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Concert Review: The Kin at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

September 23, 2009 by  
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thekinThe Kin
House of Blues – Boston, MA
September 17, 2009

Rating: ★★★★★ 


Reviewed by:  Sally Feller

Australian brothers Isaac and Thorry Koren dazzled a small crowd at the House of Blues, opening for hippie jam band favorites Rusted Root. They were unfortunate enough to have a show the night of a Sox game at Fenway, just across the street, but after a relatively small early crowd, The Kin was able to welcome in a larger and more energetic crowd halfway through their set. Those of us lucky enough to catch this band’s opening performance were appropriately wowed. Thorry’s vocals captured the attention of even the most reluctant of the hippie crowd’s ears.

With a couple of guys that look like Guess models as an opening band, I expected a lot of drooling girls and women, but found instead a mix of guys and girls tapping their feet—perhaps a testament to the genuine appeal of The Kin’s musical offerings. The brothers harmonize remarkably well, with Thorry picking up most of the powerful soul-grabbing notes and Isaac pounding out complementary notes on the keyboards.

We were also treated with a short interlude of didgeridoo beat-boxing. During this moment, I heard someone behind me say, “dude, you’re not an elephant, stop,” so I guess something so unfamiliar is an acquired taste for some non-Aussies. The mixing of tribal instruments from their hometown with modern rock was impressive, but I’m not sure the crowd had a chance to adjust to what was going on as this interlude was only a minute or two long. Doing an entire song with the inclusion of the didgeridoo might help…unless dude-you’re-not-an-elephant-girl were in the crowd, in which case, violence might ensue.

Other show highlights included a gorgeous seafaring tune called “Abraham” that the brothers wrote for their father’s wedding. “Together” was a familiar favorite for me and several other members in the crowd. The song has been featured on several TV shows in the past year or so, including CBS’s “Moonlight” (yep, I was still the only person who watched that show), MTV’s “The Hills” and “Real World,” and Lifetime’s “Army Wives.”

There are subtle hints of some of the more talented boy band ballads in several of The Kin’s songs, but don’t let it deter you from listening to their full album, as they shatter that same genre only moments after, drawing from the more classical jazz and folk genres. However, they do seem to be one of those bands with broad appeal that you could throw in the CD player (or…whatever…your iPod speaker hub…you damn kids with your high-fallutin’ technology) on a road trip with your friends, your parents, and even your grandparents—they have a pretty universal musical appeal. Listening to them probably won’t make you an uber-hipster, but you won’t lose your street cred, either. (You might, however, if you’re a music reviewer and you buy The Kin’s latest album from their merch table like a commoner, ahem).

If you’re on the East Coast, definitely catch these guys live and prepare to be caught up in some catchy pop glory. And Bostonians, I almost hate to write this in case it sells out and I can’t get a ticket, but The Kin will be back in town in October, so keep your eyes open.

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For more info on The Kin visit their official website

Concert Review: Mew in Boston, MA

August 30, 2009 by  
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mewcoverMew
The Paradise – Boston, MA
August 22, 2009

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Reviewed by:  Sally Feller

Mew is:

Jonas Bjerre: vocals and guitar
Bo Madsen: guitar
Silas Utke Graae Jorgensen

Danish indie alternative rock sensation Mew played to a packed Paradise Rock Club last Saturday and had the whole place dancing. Despite some sound issues that seemed to swallow Bjerre’s vocals, Mew kept the concert alive and kicking. Helping to pull together the ethereal feel of their music was a projector screen depicting some otherworldly, trippy visuals. I was vaguely reminded of Nine Inch Nails shows by the escapism element of the show…you really felt like you were being transported to some mythical place, a not altogether wholesome place, but one with dark caves and valleys amidst the utopian landscape. Mew also brought to my mind the likes of Sigur Ros, New Order, and a mix of “The Neverending Story” and Guilllermo del Toro-style movie soundtracks. Adding to the feeling of concert astral projection was Bjerre’s unnerving, but captivating voice.

Color me surprised to find that Mew’s music translates over to the American audience. That’s not to put down their sound, by any means (in fact, I’d argue that American listeners need to be jangled out of their musical comfort zone as often as possible), but I feel that it likely startles some listeners that are used to the typical alternative music they hear on their radio stations. However, the venue was full of an interesting mix of both Americans and Danes. The latter group holding their home flag up like a pride banner and singing every single word along with Bjerre. Their energy, combined of course with Mew’s electric performance, fed the more reclusive crowd of concert-going Americans.

