SHOW REVIEW: Stephanie recently covered Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria & Bad Wolves at The Palladium in Worcester, MA - READ HER REVIEW HERE
The Palladium in Worcester, MA has been a establishment in the music world where bands who have had any level of success has played when they come to New England. A iconic place for the artists and fans alike. If you have had any type of success with your band you have either slid, moshed, head banged, stage dived or poured your heart out on these stages inside the venue.
Tonight the bands on the WHO DO WE TRUST? tour package have been no strangers to this venue. PAPA ROACH, ASKING ALEXANDRIA and BAD WOLVES have enjoyed leaving their blood, sweat and probably some tears on these stages in the past, but tonight was something even more special as this year the Palladium was granted outside access to summer concerts. The parking lot was converted to two killer stages and today into tonight local bands killed the side stage to warm up the music fans for what was going to be a solid and impactful main stage evening. The weather couldn't of been more perfect when BAD WOLVES took the stage.
The gentleman in BAD WOLVES are no strangers to the rock world being in other bands throughout the years but these dudes together bring strength, charisma and showmanship like no other. It was my first time seing them and I had no idea what a connection within each other and the fans that they had. the energy was over the top. With songs in this set like LEARN TO LIVE, OFFICER DOWN and BETTER THE DEVIL you were punched with aggressive and powerful soundscapes. Singer Tommy Vext for a solid and massive guy can work the stage and gets some fierce jumps in and it just brings the energy up on every level. His way of interacting with the crowd is emotionally accepted and powerful especially his words on suicide, loved ones and the power of being positive and uplifting to others. The guys rocked it out with some mellower rock tunes like REMEMBER WHEN, HEAR ME NOW and ended the night on a quite emotional vibe with ZOMBIE which had the whole venue singing along and girls coming out of the crowd in tears. A band that can move you on so many levels and are also the most humble people are going to go far in this community and these guys are pure perfection!
ASKING ALEXANDRIA was up next and I guess i was a virgin to these guys also since i never saw them live and shame on me since they have played this venue a few times. I've always dug the bands music but never was able to see them live and I am so happy in this atmosphere on this night it came to be real. Because yet again, I didn't know if it was the perfect weather, the atmosphere of a outside stage, the crowd but this band also nailed it, killed it and was probably the most humorous and crowd participating band of the even. Singer Danny Worsnop was not only killing it on vocals but was also the best comedian of the night. Plus this band had style. The fashion sense tonight was on point. But music wise, the guys opened the set with the newest single THE VIOLENCE which was spunky and all out in your face intensity when the chorus came a blazing and it woke up the crowd and got them even more into the evening. keeping the energy up as they just rampaged into, INTO THE FIRE.
I also got into this track in my car but seeing it being animated with head swirls and the compassion and power of the band using the stage to its advantage was stellar to watched. So many jaw dropping moments with songs like the aggressively addicting RUN FREE, to the metal assault of THE DEATH OF ME. The band even slowed it down with a vocal acoustic intro that gave me goose bumps with MOVING ON and they finished this powerful set with ALONE IN A ROOM. These were the highlights and in between even more appetizing tones and moods soared through the evening sky. But i am truly ashamed I never seen these guys before tonight and I know for a fact I wont be missing out next time cause they really made me feel and stay fully attentive through the whole set.
What can I say about PAPA ROACH? well for one been following them since before they were signed and then kind of was so proud of them when the debut album INFEST came out and LAST RESORT blew them up. So after years of vibing on the bands music and the infectious live show ambiance they put out i was ready to have it all over again. We all grew up but these guys still can rock out like it was 2002 all over again. The guys opened up with WHO DO YOU TRUST? And proved to everyone they were ready to take the stage by storm. To be honest for me I was ready for some old school tones and the band really embraced songs like SCARS, SHE LOVES ME NOT and GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER. GRAVITY was probably my highlight of the night love that song but i wish ms. Brink was there to really capture the full affect of the song.
The bands cover of Prodigy's FIRESTARTER was a surprise and they totally slayed the song. The crowd was hyped and stayed till the very end because it was like the grand finale at the 4th july fireworks. The dudes came back out and blasted us with the song that made them who they are now LAST RESORT and the. Finished a very energetic, fun and sweaty evening with TO BE LOVED.
This tour package has to be one of the best I have seen in many years. Each band brought it all on that stage and I completely was entranced the whole evening. If this tour is coming to you don't miss out.
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