue and Yellow" came across all the better for it. But Less Than Jake gets the day's nod for most energy and enthusiasm. On the main stage, it brought the crowd to its feet with ska-punk songs, especially after its guitarist leapt from the stage and sat, sang, and pogoed with the audience.

Projekt Revolution Tour:
With: Linkin Park, Korn, Snoop Dogg, the Used, Less Than Jake

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