Make America Rock Again was a three month tour that featured Adelitas Way, Trapt, Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool and Scott Stapp.
The tour made a stop in Corbin Kentucky at the Corbin Arena on Sept. 22.
For late September the weather in the mountains of east Kentucky was perfect, blue skies and warm temperatures. The 2 hour drive went off without a hitch as I made my way to the Corbin Arena for what was sure to be a great show. I was not disappointed!
Opening on this night of Make America Rock Again was Las Vegas, Nevada’s own Adelitas Way. Rock they did! The set list not only included two songs from their 2017 release Notorious – Ready For War (Pray For Peace) and the title track Notorious – it also included their first big hit Invincible among several other of their hits. Adelitas Way had the perfect set list to start this show!
Trapt was next to bring the rock to Corbin. Their set list was full of hit songs as well. Headstrong and Still Frame were both #1 hits from their self-titled 2002 release Trapt. Also included in this great set of songs was Castaway from their 2016 album DNA. Trapt was been around since 1997 and this well played tight set showed that experience.
The Australian trio by way of Los Angeles – Sick Puppies was next on the Corbin Arena stage. Once they took the stage, it was full throttle. Emma, Mark and Bryan didn’t let up. Straight into a killer set that included songs like Stick To Your Guns from the 2016 release Fury and Riptide from the 2009 release Tri-Polar. No Sick Puppies show would be complete without one of their biggest hits You’re Going Down also from 2009’s Tri-Polar. Sick Puppies high energy show was the perfect lead in to the next act on the bill.
Representing the Lone Star state, Drowning Pool brought to Corbin (quoting their Facebook page bio) “Giant riffs, crowd moving grooves and monstrous vocals” From start to finish Jason Moreno, CJ Pierce, Steve Benton and Mike Luce made sure those of us in attendance knew that Drowning Pool is still rocking and rocking hard!! With songs like Sinner, Step Up and Tear Away if there were any doubts about Drowning Pool they were quickly shredded! Closing the set with the biggest hit off of their platinum selling debut album Sinner, Bodies, singer Jason Moreno did one of the coolest things I’ve witnessed in a long time. He left the stage to sing Bodies but he just didn’t stay with those in the first few rows he circled the entire floor of the arena all the way to the back at the merchandise tables. He had the crowd worked up, singing with him as he made he’s way back to the stage. It was a great way to close a killer set!
Scott Stapp, what can I say about the headliner of this killer night of music? He’s the lead singer of Creed and Art of Anarchy, author, two solo albums, many many times platinum, Grammy winner, and numerous #1 hits. I’ve always been a Creed fan and a fan of his solo work, but I wasn’t really a fan of the man until I read his book, that changed my mind. I was looking forward to seeing him perform, to see how he looked and hear what he sounded like. I was not disappointed! He sounded and looked great! His band was incredible and Yiannis Papadopoulos on lead guitar is amazing! The Creed songs they performed were spot on if not better than the original. My Own Prison, What If, Higher, With Arms Wide Open and My Sacrifice, just to name a few. He talked with the crowd between songs also told them about the charity Child Fund International invited any and all to sponsor a child. Scott Stapp and his band put on a show that I personally will not soon forget!
The Corbin Arena is a great place to see a show! They have addressed the problems they had in April of this year. If you’re not attending shows because of what you heard, get out and give them a chance I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
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All photos by Tom Biggs at TRB Photography LLC
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