Shinedown, Evanescence, The Struts and More Impress with Fiery Performances at 12th Annual MMRBQ

Photos: Andrew Wendowski/Music Mayhem Magazine

Philadelphia’s best rock station bringing you Everything That rocks, 93.3 WMMR brought their twelfth annual MMRBQ to Camden, NJ’s BB&T Pavilion on one of the most beautiful days of spring so far for a full day of live radio-dominating rock music. This year brought along a stellar lineup which included Shinedown, Evanescence, The Struts, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Fozzy, The Glorious Sons, Bad Wolves and Philadelphia’s own Siravo, who were hand picked to perform on this years MMRBQ by MMR’s Jaxon. The gates to the fiery day of rock music opened at 12:30pm, unleashing fans in a sea of black t-shirts in to grab their spot on the barricade to be as close as possible for their favorite artists throughout the day.

Launching the day at 1:30pm was Philadelphia’s own rock band, Siravo, bringing their own signature sound to MMRBQ introducing their music to a nearly sold out crowd which the fans thoroughly enjoyed the energy put forth in their set especially from their bass player, Andrew Cooper, who did not stop moving from start to finish of their set. Siravo frontman, Mike Archangelo, sounding like a mixture of Chicago frontman Robert Hamm mixed with Trivium frontman, Matt Heafy, throughout their entire set even hitting some extremely high notes which ended with applause from the impressed crowd each time. Siravo released their first full-length album entitled Inside It All in November of 2011 which quickly received recognition from 93.3 WMMR, continuing to receive recognition from them moving forward to their 2013 4-track, Hearts & Minds. Moving forward to release their second full-length album, Vassal in November 2015 which became their breakout album, allowing them to perform with the likes of Bullet For My Valentine, Skillet, Papa Roach, Rock Allegiance 2018 and more. Now on their third full-length album, The Restless & The Mad, the band is climbing to the top of the Philadelphia rock scene to soon be conquering the local radio stations.

Bad Wolves dominating the stage next beginning with “Learn To Live” and the heavy “No Masters,” both from their debut album, Disobey, which was released via Eleven Seven Music just one year ago but the band has gone on to dominate radio stations worldwide and playing to sold out crowds on both festivals and tours. The band quickly rising to the top with their cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” which is an exceptional cover that you need to hear, currently topping the charts with their anthemic single “Remember When” which you are guaranteed to hear on the radio each time you turn it on and even if you don’t know the song you will be singing along by the end of it. Frontman Tommy Vext is an attention demanding frontman with his intense energy during his dominating live stage presence. Ending their set with The Cranberries’ “Zombie” cover in which Vext wore a Sixers jersey to finish out the set in. Vext celebrating ten years sober during the show, showing his appreciation for the fans, thanking them for taking the band to where they are and for helping him stay sober through the music. Congratulations to Tommy and we look forward to the success of Bad Wolves to come.

At 3:30pm, it was time for a blistering set from The Glorious Sons who brought a more simplistic look to the MMRBQ wearing what looked like pajamas on stage showcasing that it not about what you look like or what you wear but about the talent you bring to the stage with your music, vocals and your instrument. Bringing a 6-song setlist to the MMRBQ with a unique rock sound that their fans adore, performing songs like “Godless, Graceless and Young,” “My Poor Heart,” “Mama,” “White Noise” and “Kill The Lights.”

Fozzy grasping the near-capacity crowds attention next at 4:30pm, bringing their unique take to rock’n roll to the twelfth annual MMRBQ with frontman Chris Jericho commanding the fans attention during the opening notes of “Judas” which launched their set and Jericho even jumping into the crowd during their performance of their song, “Burn Me Out.” The amount of energy that poured forth from the stage was both hypnotic and engaging from the entire band throughout the entire set. We are always open to attend a rockin’ Fozzy party anytime especially with a setlist packed with songs from their latest record, Judas, performing singles like the title track “Judas,” “Painless” and the aforementioned “Burn Me Out.” We especially would like to note the glam that frontman Jericho was wearing to launch the set with his studded leather jacket, colorful scarves and more.

