Author & Photographer | Anthony Cannella
On September 5th, the one and only Fozzy visited The Forge in Joliet, Illinois with specials guests The Stir, Stone Broken, and Adelitas Way for the Judas Rising Tour:
This show was nothing less than perfection due to the combination of talent that was different in its own way. If you are lucky enough to catch this tour or was lucky enough to have caught it already, you understand the perfect build up and anticipation each band gives all the way up until Fozzy controls that stage from start to finish.
As the opening special guests (The Stir, Stone Broken, Adelitas Way) completed their headbanging/venue rocking sets, you could feel the energy in the venue as everyone waited for Fozzy. As soon as the lights cut out, The Forge erupted as Chris Jericho (Vocals) and his band of rockstars came out strong from the start as they dropped the hit song “Judas”!
The thing that makes Fozzy such a fun band to see live, is that they don’t lift their foot off the gas, which forces the crowd to be theirs till the very end. Lead singer Chris Jericho has always been a person to get the crowd going ever since he started in the wrestling industry. It is obvious that he derives those special set of crowd interaction skills from the WWF/WWE and they work.
The thing that makes Fozzy such a super group though is that band members, Rich Ward (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), Frank Fontsere (Drums), Billy Grey (Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals), and Randy Drake (Bass) have plenty of experience as well and know how to work a crowd just like Chris! One second you’re watching Jericho smash his vocals and then before you know it Rich Ward is jumping off stage and leaping into the crowd giving us some good ol’ fashion hard Rock N’ Roll.
As Fozzy’s perfectly planned out setlist wrapped up, the crowd needed one more thing and Chris Jericho and the band gave us exactly that! A Y2K Jericho pose that lead right into their smashing hit "Sandpaper" to end an amazing night of Rock!
Fozzy is definitely an experience to see live, so check the tour dates below to see if they are coming to a venue near you!
Sep 29 – The Culture Room ** – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Package
Oct 6 – Rock Allegiance – Camden, New Jersey
Nov 7 – The Studio – Auckland
Nov 9 – Max Watts – Melbourne
Nov 10 – Manning Bar – Sydney
Nov 13 – The Gov – Adelaide
Nov 14 – The Triffid – Brisbane
Nov 21 – Casino New Brunswich – Moncton, NB
Nov 23 – Cunard Centre – Halifax, NS
Nov 24 – Centre Videotron – Quebec City, QC
Nov 25 – Mtelus – Montreal, QC
Nov 26 – The John St Pub – Arnprior, ON
Nov 27 – London Music Hall – London, ON
Nov 28 – Rockpile – Toronto, ON
Nov 30 – Crocks – Thunder Bay, ON
Dec 01 – Burton Cummings Theater – Winnipeg, MB
Dec 02 – The Exchange – Regina, SK
Dec 03 – Starlight Room – Edmonton, AB
Dec 04 – The Gateway – Calgary, AB
Author and Photographer - David McNally
On the final stretch of their Still The Same Tour, the duo's first since 2012, Sugarland stopped for a one-night stand at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. The two-time Grammy winging country duo took the stage with a level high energy that was contagious to everyone in attendance. Performing five songs from their latest album Bigger, including “Babe” and a variety of covers from Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” the duo backed by a stud band certainly flexed their musical prowess.
Leading up to the final weekend of the tour, singer/guitarist Kristian Bush said “There are all sorts of emotions — that’s for sure — going into this weekend of shows,” he continues. “I guess there is a lot of, "Oh my God, we did it'" in an interview with a Taste of Country. Bush also added that “[Sugarland] shows have always been a safe place to put your bag on, whatever that bag is," he explains. “Everyone is carrying around luggage these days, but at these shows, our fans have been able to set that luggage down for a few hours.”
Place your luggage down for a few moments to pan through some of our top shots from the night.
Author & Photographer | Molly Kinnunen
On September 18th, we captured War of Ages, Capsize and Ghost Key during their ongoing tour at the Wire in Berwyn, IL. Pictures from all three bands below.
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Author & Photographer, Videographer | Molly Kinnunen
On September 13th, hardcore band Kaonashi came to The Wire in Berwyn, IL and brought an amazing performance with them. [Stream the photos above!] Currently on the final days of tour with Sufferer; Kaonashi is originally from Philadelphia, PA and has played the Illinois area quite frequently in the last few months.
They have a few scattered local shows in the Philly area, as well as a tour with I Set My Friends On Fire and Lil Lotus in December of this year. Be sure to keep up with the band on social media for tour updates as well.
They released an EP titled 'Native' in August of 2016, which included a few songs featuring Sabella as well.
Since then, they have released two singles over the years, “You’ll Understand When You’re Older,” and more recent, “Real Leather.” Mixing together hardcore riffs with some clean vocals & fast-paced drumming, Kaonashi will surely sweep you off your feet at first listen.
There is no set release dates for new music, but based on a brief overheard interview from vocalist, Peter Rono, he mentioned, “You can definitely expect something to come out in either October or November.”
Kaonashi | Live from Bloomington, IL | Film & Edit by Molly Kinnunen
Kaonashi performs "Real Leather" at Meltdown Creative Works in Bloomington, IL on September 3, 2018; filmed & edited by Molly Kinnunen (Link follows to Molly's account on Youtube).
The band's lyrics primarily touch base on social issues such as racism, bullying, and mental health awareness.
In the single, “Real Leather,” (06.20.18) the music video is mostly set in the scene of a high school counselor’s office where a misunderstood teenager is frustratedly trying to express his issues and emotions:
In the lyrics, “Take what's on your mind and get it off your chest, that broken heart on your sleeve tells me you're not like the rest,” fans can definitely find a sense of belonging within the song if they’ve ever struggled with similar issues.
