The wait had finally ended for everyone in Erie, PA as fans packed the Erie Insurance Arena to witness the Prepare for Hell Tour.
Since late January, the metal heads of Erie, PA had been looking forward to this night. A town that does not get a lot of big name rock/metal shows showed their love for metal by lining up at the doors at 2PM and keeping the energy up throughout the night.
The energy was palpable once Hatebreed took the stage. With the place jumping and the fans moshing, it made lead singer Jamey Jasta’s job very easy. Fans were in for a treat this night hearing the band play their greatest hits. Hatebreed had plenty of material to draw upon as the band celebrated their 20-year anniversary in 2014. Overall the set was incredible; the band brought their A-Game and met all fan expectations and more.
Following the short break in between bands, it was time for Slipknot. Lead Singer Corey Taylor addressed the crowd right away telling them to show him what they got. Straight from the first hit of the drum, fans were crowd surfing and moshing. Similar to Hatebreed’s set, it made Taylor’s job very easy as Erie natives let out what seemed to be an overdue amount of time without a metal show. Though it was not enough for Taylor as he looked out to a sold out floor of people he kept wanting more.
It got to the point where fans were surfing and moshing without music even playing! After seeing what the fans had to offer, Taylor was impressed to the point where he stated that he will “spread the word to bands about Erie, PA and tell band how crazy the crowds are.” The metal heads of Slipknot played six songs off of their newest album, .5: The Gray Chapter, and went old school the rest of the night by playing fan favorites such as “Psychosocial,” “Duality,” “Before I Forget,” and “People = Shit.”
Both bands gave the Erie fans what they have wanted for so long. The tour made a killer line up, and wouldn’t be shocked to see more bands in the city of Erie, PA very soon.