Mew is currently on tour with Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction in Europe alongside doing their own tour to promote their latest album: No More Stories/Are Told Today/I’m Sorry/They Washed Away//No More Stories/The World Is Grey/I’m Tired/Let’s Wash Away. I didn’t make that title up, I swear. Crazy album title aside, Mew can count me in as a new fan. I highly suggest that if you find Mew coming to your town this summer/fall that you get your butt in line for tickets on their musical voyage.

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For more info on Mew and a full list of tour dates visit their official website

Concert Review: Paolo Nutini in Boston, MA

July 25, 2009 by  
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paolo1Paolo Nutini
House of Blues – Boston, MA
July 24, 2009

Rating: ★★★★★ 


Reviewed by:  Sally Feller

Playing a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Boston, Paolo Nutini successfully overcame the venue size and left the audience with the feeling of being in a small intimate show in a pub somewhere. Having listened to Nutini’s first album, 2006’s “These Streets” and his latest gem “Sunny Side Up” I will unabashedly describe myself as a fan.

Nutini’s latest album is considerably stronger in terms of experimentation, and takes the listener on a journey through the back roads of America. You’ll hear everything in there, influences from New Orleans, certainly, and the blues, a bit of ukulele and some homegrown bluegrass, wrapped up by some chill Sunday morning coffee music to warm your soul. I was curious as to how this would all translate on stage, especially in a venue like the House of Blues, which holds around 5,000 people.

I found myself happily surprised by the translation to a live performance. Nutini emerged onstage and sauntered over to the microphone and belted out a pleasing mix of tunes from both albums. Crowd favorites mostly seemed to be from his original album: “New Shoes,” “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty,” and his latest single “Candy.” “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty” was the perfect song to finish off the set, leaving the crowd infused with renewed energy as they left the club.

Nutini seemed unassuming and relaxed and spent most of the show with his eyes closed, as you’d expect from any good soul and blues singer. I couldn’t help but be reminded of greats like Otis Redding and Van Morrison. I would be surprised to find anyone who’s seen a live show from Nutini that wasn’t compelled to feel every note in their soul, since it seems to come from the depths of the singer’s own.  At only 22, I’m expecting many, many more great tunes from Paolo Nutini in the years to come.

Just a quick shout-out to show opener Erin McCarley. This was my first introduction to her music and I was wowed and immediately wrote down her name. She’s certainly worth checking out!

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*For more info on Paolo Nutini, his new album, and his current tour please visit his MySpace Page.

The Bangles – Touring again!

yl3k8811The Bangles
The Calvin Theater – Northampton, MA
May 29, 2009

Rating: ★★★★★ 


Reviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

When I was a little girl, all I wanted to be was Susanna Hoffs. Now that I’m in my 30s, all I want to be is Susanna Hoffs. Hoffs and the sisters ala Peterson (Debbi and Vicki), collectively known as The Bangles have scheduled some east coast tour dates with the promise of more in the future . Hitting up both Boston, MA and Northampton, MA the band is covering all of the bases in the bay state.

The Bangles, if you recall, ceremoniously “Walked like an Egyptian” right into our hearts in the early eighties. But while the big hits STILL get stuck in one’s head (seriously, can I tell you how many times THIS year alone “Manic Monday” pops into my head on the start of any given work week?) it is for their amazing musicianship, songwriting, and beautifully blended harmonies that they will forever be remembered. Of course, a band full of hot chicks that kick ass certainly doesn’t hurt…but they’ve got the chops to back it up.

Susanna Hoffs

Susanna Hoffs

Playing 90 minute sets to an intimate yet loyal gathering, The Bangles haven’t missed a beat. The show had a little bit of everything including Vicki on lead vocals for “Single by Choice” and Debbi stepping out from behind her kit to sing lead on a few songs as well. The set was well rounded from start to finish covering all of the hits that fans wanted to hear from “In Your Room” to their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade of Winter.”

After a decade long break-up the The Bangles joined forces again to release their 2003 album Doll Revolution. If you were at one of the shows and wondered where you could find the songs “Here Right Now,” “Ride the Ride,” or “Single by Choice” you should pick up this album!

Are these tour dates a sign that we may be hearing new things from The Bangles in the near future? According to the band “We’re so grateful to be a band that still enjoys playing music together, we have a great time performing, there are more songs left to be written and recorded, and we’re just putting one foot in front of the other and making choices for the next year in terms of what we can accomplish.” With a goal of “to keep going” it sounds like we may be in for some new material from The Bangles but this time it will be on their terms…and as one of the most successful all-female bands of our time, how can you argue with that?


Click on the photo below to view the full gallery of live photos taken by Dave Barnum on May 29th at The Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA

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For more information on The Bangles and upcoming tour dates please visit their website.

The Toadies

November 13, 2008 by  
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toadiesThe Toadies
The Paradise – Boston, MA
November 13, 2009

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reviewed by:  Sally Feller

Playing a sold out show at the Paradise on Saturday, The Toadies rocked hard. Hard enough to require club security to stand in the crowd and break up moshers; moshers who were tucked in right next to a fan (front and center before the stage) who kept waving a fake leg up in the air. Curious. I never did find out what that was about and The Toades seemed equally perplexed/amused. I’ve seen quite a few shows in the city over the past couple of years, but I’m entirely confident in proclaiming that The Toadies had the best crowd yet. Nearly every person in the club knew the lyrics; and not just the lyrics to, say, “Possum Kingdom”—wonder hit of the 90s (you know the one: “I’m not gonna lie/I’ll not be a gentleman/behind the boathouse/I’ll show you my dark secret”). These people knew the words to every song the band played. The energy in the club was much more what I’d expect from an arena rock show than an intimate club in the city.

The Toadies’ clean harmonies and sharp guitar and drum riffs carried the show along flawlessly. The set list included a pleasing mix of old favorites and songs from their new album “No Deliverance.” From the latter, the song “Song I Hate” (ironically, one of my favorites) sounds much like a throwback to the music played on alternative stations in the mid-to-late nineties. I mean that as a compliment, as that’s my kind of flannel-wearing 90s rock. The Toadies had a harder edge than I anticipated, which translated perfectly into their energetic live performance. Every few songs, they would play opening notes to various classic rock hits from AC/DC and Led Zepplin among others. The crowd feasted on these, cheering and laughing along with the band. These “classic rock breaks” kept the energy up, unexpectedly, instead of shattering the mood. Overall, I highly recommend checking The Toadies out on tour. Get a big group of loud friends, wear some sneakers you don’t mind getting sticky and coated in other peoples’ beer, sneak in a flask of booze if you must, and get your butt to the concert!

I left the show happy, buzzed, and ears ringing—just as it should be.

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More from The Toadies:
http://www.thetoadies.com/tour
http://www.myspace.com/toadies
http://thetoadies.com/

Tesla

October 31, 2008 by  
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teslamainTesla
October 31, 2009
Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Reviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

As I headed out for the trek to Hampton Beach to see Tesla I realizes that this may be the only band in history that would draw three generations from my family to their show. My aunt and uncle, myself, and my cousin who is younger than me by a good decade all headed out to the show in what has become a bit of an annual ritual for our family. To further add to the ambiance of the show, it was Halloween and the last show of the tour on the Eastern leg, before we even hit the door we knew we were in for a treat…or would it be a trick…

Opening the show were Michigan rockers Pop Evil who are fresh off their debut album Lipstick On The Mirror. Pop Evil (Leigh Kakaty on lead vocals, Dylan Allison on drums, Dave Grahs on guitar, Tony Greve on guitar, and Matt DiRito on bass) started the show off right with a kick to the groin and a punch to the face of unadulterated, pure, rock and roll. It’s great to see Tesla introducing some new rock to their old school fans. It’s important to cultivate the music community and keep rock alive and these guys were definitely alive – bouncing off of their stacks and rocking out with metal horns held high, I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from this band in the future.

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By the time Tesla hit the stage the crowd was packed with hookers, pirates and thieves…literally. (I told you it was Halloween!) As the stage started to fill with smoke the band (Jeff Keith on vocals, Frankie Hannon on guitar, Brian Wheat on bass, Troy Luccketta on drums and Dave Rude on guitar) stormed the stage and went right into Forever More – the title track off of their latest studio album. Jeff Keith attacked the stage dressed from head to toe as one of his beloved Oakland Raiders (A brave move in New England Patriots territory – but I admired his passion nonetheless!) and sang a song or two from beneath his football helmet.

