After a quick soundcheck, frontman Keith Buckley grabbed the microphone and belted I WANT TO BE DEAD WITH MY FRIENDS to kick off set opener “Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space” and commence the crowd violence that would sustain throughout the set. The band’s unrivaled stage presence was in full force, as I was tasked on supporting guitarist Jordan Buckley and bassist Steve Micciche’s stage dives on multiple occasions. Being 6’5” has its pros and cons, and the main con is being a launch pad for crowd surfers and a target for stage dives. Needless to say I got my workout last night if my Apple Watch is any indication, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The band’s set encompassed tracks from Hot Damn! opener “Romeo A Go Go” to the anthemic closer on latest album Low Teens in “Map Changes”. The crowd’s energy alternated from assaulting one another in the pit to a crowd surfing frenzy during "Werewolf". (Shoutout to the ending party riff that goes well with motorcycle revving fists) A fantastic trait about Every Time I Die is the consistent strength of their catalog and the fanbase’s strong reaction to every song in the set. The night closed out with fan favorite “Ebolarama”, and people flooded the stage for the ending chaos screaming in unison, “This is a rock and roll takeover, living each day one night at a time”.
I’ve spent the better part of half my life seeing Every Time I Die live, and last night’s show happened to take place on my 30th birthday. Countless times between Ozzfest 2004 and now, I’ve seen ETID’s progression to the dominant juggernaut they are now. They’ll be celebrating their 20 year anniversary with a killer tour this Fall with support from Vein, Turnstile and Angel Dust. Come use me as a launch pad at Union Transfer on December 11th.
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