Jake Scott’s Lavender Tour hits Denver, CO

Jake Scott @ Gothic Theater – Denver, CO- 11/17/2022

On a cold snowy night, Jake Scott brought his Lavender Tour to one of my favorite venues in Denver – Gothic Theater on November 17th. 

Kicking it off with “Last Night’s Mascara,” Brynn sang and captivated the crowd with her voice and just her guitar, piano, infectious energy and emotional relatability. Many knew the words and sang along. Her voice was strong and clear and you could hear every word throughout the venue. Before playing “Gemini,” she made jokes and apologized to the Gemini men in the crowd and I couldn’t help but laugh as well. 

I’ve never heard of ROSIE before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. You could tell that she was happy and honored to be there. Her songs dug deep into emotions and encouraged the fans to experience every one of them. The lighting was still intimate yet contrasted by bright blue and pink lights that set the mood for both of their sets. It was a beautiful and emotional set and people sang along with her and the biggest smile was on her face throughout the entire set. 

The lights went up and down before Jake Scott finished off the night. The crowd was excited and screaming for him to come out and kicked it off with “CWJBHN.” He was so full of energy that didn’t stop during the entire set. He was constantly running back and forth across the stage. He would go to different areas of the stage and sing to the crowd in front of him. Fans went wild when he started singing the song that he wrote with Russel Dickerson called, “She Likes It.”

He played a few “sad songs” in a row but he mentioned how these songs are usually inspired with the thought of his wife breaking up with him because most of his other songs are inspired by her. He finished off the night with songs like “Working For You,” “Good Day,” and even a cover of Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well.”

The Lavender Tour brought a night full of joy, talent and wonderful music to Gothic. Everyone was having a great time and there was never a dull moment, not even freezing temperatures and snow falling.

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A Long Awaited Reunion | My Chemical Romance performs back-to-back nights at TD Garden.

Boston, MA | TD Garden | 9/7/2022

After nearly a decade away, followed by 2+ years of additional delays, My Chemical Romance were finally able to take the stage in Boston, with all the furious passion and energy that has rightfully earned them their devoted fanbase since the early aughts. Kicking off their set with the explosive comeback single “The Foundations of Decay” could not have been a more perfect overture to the evening’s festivities, as it blended seamlessly into a set that celebrated both the band’s infectious hits (“Welcome to the Black Parade”, “I’m Not OK (I Promise)”, “Famous Last Words”) and ferocious deep cuts (“Bury Me in Black”, “Thank You for the Venom”). 

Singer Gerard Way commanded the audience’s attention with ease, belting the highest notes and snarling quasi-metal shrieks, all while donning a haunting “Black Swan”-esque suit to match the mood. While the rest of the band was dressed more conservatively compared to the iconic frontman, they did not lack one bit of his intensity, with lead guitarist Ray Toro ripping out some of his tightest solos, rhythm guitarist Frank Iero screaming along to double up on Gerard’s ferocity, and Mikey Way holding down the rapid-fire low end whilst patrolling the stage. 

The night only slowed down briefly for the fan-favorite ballad “The Ghost of You”, which overwhelmed the Boston arena with a cascade of cellphone lighters from everywhere the eye could see. This (along with countless other moments) showed not only how captivating these songs have been over the last 20+ years, but also is a testament to how much My Chemical Romance stood the test of time and grew with their fanbase, never merely being a nostalgic footnote and always striking with greater ambition than their contemporaries. 

My Chemical Romance yet again proved their resilience and cultural impact as a band at this show, and while set closer “Helena” ended the evening with the oh-so-famous cadence of “So long and goodnight”, we can all be very thankful that we won’t have to wait another decade to hear from them again.

Guest review by Brent McCann

Photos from: Boston, MA | TD Garden | 9/8/2022

Photos by: Amanda (Mandy) Spring

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Motionless in White comes home to Scranton, PA

Blurb from Emily’s twitter, ” I am the same age that @ChrisMotionless was when MIW was taking off. 20 years old and I was able to shoot photography here. My home. Where I started my photography journey. I will never ever take this night for granted, it was the best of my life. Thank you forever @MIWband. “

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Chaos & Carnage Tour 2022 ft Suicide Silence, Carnifex & more.

House of Blues, Anaheim CA | 6/3/2022

AngelMaker

Carnifex

Distant

Lorna Shore

Signs Of the Swarm

Suicide Silence

Winds Of Plague

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New Kids On The Block: The Mixtape Tour 2022

Enterprise Center | St. Louis, MO | May 14,2022

If you drove by Enterprise Center Saturday night, May 14th, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was a concert happening. In reality, it was so much more. Generations bonded together to celebrate the decade of hairspray, jean jackets, and the boys from Boston that rocked the world — New Kids on the Block. 

