Just two dates into their headlining run on their current Revolver Road to the Golden Gods Tour with tourmates In This Moment and Hell or Highwater, Stone Sour invaded the House of Blues in Boston last night (April 3) like a band on a mission.
Renaissance man Corey Taylor quickly made contact with the crowd sharing with them that “it was a special time” for the band and that April was officially "Stone Sour Month." It would be hard to look at it any other way with the tour in motion and the second part of their ambitious double concept disc, ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 2,’ due out next week on April 9. In fact, Taylor may have been playing it safe claiming only April, as the whole year is shaping up to be a good one for Stone Sour.
Stone Sour kicked off their set with the double single from Part 1 of ‘House of Gold & Bones’ - ‘Gone Sovereign’ and ‘Absolute Zero.’ They didn’t dig too deeply into 'Part 2' but did offer up the lead off single ‘Do Me a Favor’ as part of their set. Having seen both Slipknot and Stone Sour play live multiple times in the past, it’s always refreshing to see the transformation between the two camps. Taylor and guitarist Jim Root get to shed their Slipknot masks, and while the intensity is dialed down a few notches, their unadulterated love for the stage remains.
Fans feeling a bit nostalgic were treated to several tracks off 2006’s ‘Come What(ever) May,’ as well as the massive hit ‘Bother’ off Stone Sour's debut disc.
Soundwise, Stone Sour have never been better live -- a perfect mix of top-notch musicianship and a nod to the sound guy. Also great to see was drummer Roy Mayorga back in his rightful spot behind the kit. Taylor, Root and Mayorga were rounded out by Josh Rand on guitar and Johny Chow filling in as a touring bassist for now, but making a great case for becoming a permanent part of the band given how great they worked together as a cohesive unit.
Taylor was completely connected to the crowd throughout the evening, commenting about Fenway Park being right across the street and his love for the city of Boston. Their set clocked in at about one hour and fifteen minutes, which likely left some fans longing for a bit more, but with a new disc on the way we can only hope that a summer tour is not that far behind.
Stone Sour’s current tour continues through April and right on up to May 2 when they will perform at the 5th annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Calif.
Check out our photos from Stone Sour's show at the House of Blues in Boston: