John Labatt Centre
October 25, 2009
Review: Karen Fader McBride
Photos: Mike Forbes
Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe openly declared why they love Canada so much… we “Bring the Ruckus!” We definitely didn’t disappoint the band as around 2000+ fans rocked out to the bands headlining set at RBC Theater in John Labatts stadium in downtown London. Openers for the evening were fellow Virginia natives GWAR, who oddly enough had Lamb of God open for them back in the day.
Tonight Lamb of God had it all in their hands. Even those with seats didn’t use them as everyone stood, jumped and headbanged to each track as the band gave the them a 1 and a half hour long set. Randy was all over the stage, leaping from Chris Adler’s drum riser and leaning out over the crowd at times pointing to those high in the stands. Willie Adler on guitar and John Campbell on bass kept up the pace with fellow guitarist Mark Morton, interacting with the crowd and each other. They tore through plenty of tracks from the new album; Wrath, including “Set to Fail”, “In Your Words” and “The Passing.” Some older favourites like “Black Label” & “Ruin” got the crowd riled up and Randy demanded the entire crowd sing along with him to “Laid to Rest.”
Constantly encouraging the pit kids to “bring it on” he had the masses thrashing and moshing til the end of the show. Amongst them was a youngster confined to a wheel chair who was in the midst of it all, by choice. Randy made sure to give him a shout out at the end of the night. Mr. Blythe and I discussed this kid post show; when he first came out and saw him wheeling through the pit he was going to stop the show and ask for him to be removed for safety concerns, but it quickly became obvious he was in his element so Randy went on with the show. Perhaps Lamb of God was even upstaged a tad by this show off on wheels. All in all a kick ass show, Props to the 519! You can catch Lamb of God as direct support for Metallica in a city near you.
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