Vein released their debut [11 track] EP titled, 'Errorzone' via Closed Casket Activities on June 22nd, 2018. The Boston, MA natives opened for Code Orange at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL on July 28th for the 'New Reality Tour.' Our exclusive video contains highlights from their opening track, "Virus://Vibrance" as well as their hits, "Demise Automation," "Doomtech," "Untitled," and "Anesthesia."
Stream 'Errorzone,' the debut Vein EP or purchase the album by visiting these links:
Vein consists of Anthony Didio (vocalist), Josh Butts (guitar), Jon Llaubouet (bass), Jeremy Martin (guitar), and Matt Wood (drummer). For more information on the band's background scan their trending 2018 interviews at Revolver & The Fader.
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Packing the crowd to the front row early, Vein triggers their debut live performance of first EP 'Errorzone' with the title track "Virus://Vibrance." Releasing the EP while on summer tour; this concert was the first time for Chicago to experience 'Errorzone' EP from Vein live. Buying or streaming the album to support this band, adding Vein to playlists & following them on favorite platforms is an intuitive post-show impulse. Their standing-ovation hometown-reputation from the Northeast has spread word of mouth to bolster their metal & hardcore acclaim. "Doomtech," was a favorite to witness because fans scream parts of the lyrics into the microphone. Within "Untitled," we caught a drum solo shared above.
Anthony Didio (vocalist) and Jon Llaubouet (bass; back-up vocals) of Vein were invited on stage by Code Orange as guests to the microphone. Continue to the Code Orange ft. Vein 2018 performance via HRTV YouTube linked below & here.
[Track #1] | "Virus://Vibrance:" The visuals for this music video are cohesive to the album cover of 'Errorzone.' This MV displays a psychologically thrilling narrative of a person on the verge of a gory psychosis. In my opinion; Vein successfully produced a modern visual tribute to the break-through 'eyeball-cutting' scene from the silent-surrealist1929 film-vault classic, "Un Chien Andalou" by Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí. As the only music video to the album yet; they set forth a strong precedent and we're so stoked for future visual releases.
[Track #2] | "Old Data In A Dead Machine:" An action-packed sequel; this track is so fun. There's a heavy bass drop around the half-way mark that will inspire frequent replay. Don't forget this title - You'll want to hear it again, twice!
[Track #3] | "Rebirth Protocol:" The energy is packed so don't expect to tap out anytime soon; this circa one minute track has a savage guitar melody that leaves you on the edge.
[Track #7] | "Doomtech:" A fan favorite; this song is so memorable; there's a bridge in the middle where they encourage fans to repeat the lyrics or shout them in their own tempo. This instigates so much spontaneity at a live concert. Highlights include, "Everytime I close my eyes - I crash a thousand cars - and all my loved ones die. Surging with the urges to mutilate - and all the guilt of - every unwanted thought it brings - How did it get like this?"
[Track #11] | "Quitting Infinity:" The closing track is bittersweet and sentimental; the album is almost at it's closure; I feel catharsis from the release of built up rage. The last thirty seconds of this song leave no room for interpretation - Vein is the metal and hardcore band you need to see right now; check their tour dates below!
Boston Manor have announced details of their second full-length (13 track) album, 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' coming out September 7th, 2018 via Pure Noise Records. Fans can pre-order the album here or bostonmanorband.com.
The new record will include the three singles "Halo," "Bad Machine," and "England's Dreaming" which are available for streaming and featured below. These three tracks were chronologically released in June, August and September of 2018.
Make no mistake, 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' (9.7.18) is an incredibly well-written album filled with various chilly synths and a dark new tone. The underlying message about the turbulent conditions of the band’s home and generation gives this record the depth and substance it needed.
Navigating an unfamiliar sound can be difficult, but Boston Manor have proven it’s possible to find yourself successfully. Just like the fans, I am anticipating the band’s next move and can’t wait to see what else they come up with. This composition contains so many tracks that will be a necessity in your next playlist.
Join below in our exclusive pre-release review of 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood.'
Boston Manor have adopted a new sound that builds on their previous debut album, and it’s impressive. Vocalist Henry Cox explains that the inspiration behind the soundtrack to the album 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' (9.7.18) came from the band’s hometown of Blackpool in Northwest England.
