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Korn, Breaking Benjamin and Bones (UK) fill the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with anthemic rock

Winter in Minnesota usually means there’s a small break for me when it comes to show coverage. This break has typically ended in February, and this year was no different. I found myself making the trek into downtown Saint Paul to the Xcel Energy Center to cover Bones (UK), Breaking Benjamin, and Korn.

As I followed the small crown of photographers down to the pit, it wasn’t long before the arena house lights dimmed and Bones came on stage. As a band that I have yet to see or hear anything about for that matter, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this opener. However, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the powerhouse trio that confidently walked on stage. Even for the opener, the trio powered through their anthemic set with ease and proved to the crowd they are on the rise.

Next up on the bill was Breaking Benjamin. The last time I saw and photographed this band was a couple of years ago at Northern Invasion, and seeing their backdrop and stage setup instantly brought he back to that day. Even with a nearly identical setup, the band did not feel too comfortable or rehearsed, rather they immediately fed off the energy of the crowd and payed a setlist full of their hits. While I was surprised to hear the band open up their set with one of there oldest hits “The Diary of Jane,” it would have been tough for the band to pick any song that wasn’t a popular from their discography. For a a band that was direct support for the evening, Breaking Benjamin sure knew how to command the arena.

Last up for the night was Korn. This band was one that I grew up listening to, and from the multiple  generations in attendance I knew I wasn’t the only one. Starting their set off with a backdrop that displayed imagery from their latest album “The Nothing”, the cheers from the crowd erupted as soon as it dropped. There’s not a whole lot I can say about how much of a force Korn is live that will do their performance justice. I didn’t think the band could get better on stage but with every passing song they proved to do just that. Frontman Johnathan Davis performed with a cathartic energy that radiated around the arena, one that fellow band mates Brian Welch, James Shaffer, Fieldy, and Ray Luzier only matches with their performance.

With a hefty discography (Korn has thirteen full length releases), it was unlikely that the band would touch on a song or two from each album, but their setlist was a great mix of classic hits with a sprinkle of new songs. I thought the last time I saw the band perform at a sold out Myth was incredible, but I was blown away by their show at the Xcel Energy Center.

Korn

Breaking Benjamin

Bones (UK)

Alexa Chihos
Alexa Chihos is a music photographer based in Boston. See her work at alexachihosphotography.com.

Korn, Breaking Benjamin and Bones (UK) fill the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with anthemic rock

Winter in Minnesota usually means there’s a small break for me when it comes to show coverage. This break has typically ended in February, and this year was no different. I found myself making the trek into downtown Saint Paul to the Xcel Energy Center to cover Bones (UK), Breaking Benjamin, and Korn.

As I followed the small crown of photographers down to the pit, it wasn’t long before the arena house lights dimmed and Bones came on stage. As a band that I have yet to see or hear anything about for that matter, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this opener. However, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the powerhouse trio that confidently walked on stage. Even for the opener, the trio powered through their anthemic set with ease and proved to the crowd they are on the rise.

Next up on the bill was Breaking Benjamin. The last time I saw and photographed this band was a couple of years ago at Northern Invasion, and seeing their backdrop and stage setup instantly brought he back to that day. Even with a nearly identical setup, the band did not feel too comfortable or rehearsed, rather they immediately fed off the energy of the crowd and payed a setlist full of their hits. While I was surprised to hear the band open up their set with one of there oldest hits “The Diary of Jane,” it would have been tough for the band to pick any song that wasn’t a popular from their discography. For a a band that was direct support for the evening, Breaking Benjamin sure knew how to command the arena.

Last up for the night was Korn. This band was one that I grew up listening to, and from the multiple  generations in attendance I knew I wasn’t the only one. Starting their set off with a backdrop that displayed imagery from their latest album “The Nothing”, the cheers from the crowd erupted as soon as it dropped. There’s not a whole lot I can say about how much of a force Korn is live that will do their performance justice. I didn’t think the band could get better on stage but with every passing song they proved to do just that. Frontman Johnathan Davis performed with a cathartic energy that radiated around the arena, one that fellow band mates Brian Welch, James Shaffer, Fieldy, and Ray Luzier only matches with their performance.

With a hefty discography (Korn has thirteen full length releases), it was unlikely that the band would touch on a song or two from each album, but their setlist was a great mix of classic hits with a sprinkle of new songs. I thought the last time I saw the band perform at a sold out Myth was incredible, but I was blown away by their show at the Xcel Energy Center.

Korn

Breaking Benjamin

Bones (UK)

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