Dillinger Escape Plan / Mastodon / Norma Jean

Dillinger Escape Plan / Mastodon / Norma Jean: live in Orlandolive in Orlando (2002)
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I bought my ticket for the escape plan a few weeks before the show, it was supposedly sold out earlier this week, but still many people showed up without tickets, and some got in, others watched from outside of the social, an intimate venue of a 450 capacity. The first band of the night, to my su.

I bought my ticket for the escape plan a few weeks before the show, it was supposedly sold out earlier this week, but still many people showed up without tickets, and some got in, others watched from outside of the social, an intimate venue of a 450 capacity.

The first band of the night, to my surprise was Norma Jean, who immediatly grabbed the crowd's attention from the first note. The singer had incredible energy right from the first intense scream, which was followed by a stage dive. His stage movements resembled that of Geoff from Thursday, but seemed to have more energy. This was an incredible impressive set, which featured incredible crowd participation, and amazing guitar work.

The next band was Atlanta, Georgia's Mastodon, who began the set with a joke about the lead guitarist looking like Sammy Hagar and the singer from the spin doctors. They began the 45 minute set with a slow, heavy song that featured incredible guitar work and death metal vocals, this song seemed to set the tone for the rest of the set, that the crowd seemed to enjoy immensely. At this point the pit is quite crazy, however it wouldn't prove to be anywhere near as intense as dillinger's pit. Mastodon then ended thier set with a thin lizzy cover, which i think was pretty cool. Overall an excellent set.

During the wait for The Dillinger Escape Plan, the crowd seemed very anxious, the social was absolutely packed at this point. One man in the crowd continued to yell "Dillinger!!!!!" every 30 seconds for the 30 minute wait. During the wait, Jazz was played, a change of pace from the rest of the night, but enough to cause a pit from the overly anxious crowd.

The lights dimmed at the social, and an NWA song came blaring over the speakers, the floor started thier decent into insanity at this point, then the band took the stage, they started off with "Hollywood Squares" off of the new EP on Epitaph, this sent the floor into an absolute frenzy, Dillinger's set included strobe lights for every song, it was incredibly intense. every member of the band, had great stage energy, with Ben litterally bouncing off the walls of the social at many points, one such instance had him jumping on top of his amp, however the amp fell onto a mic, and broke the amp, this delayed the set about 5 minutes, but once the songs resumed, so did the energy. They ran through songs from all of thier releases, including 4 songs off of the new EP. however the best was yet to come.

During the last song, which i believe was "running board", the singer, who had already torn down the curtains on stage, pulled out a torch from behind one of the amps, he lit the torch on fire and began to run around on stage, the crowd went absolutely wild, then, he kneeled down, and drank a bottle of what seemed to be kerosene, he then stood up, and spit the kerosene at the torch, which made flames shoot through the air over the pit, this was amazing, he did this about 10 times, he would have kids hold the torch while he spit it, it was truly one of, if not the the best set i have ever seen.

Seeing this tour is an absolute must.


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Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

its mastOdon. thanks.

Anonymous (December 15, 2002)

Oh, im sorry, i just remember him saying "this one is called the running board", i didnt remember any break between the song, i thought thats what he was playing when he spit the fire, sorry, my mistake.

Anonymous (December 15, 2002)

I was at the show and the last song (the one he breathed fire to) was "43% Burnt." And I believe it was some sort of hard liquor, not kerosene. I have no idea how he got away with that, cuz i've seen the Social kick out kids for dancing/kicking in the pit. In any case, they fuckin rocked it hard. I'm not a big metal fan, but I love DEP and their live shows are like something I've never seen before.

Anonymous (December 13, 2002)

i was at the show, it was really amazing, what a way to start my 17 year of life, seeing my bday was nov 30th and the show was the 3rd...everyone must see this tour!

Anonymous (December 12, 2002)

DEP are fucking badass, i need to see them live. Norma Jean are sick too.

Anonymous (December 12, 2002)

I have seen Mastadon several times, they own the crowd when they play. I highly recommend checking them out.

FeedMyNightmare (December 11, 2002)

Ohhh shit! Norma Jean will fucking destroy you. I wish this tour was coming to Tuffalo.

TJmoney (December 11, 2002)

That's the coolest thing i've ever heard of someone doing!!!!!

Anonymous (December 11, 2002)

How bout Dillinger in Reading England when Greg shit right on the stage and dedicated it to the crowd for all the shit bands everybody was going to see the rest of the day. Those bands included Slipknot and Prodigy and Incubus. Dillinger is worth a lot of money to see best stage show ever, they go fucking retarded and it is so awesome

Hamish (December 11, 2002)

Yeah, I was at Krazy Fest, their set was freaking insane. One song into their set and they had already busted guitars and cut themselves.

TJmoney (December 11, 2002)

they have curtains at the social now...good review by the way I had a couple friends who went to this show they said it was gooooooood.

Anonymous (December 11, 2002)

I saw DEP last night in Chicago...this guy is fucking great...He was totally awesome on the Patton tracks, Hollywood Squares sounded really good.

Anonymous (December 11, 2002)

Did any of you catch them at Krazyfest this year? That place went nuts when they did "Rebel Yell".


Anonymous (December 11, 2002)

doesn't he shoot the fire during 43% burnt? (he did in Austin) And I think he uses a hard liquor, not kerosene. Other than that, yeah. DEP is infuckingsane.

Anonymous (December 10, 2002)

Sounded like an awesome show. i wish i could have been there.

Anonymous (December 10, 2002)

He sounded good, there was a difference, but for the most part he sounded dead on, he sounded exactly like him on the intro to "come to daddy" he screamed most of the effects, and he also screamed those slow, sung breakdowns from "calcultaing infinity"

Hamish (December 10, 2002)

Question for anyone at the shows on this tour: how did Greg sound singing the Patton tracks? I'm wondering if they sound any good without the crazy effects. Does he just do a straight-forward scream on them?

Anonymous (December 10, 2002)

this is an awesome review

Anonymous (December 10, 2002)

DEP is to this day, one of the few bands that I will watch from a distance. They are that fucking nuts. I have seen them live three times and every time is absolute insanity.

1.) The first time I saw them, the lead singer was swinging the mic and let it go by accident, hitting this guy's head and cracking it open, who was only a few feet ahead of me. Rumor is they took him out to dinner that night.

2.) The second time, they did their fire breathing bit and played Nirvana's "breed"...pretty good rendition of a good song.

3.) The third time was also nuts. During the first song, one of the guitar players smashed his guitar, lit it on fire and threw it at the crowd. Also, since it was an outdoor venue, some little black kids snuck into the show. Dillinger had them run around in circles inside the pit. They must have been going like:"white boys must be crazy"

One of the best live acts definitely. Their whole not-talking-to-the-crowd attitude only adds to their mystique.

waste_elite (December 10, 2002)

how the hell did they get away with that torch stunt. at most venues these days you get jumped by security guards for sneezing.

Anonymous (December 10, 2002)

carosene: spelled kerosene.
also you forgot to mention he jumped into the pit with the torch, spitting the fire at the dancing hardcore boys before climbing back on stage and then having the crowd hold the torch as he spat the fire into the people. RAD AS FUCK show.

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