“[Blackpool] was a holiday destination, a place where you can go to forget all your troubles and now things here are just so fucked up – there are huge drug problems and a 40 percent unemployment rate in the winter,” explains Cox, “It was once this beautiful thing, and it’s become a little bit broken.” The first tracks of the new album embrace these hard-hitting themes and address the issues the band’s home is currently experiencing.
The lyrics throughout the record are written immaculately with each song containing emotional and relatable lyrics. Each track also features a chorus that finds a way to get stuck in your head.
As the title track, "Welcome To The Neighbourhood" begins we are welcomed into the record’s moody, down-tempo rock sound. The catchy chorus including the lyrics “If you could leave you would -” provides an ominous tone that enhances the inspiration behind the album.
The second song "Flowers In Your Dustbin" greets us with a familiar Boston Manor sound that urges you to dance and sing around. The song includes heavy guitar riffs that are beautifully complemented by the percussion instruments and smooth vocals.
While the upbeat chorus in track two provides a small relief from the rock and roll, track three, titled "Halo," dives right back in with even more passion. The song is about the dark truth behind drug addiction and relapse. The bridge features a narrative that many addicts know all too well, “Just a quick fix then I’ll get clean -.” Following the bridge, the chorus delivers the true pain behind relapsing through the lyrics, "Cause I had it, then I lost it all -.”
As the album progresses, a wide variety of emotions can be felt. Whether it’s the hurt and betrayal sung about in "Tunnel Vision" (Track #7) or the guilt and heartbreak in closing track "The Day I Ruined Your Life," each song is filled with pure and raw feelings. While the band had their reservations about changing some elements in their sound, their conscious choice to showcase their versatility is evident through this emotional barrage of rock and roll.
The vocals are another high point; there is a change in vocalist’s Henry Cox’s singing since 'Be Nothing' (2016) that can be almost immediately noticed, in the best way. His singing in 'Welcome to the Neighbourhood' (9.7.2018) has smoothed over itself creating a polished tonality that melts into the songs. However, on tracks like "Hate You" (Track #10) we are comforted with the familiar sound Cox bellows out. Overall, he seems more confident and secure in his voice on this new album, and he should be.
21 September - Bristol // Thekla
22 September - London // Electric Ballroom
23 September - Birmingham //Mama Roux's
24 September - Nottingham //Rescue Rooms
26 September - Liverpool // Hangar 34
27 September - Glasgow // SWG3
28 September - Leeds / KEY Club
29 September - Manchester // Gorilla
December 2 - Tokyo Shibuya // The Game
December 3 - Tokyo Shinjuku // Nine Spices
December 4 - Osaka // Clapper
Author and Photographer – Ian Urquhart
It is a bittersweet feeling watching each Vans Warped Tour date come and go, for the last time. Fans coming together in celebration. Musicians collaborating with other bands to leave lasting impressions in the cities they made countless memories in while on the road. Tears being shed. Smiles stretching from ear to ear. Clouds of dirt pluming from mosh pits. Water being sprayed into the crowds of sun-kissed fans. Moments that will live on in everyone’s memories until the end.
All this being said, the Massachusetts faithful was amped and ready to throw down at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. The Vans Warped Tour has also been famously known to bring the rain with them while stopping in Massachusetts. To everyone’s surprise, the skies stayed clear for the entire day while the sunburns commenced. Although there were plenty of talented bands to view and review, seven bands made the cut for our review of the last Vans Warped Tour stop in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
As a means to accurately represent each band, a list of quick hits will be mentioned for each set. Time to get down to business.
Saving Vice – If you are looking for a new metalcore band, feast your eyes and ears on Saving Vice. Rocking the Full Sail stage, Saving Vice stirred up the rowdiest crowd you can find at 11:00 AM. With influences ranging from Architects to The Plot in You, Saving Vice provides a head-pounding and emotional journey through their live performances. Recently coming back from their set at iMatter Festival in Albany, NY (playing alongside Underoath and August Burns Red) the Saving Vice train is moving quickly. Be sure to keep a lookout for them in the near future.
Ice Nine Kills – Originating from Massachusetts, the Mansfield, MA Warped Tour stop was considered a homecoming performance for Ice Nine Kills. A strong Friday the 13th vibe was felt on and off the stage before “Communion of the Curse” off of Every Trick in the Book (2015) shook the dirt covered ground. Spencer Charnas (vocalist) also ensures that fans feel included in each Ice Nine Kills set. There were multiple occasions where Spencer would join the crowd for each of his sing-along choruses.
