Article & Photography - John Indiveri
January 25, 2019
Bring Me The Horizon embarked on their North American tour and made their second stop in Orlando, FL at the CFE Arena. Coincidently this stop was also the drop date for their new album 'Amo' and HeadRush TV was there to cover it!
BMTH brought along with them rock veterans Thrice as well as the highly energetic and explosively charged Fever 333 to open things up.
Photo | BMTH via FB
Bring Me The Horizon | Orlando, FL | January 25th, 2019
I’ve been a fan of BMTH for years and this was only my second time seeing them live (last time was Fort Rock 2016) and to be able to cover the show was a huge opportunity. And knowing what I know from the last show of theirs, I knew it was going to be wild.
The base of the stage was roughly 6 feet tall and on top of that they had a platform extending the total height, by estimation, to 10-12 feet. So needless to say it was TALL! Given what they had going on underneath it (smoke machines, etc) I could see why. They also had a catwalk that jutted out from the stage, which was very cool.
With the stage set, fans were getting antsy. Cheering for BMTH to come on, getting themselves prepared for the amazing show they were about to watch. The lights went dark, fans erupted in cheers/screams and “I apologize if you feel something” started to play. Oli Sykes and the band walked out onto the stage, with Oli walking to the base of the catwalk singing. The crowd went absolutely wild. From there, they went into "Mantra." New hits kept coming: “Medicine” and “Wonderful Life."
They played quite a bit of older music, tracks such has “Happy Song,” “Avalanche,” and “Shadow Moses.” The energy Oli had was second to none, running back and forth on stage and spending a good deal of time on the catwalk as well; engaging with the fans and doing something I’ve seen him do before. I call it his "push it back” call-to-action where he instructs fans to make the biggest open circle they can. When he goes back into the chorus, the fans run towards each other and a mass circle pit ensues. This time around I got to see it from the 2nd tier, it was an amazing sight to see.
As for the production of the show, it was very “BMTH”-ish just amplified 10x now that they have a bigger stage! They had what must of been 5-8 smoke cannons shooting smoke vertically from under the stage, two confetti cannons on either side of the stage that shot into the crowd and a lighting rig above that moved up and down as well as tilted in all directions. It was quite a thing to see and masterfully executed by the production crew.
Thrice | Orlando, FL | January 25th, 2019
Rock veterans Thrice warmed up the stage for BMTH and put on a spectacular show (as usual). They opened up with "Only Us" (which they did the last time I saw them live, such a great opening song) and really rocked it out. They played other songs such as “Silhouette,” “Black Honey” and “Hurricane.”
Fever 333 | Orlando, FL | January 25th, 2019
Fever 333 got the evening started with a highly energetic show. This was my second time seeing them, previously seeing them at Welcome to Rockville, and their energy was even greater. Singer Jason Aalon Butler ran around the stage, covering all sides as well as the catwalk. He also decided to jump down right in in front of where I was standing and go into the stands. Now mind you, his mic was not a wireless mic so it took many people (including myself) keeping the cord raised up. Frankly, I didn’t know they made cords that long! Guitarist Stevis Harrison also kept the crowd engaged and had some serious ups, jumping all around the stage.
All in all, this is a Tour you do not want to miss if it comes through a city near you. Get your tickets now by clicking on the link in the poster below.
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