Author & Photographer - Ian Urquhart
An emotional roller coaster would be the best way to describe the event that occurred at the House of Blues in Boston, MA on October 2nd , 2018.
With much anticipation, the Gravity Tour stopped in Boston, MA bringing Bad Omens, We Came As Romans and Bullet For My Valentine to Landsown Street. Each band brought its own unique flavor of metal to the stage. Bullet for my Valentine and We Came as Romans have frequently visited the House of Blues in Boston however this was Bad Omens’ first time playing across the street from Fenway Park. And although each band’s fans associated themselves which each creative group that night, there was a unique feeling inside the venue.
Prior to the start of the Gravity Tour, We Came as Roman’s lead vocalist Kyle Pavone suddenly passed away on August 25th , 2018. With many questions up in the air, many We Came as Romans fans were unsure if the band would continue without Kyle. To everyone’s surprise, they decided to dedicate this tour run to Kyle and his family and decided to keep their commitment to the Gravity Tour.
Bad Omens | House of Blues | Boston, MA | October 2nd, 2018:
We Came As Romans | House of Blues | Boston, MA | October 2nd, 2018:
Lead vocalist, Dave Stephens, took this responsibility on for himself. And if you closed your eyes and listened, you could barely notice Kyle’s absence. The energy weaving throughout the crowd was filled with tears, smiles and harmonizing choruses. Not a note was missed. And with the help from each crying voice, Kyle’s passion was felt. Dave Stephens then took a moment at the end of their set to talk about the Kyle Pavone foundation they had set up to support Kyle’s family while thanking the crowd and show his appreciation.
Bullet For My Valentine | House of Blues | Boston, MA | October 2nd, 2018:
Taking a mental breather, Boston prepared for a momentum switch before Bullet For My Valentine came out. Touring their latest album Gravity (2018), there was great anticipation to see what would be played and what wouldn’t (with regards to their older songs). Right out the gate, “Don’t Need You” off Gravity (2018) broke the metaphorical ice with a gloomy and eerie instrumental backtrack-intro.
This lifted the spirits of those watching, quickly. But such is the case with every band who has been around for quite some time, you will find yourself amongst a group of those who “want the old stuff.” Knowing this, BFMV did not disappoint.
Concluding the set, Bullet went back-to-back-to-back-to-back with older tracks off of The Poison (2007) and Scream Aim Fire (2008). Have you ever seen an entire general admission section turn into a circle pit before? Go to a Bullet for my Valentine show and stay until “Waking the Demon” off Scream Aim Fire (2008) rips.
Events occur in life that leave many with unanswered questions. These events may be heartbreaking or filled with joy. Regardless, everyone needs something in life that brings happiness. Or at the very least, a momentary distraction from negativity. What was seen at the House of Blues on October 2nd , 2018 was
just that. A momentary distraction from grief.
Music has been told to be one of the, if not the strongest universal language in the world. The amount of support felt in Boston, MA for We Came As Romans was nothing short of romantic. Music is romantic. And to have bands surrounding you like Bad Omens and Bullet For My Valentine, one could assume it helps make grieving a little less miserable.
Go to concerts. Escape reality for a couple hours. Cry with strangers. Lose your voice. Remember those who couldn’t have joined you but also live in the moment. Music glues a broken heart back together.
Until next time, cheers!
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