Wage War – The best advice to be given to anyone who wishes to see Wage War for the first time is to buckle yourself in. Hands down, they had the most vicious and physically exhausting mosh pit of the day. Fans were able to view the cloud of dirt kicked up from inside the pit all the way from the water filling stations. The striking harmonies between Briton Bond (lead vocalist) and Cody Quistad’s (guitarist/vocalist) vocals have always been a distinguishable tone that can only be tied to Wage War’s unique vision. And who can’t forget the barbaric nature of Wage War’s breakdowns?
Unearth – When you think of a traditional metal breakdown, Unearth should be the band that pops into your head. With acrobatic jumps and hair whipping verses, Unearth unleashed a can of you-know-what in front of the Massachusetts faithful. Unearth's set did not contain a single back track. This set was very in-your-face and gave the rest of the bands performing that a day a run for their money.
Every Time I Die – It is very possible that each member of Every Time I Die spent more time in the air compared to the time spent physically standing on the stage. By far, Every Time I Die exhausted the most energy during their time in front of the Mansfield fans. Before the set started, you could hear whispers throughout the crowd on how “crazy” an Every Time I Die set is. Those fans were 150% correct. Stretching is certainly recommended before placing yourself inside an ETID mosh pit.
The Amity Affliction – Trekking all the way from Australia, the Xfinity Center helped The Amity Affliction feel as if they never left home. Raw emotion consumes every track written and played by TAA. Fans could be heard belting out each chorus all the way from the Pavilion. “Pittsburgh” off of Let The Ocean Take Me (2014) completed TAA’s set while leaving half of the crowd in tears of ecstatic-heartbreak.
Motionless in White – It always seems to be the case when MIW performs, Halloween arrives early. With a stage decorated with black roses and porcelain angle statues, Motionless in White brought the makeup and breakdowns to melt each and every face looking on. And of course, “Immaculate Misconception” off of Creatures (2010) received the loudest participation.
Vans Warped Tour has always been so much more than music. When Warped Tour visited your city, it was a day filled with a sense of community, acceptance and euphoria. Warped Tour provided the opportunity for hundreds of thousands of fans to meet their favorite artists in a relaxed setting isolated from the production setups usually found at headlining shows. There was always an importance being placed on the emotional health and wellbeing of those who came to watch and listen. Warped Tour provided outlets for those who were struggling psychologically and/or emotionally. Those who walked through the gates to Warped Tour were immediately accepted and welcomed with open arms.
Music is the most powerful and universal language on the planet. Music allows people from all over the world to connect in a way that can only be described as intimate. From all of us at Headrush TV, we would like to thank Kevin Lyman and the rest of the Vans Warped Tour staff for providing a one of kind experience to those who love music for the past twenty-five years. We are all truly grateful for the hard work and countless hours that were put towards providing an opportunity for thousands of fans to create memories that will last a lifetime.
RIP Vans Warped Tour. Thank you for everything.
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On August 5th, 2018, the Resurrection Tour with Saliva and Puddle Of Mudd arrived in Lisle, Illinois at Base Camp Pub. This show was everything you would think it would be and more! From the beginning of Saliva's set up until Puddle Of Mudd finished, it was one hit after another taking us right back to the mid 90’s and 2000’s.
Base Camp Pub in Lisle being the compact venue that it is, was perfect for a post grunge/ hard rock show such as this one. Base Camp Pub as a venue was extremely condensed, but it allowed the crowd to be right in front of the bands. This allowed everyone to get the full experience with these talented bands, since the sound system was off the charts as well. Based on the venue characteristics, it was just another addition to why this night was incredible!
Photos | Anthony Cannella
As Saliva took the stage, they wasted no time as their entire set was intense and filled with that Rockstar passion. Band members, Bobby Amaru (Vocals), Wayne Swinny (Lead guitar, Backing Vocals), Tosha Jones (Drums, Percussion), and Damien Starkey (Bass) are dynamic combination of artists, since they equally own that stage in their own way. They rocked Base Camp Pub as they didn’t allow the crowd to led up at all, giving us a taste of those old WWF Raw and Smackdown days. That was all because of their rock swagger that kept the crowd fully into them and their setlist that was put together for this show. The setlist included chart topping hits like: "Click Click Boom," "Always," "Ladies and Gentlemen," "Superstar," and many more! In addition, what was truly a site to see was lead singer since 2012, Bobby Amaru, smash these songs to vocal perfection. Amaru took Josey Scott’s place after Scott left the band at the end of 2011 to pursue a solo Christian music career. With Bobby Amaru being the young talented vocalist that he is, he actually gives these songs a cleaner sound, which leaves the crowd right in his hands. As Saliva wrapped up their last song, we couldn’t help but think that they were the perfect band to open for Puddle Of Mudd.