The band seemed like they were in rare form from the beginning notes of Forever More until two hours later when they finished off the night with a full on jam version of Free Bird. I can’t remember the last time I saw a band play with that kind of energy for two hours straight. It was by definition the ultimate rock show. Not only did they rock out for two hours, they had a blast doing it.  Jeff Keith wore a smile from ear to ear from beginning to end and Rude, Wheat and Hannon often took center stage for double and triple axe and bass attacks.  Although sometimes it was hard to see Troy behind the flying drumsticks, we definitely heard him loud and clear.

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When a band has had the kind of success and longevity that Tesla has had, often times fans want to bybass the new songs in favor of hearing the old. Such is not the case with Tesla who keeps churning out release after release of timeless, solid, bluesy based rock songs that would satiate even the hungriest of rock appetites. With that in mind, they played through several of the songs off of their new album without losing a soul. The crowd couldn’t have been more into it from moms with their sons to first timers to those that never miss a show, the diversity of the crowd was awe-inspiring proving that music truly does transcend all outward appearances.  The crowd was in full sing-a-long mode throughout much of the set that covered everything from 1986’s Mechanical Resonance to the present day Forever More, from Modern Day Cowboy to Fallin’ Apart. When Dave and Frankie busted out their acoustics we all knew it was Love Song time, ..proving that really…love is all around you…in the form of 1000 sweaty Tesla fans.

Tesla Leigh Kakaty  of Pop Evil & Jeff Keith of Tesla on the last night of the tour doing FREEBIRD

I hate to keep saying that Tesla has been around for awhile but the truth is, they have. Please don’t mistake my admiration for an insult though, it’s just that in today’s music industry bands are churned out with cookie cutter ease and only the strong survive. Tesla proved from the start that with strong songwriting, unmeasurable musicianship and bandmembers who genuinely love what they’re doing, the strong can not only survive but thrive.

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View the Tesla Photo gallery here

View the Pop Evil gallery here

Journey/Heart/Cheap Trick

August 21, 2008 by  
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Journey/Heart/Cheap Trick
August 21, 2008
Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Reviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

Some say that music is the real fountain of youth. The packed crowd that made the trek to catch Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA must be true believers. To find out that three of the most influential rock bands from our generation would be touring together on one bill was like opening up a candy bar and finding Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, A true world of pure imagination where everyone was a winner.

Opening the show but far from an opening act was Cheap Trick. Cheap Trick has been together since the first year of my existence, for those of you keeping track, that’s over 30 years. For a band to sustain that long is impressive, for a band to be around that long and to still rock the house, is just plain amazing, but that’s exactly what Cheap Trick did. Playing their hits from the past four generations their set was outstanding from start to finish. Guitarist Rick Nielson made the most of their short set and played as many guitars as one man possibly could while Robin Zander took off his cowboy hat only long enough to blow out the finishing notes of their hugely successful ballad “The Flame”. All four band members seemed to be enjoying themselves onstage and at this point they pretty much own it so why shouldn’t they be having a blast. The only disappointing factor was that they didn’t get to play long enough.

Next on the agenda was Heart. The sisters Wilson never disappoint and tonight was no different. Ann Wilson still has one of the most amazing voices in rock and roll, it’s timeless. The band worked their way through a star-studded set list from Barracuda to Crazy on You to Magic Man and threw in a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Going to California. Ann and Nancy Wilson will forever be praised for paving the way for women in rock and roll and after all these years they could still battle with the best of them, true legends.

For most of the crowd, the night belonged to Journey. Journey has become one of those bands whose songs have become part of our livelihood, living on in pop culture all around us, and constantly taking us back to those places in our past with the sound of one note. For a band that boasts such prolific vocals, one would think that a constant rotation of lead singers would hurt their fanbase, but such is not the case. Journey has the innate ability of finding amazing frontmen in the most unique ways, the latest being no exception to the rule. Arnel Pineda was found on YouTube of all places, bellowing his favorite Journey songs for all the world to see as part of a Journey tribute band, and see they did. When the members of Journey found themselves looking for a worthy spokesperson yet again, Pineda seemed to be the perfect fit. The fans agree. Screaming fans were knocking each other down for a chance to high five the Filipino ball of fire when he made his introduction to the stage. He engaged the crowd like a pro making eye contact, slapping hands and even serenading a lady or two, all that practicing in the mirror sure paid off tenfold.