Jonathan, Jordan, Joey, Donnie, and Danny might be a few decades older (in fact, a cake was brought out to celebrate Danny’s 53rd birthday) but you wouldn’t know it from the screams of the crowd, ranging from the expected demographic to pre-teens just as excited. 

Opening with an 80s themed aesthetic intro video, the boys went straight into their hits, including “My Favorite Girl”, “Cover Girl” and “The Right Stuff”. Their dancing didn’t betray the years gone by, and neither did Donnie’s abs that he flashed the crowd several times, to ear piercing screams. 

As the guys ran through the crowd and off stage, pausing to high five and pose for selfies with their fans, En Vogue took the stage, dressed in gold and high ponytails, with vocals just as hot as their outfits. They sang two of their greatest hits, “My Lovin’”, and “Free Your Mind”, announcing that it was “good to see such beautiful faces!” to ecstatic screams. The ladies completely owned the stage. 

Following En Vogue, Rick Astley appeared on Stage B. You’d be forgiven if you thought his appearance might have a quieter reception, but you’d still be wrong. The crowd was delighted to see the meme star in the flesh, as he performed “Together Forever” and a lesser known hit, “It Would Take a Strong Strong Man.”

After NKOTB returned with a phenomenal 80s medley, Salt n Pepa arrived on stage with their backup dancers to perform “Let’s Talk about Sex” and “Whatta Man”, against a backdrop of the “Quick Change Cam”, which appeared to show a backstage view of the New Kids getting ready for their next set. 

If you’re tired of talks of crypto, and a world spent more on a screen in your hand than real life, take a trip back to the 80s with The Mixtape Tour. Spend a night with the music from your boombox, with NKOTB, En Vogue, Rick Astley, and Salt n Pepa. The present can wait.

Photos and review by Elizabeth Rajchart

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Trinity of Terror Tour 2022

April 16, 2022 | The Fillmore Philadelphia, PA

I’m starting this review with the obvious, I am very very lucky. Post covid life for photographers has been pure insanity. I’ve been denied more shows this year than any other in my 4 years of shooting shows. So being able to shoot such a monumental tour for the metal scene, I am beyond grateful. Obviously, this tour was absolutely a treat for me to shoot. I had more fun than ever, made tons of new friends, and was brought back to my days as a teenager with angst in my heart and eyeliner smudged on my face. Let’s recap one of the best nights of my emo kid life. 

Lilith Czar was definitely the artist most unfamiliar to me. I definitely had to jam her album in my two hour car ride, but despite how amazing it was, nothing beat seeing her perform in person. Apart from being stunningly beautiful, she was absolutely radiant on the stage. She was meant to be up there. Despite not bringing any rowdiness to the crowd, everyone was entranced watching her. Her entire band was outstanding, the rock music blended with witchy charm, making everyone in the crowd feel like they could conquer the world. I am definitely looking forward to some of the tour bills she is on in the coming months, as I am eager to see her perform again.  

Every elder-emo knows Black Veil Brides. The scene veterans still absolutely rule even after almost a decade. I found myself singing along to songs I forgot I knew every word to. The band was a very important part of my life and where I am now, as they were my introduction to the scene. And it’s always amazing to see the opener making the crowd wound up. While their music isn’t quite the same as the metalcore that makes people ready to mosh, the fans still made sure to keep the crowd moving. I cannot stress the overwhelming talent of both Jake and Jinxx, arguably the best guitarists in the scene to this day, CC and his outstanding drumming, and of course, the frontman of legend, Andy. Years later, and they still put on one of the best shows to watch live. 

At this point in my professional career, my love of Ice Nine Kills is no secret. And I can’t bring into words how much I absolutely adore this band. So I’ll let my friend’s words sum it up. I took him to his first Ice Nine Show this year, and as soon as we left the venue, he looks at me and says, “ When you said horror metal, I was expecting The Misfits, and you just showed me fucking Rammstein.” And he’s right. Ice Nine is always larger than life. I had a good laugh with a fellow photographer, who had never shot the band before. She expressed how she’s never seen such an insane act in front of her. And I agree. They are forever unmatched in the energy, presence, and entertainment value. The somewhat tame crowd came alive and almost feral as the first chords rang out through the Fillmore. Ricky and Joe are both incredible support vocally for the always outstanding Spencer. Chris is a magician on guitar, and Patrick’s bone shaking drumming is the perfect bow on top of the absolute gift of a show the band always provides. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t counting the days until I get to see them again. 