As Puddle Of Mudd took the stage, the entire venue lit up as lead singer Wes Scantlin dropped the hit song "Control." From start to finish, Wes had the whole venue tuned in as he belted out Puddle Of Mudd’s chart topping number one hits one after another with his unique post grunge voice. Helping Wes blow the roof off Base Camp Pub with their setlist was Matt Fuller (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Dave Moreno (Drums), and Michael John Adams (Bass, Backing Vocals).
This setlist included songs like: "Control," "Stoned," "We Don’t Have To Look," "She Hates Me," "Famous," "Psycho," "Blurry," and many more. Honestly, getting to see lead singer Wes Scantlin is a real privilege, since there are not too many artists like him anymore. With Wes being sober for almost a full year now, it’s such a great site to witness him live in concert and doing what he loves, since the media portrays him as someone that he is completely not. One thing that was powerful to witness was when Puddle Of Mudd dropped their cover of ACDC’s TNT mid set!
We didn’t really know that they could give off that type of sound, but in the end, they actually smashed that cover. With Puddle Of Mudd’s talent, you never really know what surprises or maybe even covers can come up in any set. After that cover, there where about five songs before they concluded with their chart-topping hit “Blurry” off the ‘Come Clean’ (2001) album. With the whole venue screaming the lyrics back at Wes, it was definitely the right type of ending for the night.
Saliva and Puddle Of Mudd are two bands you really want to be on the look out for. Luckily for you, these two powerhouse bands still have a lot of touring to go! Check out the links below to see if Saliva and Puddle Of Mudd are coming to a venue near you!
On July 26th, 2018 Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday as well as The Story So Far graced the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago with their Summer Tour.
The tour was almost at a conclusion on this day; it was quite a show to look out for due to the high energy each band produced and the different styles of Rock you were able to witness all in one night!
Drummer Mark O'Connell from Taking Back Sunday stated, “It’s funny, we’ve been friends all of this time, but we’ve never done a full tour together. We ran into each other at some festivals last year and got to talking about it and here we are.”
And all we can say is we are glad you guys did because it was truly a night and tour to remember! Check out the photos below to witness just how epic this show was!
For example, starting off the night was Pop-Punk sensation The Story So Far. Their upcoming fourth studio album is featured in the banner above; titled 'Proper Dose' it will be released September 21st, 2018 via Pure Noise Records. Parker Cannon (Vocals), Kelen Capener (Bass), Kevin Geyer (Lead Guitar), Ryan Torf (Drums), and Will Levy (Rhythm Guitar) came out prepared to start the party and that exactly what they did right from the start with their hits from 2011 to 2018.
Their high energy songs with their killer sound got the people going as you could see the crowd surfers soar through top of the crowd that was constantly jumping. For a second, it was like we were at Warped Tour with how alive it was. If an opening band can make a venue compare to that scene, then The Story So Far is definitely a band to keep a look out for in your city.
After The Story So Far set the bar high at the Huntington Bank Pavilion, the crowd couldn’t contain their anticipation for Taking Back Sunday.
As the lights came on, Taking Back Sunday took the stage and you could tell right away that their lead singer, Adam Lazzara, was going to microphone flip his way through a fantastic set as they dropped “What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?” from the hit album Louder Now (2006).
Taking Back Sunday is simply an experience to see and that is the best way to explain it, due to the fact that you get such a variety of Rock in the setlist. Just by hearing Adam Lazzara, John Nolan (Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Backup Vocals), Shaun Cooper (Bass), and Mark O'Connell (Drums, Percussion) collaborate with each other, it is no surprise that Taking Back Sunday has been successfully touring for many years.
They feed off each other in so many ways and as a result it comes together to form such a unique show that plays every song to perfection. Toward the end of the setlist, Taking Back Sunday took time before the last song to pay tribute to the headliner, Coheed and Cambria. Adam Lazzara, hyping up the crowd more than it already was, started a Coheed chant before they dropped their chart-topping hit “Make Damn Sure” from the album Louder Now. With the audience screaming back the lyrics at Adam, it was an remarkable way to end such a special set before the powerhouse Coheed and Cambria took over.
