Falling In Reverse brought their headlining ‘Episode III’ Tour to Philadelphia’s Sold Out Theatre Of The Living Arts on South Street with a stacked lineup of special guests including Ice Nine Kills, From Ashes to New and New Years Day. The lineup was guaranteed to sell out nearly immediately after the tour was announced as each of the artists are headlining theaters the size of this one on their own tours, making this more intimate tour even better with its impeccable lineup, exceptional talent, hit songs and loyal fans.
Launching the evening was the female-fronted, New Years Day who got the crowd moving instantly with their song “Come For Me” off their latest album, Unbreakable, which just released on April 26th via RED MUSIC but fans already knew every single word to all of the new songs from the record. Their album Unbreakable debuted at No. 3 on the Hard Music Albums chart showcasing their fans loyalty for them, and they were highly present within the sold out crowd. Throughout their unfortunately brief set New Years Day performed several new songs including a fan-favorite from the new album “Shut Up,” their Pop Goes Punk cover of “Gangstar” and the band even paid tribute to Pantera with a cover of “Fu-king Hostile.” Their on-stage energy is always a force to be reckoned with when it comes to their live performances, Ash Costello and the boys in the band gives the fans a blistering show that won’t soon be forgotten.
Pennsylvania native rock band, From Ashes To New grasp the sold out crowds attention next with an explosive performance with their unique sound and fiery stage presence. With two vocalists, one guitarist and one drummer, the band didn’t slow down not one moment during their 7 song set that included songs from their latest record, The Future, like “Forgotten,” “Broken,” and the radio dominating “Crazy” but they didn’t forget about the fan favorite song “My Name” or their chart topping single “Through it All.” Their set included colorful lights, inspirational lyrics, smoke canons and even a sold out room full of cell phone lights during “Forgotten.” The energy during their performance was unstoppable, giving their all throughout their set which we wish was longer as we were left craving more after their anthemic songs radiated throughout the venue.
Next was Ice Nine Kills, bringing not only exceptional music but a theatrical show with stunning visuals including horror-inspired costumes and props to perfectly match each of their songs. Ice Nine Kills latest album, The Silver Scream, was inspired by different horror films including IT, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday The 13th and more which was highly present both in the lyrics and the visual elements of the show. Illuminating the backdrop of the stage was the bands logo as massive lights as a red balloon from the movie IT was present on a mic stand before the band entered dressed as characters from the movies that inspired the music on their latest record. The band gave more than just a concert but an experience with their unique sound, stunning visuals, props, costumes and high energy with a sea of crowd surfers and fan interaction. From the opening chords of one of their biggest hits that launched their set “The American Nightmare” to the final chord of “IT Is The End,” fans were singing along and ecstatic to see the band performing songs that resonated with the horror fan in all of them. Their set also included songs like “SAVAGES,” “A Grave Mistake,” “Stabbing in the Dark” and one of our personal favorites “Thank God It’s Friday.” Their intense performance of horror-metal was beyond belief amazing and we have been listening to ‘The Silver Scream‘ album on repeat since we left the show but the recorded album doesn’t do their live show justice.
Finally, it was the part of the night the sold out crowd were eagerly anticipating, Falling In Reverse, who took the stage to a fan-favorite smash “I’m Not A Vampire,” which caused an instant frenzy of energy in the sold out TLA. Frontman Ronnie Radke has a stage presence that is hard to beat, a unique one but fans adore it as he paces throughout the stage belting out lyrics to the fans favorite songs in this more intimate venue. Although there was a few technical issues where Radke couldn’t hear himself on stage in which he asked to be corrected several times throughout the night, he powered through the set flawlessly with not even one moment of slowing down.
Falling In Reverse’s sixteen song set included something for everyone who have been longtime fans of FIR with songs like “The Westerner,” “Alone,” “Raised By Wolves” or even if they followed Radke since the beginning when he was the frontman for Escape The Fate in which he brought some nostalgia to the stage performing “Situations,” “Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché” and even a cover of Smash Mouth’s “All Star” which was shockingly amazing. We especially loved the bands performance of their latest single “Drugs” which recorded features Corey Taylor but Radke did an extraordinary job of doing the entire song himself with some help from the fans of course who seem to also adore this new single.
‘Episode III’ Tour was a total force to be reckoned with from the theatrics to the inspiring lyrics and rock music to the exceptional onstage talent which grasped the sold out crowds attention from start to the finish with four headlining bands giving fans a show that they won’t soon forget.
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Find the bands online:
FALLING IN REVERSE: Website | Facebook | Twitter
ICE NINE KILLS: Website | Facebook | Twitter
FROM ASHES TO NEW: Website | Facebook | Twitter
NEW YEARS DAY: Website | Facebook | Twitter