Kaonashi | Recent Releases
Peter Rono: "The main reason I play music - is self expression - I think; growing up in a place where you can't dress the way you want to or talk the way you want to; it really inspired me to find a way to do that. Kaonashi is how I do that."
Kaonashi | Upcoming Tour Schedule | 2018
Author: Alison Bauer | Photographer: Molly Kinnunen
Dead/Awake from Rockford, IL release their debut six-track EP, 'Insurrectionist' via We Are Triumphant on Friday, October 5th, 2018. Included within the hardcore track-list are their trending singles and music videos: "The Pale Horse" (ft. Tyler Shelton of Traitors) and "Kingslayer" (ft. Dave Simonich of Signs of the Swarm). Their third released single & Dead/Awake Fall 2018 live shows are listed below.
Headrush TV contributor Molly Kinnunen photographed the band on August 26th, 2018; view her photos streaming below or visit her photo and video portfolio here. Stay tuned! Joe Gibbs & Molly contributed cinematography for "Kingslayer" MV.
Join us; we feature an exclusive interview with the band's founder, Michael Campa [guitar, back-up vocals] and Dillon Hare [vocals]. Dead/Awake was formed by Michael in 2017 alongside Payton Kuhn [drums], Anthony Schlickman [bass] and Noah Lopez [vocals]. Since then, Dillon and Morgan Eaarp [guitar] joined.
The band has recorded multiple songs featuring noteworthy guest vocalists such as Frankie Palmeri (Emmure), Tyler Shelton (Traitors), Kyle Anderson (The Afterimage, Brand of Sacrifice), and Dave Simonich (Signs of the Swarm).
Dead/Awake | Interview with Michael Campa & Dillon Hare
Alison: Share with us the production journey behind 'Insurrectionist' EP?
Michael: Craig Baker produced 'Insurrectionist'; we recorded the full EP July of 2018. One thing we see bands doing is writing material, playing shows, and not tracking potentially for years. Craig is fantastic; available to record when possible. We write the instrumentals to the album first; lyrics second. Officially we signed to We Are Triumphant on August 2018; the EP will be out October 5th, 2018.
Alison: Online, the band recommends some artists influential to their music:
"Please do tell now (How does it feel);
To become the evil that you (Sought to repeal) -"
Lyrics: "The Pale Horse"
Alison: Out since August 10th, 2018 as the first single and music video to promote 'Insurrectionist' EP, this track builds power and strength through lucid-shattering edits of the band's performance. Lyrics are delivered in urgency between Noah, Dillon and guest Tyler Shelton; the visual experience heightens in synch with heavy drops. A wicked finale to the song after the final words, "You will learn to fear my name." So awesome!
What was the background inspiration for this song and the music video?
Michael: People try to justify violence in politics, despite what side of the spectrum they are on; which does not help anyone. This is the only song we had already written prior to recording our EP; the rest we wrote in the studio. The title of the song refers to a passage from the Bible; "the horse death rides upon; harbinger of the apocalypse; the ending of time."
Dillon: The music video was filmed and edited by Joe Gibbs from Morrison, IL; we filmed this in a grain elevator; a giant room where people used to haul and store grain. It was 105°F degrees outside on this day!
" - Hold on to hope that your demise is eminent;
We rejoice at the thought of wolves at your gate;
Dismembered by the ones you exploit and betray;
I could not think of a more fitting fate - "
Alison: Published on August 31st, 2018 as the second single and music video for 'Insurrectionist' EP; this track proliferates the band's heavy and cinematic signature. Deep green and crimson introduces the members in an insidious atmosphere; a dancer rotates fire within her hands captured in slow motion. Guest vocalist Dave Simonich delivers his soul around the half-way mark.
The lyrics in this song are so powerful; could you explain the writing process?
Michael: While I wrote the lyrics to [both singles]; Dillon and Noah revised them. It's hyper political yet also neutral; the lyrics are left up to interpretation. This is also a Joe Gibbs film; Molly Kinnunen filmed guest vocalist Dave from Signs of the Swarm.
" - Enjoy the flames;
The time for compassion has now expired;
Your bones to light atop the pyre."
Dillon: Any connections with past events are incidental. But history in retrospect is brutal; which is how the song feels. [On topic of using the term 'pyre'].
Dead/Awake | "Ultra Vitam" | 'Insurrectionist' EP Out 10/05/18
Alison: The third single for 'Insurrectionist' EP was released Friday, September 21st featuring guest vocalist Kyle Anderson (The Afterimage, Brand of Sacrifice). Cohesive to the theme of the EP so far - "ultra vitam" in Latin is defined as "more lives." They used a sampled "swallow this" to bridge a heavy mid-way drop; this absolutely rocks! The song transitions into etheric piano chords harmonizing towards the end; a great incentive to discover the span of the entire EP once it's released on October 5, 2018.
Dead/Awake | 'Insurrectionist' EP Out 10/05/18
Photo | Dead/Awake official via Facebook
Alison: In public archives, the term "Insurrectionist" represents "a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)." This band augurs a nuanced approach of political resistance through the depth of 'Insurrectionist' EP.
What strikes additionally inspiring about Dead/Awake is their positive sponsorship of collaborations with groups or individuals in both audio and video production. The star-crossed alignment of creativity and talent packs energy into each unique song and music video.
How might you recommend bands align with connections in the scene?
Michael: I've grown a network from contributing piano covers of deathcore and metalcore songs. Visit his portfolio here or his cover of Wage War "Youngblood".
Dead/Awake | 'Insurrectionist' EP Out 10/05/18 | Tour Dates
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.
Gif | Vein Youtube
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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