Live Review: Stone Sour — Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Hollywood
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 09:09:12
Stone Sour remain one of the most important bands in rock 'n' roll.
The quintet proved that once more with a riveting performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. Stone Sour were made for arenas, and that was instantly apparent the moment that frontman Corey Taylor crept up to the microphone at the center of Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s indoor stage. Taylor divinely uttered the first lines of "Hesitate," the band's current single from their stunning third offering, Audio Secrecy, and instantly his uniquely warm delivery sent the tightly packed crowd into rock rapture. He strummed out a slow, airy chord progression as guitarist Josh Rand peppered the melody with spacey sonic flourishes. Shawn Economaki's bass reverberated briskly as Taylor kicked into the timeless chorus. The hook sailed off Hollywood Boulevard and far into space as Taylor carried the audience with a poetic and passionate power.
The song's guitar lead bared a classic sense of soul. Guitarist Jim Root architected the solo with a surgical precision mirroring Taylor's inspirational intensity in each bar. By the time the final refrain resounded, Taylor and Co. had already launched into preparations for "Say You'll Haunt Me." Here, Root added some improvisational fret fireworks mid-song while Taylor haunted every psyche in view with his darkly gorgeous lyrics and inimitable voice. Roy Mayorga pounded out the groove with the spirit of Keith Moon and John Bonham at his side, and a fire of his own burning inside. Meanwhile, the guitars echoed Jimmy Page's bound-breaking poise while illuminating Root and Rand's personal prowess with the instrument. Economaki held it all down perfectly, as Taylor guided the band into true hard rock supremacy with these two televised songs.
Jimmy Kimmel shook hands with the band and Taylor humbly nodded his head to the crowd with a wide smile. As far as talk shows go, Jimmy Kimmel Live! has its finger on the pulse more than anyone and showcasing Stone Sour gave the world something special. Ultimately though, Stone Sour will last alongside rock's brightest luminaries—Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden—but they may even burn more brilliantly if they keep it up.
Did you see Stone Sour on Jimmy Kimmel Live!?
Check out our exclusive "Rogue On Rogue" interview between Corey Taylor and legendary director Wes Crave here!
Taylor talks Audio Secrecy here!