Last night was incredible!JT
, my son Bob, Ray (one of the members of our church's youth group) and myself went to the Hearts of the Innocent
tour. It ROCKED!!!
Four hardcore alternative Christian bands in three and a half hours. Decent sized venue - a rather large church - with plenty of space in front of the "stage" (you'll have to excuse my loss for words on this one since it's actually the church's altar, but I don't feel right refering to it as that when I'm telling you about the concert). The MC announced that the area was open to anyone who wanted to be up close to the show, so a lot of the kids that were there rushed up. Bob and Ray were in the thick of it, too. Meanwhile, JT, P.Dave and I decided to play it safe and found some seats with a good view.
The MC also told everyone that moshing was perfectly acceptable, but that they would prefer "verticle" moshing (pogoing) to regular moshing (slam). Didn't want anyone getting hurt at a Christian concert.
First up was a new band called Run Kid Run
. Pretty good as newcomers go. Their music was hard, but it also had a bit of a pop-alternative feel to it. Some nice guitar riffs, decent speed playing blended with solid percussion and vocals that fit well with the style. I looked for Bob and Ray to see how they were doing, both of them had their hands up in the air and were pogoing. JT picked up this band's CD at the end of the evening.
Next up, the band that P.Dave and myself were most excited about seeing, Red
. I've managed to get several people hooked on this band, P.Dave being one of them. At work we say "They do Linkin Park better than Linkin Park." (Merry coined that phrase).
I knew that they were originally from this area, and it showed last night when their drummer came out wearing a Steelers jersey - Polamalu, no less!
They kicked things off with their bassist and lead guitarist standing on top of the speaker stacks on either side of the stage. Did I mention they're twins? So they kinda looked like bookends. But it was so cool to see them up there jammin' away until the music really started to move. The lead vocalist really worked the crowd into a frenzy. The mosh pit become more than just pogoing at this point, but nobody got out of hand so the security guys let it go for the most part. As far as I'm concerned these guys were the best band of the night. They kept the crowd going the whole time. The music was pretty true to the CD, crunchy guitar riffs, heavy percussion, edgy vocals - awesome! Too bad they only got to play 5 songs. And P.Dave finally bought their CD.
P.Dave, JT and I all got up to move around after Red's set. We wandered around by the merchandise tables that were set up and mulled around until the next band was ready to start. But this time we decided not to get seats. We were heading into the crowd at the front of the "stage".Disciple
came on next. They were kickin'-it, too. More moshing broke out, but the three of us only did pogoing. These guys were really good. Kept the crowd up and excited and never slowed down. They took a break halfway through the set to do a little bit of preaching, which is becoming more rare at Christian concerts these days, only for a few minutes. It was a good message about God's love and forgiveness. Then they went back to the hardcore music. And everytime I looked for Bob and Ray I saw them with their heads bangin', their hands up in the air, or moshing. They were definitely having a good time.
Once again, the three "old" guys went out to wander about and get some air between sets. We talked to a few of the people who had other booths set up in the hallway. One of them was an internet radio station, 180 Knet
, for Christian rock. Just what we've been looking for. I'm hoping to check it out soon. I picked up the new Disciple CD before we went back in for the last set.
Final act and headliner of the show; Kutless
. Very hardcore, which means the vocalist practically screams, the two guitarists were laying down some very heavy sound, and the bassist, who stayed in the background for most of the set never stopped moving. The drummer, however, had one intense solo for several minutes. It was absolutely incredible watching him hammer it out.
Now, I have to say at this point, the crowd was doing a good bit of moshing, off-n-on, through the whole set. But the security people were starting to crack down on it. And wouldn't you know it, Bob and Ray were asked to stop. They were just a bit overly rambunctious. And that's OK, because they weren't the only ones. The Boy is a lot like his father, even though I wasn't in the "pit" with him.
When the show ended, and after the encore, everyone was filtering out to see the bands, who were now all out in the hallway signing autographs and meeting people. I managed to get the guys from Disciple to sign the sleeve from the CD I bought. But Red had run out of posters for sale, so I had them sign a sticker instead. Go to talk to the guys from Red for a minute or two. Their drummer had a Boondock Saints
T-shirt on. I was very impressed.
Piled into P.Dave's SUV and headed home. Bob and I made it home shortly after midnight - which sucked for me since I had to work this morning. But Bob had a great time. I was so glad that Bob got to see these bands as his first live show. I'm also glad that he had such a good time, we all did. And now we'll all be looking forward to the next one we can get to.
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