Pineda has definitely done his share of studying the moves, mannerisms, and sound of former front man Steve Perry. He hit all the notes with ease which is no easy feat, especially when you’re jumping off of drum risers. The only thing bigger than his voice was his level of energy, racing from one side of the stage to the other and spinning and jumping all the way.  The fans were loving it and had definitely not stopped believin’. For someone who had to fill such large shoes, Pineda performed seamlessly and seemed to be enjoying himself almost as much as those in the audience.

Backing up Pineda and the foundation of the band were founding guitarist Neal Schon, Ross Valory on bass, Jonathan Cain on keys and Deen Castronovo bashing the skins. Neal Schon and his patented guitar solo grimace were tack sharp and Jonathan Cain looked ageless at the piano. Valory and Castonovo were nothing but smiles proving that this band is still having fun after all these years.

The band played a healthy mix of old hits (Separate Ways, Open Arms, Send Her My Love, Don’t Stop Believin) mixed with a few new songs (Never Walk Away, After All These Years) from their latest studio album Revelation, their first with Pineda at the helm, released in June of this year. Often times at concerts for bands who have been rocking the house for years and years the fans seem to wane during newer material, such was not the case. The crowd loved the new songs as much as the old, which had to be rewarding for Pineda.

There are few guarantees in life but I think one thing we can all agree on is that Journey is one of those bands that has a song for each and every one of us, so roll down your windows, turn it up, and sing as loud as you can – you never know who may be listening.

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Electric Six

August 15, 2008 by  
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e6Electric Six
August 15, 2008
Rocks On Concert Cruise – Boston, MA

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reviewed by:  Sally Feller

What sounds better than a concert on a ship in the Boston Harbor? An Electric Six concert on a ship in the Boston Harbor during a crazy thunderstorm.

Electric Six is a Detroit-based band that mixes genres like hicks mix relatives. I was nearly certain that I could categorize them as a new spin on glam rock, then I second-guessed myself and called them disco, then kind of dance-punk. Clearly, my attempts to nail down the Electric Six sound failed miserably. I can say with confidence that they’re a riot and provide an alluring change from the indie rock norm.

I can’t say they were fun to see as I couldn’t stay in my spot in the front of the stage for long for fear of being drowned in the waterfalls of beer being sloshed on me. And if you’re not up against the “stage” on this boat, you’re not going to see a thing. If you wanted to just party with your friends on a boat and hear great music, it would be perfect—however, if you want to actually see the band perform, you’ll be out of luck unless you’re a large, intimidating guy with a lot of beer in him. Also, a moral to this tale: if you are on a boat, and you’re drinking, and there are significant waves, do not overcompensate by leaning into the motion of the waves as you will fall over and spill your expensive beer and you will be sad.

I recommend that you check out some of the Electric Six videos as they’re strange, hilarious, and wildly entertaining. You’ve likely heard the song “Gay Bar” before and its video won’t disappoint. From what I can tell, the guys gave a fabulous performance, they sounded great at least, and are definitely worth checking out as they continue their tour.

I might also add that opening for Electric Six was the “heavy metal Bee Gees cover band” Tragedy. I freely admit that I am a Bee Gees fan and these guys are as crazy as their description implies–it was fun to see people head bang to “Night Fever”…crazy.

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Electric Six Website

Taste of Chaos 2008

March 21, 2008 by  
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tocmainTaste of Chaos
Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Blessthefall, Bullet For My Valentine & More
March 21, 2008
Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

On Friday March 21st, Taste of Chaos rolled into The Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA for what has become an annual rock n’ roll pilgrimage. As I rounded the corner of the venue an hour after doors had opened and the line was still wrapped around the venue, it was proof enough that these kids were not messin’ around. Taste of Chaos is pretty much the all you can eat buffet of rock n’ roll, blending the best of different genres from metal to melodic rock to put on one amazing night of live music. On this particular night the crowd would see eight bands, talk about some bang for your buck.

Starting out the evening was a trio of Japanese bands: D’espairsRay, MUCC, and The Underneath, each treating the crowd to a diverse style of rock sounds, it was clear they were proud to be there and left everything they had on stage. All three bands performed with high energy and looked quite comfortable on stage, engaging in some crowd interaction between songs and communicating via the one true international language…music.