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts dominating the stage after a brief intermission which was an allotted time to changeover from the General Admission part of the day to the ticketed portion at 6:00pm. Jett proving she still has what she is known for and that is her iconic rock look, her impeccable stage presence and her flawless vocal range which sounds just as it did when she first started if not much better. Performing the obvious hit songs like “Bad Reputation,” “Cherry Bomb,” “I Love Rock n Roll,” “Crimson & Clover,” and of course “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” She also performed a few less popular songs like “Fragile,” “Love Is Pain” and “Fresh Start.”

Next up was Interscope Records UK artist, The Struts who brought their glam-rock out for one of our favorite performances of the day at 7:15pm, launching with “Primadonna Like Me,” off their latest record, Young & Dangerous, in which frontman Luke Spiller pranced out onto the stage to a roaring cheer. The glitter-drenched rockers powered through their unfortunately short 11-song set with a vibrantly lit set, golden microphones and steps in the background of the stage. Spiller telling the crowd that the band spent their production budget on their sparkling attire which is why there is no pyro or special effects but that is not needed for a Struts performance as the talent on stage from vocalist Spiller, Guitarist Addo Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies is a force to be reckoned with and it is very hard to not be mesmerized by their live show and is definitley hard to not dance along to their anthemic music. Although their 11-song setlist was filled with songs from their debut album, Everybody Wants, with the exception of “Primadonna Like Me,” “In Love With a Camera,” “Body Talks,” “I Do It So Well” and “Fire (Part 1),” fans adored the set and the roaring sing-a-long during “Could Have Been Me” was bone-chilling. Spiller embodies the spirit of rock’n roll from his voice to his stage presence that resembles a mixture of Mick Jagger’s dance moves to Freddy Mercury’s flamboyant look.

At 8:45pm, Evanescence brought their dark sound onto the red and blue lit stage for a powerful performance with the beautifully strong, fierce vocals of Amy Lee which was vibrantly present throughout their entire set from the start of “What You Want” to the last note of their smash hit song “Bring Me To Life.” The thunderous roars of applause throughout their set proves that fans are still in love with the music that tops the charts still years later from Evanescence. The vibe of their set was very dramatic and theatrical with the lights perfectly matching each of their songs lyrical melodies. Lee’s voice is just an impactful one that resonates with fans during each song but especially during fan-favorite songs like “My Immortal,” “My Heart Is Broken,” “Call Me When Your Sober” and of course the chart-topping single “Bring Me to Life” which still dominates radio worldwide.

Shinedown then exploded on to the stage at 10:15pm to finish out the exceptional day of rock music to their single “DEVIL” from their latest No. 1 album, ATTENTION ATTENTION. Shinedown brought along the production for their set including lasers, pyro, fireworks, very unique colorful lighting and a jungle gym of risers that their drummer Sir Barry Kerch performed atop. The bands 13-song setlist was full of hit songs spanning across their massive discography, as Shinedown has an arsenal of No. 1 singles, actually 12 of them on the mainstream rock charts, in which the band played eight of them on this evening including, “Sound of Madness,” “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom),” “Cut The Cord,” “Unity,” “Bully,” “State of My Head,” “Second Chance,” and their latest No. 1 addition “DEVIL.” Also including the fan-favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd “Simple Man” cover in their set which ended in a sing-a-long with the fans.

Shinedown’s vocalist Brent Smith is a very engaging, charismatic, interactive frontman that gives fans the rock show they want and deserve while also including them within the bands set pointing at fans, getting close to fans in the crowd, shaking/fist bumping fans and staff of the venue, and also as one of the best vocalists in the rock scene singing vocals live at times sounding even more perfect then the record. All of the band including lead guitarist, backing vocalist Zach Myers, Bassist Eric Bass, and Drummer Barry Kerch leave all of their energy on stage making for an overall force to be reckoned with stage presence from the entire band.

Overall, the 2019 MMRBQ was one of the BEST lineups, the BEST weather for an outdoor amphitheater concert and was full of smash hit-making radio dominating artists. Check out our exclusive gallery of photos from the event below by @AWendowskiPhoto:

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