Black Veil Brides – Showbox – Seattle : February 24th 2018

Great night last night at the Showbox SODO in Seattle for an incredible show with Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides.

Toni and I tried a new tactic for getting good seats and opted for VIP, reserved seating at the venue. We arrived early and got into the bar for an early dinner of greasy (but tasty) bar food. This was the first time we actually were able to get in early as it was just Toni and I and not the kids, so standing outside for a couple hours in the cold and rain was not happening. The VIP table was awesome…we were able to go down to the table when the doors opened and got seated at our private table with a great, raised view of the stage. This is the way to go when coming to this venue for sure, and the cost was very reasonable.

Crown the Empire opened up for the night and did a great job of getting the crowd geared up and ready for the main events. Asking Alexandria played a great set with 13 songs in the regular set and then 2 encore songs… not too often do bands other than the main headliner play encores, so it was great to have them come back on and play. Black veil Brides put on a fabulous set with 11 songs in their regular set and 3 encore wrapping up with of course In The End. I was able to get Wretched and Devine recorded and uploaded to YouTube with a link below.

Overall, this was a great show and the first time Toni and I have seen them without the kids which was kind of a bummer that they weren’t;t there, but also allowed us to avoid lines and crowds by sitting in the bar prior to the show.

Vans Warped Tour – Mountain View CA : June 20 2015

We had a great time at the show yesterday. It was a little difficult getting tot he venue with the traffic…it took us an hour and a half to get less than a mile, and this was after driving for three and a half hours from Redding CA. to Mountain View CA. Once we got parked and in, all was well.

This was our first Warped tour out of the state of Washington and although it was a great show, we all thought that the show at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn WA. is much better arranged and more open to allow the crowds to move from stage to stage easier…it seemed that the stage areas were much more confined here.

The bands were awesome as usual, due to our late arrival due to the traffic, we missed one of the bands I was most wanting to see (Escape the Fate) who came on 11:45. We’ll have to make sure we get there early at the Seattle show. I think by far, my favorite performance of the day was Blessthefall. They sounded awesome and performed a great set of songs including See You On the Outside, Hollow Bodies and the song Up In Flames from their new album To Those Left Behind. Of course Black Veil Brides was great as usual playing a good (but short) mix of songs including Faithless, Heart of Fire, The Legacy, Fallen Angels and closing with In the End. We were also able to see Pierce The Veil, although this was one of the performances where there were just too many people in a very small area. We had a great spot off to the right of the stage before they started playing, but as people started filling in, we had to move pretty far back to avoid getting caught up in a mosh. Toni, Nicki and Ryan went to watch Icon for Hire and Set It Off as I watched Blessthefall, but they were able to come and see the last couple songs of the BVB set with me which was nice.

All in all, it was a real good show…a lot of young people enjoying themselves and watching a ton of young bands with limitless energy. We enjoyed a lot of bands who we have seen before and saw some new bands who we had never heard before. We are looking forward to the show back in the Seattle area in August.

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