A hot and humid night in Tinley Park, Il made for the perfect setting for the “Freaks on Parade Tour” to land at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. The co-headliners were Rob Zombie and Mudvayne, with Static X and Powerman 5000 in support. So, if the insanely hot temperatures didn’t melt your face off, the music surely did.
Mudvayne was formed in 1996 in Peoria, IL, which made this show almost a homecoming of sorts. From 1996 to 2009, the band recorded 3 EPs and 5 Albums with tons of touring in between. The band split in 2009 but reunited in the fall of 2021 to begin touring again. After playing some festival shows and headlining a few of their own shows, the band hooked up with Rob Zombie for the 2022 Freaks on Parade tour.
The lights dropped and the intro music hit, and after a few moments the curtain dropped and Mudvayne broke into their hit “Dig”. The band in full make up were jumping around right from the beginning. Vocalist Chad Gray got up close and personal with the crowd on a few occasions during the show. Guitarist, Greg Tribbett and bassist, Ryan Martinie crisscrossed the stage interacting with Chad and each other as they did. Meanwhile, drummer Matthew McDonough pounded the beat that everyone had to feel even on the drive home.
Mudvayne performed a 12-song set that included “Under My Skin”, “Death Blooms”, “Dull Boy”, and “Happy”. It may have been a while since the band has performed together, but time certainly did not dull this band in any way. They hit it just as hard and heavy as they in the early 2000s. There are only a couple weeks left on the Freaks on Parade Tour, so if it stops near you, it is a show you should definitely catch. If not, then watch for Mudvayne to hit a venue near you. You won’t regret it!
SET LIST: Dig – Under My Skin – -1 – Severed (partial) – Death Blooms – Internal Primates Forever – Determined – Not Falling – Nothing to Gein – Dull Boy – World So Cold – Happy?
Photos below by Greg Hamil – To see the full photo gallery, go to the Manor 208 Facebook page.