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Review: Chevelle at The Fillmore Detroit

by David Gimpel

Detroit, and the rest of the rock n roll community, has been in mourning since the passing of Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, Chris Cornell. What better way to mourn than to go out and rock again? Appropriately, right before Chevelle came on stage, Audioslave’s hit single “Cochise” started to blare over the speakers, and the crowd began to smile and sing along. This crowd at The Fillmore Detroit was ready to have a good time, and Chevelle delivered!

The stage had two curtains up hiding the production and once the first note hit of Chevelle’s opening song, “Another Know It All”, the curtains dropped revealing these rustic looking light fixtures dramatically illuminated the venue. From that moment on, the crowd was engaged and singing along to everything the band threw. Their riffs were heavier than ever, and they were in top form showing no signs of aging or slowing down. This tour is in support of the band’s eighth studio album, “The North Corridor”, which is Chevelle’s heaviest hitting album to date.

Chevelle’s back catalog has so many stand out tracks that it has to be hard to generate a set list. Their latest single “Joyride (Omen)” is the fifth single to be #1 on the Hardrock Mainstream Rock charts. They kept fans happy with some of their heavy hitters like “The Clincher,” “Jars,” and everyone’s favorite song to punch something to, “Face To Floor”. For good measure and to have the crowd jumping along, they also gave us “I Get It”. Chevelle’s infectious heavy riffs had everyone’s head banging throughout the night and probably feeling it in the morning.

The set ended with highlights from the band’s most celebrated album release, 2002’s Wonder What’s Next. Starting off the encore with the singer Peter Loffeler came on stage alone and, along with the crowd, sang “Red”. When he hit the second chorus, the full band joined him on stage, with the bass sounding like a clap of thunder over the crowd. It was a great spin on the tune and a great way to keep things interesting. Chevelle finished with the crowd pleaser “Send The Pain Below” ending the night with how it began: with everyone smiling and singalong.

Another Know It All
The Clincher
Young Wicked
Take Out The Gunman
An Island
Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)
Joyride (Omen)
Face To Floor
Still Running
I Get It
Door To Door Cannibals
Hats Off To The Bull
An Evening With El Diablo
The Red
Comfortable Liar
Send The Pain Below

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