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Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, San Antonio, TX
Friday, 04 August, 2006

The Family Values Tour featuring KoRn lived up to it's billing as one of the hottest summer concerts at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Friday.

Musical mayhem started at 14:00 and didn't let up until closing time. And thousands of the more than 15,000 fans who attended the concert came early, which is a testament to the loyalty, tenacity and sheer fun-loving spirit of these headbanging consumers no longer dressed only in black.

Yes, the "F" in Family Values does sometimes stand for F-word bombs and F-R-E-A-K-S.

But these are mostly everyday folks of all ages, doing what most of us do these days no matter where we are: making cell phone calls, text messaging, taking cell phone pictures, buying snacks and generally multi-tasking in the middle of something else.

So much for living in the moment, but there was real connection and for those that paid attention it was a great way to catch up with KoRn (as aggressive as ever), Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf (an impressive Texas band) and the intriguing Japanese act Dir En Grey.

The worthy underbill 10 Years, Bury Your Dead, Bullets & Octane and Deadsy were true heroes playing in sweltering heat.

"The family is here," Corey Taylor proclaimed during Stone Sour's brutal, fist-in-the-air set that also included the softer smash hit, "Bother." But these are different familial surroundings than Ozzfest, Warped or Taste of Chaos tours.

There was even a family kiddie area in the grassy seating section. Near the entrance were play and bounce stations, including a Velcro Wall, Rock Climb, paintball wars area and mini water slides. It didn't go unappreciated.

"My overall impression is pretty positive, said David Benavides, 27. "I'm impressed with the area to keep the kids away from the rowdy stuff."

But for those that wanted to get right in the face of it all, it was possible, too. Amy Lefever, 18, stood in line for a quick autograph and hello from Flyleaf led by singer Lacey Mosley.

"They are amazing," Lefever said, particularly impressed with Mosley's rangy vocals. "She's got the most feminine scream to it."

Dir En Grey also pulled a huge crowd for a meet and greet session after its dramatic set that found its singer, Kyo, smearing fake blood all over his face and chest in a faux mutilation exhibition. It was an Iggy Pop-style move in the grand tradition of confrontational punk rock, though sonically in the Metallica, Queen and Strokes vein. It's a long way from the now defunct Showcase Club on West Avenue for the Deftones. The innovative pioneers are pummeling, yet gorgeously refined with added textures buoying singer Chino Moreno.

KoRn fans sang along to every rude chorus and dark secret singer Jonathan Davis revealed on visceral masterpieces like the opener "Right Now," "Falling Away From Me" and "A.D.I.D.A.S.," as true and sexually subversive as metal dares to get. That's this family's sing-along.
SETLIST

01. Intro
02. Right Now
03. Politics
04. Twist
05. Love Song
06. A.D.I.D.A.S.
07. Falling Away From Me
08. Coming Undone
09. Got the Life
10. Throw Me Away
11. Shoots and Ladders
12. Wicked (Feat. Chino Moreno)
13. Here to Stay
14. Thoughtless
15. Freak on a Leash
16. Hollow Life (Acoustic)
17. Twisted Transistor
18. Y'all Want a Single
19. Blind
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