Like we said, this Summer Tour was unique and very well put together due to the intense energy and the fact that you get to observe a variety of Rock styles and genres in the same night. This is especially with headliner Coheed and Cambria, since they can range from Indie to Progressive, to Metal and even forms of Punk with a hint of Pop in the hooks.
Either way, Coheed and Cambria is a must-see as Claudio Sanchez (Vocals), Travis Stever (Guitars, Lap Steel Guitar, Backing Vocals), Josh Eppard (Drums), and Zach Cooper (Bass, Backing Vocals) tear up the stage with their killer sound paired with a lightshow that goes unmatched.
Coheed and Cambria, just like their albums, elevated the crowd as they took us on a journey for thirteen songs starting with a Prologue that lead into “The Dark Sentencer” off the new album Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures (2018).
Front man Claudio Sanchez took the Huntington Bank Pavilion by storm as he showed off his powerful and unique voice making it known that he’s been the lead vocalist since 1996; each note is on point while shredding his variety of guitars.
Another thing that doesn’t go unnoticed, are the bands antics that really get the crowd fully into the moment with them. For instance, as Sanchez is slashing through his double electric guitar, he heightens the moment by starting to shred the chords using his mouth! One moment that really stood out though was when Coheed and Cambria blared their hit “Welcome Home” off the album Good Apollo, Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (2005) and the reaction it received. Easily being one of their biggest hits, “Welcome Home” shook the venue as the sold-out crowd gave everything they had for it being the last song.
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Chelsea Grin dropped their trending fifth studio album, 'Eternal Nightmare' on July 13th, 2018 via Rise Records. There revealed  accompanied music videos including, "Dead Rose" [track #1] and "Hostage" [track #8].
Watch below! On July 15th, 2018 we spoke with David Flinn [bass] & Stephen Rutishauser [guitar] of Chelsea Grin; pictured from left to right above and featured in our interview led by Chris Coutsoukis. Live from the X-Finity Theatre, this if our broadcast from the last Warped Tour ever in Hartford, Connecticut.
Anticipating to watch Chelsea Grin live? Their upcoming tour schedule includes Europe from September 21st to October 13th with support from Oceano, Kublai Khan, and Enterprise Earth. On November 1st, 2018 they will kick off a U.S. tour; visit their schedule at: www.chelseagrinmusic.com/tour-dates.
David & Stephen share their first and favorite Warped Tour experiences, the celebrations and tribulations behind producing 'Eternal Nightmare,' as well as what's upcoming next. Our interview includes live Warped Tour 2018 Footage from Las Vegas, NV by @CaliberTV; the video is embedded below or at the link here.
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On July 24th, Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down came rolling through on their Rock N' Roll Express Tour in Chicago, Illinois at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island with special guests Soul Asylum.
The Rock N' Roll Express Tour is a tour that needs to be on people’s radar, because we promise you it is an amazing time from start to finish. If you don’t believe us, just view the pictures from the show at the top of the page! Check out the tour dates below to see if the Express will be making a stop near you!
This highly anticipated tour had Huntington Bank Pavilion at full capacity from start to finish as the energy was high right from the start. Soul Asylum was definitely a reason for that as they smashed the stage with their hit songs and high-performance energy. It is strongly believed that a tour is as only as strong as its openers and with Soul Asylum starting the night, it set the bar high for the rest of the show!
As a rebuttal to the high energy Soul Asylum set, Collective Soul came out wasting no time as they took us back to the 1990’s and through the 2000’s to give us some ol’ fashion Rock N' Roll! Band members Ed Roland (Vocals and Keyboard), Dean Roland (Rhythm Guitar), Will Turpin (Bass), Johnny Rabb (Drums), and Jesse Triplett (Lead Guitar) put on an amazing set as they confidently give everything they have on the stage. It is no mystery that these guys have been doing this for a while as they give off that rockstar mentality on stage that makes each song enjoyable to hear and watch.
Johnny Rabb (Joined 2012) and Jesse Triplett (Joined 2014) are the only members from the band that are not the originals, but with their outstanding sound and performance, it definitely has the crowd fooled.
