Corey Taylor – First Avenue – Minneapolis Minnesota – April 21st 2016

93x and First Avenue present Corey Taylor.

Corey Taylor had a serious complication on his hands the day that he played at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was the day that the collective heart of Minnesota had been shattered into pieces, after the death of Prince.  Not only had this happened, but Corey was about to play in the place that was synonymous with Prince: First Avenue.

Upon reaching the venue, you knew there were more people there to mourn Prince than to see the Corey Taylor show.  There were many people who didn’t even know anyone was playing during the show.  Not only that, but a block party was being set up outside the venue and an impromptu dance party was to follow Corey Taylor’s performance.  Having seen Corey numerous times, I knew he would come up with a way to honor Prince and he did, opening with a beautiful acoustic version of “Purple Rain”, accompanied by a crowd of saddened, yet celebrating audience members.  The last time we saw him on this tour, we saw him cover “Little Red Corvette” (which was also on this set) so it was really cool to hear both of those songs as memorials.


The set consists of numerous covers from various artists, including Foo Fighters, The Cure, CCR, Johnny Cash, and many more.  It was a serious treat of a show.  It’s not often that you get to see a performer step so far outside of his boundaries that have been set within his acts of Slipknot and Stone Sour.  Those two bands are in the same genre of music, so it would be easy to see how one could imagine that he couldn’t play such a range of music, but it simply isn’t true.  He’s an extreme talent and a lot of fun.  The interaction with the audience is very sincere and entertaining, making the show feel like you are just at a party listening to someone jam.


Setlist – Purple Rain – Snuff – Brother – The Traveler’s Part 1 – Tired – Best of You – Zzyzx Rd – The One I Love – Hesitate – The Conflagration – Love Song – Have You Ever Seen the Rain – 30/30 150 – Hard Luck Woman – Dying – Ever Fallen in Love (You Shouldn’t Have) – Name – Folsom Prison Blues – Through Glass – Little Red Corvette – I’ll Be Your Lover, Too – Friend of the Devil.

RIP Prince

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