With just over 25 years of being a band Papa Roach showed why they are still considered legends in their genre on a packed Friday evening in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom.
Opening the evening was Bad Wolves, featuring ex members of bands like God Forbid, In This Moment, Devildriver and more. With their blend of melodic metal and hard rock they had the crowd jumping, pitting, and singing along early on. Ending the set with their infamous cover of The Cranberries “Zombie”, Bad Wolves made sure to make some new fans this evening.
Following them were metalcore heavy hitters Asking Alexandia. With a more mainstream hard rock sound versus their older heavier side AA had the now packed room singing along to their hits and ballads.
The time finally arrived for the band everyone was waiting for, Papa Roach. With more hits than most bands could wish for, Jacoby Shaddix and company commanded the stage with hit after hit giving the crowd a full set of singalongs. Even their latest hits had the crowd going crazy but with songs like Getting Away With Murder, Scars, and Last Resort the crowd sang louder than the band could even play. With no signs are slowing down over time the band performed with such ease making their perfect set seem effortless. If you’ve never had the chance to catch Papa Roach now is the time, it’ll be an evening you won’t be forgetting.
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Were you disappointed in Asking Alexandria’s new single, “The Violence”? All things considered, it wasn’t really a bad song, at least in our opinion. Unfavorable comparisons to the likes of Imagine Dragons abound if you take a look on just about any Internet forum, but it’s still relatively catchy. However, for those who might be clamoring for the band’s older style (think Stand Up And Scream or Reckless And Relentless), rejoice! Multi-talented vocalist Andy Cizek (WVNDER, Makari, Monuments) and guitarist extraordinare Nik Nocturnal have teamed up for a reimagined metal cover of the song, which you can check out below.
This also isn’t the first time the two have collaborated, as their Bring Me The Horizon cover of “Medicine” was notably shared by Oliver Sykes himself, and went viral as well. The two musicians are also collaborating on a new modern metal project, Termina, which fans of bands like Monuments and Volumes will probably dig. Give both a spin below.
While he’s currently playing solo material from his newest album Shades Of Blue, Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop appears ready to unveil a new era of Asking Alexandria – or at least unleash new music soon.
With 5 full-length albums under their collective belts – 4 of them being with vocalist Danny Worsnop – Asking Alexandria certainly have a wealth of material to choose from when they’re compiling a setlist for tour. While the band’s style certainly has changed in the now 10 years since their debut Stand Up And Scream was released, Asking Alexandria have traditionally played a couple songs off their debut despite the breadth of new material that they have.
It appears a certain song from that album – namely “Not The American Average”, a track that propelled the band into the public consciousness in late 2009 – won’t be played live anymore, at least according to Worsnop. Why? These 6 answers will shock you, especially #4!!!