What stood out the most, is when they dropped their hit song “Shine” that was on Collective Soul’s first album ‘Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid’ in 1994 via Atlantic Records. From start to finish, the crowd was belting the lyrics back at Ed Roland, making it an amazing moment for the entire venue. Throughout the entire set the crowd was locked in, but as Collective Soul wrapped up we all knew 3 Doors Down was coming on shortly after.
With the crowd at the edge of their seats, the lights went dark for a bit and before we knew it 3 Doors Down took the stage and took it like soldiers that were ready for
war as they dropped the song "Duck and Run!"
This type of energy and excitement continued throughout the entire set. It was obvious, due to the fact that 3 Doors Down had the audience out of their seats from the second they stepped out on stage. Band members Brad Arnold (Vocals), Chris Henderson (Rhythm Guitar), Greg Upchurch (Drums), Chet Roberts (Lead Guitar), and Justin Biltonen (Bass) are a site to see together as you can truly see these guys having fun and passionately playing the music that they love.
Half way through the show, lead singer Brad Arnold gave the crowd a reminder that 3 Doors Down have been successfully touring for about eighteen years now. That statistic is just mind blowing, due to the fact that their music will never get old throughout every generation. Witnessing these guys on stage, it is not surprising that this music has been touring for eighteen years, since every note and every song is played and performed to perfection. 3 Doors Down went on to grace the crowd with a seventeen song setlist that included hits like: "It’s Not My Time" (2008), "Away From The Sun" (2002), "Loser" (2000), "Here Without You" (2002), "When I’m Gone" (2002), and "Kryptonite" (2000). With a setlist like that it leaves the crowd no choice but to be out of their seats and rocking along the whole time.
Rock N' Roll Express Tour | 2018 Schedule
Aug 14, 2018 The Amphitheater at Bald Hill Bookhaven, NY. USA
Aug 16, 2018 Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT. USA
Aug 18, 2018 Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino Niagara Falls, NY. USA
Aug 19, 2018 Borgata Atlantic City, NJ. United States
Aug 21, 2018 Pier Six Pavilion Baltimore, MD. United States
Aug 22, 2018 White Oak Ampitheatre Greensboro, NC. United States
Aug 24, 2018 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN. United States
Aug 25, 2018 Heritage Park Amphitheatre Simpsonville, SC. United States
Sep 4, 2018 Black Oak Casino Tuolomne, CA. United States
Sep 6, 2018 Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Lemoore, CA. United States
Sep 7, 2018 The Pearl Concert Theatre @ Palms Casino Las Vegas, NV. USA
Sep 8, 2018 Harrah's Resort Socal Valley Center, CA. United States
Sep 11, 2018 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO. United States
Sep 12, 2018 Utah State Fairgrounds Salt Lake City, UT. United States
Sep 14, 2018 Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino Mescalero, NM. USA
Sep 16, 2018 Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ. United States
Sep 18, 2018 AVA Amphitheater (Casino del Sol) Tucson, AZ. United States
Oct 19, 2018 Navy Station Norfolk's Fleet Fest Norfolk, VA. United States
Oct 27, 2018 Harrah's 15th Annual The Better Life Foundation Cherokee, NC. USA
On July 10th, we had the honor of covering the Synthesis Tour, which included the extremely talented violinist, Lindsey Stirling and the prodigious Evanescence at the Ravinia Festival in the Chicagoland area. The Ravinia Pavilion inside the Ravinia Festival was the perfect setting for a show like this, due to the fact that it is an enclosed venue with an unparalleled sound system. With venues such as this one, it leaves the acoustics no choice, but to be heard throughout the entire location.
This is ideal, strictly because as Lindsey Stirling took the stage, we were able to truly listen and observe her talents on the violin from start to finish. When Lindsey concluded her stunning set and proved to be one of the best opening acts the crowd has ever seen, the anticipation was extremely high as we knew Evanescence was coming on shortly after.
Check out the concert coverage below to know exactly what we are talking about!
It is honestly mesmerizing witnessing Lindsey do what she does best and that is putting on an amazing performance with her group of brilliant dancers. Stirling's act is a mostly instrumental set, but with her in the zone with her performers, it results in a presentation that is both unique and beautiful in its own way.
A perfect example of how unique and beautiful Lindsey can be with her music, she does this collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ that touches on all your emotions [video above]. Lindsey starts off fast and really in your face like a Rockstar, but then transitions to different songs from ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ that leaves you with goosebumps and chills.
