WHAT’S UP NATION!?,
It’s been a while since i’v done one of these but let’s change that. I am happy to give my review of THE LEGENDS RISE tour with GODSMACK & HALESTORM.
Now before we begin a full disclosure. My Dad (Papa Cruizer) and I are MASSIVE Godsmack fans. Matter of fact this is was our fifth time seeing them together. But I will not let my love for this band distract me from any negative criticisms I may have with their performance. So with that said let’s get started.
Now first up we actually have a third band on this tour called MONSTER TRUCK.
We did not see this band advertised anywhere. Not on the website, marquee, or fliers. Which is a real shame because they’re actually pretty good. They have this great Southern Rock and Roll sound and what REALLY threw us for a loop is that they’re from Canada (insert record scratch here). And this was in Florida so they are already in Southern Territory. But the crowd loved them. Nobody cared that they were from Canada. They even did this GREAT blues song called For The Sun. It just goes to show that music has no boundaries. The only things I didn’t like about their performance was this. They have a keyboard player with them but, you couldn’t hear him. And they didn’t really interact with the crowd that match. But other that a Solid 8 out of 10 performance and a great way to start the show.
Now we move onto HALESTORM.
Now this is a band I knew was around. But didn’t really notice them until my dad and I saw them at Fort Rock 2018. This band piqued our interest due to Lzzy vocal skills. We could hear her and we liked what we heard. So we were curious to see them again. And HOLY SHIT! She did not disappoint. She Can sing, scream (way more than once), shred, and could REALLY work a crowd. Now here is what they did that Monster Truck didn’t. Interacting with the crowd isn’t just asking how the crowd they’re doing, introducing your band, or asking them if they are ready to rock? It’s about setting the mood for the song. It’s asking them other questions. Heck you can even make light hearted jokes. Like when we saw them it was a Tuesday night. And Lzzy Hale said “I know most of you got school or work the next morning. So we’re gonna change things up a bit. Today is now FRIDAY NIGHT! SO I WANNA SEE YOU ALL GO F****** CRAZY”! Just saying something like that can really get a crowd going and be way more into it. As for their performance….it was FLAWLESS. Not only did they have the look and the stage set up. But they were having so much fun up there.
Not only could you hear it in the playing and on their faces but, their antics on stage. Like when it came time for the Obligatory Drum Solo. The BASSIST got to show off his skills. I never get to see the bass player have his own live solo. Then the drummer got to take over and about half way through. He chucks his drum sticks and then announces he’s got even bigger ones. And he pulls out these three feet long drum sticks and those did not slow him down at all. Later Lizzy and her brother AreJay bring out their OWN MOTHER on stage and introduced her as Mama Hale. She told the crowd that back in 1993 she and her brother. Told their mom that they want to start a rock band and they’re gonna call it HALESTORM. Their mother nervously said Do It and the rest is History. HaleStorm did a fantastic job and they have definitely turned my Dad and I…Into fans. HaleStorm gets a 10 out of 10. A Perfect Score. If you want to see some clips of their performance head on over to my YouTube Channel
And now we have reached our headliner GODSMACK
Now first off, my dad and I were a little disappointed that they didn’t have that huge structure they usually tour with. It’s this two level platform thing they had with them at Fort Rock 2018 and the band will climb up and down when they perform certain songs and is even hiding a second drum set. But i’m guessing it was swapped out for this new lighting rig. Which to be fair is pretty cool. They can move around in different angels setting different moods. The first song they open with is When Legends Rise and I noticed that something was off about it…I noticed that they slowed down the tempo. I thought this was an error but, as it turns out. All their fast tempo songs went slower. So this was a conscience decision. But I prefer the normal speed. It just feels right.
Sully definitely had good crowd interaction to. During the song Something Different, he had the stage hands turn down all their lights and asked the crowd to just shine all their cell phone lights right on him. And as people were getting their phones out he burped right into the mic and just went ‘excuse me…gotta love them chicken wings man”. Everyone laughed and shined their lights on them and I was surprised how bright it got. Not as much as their stage lights but enough to see him telling fans to get their phones out cuz I can’t stand all this phone hatred at shows. People are just taking momentos of the show. That’s it. Anyway in the middle of the show they do their famous drummer jam session and they had the lights going, the riffs playing and finished it off with a bang. You can see it down below
I gotta say I like their new lighting rig. It reminds of Rammstein’s only it does not have that industrial look. Anyway when it came time for the encore. A grand piano rises from the stage. I pointed it out to my dad he goes “That’s New”. Sully announces the inspiration for their song Under Your Scars and said they started a nonprofit called the Scars Foundation (Click the link to make a donation). It’s a great humanitarian effort helping people with Mental Illness, Suicide, Addiction and Bullying. It’s a wonderful cause that they are doing and I will be making a donation myself. My Dad was also shocked to see that it was Sully who wrote and played the piano. I can remember him saying man this guy can sing, scream, play guitar, drums, AND can play the piano?…Is there anything he can’t do? The show ends with them doing their big hit I STAND ALONE and ends with an even bigger bang. The only thing I didn’t like about their performance was the tempo changes. I like songs with a faster pace and when bands slow it down and it can alter my mood towards it. They also said they would songs from every album but they didn’t do any from IV or The Oracle. But, i’ll let that one slide. So all in all I give this performance a 9 out of 10.
That’s it for now nation. Stick around because I got a concert review of Sabaton with HammerFall next. STAY LOUD!