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The Make America Rock Again Tour Rocks The Corbin Arena In Eastern KY

The Make America Rock Again Tour Rocks The Corbin Arena In Eastern KY

As someone who grew up loving the music of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I knew right away I had to cover this tour. With artists such as Adelitas Way, Trapt, Sick Puppies, Drowning Pool, and Creed frontman Scott Stapp, this show was bound to be a blast from my past and rock the Corbin Arena.

I arrived just as fans were lining up outside, hearing all of them go over what songs they were dying to hear from their favorite artists. Many were wanting to hear “Headstrong” by Trapt, while others looked forward to hearing “Going Down” from Sick Puppies and their newest member, Bryan Scott. This fan and photojournalist was stoked for all that and more! Including the ever recognized voice of a generation in Scott Stapp.

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Once gaining entry into the arena on top of this eastern Kentucky hill in Corbin, I made my way down to the show floor and approached the stage to begin setting up. Greeting us was Adelitas Way, gearing up for a night of rock and roll! They made us all feel invincible with their biggest hit “Invincible.” They would let everyone know that Adelitas Way would return to this venue again very soon!

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Next to the Make America Rock Again Stage would be Trapt. Anthem after anthem would spill out from the speakers as lead singer Chris Brown charged up the show an extra notch. From the sound of it, Trapt was letting the attendees know they were not to be overlooked and they were still very much a serious band.

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Plowing through a short but fulfilling set list, the veteran rockers cranked out the hits and even some many had forgotten, but not anymore.

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As stagehands began to burn off the gear and equipment from Trapt, soon the stage would be taken by a band few in numbers but not in strength. Sick Puppies would introduce themselves with fire and fury as the trio, including new frontman Bryan Scott, greeted everyone with fists held high and riffs blazing.

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We all felt the ground shake as the octane filled tunes were cranked out and thunderous bass playing from bassist Emma Anzai and killer drumming from Mark Goodwin. One of my favorites was even played, “All The Same.”

As Sick Puppies set ended another band would soon take the stage and let the bodies hit the floor. That’s right, Drowning Pool was next and with singer Jasen Moreno at the helm. We all were going to hit the floor! Drowning Pool has seen their fair of changes and progression but the way things are going for these Texas metalheads; they’ll be sticking around for quite some time.

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From the opening of their set we all knew to hold on and buckle up. From dizzying guitar playing from CJ Pierce to searing vocals out of Jasen Moreno, this was a heck of a performance that even took to the crowd in the stands and in the pit with their closing song and everyone’s favorite metal song “Bodies.”

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This one was a sweaty and adrenaline filled set from these vets!

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The time had come for a small intermission as the stage cleared for the voice we all know by hearing it, Scott Stapp. The lights went dark and the fans grew excited as the notes to “Bullets” played throughout the Eastern Kentucky Arena in Corbin.

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Scott Stapp hit the stage with a ferocity that some didn’t know he had anymore. Vocally and stage presence, this was the Scott Stapp that we all knew from the late 90’s/early 2000’s, however there is a new life and energy in this man that burns deep.

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Scott Stapp is digging into his music with a new found appreciation for it and his fans. He indeed greeted us all with arms wide open and took us higher than the massive hill the Corbin Arena sat upon. Even bringing his solo material to the stage which rocked!

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We all relived the hits, even the new ones, and we were all reminded that Scott Stapp is here to stay and is very much back in his prime. After the dust had settled I was able to briefly catch up with Aussie rockers Sick Puppies to discuss their current tour and even get a couple got fist bumps and let them know what Shutter 16 Magazine is up to this year!

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“We always appreciate the photos and articles, it keeps us looking cooler than we actually are,” said Bryan Scott. I made sure they knew that an article would be only a touch on how cool and down to earth these three are. Before heading home however I was granted a special privilege and had a chance to greet the man himself, Scott Stapp. We shared a few laughs and I was even allowed to geek out momentarily  and thank him for his music as it was very much an integral part of my childhood, and how it still holds up.

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“Thank you so much for that, it never gets old to hear you’ve touched someone’s life with your music,” said Stapp. Humble, and appreciative we both parted ways and had a moment I truly won’t forget. Catch the Make America Rock Again Tour before it’s too late!

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Brandon Hanks is a photojournalist hailing from Owensboro, Kentucky. Brandon started his obsession with photography dating back to 2001. Since getting his first taste of the music industry in 2016 with Nothing More, he has since worked with some of his favorites to some of the biggest names in music: Black Stone Cherry, Highly Suspect, Bush, Skillet, Green Day, and Scott Stapp. "If you were to tell me I'd be doing this (concert photography) with the artists I've worked with in my first year, I'd call you a liar," said Hanks. Brandon's fire and willingness to adapt to any setting and environment while being able to take on any challenge thrown at him makes him a force and a future in this industry looks brighter with every show. "Grateful, Humbled, Unbelievable, Rise Up." All words Brandon lives by.

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