I was looking forward to this show. Two awesome bands and one I've never heard of. How could it not be awesome right? Opening for the headlining BTBAM was band I had never heard of, but the band right before them, August Burns Red, that is a band I've liked for a while.
Good Tiger was the first to take the stage. Their drumming and guitar work was freaking awesome. They got the Soul Kitchen moving in ways other bands I've seen there failed to do. Elliot Coleman, their singer, was epic in his performance. Each song was heavy and fun, up until their last. I have no idea what they were thinking when they played that song. It was by far the worst tune on their set list. Overall though, a stellar performance.
After Good Tiger left the stage, they cleared all their gear. As the roadies piled on the equipment for August Burns Red, chants of “ABR” erupted from the waiting crowd. Over the course of the next fifteen minutes, the chant would come and go. When the crowd heard the first note played, they erupted in cheers and salutes for the band. Then, August Burns Red did not let them down. Through the whole set, singer Jake Luhrs jumped around stage like a kangaroo swinging his mike cord in unison to the music, randomly reaching out to tag the hangs of wanting fans lucky enough to be on the front rail. Needless to say, when they were through with their set, the metal fans of
Mobile were completely satisfied.
The Soul Kitchen was already smoking hot as Between the Buried and Me rushed onto the stage. The singer going from keyboards to the corded mike and back again. They also had four screens staged vertically and spaced out. Unfortunately, those screens showed little more than the visualizations you can see while watching Windows Media Player. That's beside the point. BTBM had the crowd going and begging for more. Through everything the band did right, there is one thing that cannot be matched. That would be Paul Waggoner. You don't watch him play guitar.
You don't hear him play guitar. You don't listen to him play the guitar. When you are in the same room with this guy and he has a guitar in his hand, you EXPERIENCE him play the guitar. I've been to a lot of concerts, but very few people were able to make me feel the emotion and rhythm, the rhyme and the reason, that was coming from their instrument. Waggoner did just that. It was such a moment that can be relived over and over again. When live, he is that good.
The show turned out to be just as awesome as I had anticipated. Every band on the bill brought their Agame and every fan left completely satisfied with the show they had just witnessed. I'd go see all three of these bands again in a heartbeat.
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