“Family Values” tour featuring Korn and Evanescence on July 27 at the Tweeter Center

A review of the “Family Values” tour featuring Korn and Evanescence on July 27, 2007, at the Tweeter Center

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Nu-Metal icons Korn hit Boston on Friday, rocking and thrashing the Tweeter Center with a set that confirmed that despite a few lineup changes, Jonathon Davis and company still have plenty left in the tank.

The show was a climactic ending to the “Family Values” tour, which Korn first started in 1998. And it was clear, despite an array of bands that started at 2 p.m., almost all were there for Korn. Clad in a black kilt and black sleeveless t-shirt, Davis led the band with frantic emotion and stage presence. Along with remaining originals, bassist “Fieldy” and guitarist “Munky,” and touring drummer Joey Jordison (of Slipknot), the band ripped through a 90-minute set.

Korn’s setlist encompassed the band’s entire career with the lone exception of 2003’s Take A Look In The Mirror. The band opened with “Here To Stay,” and by the time they reached a ravishing rendition of “Dead Bodies Everywhere” Davis had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

With a new release, Untitled, hitting stores this Tuesday, the band did take time to test some new material off their eight-studio release. “Starting Over,” “Hold On,” and “Ever Be” all made appearances alongside lead single, “Evolution,” during the encore.

A surprise rendition of “Faggots” was welcomed by a frantic sing along, as was fan favorite “Falling Away From Me.” Korn’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” brought a unique metal twist to the classic while closing out the main set. A four-song encore ended intensely, especially for those in the pit, with “Freak On A Leash” and their breakthrough hit, “Blind.”

Evanescence, the tour’s other main headliner, has certainly transformed over the past few years. Beyond the infamous dumping of the Christian market, lead singer Amy Lee has practically forced out the entire original lineup. The band is now basically the Amy Lee show; just take a listen to “Sweet Sacrifice,” where she sings, “it’s so clear now that I’m unchained.” Not surprisingly, therefore, the majority of the band’s set was dedicated to their last release, The Open Door. This included opener “Weight Of The World” and closer, “Your Star.”

Lee’s vocals soared during the band’s mid-set highlight, a cover of The Door’s classic “When You’re A Stranger.” “Call Me When You’re Sober,” a song inspired by Lee’s broken relationship with Seether’s Shaun Morgan, and breakthrough hit, “Bring Me To Life,” both ignited the crowd. However, the band reached such heights with the two crowd favorites that they could not carry the momentum through the rest of their set, which ended three songs later.

Lee has a commanding stage presence and her vocals are, without a doubt, incredible. Yet, it still seems that she does not fit the mold for some of the band’s harder songs. She is only 24-years old, so it will be very interesting to see what the future has in store for her.

Hellyeah and Trivium were main stage highlights for early goers, while Flyleaf and Atreyu did not fair as well. All in all, for concertgoers who took advantage of the bargain priced lawn tickets (at $9.95), they could not go wrong.

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