Korn & Rob Zombie: Return of the Dreads Tour
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 23, 2016
After seeing Metallica in concert and driving 14 hours in a cramped car from Minneapolis to Toronto, getting a limited amount of sleep and eating way too much fast food, going to another concert may not have been high on the list of things to do for most people. Well I took a nice hot shower at the Airbnb my boyfriend and I booked for the night and went back out to rock some more the next day.
Prior to booking the trip to Minneapolis I had already purchased tickets to see In This Moment, Rob Zombie and Korn in Toronto through Groupon for $15 CAD each at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The tickets were for general admission lawn seating, which can be better than the 400 sections if you go early enough to claim a spot. We are kind of self-proclaimed pros at this venue now as we go to a lot of concerts there.
- We drove to the venue and paid $25 CAD for parking. We were there from around 2pm- 11pm. Parking in the lot is hard to come by if you are not there early. If taking the GO Train you need to get off at the Exhibition stop and walk through the Exhibition Place grounds to get to the venue (keep walking towards the water over a bridge).
- If you are sitting on the lawn I find it’s good to go 30 minutes after doors have opened (the first 30 minutes are usually people trying to get to the front of the pit) and then walk to the middle of the lawn where the concrete meets the grass.
- Whether it had been raining or not I always bring a large garbage bag that I’ve cut in half to lie on the grass first to keep out moisture. Then I bring a thin bed sheet along with a thicker blanket. Even in the summer months it can get cold there because it is on water.
- You are allowed to bring in 1 sealed bottle of water. Which I recommend doing since water is $4 CAD.
- WEAR EARPLUGS! Just because it’s an outdoor venue doesn’t mean it’s not loud. There’s no way I could sit through some of the concerts I’ve attended there without wearing earplugs.
As I said we parked in the lot around 2pm and had some time to kill before the show started. The Canadian National Exhibition was going on at the time and with a concert ticket you were able to get in for free. Some people we talked to had to purchase a CNE ticket first and would get reimbursed at the venue, but we just had to show our concert tickets at the front gate and they let us in.
We enjoyed drinking slushies, eating corn on the cob and playing some of the carnival games. I played this one game where they had to guess your weight and be within 3 lbs either way. If they were correct you lost, if they were wrong you won a stuffed toucan. I always thought that I weigh a lot more than I look so I thought it would be an easy win.
This worker guessed I was 15 pounds heavier than I actually was! I got on the scale and was even 2 lbs lighter than I was expecting, so with my mouth gaping open in shock I took that toucan bird and left.
When we got to the concert venue we heard that In This Moment wouldn’t be performing due to issues getting over the border which was really disappointing since I really like that band. I still bought some merchandise of theirs.
We took our usual place in the lawn seating for the concert to start, but unfortunately with the absence of In This Moment we had to sit through a DJ set of random music. Then Rob Zombie came onstage with an amazing background set surrounding him. This was my second time seeing him and I love to watch him dance. It’s so funny because he’s so into it. His wife Sheri Moon Zombie was also there as she brought him out some blow up aliens at one point that went into the audience. He played a lot off his new record The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser including songs commonly known as Get High, Gore Whore and Everybody’s Fucking in a UFO.
This was my third time seeing Korn and my boyfriend’s second. He said this was his favourite show of theirs as their energy was much higher this time around. This was before their new album came out so they played their hits for the majority of their set. Jonathan Davis played the bagpipes like usual, which is always a crowd favourite and they played Twist after announcing the song came out almost 20 years ago. This made me feel sooo old! They then played my all time favourite song of theirs Make Me Bad. As the concert came to a close Korn released the release day of their new album via the background image on the stage
A short video I took of Korn performing Freak On A Leash: