Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch’s recent tour was nothing short of amazing. They both had supporting acts that brought the crowd to life, pumping them for both of the co-headliners. On Sunday, September 28th, I was lucky enough to witness this incredible event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Starting with up-and-coming band, Nothing More; front man, Jonny Hawkins, unleashed his incredible sick drumbeats upon the crowd. The band played select songs from their self-titled debut album, songs such as “This is the Time (Ballast),” their current single, “Mr. MTV,” with a killer bass solo, and ended the set one of their older singles, “Salem.” Through their explosive performance, they gained new fans and they fueled my fiery passion for unique, mesmerizing sounds such as theirs.
Now it was time for Hellyeah to carry the torch, a band I had never seen before yet I was blown away by their energy that washed over the crowd and the true madness began; after all, it isn’t a metal show without a circle pit or two to keep the energy flowing. I mouthed along to their hit single, “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)” as I snapped the magical moments on stage. After leaving the photo pit, I saw as the circle pits continued brewing and the fans threw their horns in the air, waving them along to the beat. During “Moth,” lighters flickered in the darkness, reminding me of fireflies in the night. After playing a complete set of seven songs, they left us more than ready for Volbeat to rock the stage.
To say Volbeat brought their “A Game” is a huge understatement. Their sound was amazing, the guitar riffs provided by Rob Caggiano complemented Michael Pousson’s Johnny Cash/Elvis Presley influenced voice filled out ears so sweetly and beautifully. After kicking off their awesome set with their current single “Doc Holliday,” they kept going with their hit songs like “A Warrior’s Call,” “Lola Montez,” and “Dead but Rising.” The diehard fans horns were waving their horns in the air and sang along to the words whole-heartedly. Immediately following their performance of “Hangman’s Body Count,” they played an incredible cover of the Misfits’ “Angelfuck.” Right before finishing their set, they brought the children from the crowd onto the stage for their “children-friendly” version of “Pool of Booze, Booze, Booze.” The children left at the end of the song and Volbeat finished their set with “Still Counting,” one hell of a way to end a killer show, but the night was far from over. Five Finger Death Punch still had to conquer the stage, which they certainly did.
The first to emerge from the shadows was drummer Jeremy Spencer painted and dressed as a skeleton glowing in the dark. As he sat behind his drum kit, the rest of the band members, last to arrive, Ivan Moody, wearing a skull-like bandana over his face and a bright red baseball bat, appeared and without further hesitation, they began their set with “Under and Over It,” immediately followed by “Burn it Down,” and “Hard to See.” The Knuckleheads threw up their horns and mouthed as well as sang along with the band. Crowd surfers surfaced and rode their way to the front in hopes that they would be able to touch Moody. The killer guitar riffs provided by lead guitarist, Jason Hook, and the mesmerizing movements of Chris Kael’s dreaded-up beard as well as Zoltan Bathory’s long dreads swinging was such an incredible sight to see. After an incredible drum solo by Spencer, they continued their set with hit songs like “Remember Everything,” “Battle Born,” and “Coming Down.” As part of the encore of the show, Ivan with the crowd sang “Far From Home,” acapella, a very chilling performance. Five Finger Death Punch ended a Sunday night on an explosive note with “The Way of the Fist,” and one of their classics, “The Bleeding.” The crowd left on such a high and a giant grin plastered on their faces.
Be sure to check out each bands’ future tour dates, they all put on shows you will not want to miss out on!