"Last week, rock and roll hit Philly once again." Zakk Wylde and the rest of Black Label Society, also joined by fellow American heavy metal bands Corrosion of Conformity and Red Fang played the famous Electric Factory, which just celebrated it’s 50th year of operation, here in the city of Philadelphia.
First up on stage was Red Fang, who were out on their one leg with BLS this year; the other two legs of the BLS tour featuring EyeHateGod. Red Fang started the night off on the right foot and definitely got the audience into the heavy metal mood. Corrosion of Conformity hit the stage next, whom I actually had the opportunity to photograph, which was an amazing opportunity in and of itself. The band, which celebrated the release of their most recent record, No Cross No Crown, played some of their best songs including Clean My Wounds, Albatross, Broken Man, 13 Angels, and many more.
Black Label Society took the stage, introduced with a killer rendition of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs and Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. Although I’ve seen Zakk Wylde in his endeavors with Ozzy back in the early 2000’s, this was my first time seeing him with Black Label Society. As soon as they hit the stage, a mosh pit erupted in the audience; soon growing to be massive and staying put for the entirety of the show. They played a multitude of songs, including Bleed For Me, Concrete Jungle, In This River, Bridge To Cross, Suicide Messiah, and of course Stillborn. BLS also brought some songs out from their most recent release entitled Grimmest Hits, one of these songs being Trampled Down Below.
Although the talents of Wylde, Dario, Fab, and DeServio’s blew me away all night, Zakk undoubtedly ‘wow’ed the audience, especially when he ventured into the crowd, his guitar up over his neck as he played. A crowd of people swarmed around him (yes, I was definitely part of the large group of people surrounding him) as he stood in the middle of the venue floor. He then took it to the balcony of the Electric Factory, hanging his guitar over the edge of the balcony shredding like crazy; the crowd below in awe, including myself. One of the craziest parts of this was the fact that Zakk’s guitar were not wireless. His guitar techs and other members of his crew held his guitar cables above the audience as he traveled all over the venue.
The one and only disappointing aspect of this show was not the music, as each three acts were absolutely phenomenal, it was the audience. Out of all the shows that I’ve had a chance to attend, the audience at this particular show was incredibly rude, and inconsiderate to one another, thus creating a really negative experience for myself, and many others who I communicated with during the show. But as always, the music was absolutely amazing and made dealing with the atrocities of the crowd a hundred percent worth it.
Overall, I definitely would recommend catching Corrosion of Conformity and Black Label Society on this current tour, and catch any shows they might have coming up before Zakk is taken hostage by the Prince of Darkness for the No More Tours 2 Tour coming this fall! BLS puts on a phenomenal show, and with Corrosion of Conformity, they put on a show that will without a doubt melt your face off.
This show was a 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻 for sure.