The Zoo Amphitheater was the setting in the almost one hundred degree weather in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Sunday, September 8, 2013 for Carnival Of Madness. The upper rim is filled with Merchant Booths for the Artists, multiple Food Vendors, a Vapor tent was there for those who are taking the initiative of quitting cigarettes and State Farm had their booth set up at the prime location, right as people were walking through the gate. Once you descended down towards the stage, there were misters strategically placed on both sides, to help keep people cool, but with the line up of: WeAsHuman, In This Moment, Papa Roach, Skillet and Shinedown, fans heated up with each band.
The first band to hit the stage at 4:20 PM CST was WeAsHuman. With the temperature 97* without stage lights and they did not miss a beat. Watching them perform in extreme conditions was left unnoticed by WeAsHuman. Their set was shortened to 30 minutes, but WeAsHuman opened for an equally amazing band, In This Moment.
Justin Cordle ~ Lead Vocals
Adam Osborne ~ Drums
Jake Jones ~ Guitar
Justin Forshaw ~ Guitar
Dave Draggoo ~ Bass
In This Moment put on a thrilling and exciting performance for those attending Carnival Of Madness in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. With the costumes changing to appropriately coincide with the songs, In This Moment was not beating around the bush; they were right up in your face and making you like it. The lead singer, Maria Brink, was similar in actions, appearance and overall performance like Lady Gaga, but that is my opinion. Maria Brink and her dancers put on one hell of a show. When she came out with a hat on, one in the shape of a DUNCE hat, but it said WHORE on it. She was making a bold statement and the crowd went wild. One lucky fan in VIP was tossed the hat at the end of the song.
Maria Brink ~ Lead Vocals & Vocals
Chris Howorth ~ Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Tom Hane ~ Drums
Travis Johnson ~ Bass & Backing Vocals
Randy Weitzel ~ Rhythm Guitar
But the show only got better when Papa Roach hit the stage. Jacoby Shaddix has brought himself the darkest point in his life to light and through doing so, “Before I Die” has more meaning than many realize. The security was not too happy at the word that Jacoby would be going out into the audience. The fans loved it. He shook hands with people all along the way and when he got to the back, he started crowd surfing. It was quite a show. People were able to move Jacoby all the way to the barricade and from that point the security officers were able to get him back on stage. Would he do it again? Yes, Jacoby has gotten more down to Earth this year and he has made it a common practice at the festivals.
Jacoby Shaddix ~ Lead Vocals
Jerry Horton ~ Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Tobin Esperance ~ Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals
Tony Palermo ~ Drum & Percussion
With the violins and the masks on their faces, Skillet starts out their set sounding more like an orchestra than a rock band. Generating such mellow tones and then like flipping a switch, they turn into an Alternative Christian Rock Band. It is a smooth transition and the light show is equally impressive.
John Cooper ~ Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar & Acoustic Guitar
Korey Cooper ~ Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard & Backing Vocals
Jen Ledger ~ Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Seth Morrison ~ Lead Guitar
Once the curtain was dropped, Shinedown hit the stage with performers you would see at a circus: dancers, fire and Brent Smith as the Ring Leader. The sun was down, but the lights lit up the entire amphitheater.
Brent Smith has transformed himself from having long hair and being heavy-set to a clean-cut and trim man. With this transformation, the music of Shinedown is also evolving. What is the foundation for which they are as a band will not change, because many of the songs are written about very personal aspects of their lives. Those songs are what is part of the evolution. We see them as songs, but in reality they may be a form of personal triumph over the many demons faced in day to day life.
Brent Smith ~ Lead Vocals
Zach Myers ~ Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Barry Kerch ~ Drums & Percussion
Eric Bass ~ Bass Guitar, Piano & Backing Vocals
Carnival Of Madness combined several major bands this year, with Brent Smith being the ringleader of the show. What is madness without release? It is just madness. But when they release that madness, it them becomes music. From costumes and props to crowd surfing and fire, Carnival Of Madness was an evening filled with complete entertainment from WeAsHuman, In This Moment, Papa Roach, Skillet and Shinedown.