I was raised in the 570. Motionless in White are something of hometown heroes for me and many others. Philadelphia always ends up being a welcome home show for them, and that usually makes it the craziest show you will ever attend. Even down a man on stage, Motionless in White will never disappoint. I have to give huge credit to their photographer Bryce, as he created one of the most beautiful stage shows I’ve ever seen with LED screens and visuals. It was a treat to be able to take photos of it. I’ve been following Motionless around for years, and they quite literally just get better every time I see them. They have an amazing, natural way of making the entire crowd feel like they’re hanging out with their best friends. They also have a way of making a crowd go feral, and that’s sometimes a photographer’s nightmare. But dodging crowd surfers is worth seeing an entire room of people like me have an amazing time at a concert. Their setlist was packed full of heavy hitters that even the most casual of fans could scream along to. The entire band are outstanding performers, and you can see the joy in their faces while they do so. 

This tour was a really special thing for me, and a lot of people. I truthfully don’t think I will ever have this much fun at a show again. I’m always grateful I get to work with such amazing artists, and am beyond thankful for all the amazing photographers I met that night. I will always be chasing nights like this night I had in Philadelphia. 

  Photos + review courtesy of Emily Sulkowski

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Thoughtz & Prayerz Across America Tour 2022

March 30, 2022, Denver, CO

After announcing their first ever headlining tour, Heart Attack Man set out in early March with Covey, Arm’s Length, and Blood Root. They played at HQ in Denver, Colorado on March 30th, 2022. The bands arrived early to play rounds of cornhole at the venue with the fans before entering the venue. 

Starting off the night were the Nashville, TN locals, Blood Root. The lights were dark and blue, setting an intimate vibe as the fans were still filling inside of the venue. Playing songs off their most recent EP Crux, they played “O.H.E.” with meaningful lyrics and a soft vibe. Picking up the tempo a bit more, they played “Self-Medicating on a Weekday” the fans were more captured by the music. As the set went on, more fans arrived and was clear that the music from Blood Root was enjoyable and relaxing. 

Setlist: 

  1. O.H.E. 
  2. Self-Medicate
  3. Start A Fire
  4. Teeth 
  5. Tether
  6. Your Girl 
  7. Conversations 

Next up was Arm’s Length from Ontatio. I haven’t listened to them before but was presently surprised with their set that night. The tempo picked up more during their set with “Safer Skin” and the fans moved more and sang along. They played more songs off of their recent EP from last year, “Everything Nice,” with a mix of between emo and pop-punk, the wistful guitar interplays and poetic pretensions. Finishing off their set, they surprised the crowd with playing a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Mine.” 

Setlist: 

  1. Object Permanence 
  2. Safer Skin
  3. No Sleep/Blank Slate/Eve
  4. Gallows Humor
  5. Watercolour 
  6. Garamond 
  7. Mine (Taylor Swift cover)

Would you believe it if I said that Covey has over 1.4 million followers on TikTok? Neither would have I if I hadn’t looked it up myself. It’s not everyday that you see bands promoting themselves on social media in a way that benefits them in the best ways possible. Covey came out and played the most interesting set I’ve seen, and in a good way. They played “Sam Jam” which started off slow and melodic but was taken off guard at the end when fans were singing “F*ck that guy, I hope he’s dead.” At one point, I remember him chanting something about teeth and looking around as others were just as confused as I was. During the last song, they had everyone get on the stage with them singing along and dancing as they finished their set. 

The infamous Heart Attack Man was next and was most excited to see them as they’re one of my favorite bands these days. I heard and saw pictures on twitter of Eric coming out into the crowd on a tricycle and doing tricks before getting on stage and that was just the case.  It wouldn’t be right if they started off the set without playing “Puke” to get the energy up even higher. People were pushing, singing, and even two stepping. They played songs off their latest EP “Thoughtz & Prayerz” hence the name of the tour. After a few songs in, Eric asked if anyone had a birthday that night in the crowd and sadly there were none, but that didn’t stop them from playing “Old Enough 2 Die.” I was hoping they would play older songs from “Fake Blood” and they did. I caught myself singing along as they played “Crisis Actor,” probably one of my favorite songs off that album. The crowd was wild the entire night, with people crowd surfing left and right and even Eric himself as well. Finishing off the night, they ended with “Leap Year” as more people ended up on stage with them to jump into the crowd and sing into the microphone with them. 

Setlist: 

  1. Puke
  2. Low Hanging Fruit
  3. Sugar Coated 
  4. Out for Blood
  5. Old Enough 2 Die
  6. Boring
  7. Crisis Actor
  8. Blood Orange Sun
  9. Life Sucks
  10. Cool 2 Me 
  11. Thoughtz & Prayerz 
  12. Blood Blister
  13. Rats in a Bucket
  14. Cut My Losses 
  15. Fake Blood
  16. Bitch Black 
  17. Leap Year