No matter how much the promoters implored patrons to “drink responsibly,” the 2008 Jagermeister Music Tour kicked off in Providence with a few inebriated guests being escorted out by the local constabulary.
Though no one could be blamed for wanting a drink during the overlong set by opener 3 Inches of Blood, a screaming Canadian thrash act, most of the sold-out show’s audience demonstrated a decent amount of temperance in order to fully enjoy the evening’s bands. The evening truly belonged to co-headliners Type O Negative and Hatebreed.
New York’s Type O Negative is as enigmatic as a Kevin Spacey flick and as soulful as a Barry White tune, and yet there is an underdog aspect to the group that helps makes them so beloved among rock fans.
At Lupo’s, Type O emerged to cell-phone silencing cheers. Singer/bassist Peter Steele, clad in a priest’s collar and black denim, held the crowd in awe as his bandmates rocked with a fully crazed aplomb that sounded like a gothed-out Pink Floyd spiking on a caffeine binge.
The four-piece treated its dedicated fans to its better-known numbers — “Christian Woman,” “Black Number One”) — and a few of its more dangerous, early underground songs, “Kill All The White People” and “Kill You Tonight.” While Type O’s set was highlighted by drummer Johnny Kelly’s cymbal-crushing might and guitarist Kenny Hickey’s buoyant presence, Steele owned the crowd as he tossed out one-liners between songs. Meanwhile, the band’s silent, Ray Manzarek-like keyboardist, Josh Silver, punctuated Typo O’s stoner-doom rock with his melodies.
The band has songs worthy of any “American Idol” wannabe, yet Steele and co. eschewed them in favor of grinding sludge that makes the goth girls dance. It was unfortunate that Type O ducked the noteworthy new effort “Dead Again” (SPV/Steamhammer).
Like Type O, Hatebreed also was welcomed by the crowd. The Connecticut group known for its aggressive hardcore-meets-metal sound did not disappoint. However, by the time the combo took the stage, the audience already seemed overly amped. It was while singer Jamey Jasta was popping all over the stage that wackiness in the crowd ensued and a few people were escorted from the venue.
When all was said and done, the Jagermeister Music Tour brought fans of both Type O Negative and Hatebreed exactly what they wanted.