Going to a concert on a cold and slightly rainy night in January might not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but with who was headlining this show, it was definitely one you didn’t want to miss.
Papa Roach and Seether, how could anyone miss that? With a lot of “back in the day” bands seeming to bubble back up to the surface, this show I’m sure, held a lot of nostalgic sentiment for many people. Considering that the Patriots were playing the AFC Championship game that night, the crowd at the House of Blues in Boston proved just that. From young to old, packed from the stage to the back wall, (Pats jerseys and all) the energy and excitement that was pulsing from the audience was intoxicating.
Up first was Kyng. Based out of Los Angeles, I had heard many good things about this band. A friend of mine had recommended them to me, but I never got around to listening to them. (Definitely wish I had). They released their first album Trampled Sun back in 2011. With their set list having songs like “I Don’t Believe” and “Electric Halo” it was a wonder why I hadn’t heard of them before. Kyng did an incredible cover of “Hot for Teacher” that would have made any Van Halen fan proud. With a great mix of vocals and actual metal, Kyng has an old school sound that sticks to your ribs.
Seether was up next starting their set strong with “Gasoline”. Keeping the crowd entertained with updates on the Patriots game, they commanded your attention. Then they slowed it down a bit for their big hit “Broken”. As front man Shaun Morgan crooned out the lyrics, there wasn’t one person in the house that wasn’t singing along. Keeping with that momentum, they seemed to just flow from one song to the next playing several songs from their newest album Isolate and Medicate like “My Disaster”, “Words as Weapons” and “Same Damn Life” it was nice to see a band who kept to their original sound and style of music. While the energy seemed to die down a bit during their set, Seether has always portrayed a more “laid back” type of style. They’ve always been a band that seemed to melt into their music and become a part of it. I know for myself, their music was always more of a mellow mood type. Closing out their set with one of my favorites “Remedy”, Seether got everyone up and moving again, reminding the crowd why they had as many hits as t hey did.
Papa Roach, oh Papa Roach. Promoting their recently released album F.E.A.R. They opened with “Face Everything and Rise”. Jacoby Shaddix of course exploded on to the stage, instantaneously getting everyone jumping and pumped up. Papa Roach has been one of the more engaging bands that I have seen perform live by far. With nearly 20 years of performing under their belt, they most certainly know how to entertain a crowd. Incorporating old favorites like “Broken Home”, “Scars”, and “Infest” into their set list. Jacoby still being just as energetic as we all remember him, at one point during “Before I Die” made his way from the stage to the middle of the crowd, all while singing. Then after a failed selfie with a fan and proclaiming that he needed to go back to work, Papa Roach closed the show with “…To be Loved” and “Last Resort” making for a memorable show that I’m sure will stay prominent in the memories of anyone that catches a show on this tour.
It’s always fantastic when you see bands from when you were a teenager start to tour again. It brings back a lot of those moments you might have had when listening to a particular song. Maybe even some that you forgot about. But with a lot of “old school” bands coming back around, you’re seeing such a mix of ages at shows that makes you realize that a lot of these guys know exactly what they’re doing.