D’espairsRay MUCC

Between set changes, where Idiot Pilot would normally take the stage, one of the Ernie Ball finalist bands Vallon played. Not sure why Idiot Pilot couldn’t make the gig but Vallon was happy to take their slot playing to a almost full venue at this point and probably the largest crowd they’ve ever faced. It was probably the most exciting night of their life.

It was about this time that the crowd surfing began. While most venues in New England have put the kibosh on crowd surfing, The Tsongas Arena kicks it old school and allows kids to surf the crowd until their hearts are content (or smothered!). Some people dig this, and obviously some don’t. Music purists would say that it’s part of the experience, however, the kids that waited outside in the cold for hours and hours to be in the front only to be kicked in the head by a passing surfer might see it differently. Crowd surfing isn’t really an integral part of the experience for all music fans so this is one that we’ll have to call a draw on. By this point, kids were already being feverishly pulled out of the general admission pit in desperate need of a breathe of air, a gallon of water, and on occasion, a medic.

Next up, hailing from the UK, metalcore badasses Bullet For My Valentine. Undoubtedly a lot of the crowd had come for one band and one band only – and this was them. Their stage show was bare bones, letting their music and attitude do the talking for them. Lead singer Matt Tuck did take a few opportunities to flash the dual bird to the crowd, but hey, it was all in the name of rock. With rock star poses and the chops to back it up their set was among the best of the night.

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One thing that was a bit different this year and years past was the disappearance of the revolving stage which made for a smooth transition between each act.  Instead, the bands that drew the short end of the stick were stuck on a shortened part of the stage coined “stage 2” playing to half of the crowd while the other side of the crowd looked on, left wondering what was going on.

Following a band like Bullet For My Valentine isn’t easy but Screamo Christian metal kings Blessthefall weren’t worried about it, they played through their set with reckless abandon with lead singer Mike Frisby playing to the masses.  He was settled high on the speakers using every inch of the shortened second stage to unleash their madness. Shortly into the set he would become one with the audience egging the crowd to participate in what has become Blessthefall’s staple – the “wall of death” mosh pit. High energy from song to song made their set pass in an instant, it’s no wonder these guys were a quick favorite on last years Warped tour, their energy is infectious and overwhelming at the same time.

When Atreyu hit the stage, the crowd was at full capacity and the band was bouncing off the walls with their energy. Bringing to the tour a bit more melodic rock than the metal parade that preceded them they certainly weren’t holding anything back. When it comes to crowd participation, it was clear which side of the argument Atreyu was on, some of the first words out of lead singer Alex Varkatzas mouth was…”let’s see how many of you can surf the crowd during this song.” What would follow was nothing short of amazing, kid after kid after kid came flying towards the stage, the security staff was on fire pulling them out one after the other, some kids probably over and over again. After that it was a sea of fists pumping in unison as Atreyu rocked through a collection of songs from their latest album “Lead Sails Paper Anchor.” and tossing in some older hits for good measure.

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As the big screen counted down the seconds until Avenged Sevenfold would take the stage, the energy was permeable. While this was probably not one of the easiest shows to photograph in terms of kids flying overhead left and right, it was definitely an interesting one to watch from the sidelines. As we stood underneath the black curtain up against the stage right before it dropped the stage started to fill with smoke. Avenged Sevenfold had entered the building. Smoke..check. Pyro…check. Skull and crossbones…check. Opening with lead singer M. Shadows at the piano, it would be the one and only time all evening that he would stay still for that long, the rest of the evening would have him bouncing to every corner of the stage only giving up center stage long enough for guitar duo Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance to win over the crowd with their signature dueling guitars. The rhythm section of bassist Johnny Christ and Drummer “The Reverend” were the most enigmatic members of the band, Christ swaggering around the stage but keeping a comfy distance from the front and the Rev fulling immersed in his massive kit.

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Known for their rabid fanbase and grassroots rise to success Avenged Sevenfold performed a solid set of tunes new and old and mixed and mingled with the crowd between songs. The personal interaction gave the feeling of a much more intimate setting.

At the end of the night I’m pretty sure every one left the Tsongas Arena feeling as if they just got their ass handed to them by a rock and roll army, and really, would they want it any other way?

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Full gallery of photos from the show here

http://www.tasteofchaos.com

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