Lindsey Stirling | Work & Collaborations
For anyone who has seen Evanescence in the past, this show is completely different, due to the fact that Amy Lee not only has the band with her, but in addition has a full orchestra as well. Amy Lee explained to the crowd how this is the first tour where Evanescence is using a full orchestra and how each show is unique due to the orchestra being hand selected for each show.
The orchestra plays a huge factor, in a way that it changes the pace of how Evanescence songs usually are performed. With Evanescence already being an amazing and powerhouse band, the orchestra actually gives them more justice. This is because the orchestra gives Amy Lee a bit more time to adjust with notes and even though it is not much time, that’s all a talented professional like Amy needs.
Throughout the Evanescence setlist, it was perfectly balanced with a variety of songs that ranged from the 'Fallen' album  to the 'Synthesis' album . It was truly one of the most enjoyable sets to listen to, due to the emotional roller-coaster Evanescence and the orchestra puts you on. One second, your screaming out the lyrics to the hit track “Bring Me To Life” and then before you know you could hear a pin drop in the venue as Amy belts out the beautiful track “My Immortal.”
Amy Lee makes it looks so effortless, but she is definitely something to see if you have the chance. She controls the crowd so well and then when she wants, she silences the crowd with ease with her powerful voice. During the set, one of the things that leaves you in awe is witnessing Amy multitask as she not only hits every note to perfection but plays the piano as well. There are several songs where the crowd is fortunate enough to witness this happen, but one that really stood out was the new song "Hi-Lo" with the opener Lindsey Stirling. During the performance of "Hi-Lo" the audience gets more than their moneys worth as they get to see two masters of their crafts collaborate with each other. You got Amy Lee on vocals and piano, Lindsey on violin for a good portion of the song, and the band and orchestra that results in a routine that is indescribable. Check out the video for "Hi-Lo" above!
July 27 2018 Toronto, Canada Budweiser Stage
July 28 2018 Saratoga Springs, New York Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 10 2018 Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center
August 11 2018 Wantagh, New York Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 14 2018 Simpsonville, South Carolina Heritage Park Amphitheater
August 15 2018 Atlanta, Georgia State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
August 17 2018 Tampa, Florida MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 18 2018 West Palm Beach, Florida Coral Sky Amphitheatre
August 20 2018 Jacksonville, Florida Daily's Place
August 22 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
August 24 2018 Dallas, Texas Dos Equis Pavilion
August 25 2018 Woodlands, Texas Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 28 2018 Albuquerque, New Mexico Isleta Amphitheater
August 29 2018 Phoenix, Arizona Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 31 2018 Chula Vista, California Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
September 1 2018 Irvine, California Five Point Amphitheater
September 4 2018 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
September 5 2018 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheater
September 7 2018 Auburn, Washington White River Amphitheatre
September 8 2018 Ridgefield, Washington Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Tyler and Chase: "The title of the EP, ‘Colder Than Dark,’ came from a line from our song, "Euthanasia": '- longer than the night; colder than the dark.' Zach threw it out there as an album title and it encompassed what we were trying to say for the entire EP; as well as inspiring the imagery that went with. The woman’s hand at the touch of ice or death; freezing life. That can be the metaphor for what people deal with; what is delicate and beautiful yet destroys life the second it gets too close."
"THE SONG “HELL HERE” ITSELF IS ABOUT NOT BOWING DOWN TO YOUR OWN DEMONS OR SELF-DEFEAT AS WELL AS NOT LETTING OUTSIDE INFLUENCES AND OTHER PEOPLE GET IN YOUR HEAD TO KEEP YOU FROM DOING WHAT YOU WANT WITH YOUR LIFE. WE WANTED THE SONG TO BE DARK BUT TO ALSO PULL PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR RUT AND MAKE THEM REALIZE THEIR OWN SELF WORTH.”
Tyler and Chase: "Everything we do is DIY; until we found our manager Ashley who's been a huge asset. Zach books shows; Robbie produces our pre-production and designs a lot of merch and social media artwork. Chase helps on merch and Cody hand-built the risers we use on stage."
Chase: "I've been going to Warped since 2014; the ritual is the constant rain atleast in Mansfield. In 2015; my favorite bands Beartooth and Vanna came out to perform on the stage at the same time."
