Gojira Makes Their Return To A Sold-Out Jannus Live

By on October 21, 2021

French Death Metal Band Gojira made their return to the Tampa Bay area Tuesday Night. Even with multiple major metal shows happening in town, 2,000 fans packed Jannus Live in Downtown St. Petersburg to see the stacked lineup of Gojira, Knocked Loose, and Alien Weaponry. 

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New Zealand thrash metal band Alien Weaponry kicked off the night. 

Photo-Steven Muncie
Photo-Steven Muncie

The jam packed 30 minute set included the best wall of death I’ve ever seen for an opener.

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After a quick set change, Knocked Loose took to the stage. 

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The Oldham County Hardcore Punk band opened with “Where Light Divides The Holler.” A single from their new EP ‘A Tear In The Fabric of Life,’ which came out last Friday. The crowd at Jannus were some of the first to hear this live.

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After Knocked Loose, a curtain dropped down to cover the view to the stage and the wait was on for Gojira. You could feel the energy from the crowd. After a short wait, the lights went off and the opening strum of ‘Born for One Thing’ Started. The curtain suddenly disappeared and the show was on. 

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14 years after opening for Lamb Of God and Trivium at Jannus, it was now time for Gojira to be the headliner.

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They went straight into a few older songs – ‘Backbone,’ ‘Stranded,’ and ‘Flying Whales.’ With the crowd screaming along to every word.

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Photo-Steven Muncie

Joe Duplantier, the vocalist, mentioned that the last time they played in the Tampa Bay area was with Slipknot. Which was ironic for the fact that the other big show of the night was Slipknot, who was headlining at the Amphitheater in Tampa. 

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“We stole 2,000 tickets from the Slipknot show!” Joe said jokingly. But from the crowd, which included many Gojira shirts, it would be a safe bet to say the sold out crowd wouldn’t miss this show for anything. 

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Near the end of the set, Joe informed the crowd that it was his Birthday and acknowledged a Happy Birthday sign. He also said he was happy to be in Florida with his family and tour family to celebrate. 

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Photo-Steven Muncie
Photo-Steven Muncie

At the end of the set, Joe told the crowd that so far this tour, some shows have been good and some bad, but this was easily the best show yet. “This is badass!” Afterwards the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’.

Setlist:

  1. Born for One Thing
  2. Backbone
  3. Stranded
  4. Flying Whales
  5. The Cell
  6. Love / Remembrance
  7. Hold On
  8. Grind
  9. Silvera
  10. Another World
  11. L’enfant sauvage
  12. Encore
  13. Amazonia
  14. Toxic Garbage Island
  15. The Chant
  16. Vacuity

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