Bury The Hatchet Tour with Falling in Reverse – Seattle: February 11 2014

Nicki and I attended the Bury The Hatchet Tour with Falling in Reverse, Escape the Fate, Survive This and Chelsea Grin this past Tuesday night at the Showbox (Market) in Seattle. The venue was changed at the last minute from El Corazon, and I think it was probably for the best. The place was packed, they must have oversold the other venue.

We were able to get VIP meet and greet which allowed us to get in early to do a quick (and I mean quick) photo op with the band. It was actually kind of a lame meet and greet.. they really rushed us in and out with only allowing a single, non-flash photo in the dark venue. Not sure how worth these so called VIP tickets  really are anymore.. They used to get you in to actually interact with the band, but now it seems they just get your money and you sometimes get what you pay for and sometimes you don’t, and there isn’t anyone to complain to about it…I guess as long as they keep making the money they will have no incentive to make a better experience.. no bad intentions by the band at all, I am sure it is all the promoter and management.

Anyway, once we were able to get in, we were able to get a real sweet set of seats along the bar just in back of the main floor. We were pretty lucky as most people who got in early like us went straight to the rail, and there are only about a dozen actual seat/chairs with any kind of decent view and we got the best two in the house.

The opening act was Survive This followed by Chelsea Grin. Both these act were actually quite good and put on great sets getting the crowd pumped for the headliners.

Escape the Fate came on around 9:00 and they sounded simply awesome. They tore it up with their performance of Gorgeous Nightmare and Ten Miles Wide. They also played Ungrateful, The Flood, You’re Insane, Live Fast, Die Beautiful, Picture Perfect, Ashley, One for The Money, Fire it Up, This War is Ours.  Nicki really liked the drummer Robert Ortiz’ hair (she liked that it was cooler than Slash’s hair). Nicki also made comment on Max Green’s hair. She liked it much more now than when it shorter. We both thought that the lead guitarist Kevin Gruft is very under-rated. He absolutely ripped it up during the song One For The Money.

They seemed just slightly glam and reminiscent of early Motley Crue in their stage presence, but it seems to work for them.

Falling in Reverse came on around 10:00 and must have played until about 11:30, maybe a little later. Nicki wasn’t feeling well, and we missed the last four songs of their regular set and their encores where they actually did their “Bury the Hatchet” performance where Craig Mabbitt came out and performed with the Falling in Reverse band. I believe with the encores, they must have played around 18 songs…that is incredible for a multi-band show on a weekday night. The portion of the show we saw, was  just incredible. Ronnie Radke put on a great show. He is quite a performer, with tons of expression and personality that he just keeps giving to the audience. Jacky Vincent was just tearing it up on his many solos, but the sound was way too low and he was drowned out by the rest of the band. Really a shame, as some ear piercing, screaming guitar would have been nice. The songs we were able to see them perform before we had to leave were:

  1. Rolling Stone
  2. I’m not a Vampire
  3. Fashionably Late
  4. Champion
  5. Sink or Swim
  6. Goodbye Graceful
  7. Bad Girls Club
  8. Born to Lead
  9. Self Destruct Personality
  10. Good Girls Bad Guys
  11. Tragic Magic

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