Tyler: "My first Warped was 2016; Underoath aside, Chiodos is mind-blowing. Motionless In White consistently blow me away. On their first Warped concert, they were on the Ernie Ball stage; the equivalent to what we'll be playing on Friday, July 27th. In the way that it was one of the first time I saw the bands I look up to; it's the same way people [new fans] will be seeing us.
Tyler and Chase: "Zach, [who lives in MA] sends us a screenshot of the weather everyday; thunderstorm to cloudy to thunderstorms!"
Chase: "Personally really excited to see the crowd."
Tyler: "It's a free festival; people can just go; that's really awesome.
We're playing with Underoath, my favorite band of all time. "
Tyler and Chase: "The festival has a really great message; preventing self harm and suicide which connects to our song “Euthanasia;” our lyrics are deeply embedded in these themes. We’ll be playing with Rivals; that we're fond of; friends with; watched them on the grind; they’re blowing up this year. We're playing another show with Rivals the night before iMatter on August 11th at Jupiter Hall in Albany NY."
How did you begin booking dream concert line-ups?
Tyler and Chase: "We always go to every show early and stay late; we meet people and support everyone and build a reputation as someone who cares about the scene. Every show we leave with a new friendship. If there’s 5 people there, we play like there’s 500. All the success is how we treated and handled the shows."
"A Prada show came through Vermont; our fans collaborated to contact the venue for us to open the show. That was July of 2017; when we started playing shows as we are now. From there we met our manager Ashley at Jupiter Hall in Albany NY; we got booked to open for Convictions; who we recently played with again alongide Volumes, White Noise, Upon A Burning Body [poster top left]. "
Tyler and Chase: Memphis May Fire, Like Moths To Flames, The Plot In You, Silent Planet; Nothing Nowhere (a hip-hop acoustic artist from Vermont).
Tyler: As far as films or series: '13 Reasons Why' & 'Requiem for a Dream'."
Tyler and Chase: "It’s all the beautiful things that now are gone; it’s the heaviest song in the entire EP atleast ending-wise. Very emotional, powerful; Chase's lyrical delivery is slam poetry but screaming. We experiment."
Via Lambgoat; the band comments, "This song plain and simple is about suicide but not so much suicide itself but the collateral damage it causes to the people left behind. The song does have a renewal life subject but for the privacy of the parties involved, we won't mention them. When we asked Rory Rodriquez from Dayseeker to feature on the track he mentioned the subject hit home with him so we let him write his part independently because we wanted the song to be real. Sometimes when you're in a dark place, it's easy to forget how many people will truly miss you when you're gone."
Tyler and Chase: "This song; it’s not as metal-core as the other songs are; it's post-hardcore edge. Very much what some of us grew up on."
Tyler: "Lyrically; I thought I didn't have a second chance on music. I gave up on it for a couple years; I never thought I was going to be in a band again. Now I'm seeing how far we can take it."
Tyler and Chase: "Love and drugs affect each other in a similar way; the chemicals in your brain; you can’t eat - can’t sleep; don’t want to live; also addiction; all things that were very real to different members in the band."
Tyler: "I talked to the different members to ask for thoughts of what the song means to them; I threw in lyrics of what they said to me; one line or two in this song lyric-wise come from every member in the band. Addiction and substance abuse controls your life and can’t live without it. You give all your control so it has all the power over you. If someone was a recovery addict; this song might really hit home with them; you’ll know which those lyrics are."
Watch Andrew Velasquez, also known as Andy Leo, of Crown The Empire share time with us in an interview and on the iconic game, 'Never Have I Ever' live from theX-Finity Theatre at the last Warped Tour of 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut.
Follow Crown The Empire at their website crowntheempire.net or on Instagram & Twitter @crowntheempire. Their new single and music video, "20/20," is out now!
The interview was led by Chris Coutsoukis live at Warped Tour 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. The concert footage of Crown The Empire performing "20/20" is live from Warped Tour 2018 in Las Vegas, NV filmed entirely by @ZacharyChristopherr. His youtube video is titled "Crown The Empire - "20/20" Live Music Video Vans Warped Tour 2018;" or watch it embedded below!
Ready, Set, Join us for the classic game of '#NeverHaveIEver.' Andy shares secrets about his tattoos and near-death experiences.
Crown The Empire | "20/20" Music Video | July 12th, 2018
Link to the video: @ZacharyChristopherr's official youtube account:
Crown The Empire | 2018 Tour Dates | 2018
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