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Chicago Open Air Festival - Saturday

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Jul 15, 2017 – 1:00 PM

7000 South Harlem Avenue
Bridgeview, IL 60455 Map

  • Godsmack
  • KORN
  • Seether

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Godsmack: Godsmack came as a breath of fresh air to the world of heavy metal when they arrived on the scene in 1998. Godsmack's ferocious tour dates and hit albums featuring the deep growl of lead singer Sully Erna earned the band the reputation as one of the most popular heavy metal bands of the new millennium. Even Godsmack's latest album, The Oracle, has given the band their third #1 album in a row, showing off their staying power. This will also be displayed on Godsmack's North American tour dates in 2011, which are tearing through arenas this summer.

Sully Erna formed Godsmack in 1995 after becoming tired of drumming and wanting to take a stab at singing. Godsmack's self-titled debut album became a huge success, going platinum four times thanks largely to the hit single, "Whatever." Headlining and high profile tour dates quickly followed, including an appearance at Ozzfest and supporting Black Sabbath on their tour. Godsmack continued to score hits with their albums, including Faceless in 2003, which featured the Grammy-nominated songs "I Stand Alone" and "Straight Out of Line."

After four years without a release, Godsmack released The Oracle in 2010. The album was praised by fans and critics as a return to the band's signature sound displayed on their first album. The album has also reignited Godsmack's tenacity for touring, as the band has numerous tour dates in 2011. After finishing up headlining appearances on the Mayhem Festival on August 14, Godsmack will perform around North America where they will be supported by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Adrenaline Mob. Don't miss these 2011 tour dates as Godsmack shows the world they're still in their prime.

KORN: They emerged from the unlikely rock scene of Bakersfield, California and managed to become the forefathers of a new-age of heavy metal rock. Korn has continued to surprise us with their heavy-hitting guitar riffs and lyrics since their debut album in 1994. Now in their twenty-third year as a unstoppable musical force, Korn continues to pioneer the numetal genre with new music and pulse-pounding tour dates.

The band formed in Bakersfield in the early '90s out of the defunct band L.A.P.D. with the addition of Jonathan Davis on lead vocals. Korn released their Ross Robinson produced demo Neidermeyer's Mind in 1993 and were eventually picked up by Epic Records. They released their self-titled debut LP in 1994 which garnered a lot of attention amongst music critics and fans alike. The album was noted for the unique heavy metal sound that was soon dubbed Nu Metal for its inclusion of hip-hop raps, grunge, and metal. Korn dates were scheduled alongside hard rock band Biohazard for a national outing before heading back to the studio to craft the follow-up.

Korn released Life Is Peachy in 1996 and achieved huge success in the rock world. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and featured the Grammy nominated single "No Place to Hide". Korn tour dates were scheduled as the co-headlining act on the Lollapalooza Festival in 1997 with Tool. 1998 proved to be the band's hugest year to-date when they released Follow the Leader to massive commercial success. It featured the singles "Got The Life" and "Freak on a Leash", both of which received heavy rotation on MTV. The video for "Freak on a Leash" won the band their first Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Short-Form Music Video and was nominated for nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1998. The album went on to sell ten million copies worldwide and was certified five times platinum in the United States. In support of the album, the band started their own headlining music festival called The Family Values Tour in 1998 which they have revived several times throughout the past two decades.

The band released their third album Issues in 1999, it immediately debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and outsold new releases from Dr. Dre and Celine Dion. The band went on to release several more albums in the 2000s including Untouchables in 2002, Take a Look in the Mirror in 2003 and a Greatest Hits collection in 2005 before parting ways with Epic Records. Korn signed a lucrative deal with EMI and Virgin Records to distribute their music, license their image, and schedule their tours. Their first Virgin release was See You on the Other Side in 2005 and Korn tour dates were scheduled on the accompanying "See You On The Other Side Tour" throughout the year. The band resurrected the "Family Values Tour" in 2006 and toured internationally with the Deftones and Flyleaf. On the 2007 "Family Values Tour", the band recorded a session of the successful MTV Unplugged series which was the first time a metal band was featured on the acoustic music program. To close out the decade, the band released an untitled album in 2008 and their most recent album Korn III: Remember Who You Are in 2010.

Korn's 2010 concert schedule included a co-headlining outing with Disturbed on the "Music as a Weapon V Tour", which featured Sevendust as the opening act. This was shortly before the band signed with Roadrunner Records, releasing The Path of Totality as their first album with the label. The album -- which was produced by Skrillex and Datsik, among others -- featured a prominent dubstep sound that was commended as bold and innovative by numerous music critics.

2013's aptly titled album, The Paradigm Shift, not only saw the return of Korn's signature, heavier sound, but also original guitarist Brian "Head Welch". Once again held to the standard of Korn's early work, the album met the expectations of both critics and fans. Longtime listeners of the group rallied around the band's return to its roots, and Brian Welch has said that Korn's next album, The Serenity of Suffering, will be even heavier.

