September 25, 2015
The metaphor for this night was simple; everything works out the way it’s supposed to in time. The venue website stated that doors opened at 7 PM and show time was 8 PM which meant my arrival at 7:50 PM would allow me plenty of time to get there, shoot the first band, and do a full show review. Tragically, a list error occurred which was not corrected in time for me to photograph opening band Wilson. Long story short, the list error was not corrected and the venue allowed me to still go in to see the show so I could write my review sans photo pass. At this point in my career as a journalist/music writer I won’t play “games” with tour managers and band personnel who can’t get their act together. I understand that life on the road is hectic and sometimes errors occur but after a certain point of calling and texting with no response it’s easy for me to call it a loss & walk away. After Wilson’s set I received a text from their tour manager apologizing for the mix up and blaming it on Trivium’s tour manager who forgot to leave my pass at the door. Timing was perfect because Tremonti had just started their set and it allowed me time to snap a few shots off just before song #3. Now that I’ve explained how things went during the first hour of the show, here’s how the actual show review
I managed to catch a few songs from Wilson’s set and they sounded great! Chock full o’ energy, spunk, and charisma; Wilson were the perfect opener for this show! The venue was packed which made for a fun experience for both the fan(s) and band(s). The best part is that I saw no fights, no drama, and the crowd seemed very well mannered.
Tremonti was second on the bill and during the first 30 seconds of their set Mark broke a guitar string which left him standing there just singing. During their third song Mark broke another guitar string on another guitar and he joked that his strings wouldn’t stop breaking! Mark Tremonti is a powerhouse guitarist and a dynamic vocalist BUT what he lacks onstage is the ability to be a “front man”. Mark is a talented musician who shines onstage yet doesn’t possess the cocksure stance that Scott Stapp does.
I was very surprised to see Mark playing mostly rhythm during his set and allowing his guitarist to do the bulk of the solos. Tremonti’s set was 60+ minutes long set and mixed thrash with metal; when Tremonti finished a small portion of the crowd actually left the venue and went home!
Trivium have come a long way; they brought a stage set up that had risers, ramps, giant skulls, and killer sound. Trivium’s stage set up was straight out of the 80’s and something that Grim Reaper, DIO, or Danzig might have used and the crowd loved it.
Trivium charged $50 for a meet and greet after their set BUT came out and greeted fans for free outside of their bus after the paid meet and greet. I was let down upon seeing Matt play Epiphone’s throughout the show because Trivium were always known for playing higher end guitars onstage. Then again, that’s only something a guitar nerd would really notice or care about.
Sonically, Trivium have peaked as a band and are in their prime; they sounded superb, they delivered a strong set, and the crowd surged constantly throughout the night. At one point during the set the band asked for more security up front to accommodate the influx of crowd surfers. All in all I was impressed with the show because it asserted the fact that rock is not dead and Baltimore still loves metal!