Come one, come all. Hear the glorious tale of how our King and Avatar have conquered Mr. Smalls on their headlining tour.
Tuesday, May 21st, Avatar came to town fresh off a successful trek at Sonic Temple Festival. This theatric Swedish band is no doubt one to see with your very own eyes.
Before the concert had started, there was an intro track playing as an announcement noting that the King has entered the building. Followed by that, the lights had dimmed. Moments later the lights began to shine on the stage where the King slowly arose being seated on his rightful throne. Fans were chanting and cheering. The rest of the Motley Crue came out and began to play “A Statue of the King”. Frontman Johannes came up front to his podium to begin what would be such a momentous night.
The entire setlist was unforgettable. Only knowing mainstay songs coming into this performance took my expectations of what to expect and glorified it to one hundred. When songs like “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Tower” were up to turn, I was blown away. A moment that made me grin like a Cheshire Cat was when during the song “Puppet Show”, I had turned back to see a sock puppet being lifted up by a fan.
Throughout the entire concert, Avatar had this energy that I had never seen in a band. The flow between the band members was a sight I absolutely indulged in. The love between Avatar and their fans, the involvement between the crowd and band is truly an amazing sight.
What makes Avatar different from the rest is that they are unapologetically themselves when it comes to their music and characters. They embrace being divergent. They relish in it. This was made clear when Johannes had made a few speeches in between songs. As someone who has felt “different” her entire life, it resonated with me profoundly. I highly welcome such bands who dare to be “the outcasts”. Who defines who they are, and are not afraid to be just who they are.
If the chance ever comes where Avatar is in your city, I highly implore you to go see them. Give them all the love and support. These lovely gentlemen were some of the most relaxed and grounded people I’ve seen in a long time. They deserve all they have and so much more. Tim, John, Henrik, Jonas, and Johannes were so attentive to the fans after the show. As someone who is an avid concert goer, I love seeing the band being so dedicated to their fans.
I look forward to seeing them grow and migrating to bigger venues in the future. This will allow for so much more to be done with their stage set up. I can tell its begging for that day. No doubt in my mind, that time will come, and soon.
5/24/2019 Beerland – Austin, TX
5/25/2019 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
5/26/2019 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
5/27/2019 The Resident – Los Angeles, CA
5/28/2019 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA
5/29/2019 Siren’s Song Tavern – Eureka, CA
5/30/2019 Barboza – Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest [info]
5/31/2019 Vista Bar – Boise, ID
6/01/2019 Diabolical Records – Salt Lake City, UT
5/03/2019 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
5/05/2019 UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
5/07/2019 Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
5/08/2019 The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
5/10/2019 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
5/11/2019 Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
5/13/2019 Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
5/14/2019 Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
5/16/2019 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
5/17/2019 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
5/19/2019 DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
5/20/2019 Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
5/22/2019 Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
5/24/2019 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
5/25/2019 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
5/08/2019 Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT
5/09/2019 Middle East Restaurant And Nightclub – Cambridge, MA
5/10/2019 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
5/12/2019 The Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ Phobia
Only being two dates into the co-headlining tour, these bands of force sold out The Rex Theater! When I had come into the venue, it was packed to the back. Unfortunately, I had missed the set HAWK, had done. Pittsburgh traffic can be killer, especially when there’s barely any parking from the show being sold out. When I had finally came in, I was lucky enough to experience part of Afterlife’s set. Not knowing what to expect from this band, I was thoroughly delighted.
Up next was Palisades. Only touching on them briefly prior to the show, I only knew about them through my sister. From time to time, she would play me their older albums. Before, I thought, “I could either go or go without this band”. Let me tell you, they put on a fantastic set. High energy and lots of interaction from the crowd.
Now on to the main two acts. Ice Nine Kills did the first half of this date for the co-tour. Can I just say how freaking amazing they were. I knew nothing of INK before coming into this show. I can most definitely say they’ve won over a new fan from the performance they had put on. Watching Spencer come onto the stage dressed up as half Freddy Kruger and half Jason. Not to mention the other members were dressed up as other horror characters too! I love bands with theatrics and themes behind them. It makes for such a more visually pleasing workup. Ice Nine Kills has a horror theme surrounding their looks and music. It totally shows on stage! This a must see band!
Lastly was From Ashes to New. FATN is a band with a lot of heart and soul. You can tell just by the way how they perform and how Matt raps out his part. During one the first few songs, he had mentioned how hard life has been for him as of late. But that the fans and his music keep him going. This is coming from a writer who’s struggled with depression herself, I felt what Matt was saying. Life can be extremely challenging at times. When you find that reason to keep you going through, it makes it all worth it in the end. If you like bands with heartfelt lyrics, you’ve found an amazing band to listen to.
All and all, I would say definitely check out this tour if you can! The line up is amazing just begging to be seen!