Mohegan Sun Arena
May 10, 2015
A couple of weeks ago at Mohegan Sun Arena, I had the opportunity to catch one hell of a lineup: Hellyeah, Papa Roach and Godsmack. For a Sunday, it was fairly packed and a great way to end the weekend.
As soon as everyone piled inside the venue, it wasn’t long till Hellyeah unleashed their incredible set upon the crowd. They started their set off immediately with “War in Me,” and at the beginning of “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood for Blood),” bassist Kyle Sanders spat blood on frontman Chad Gray’s face, really adding to the theme of the song. After “Demons in the Dirt” and “Cross to Bier (Cradle of Bones),” they continued their highly energetic set with “Moth,” “Say When,” and ended their show on a fantastic note, “You Wouldn’t Know.” The night was still young and this awesome show was just beginning.
The crew began to set up for Papa Roach and cheers of excitement rang throughout the venue. The
lights then dimmed and all of the members of Papa Roach emerged from the darkness, kicking the set with “Face Everything And Rise,” “Getting Away with Murder,” and “Between Angels and Insects.” During “Where Did the Angels Go,” frontman, Jacoby Shaddix, hopped off the stage and ran throughout the stands, ending his path in the middle of a mosh pit. He made his way back to the stage to continue with “Broken Home” adding a snippet of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.
After performing “Forever,” the band did a tour debut of their current single, “Gravity” without In This Moment’s Maria Brink. Papa Roach kept the party going with their hits, “Scars,” “Hollywood Whore,” “Lifeline.” Their set was coming to an end but they concluded it with a bang, to say the least, with “Last Resort,” and “….To Be Loved.” It was safe to say that Papa Roach really warmed up the crowd for Godsmack.
It felt like an eternity waiting for Godsmack to make their appearance known. Finally, the lights dimmed and a good portion of the introduction was a series of flashing lights, finally ending with the band making their grand entrance.They started their set right off with “1000hp,” “Cryin’ Like a Bitch!!,” “The Enemy,” and “What’s Next.” Fans sang along passionately and waved their horns in the air. Not a moment was wasted as the band continued with “Straight Out of Line,” “Awake,” “Something Different,” “The Oracle,” “Keep Away,” and “Voodoo.” It was certainly a sight to see as fans moved from side to side, matching to the rhythm of the song.
To end the night on an incredibly explosive note, Godsmack finished their set with “Batalla de los Tambores,” “Whatever,” and “I Stand Alone.” They left the stage as the crowd begged for more their sweet sound. However, the fans left the arena with giant grins plastered on their faces, beyond happy that these three bands ended their weekend on an amazing note.
All in all, this was an outstanding night and all three bands did an amazing job! Be sure to check out their future tour dates. They each put on shows you do not want to miss.