There are two types of concerts to me, somewhat like movies. Sometimes you have to think it about it for a few days afterwards to decide if how much you liked, and then there are those where you know from the first moment that you’re in for something special. Sunday night at Toyota Arena in Ontario was one the second kind. I knew the minute I heard that Godsmack and Halestorm would be doing a show together there that this was going be great, and it was.I will be sure to youth on the opening band Monster Truck too below.
I have photographed Godsmack before, and Sully Erna’s vocals are simply unmatched. His energy, and his ability to hit notes that scare some people is wonderful. Kicking of the set When Legends Rise was perfect, and that was quickly followed up with Say My Name and Cryin’ Like a Bitch!! Throughout the set they played all the hits you’d want, like Awake and I stand Alone. When they covered The Beatles’ Come Together there was no mistaking the vast influences this band draws from. Godsmack was formed in 1995, and 24 years later they are relevant to the rock scene as ever. Bassist Robbie Merrill is spot on in sync with drummer Shannon Larkin, and guitarist Tony Rombola is off on stage left making magic the whole show.
Godsmack proves over and over that rock is alive and well, which is a good segue into Halestorm. This band is everything I think rock should be, passion, attitude, fun, great music, and kick ass vocals.
In talking with people it’s been interesting to see how many people tell me they love Halestorm, and love Lzzy Hale’s voice. I agree 100%. She is on the top of her game, and the band behind her, including her brother Arejay Hale on drums, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bassist Josh Smith, is the definition of rock.
Thought the night they lit the venue up with Lzzy’s screams, and a great set of the band’s songs, finishing up with I Miss the Misary – a song I still think is one of the best tunes released in recent years.
One of the things I love about shows like this is when you go in knowing exactly what to expect, and then you still end up surprised. The opening band was Canadian rockers Monster Truck, and wow. It was the perfect kick off to the show. These guys are rock. I mean I hear all the different labels all the time, Metal, Prog, Classic, Emo, Glam, Hair, Death Metal, Alt…. it’s crazy. Monster Truck is rock… just plain old kicking ass rock. Consisting of four members, lead singer and bassist Jon Harvey, guitarist Jeremy Widerman, keyboardist Brandon Bliss and drummer Steve Kiely, these guys just instantly took an arena at rest and went to 100 mph. It was actually really cool to see an opening band take command of the stage, and the crowd. Just loved these guys.
Seriously, whoever put these three acts together needs a raise.
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