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 – Seattle WA : August 9 2015


The last day of the 2015 Warped Tour and all the bands seemed to be genuinely bummed that the tour was over. I suppose that after spending so much time traveling and playing with such a great group of bands, that they all must have had a great time and getting back to reality must seem a little strange to think about. We saw the tour on their June 20th, Mountain View California show and could probably have seen every show in between. There is just so much good music and energy at these shows, that you never want them to end.

We found that we do like the Whiteriver Amphitheater better than Mountain View as things seemed to be just a bit less confined and better played out to enable you to go from stage to stage without seeming to be trapped in a sea of bodies.

I was really looking forward to seeing Escape the Fate this time as we missed them in Mountain View due to their set being at 11:00am, right when they opened the doors and we had;t even gotten to the parking lot. We weren’t disappointed, they were incredible! The only problem was they only played four songs. Of all the bands, they were my favorite, with Blessthefall coming in second. Ryan’s favorite band of the show today was Candy Hearts, where Toni and Nicki’s favorite of the day was Icon for Hire and New Years Day.

All in all it was a great day of music, and it is sad that the tour is over, but we’ll be there next year for sure.

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