Seether: On their sixth full-length album Isolate and Medicate, multi-platinum alternative rock trio Seether – Shaun Morgan [vocals, guitar], Dale Stewart [bass, backing vocals], and John Humphrey [drums] – strip their trademark melodic thrash to its core and deliver the most poignant, passionate, and powerful record of their illustrious career. With rigorous minimalism and maturity, chief songwriter Shaun Morgan – long one of rock’s most unheralded melodists, has become a composer of deep emotion and clear-eyed vulnerability. The band too has developed into one of rock’s most fearsome units, playing with precision, grit and authority, yet still light on their feet. After 15+ years of hardscrabble success, it’s evident that Seether felt like survival was not enough. They had something to prove with this new album – somewhere farther to go.

One reason for the new approach must surely be Seether’s close partnership with ace producer Brendan O’Brien (Springsteen, Pearl Jam). More like a member of the band than a hired gun, O’Brien repeatedly championed Morgan as one of music’s most gifted songwriters and vocalists and Seether as one of rock’s most extraordinary bands. His unrelenting faith in their talent and potential has been something of a North Star for Seether, helping them struggle through and outlast some very dark times.

Recognizing that he needed to limit distractions, in early 2013 Morgan went about constructing a refuge in his New Hampshire home – a space where these new songs could develop and take shape. “I actually built a room that I could write in,” he recalls. “I personally pulled out the carpet, put in wood flooring, decorated, and painted. After getting off the road, it was a process of preparation to get the environment just right. I made a place that I felt comfortable and creative in. I was able to be safe and isolated, concentrating on writing music instead of dealing with the distractions that come with daily life.”

Lyrically, Morgan has never been afraid to look his demons in the eye. The people in these songs confront the truth with simmering rage; it’s the fuel they need to make them feel alive. “The whole record is a collection of diary entries,” Morgan revealed. “It’s just where I’m at and what I’m going through. I’m writing songs about getting through whatever situations I’m in at the time. These songs deal with relationships and life situations.”

Morgan emerged with a collection of fleshed-out ideas that the musicians honed during rehearsals together in drummer John Humphrey’s native Oklahoma. By the time they assembled with O’Brien to record the album at Hollywood’s Henson Studios in January 2014, their vision had clearly come into focus.

“It felt so natural,” explains Humphrey. “When we get together, there’s an indescribable chemistry. That’s all over this album. The three of us can jam together and finish a song pretty quickly. We were really focused. These guys are my second family. We’re tight musically and otherwise.”

The band cut the entire album in sixteen days. The swift recording pace did not allow them to smother the tracks with overproduction, but rather gave the songs a chance to breathe. On working with O’Brien, bassist Dale Stewart enthused, “He’s like a fourth band member at this point. We understand each other. He likes to get in there and work quickly and he encourages us to be ourselves. We often followed our first instinct. That allowed us to capture the moment.”

The album opener, “See You At The Bottom,” quickly locks in with brutal force as Morgan’s Beatles-meets-Nirvana wail comes screaming out of the speakers. From there, the album never lets up.

Gnashing riffs underpin another infectious chorus on the virulent first single, “Words As Weapons.” Morgan’s remarkable ear for indelible melodies is truly the band’s secret weapon. It’s what makes Isolate and Medicate so damn listenable. Morgan makes unrelenting despair a fun listen.

“Same Damn Life” – a boiling rejection of suburban sprawl juxtaposed against Morgan’s surgery falsetto – is a pop metal surprise. “I always felt like there was something there,” Morgan said of the song. “It started from a riff and went into a vocal idea. I’m a big fan of The Beatles. It’s fun to do something with that pop element. Those are the songs that stick with you.”

The album’s centerpiece, “Crash,” is quite possibly the most beautiful song Seether has ever recorded. Gorgeous vocal lines and warm, fuzzed-out guitars cascading into pulsating wall-of-sound atmospherics mark an undeniable creative peak for the band. “It’s different from what we’ve done in the past and that excited all of us,” Stewart says. “It doesn’t follow the stereotypical formula. It’s pretty. It’s heavy. It’s emotional and deep.”

Another reason for the band’s fresh outlook is the strong support and enthusiasm they feel from new label partners The Bicycle Music Company/Concord Music Group. The brothers-in-arms feel was galvanized with their new team. “In one of our first meetings with the label, we played everybody five or six completed songs,” Morgan remembers. “This marked the first time anybody outside of the band and Brendan listened to it. Afterwards, everybody was really excited and happy. Seeing the level of enthusiasm was great. That felt like the moment everything came together. It was a rebirth, in a sense.”

Seether has worked tirelessly to reach this point. The hard rocking outfit originally from Pretoria, South Africa has now released eight albums in all, two of which have gone Platinum and two more that are certified Gold along with a live concert DVD that has sold over 500,000 units – for total worldwide sales in excess of 4.5 million. The consistent hit makers have quietly amassed eleven #1 singles and seventeen Top 5 multi-format hits resulting in singles sales that top seven million – a level of success few artists working today can match. Seether has averaged 120 performances a year, crisscrossing the globe, emerging into headlining mainstays and featured performers on many of the world’s biggest rock festivals.

Isolate and Medicate will undoubtedly resonate deeply with the group’s fiercely loyal fans. “I hope everybody can feel this,” concludes Humphrey. “It’s a special album for us, and we put everything we had into it.”

Morgan completes the sentiment, “I want them to walk away having enjoyed the music. I want them to get the same emotional sense and happiness we feel listening to it. It’s so important and tied to memories we’ve all had. When somebody listens, it’ll hopefully make them feel good. They will know they’re not alone. That’s the reason we do it.”

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