It was somewhat of a hot day at Summerfest in Milwaukee on Friday July second. The bands however helped make up for the hot weather of the day. The CoolTV Rock stage where the bands played was right next to the entrance gate of Summerfest allowing the group I was with to get to the stage right away and hear the music. This would be the best show that I have ever been to in terms of atmosphere, the crowd, stage performance, and the quality of the music that the bands would produce.
Miss May I
– Around 5PM, Miss May I played. Mixed among the crowd were over a thousand high school and college age students, along with many onlookers curious as to what the buzz was about.
– The stage was surrounded by multiple storied bleachers on both sides as well as bleachers in the middle. This of course made moshing quite hard because of the room there was to work with, but those in attendance still found a way. They turned the whole entrance passage way into a 100 ft long moshpit, as well as the small section on the right side of the stage into one as well.
– Their vocalist didnt have his mike turned up loud enough, but he put on a good stage performance and his screams were still right on the mark.
– Miss May I put on a good show, but they were quite sloppy it seemed as they messed up on a quite a few songs. (The drummer missed several times and their singer didnt have his mike up loud enough.) Miss May I however is well worth seeing live. You will be well satisfified when you hear them.
August Burns Red
– Around 7:30 PM, the CoolTV Rock Stage started to pack in anticipation for August Burns Red who was playing at 8PM. A few minutes before August Burns Red started, there were over 3 thousand people in the bleachers and in the sections between them. August Burns Red opened up with “Backburner” off their album, Messengers.
– Quite a few curious onlookers wandered between the bleachers wondering what the excitement was about. Unfortunately for some of them, especially some of the older folks, they were standing right where the 15 ft wide by 200 ft long moshpit would open up. As soon as the first breakdown from Backburner hit, the crowd in the passageway between the bleachers went nuts and the moshpit opened up.
The bleachers I was in started to shake as people started jumping and moving. A few security guards tried to get into the moshpit and break it up, but immediately withdrew after one of them took a few hits to the face from two-steppers who went into them. The pit was total chaos. In fact one African American Gentlemen tried to stand in the middle trying to prevent the pit as well, but was crashed into and subsequently ran for his life out of the area. A voice in the background could be heard saying, “This is isn’t a Ludacris concert.
– August Burns Red was flawless. Every instrument could be heard well, and even my personal pet peeve, a loud, noise deafening double base, was satisfied. They sounded so good that I felt like I was listening to the album, except there were three thousand people around me going nuts.
– They were probably the best band of the night. Definitely worth seeing. Anywhere. If you can see them, go. Even a 6 hour trip to see them would be worth it. They are that good live!
-(I actually had the privileged of meeting their guitarist, Brent, while me and a few friends were in a line for food. He was incredibly nice.)
The Devil Wears Prada
Around 10 PM, The Devil Wears Prada started. Around the time they went on, the temperature in the air was quite hot, even though it was around 10 PM at night.
– They played over an hour long set and they kicked off the set with “Danger: Wildman” As soon as Mike, the lead singer of TDWP, screamed out the lyrics “I know a ghost… ” , the crowd went nuts and the moshpit kicked off again.
– The moshpit for TDWP was a bit more brutal then for August Burns Red. I saw a very hot girl go into the pit and get hit in the face by a hardcore dancer. She fell back and almost look like she had fainted. A few of us picked her up and after about 10 seconds, she went right back in. Another fellow had to be carried out of the pit as he seemed unresponsive. Security put one guy in a headlock, but they had to back off as they were being surrounded by angry hardcore dancers who looked as if the were about to attack the security guards there.
– After TDWP’s set, I saw a guy come out with blood streaming down his face, a guy being shouldered up by his two friends with some sort of broken foot, and another guy with a bleeding back. The sight of ambulances outside wasnt exactly a comforting thought after the thrill that I had just gotten from TDWP set.
– If you go to a larger venue where either August Burns Red or TDWP plays, make sure you dont wear glasses or have fragile items with you if your anywhere near where the moshpit takes place. At some venues the whole crowd ends up moshing and the area around the stage turns into one large pit.
-TDWP played their new song, Outnumbered, which is probably one of their heavier songs. Their set was flawless. (They had the kick drum mike jacked.) Simply put their set was incredible. The feeling it gave you as well as the atmosphere of the crowd around made their set one you won’t forget.
– The atmosphere in the crowd really made a difference compared to other concerts Ive been to. The flashing lights, large screen TV on the stage which showed the band, and the music echoing out from all around the stage gave the concert an “epic” feel. Most of the crowd sang along with Jeremy’s vocals, especially when TWDP played “Louder than Thunder”
– If you ever get a chance to see TDWP live, take it. If you have to call in sick to work, do it. One of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.