Ill Nino, 40 Below Summer, Trivium Show Report
Band Photo: Trivium (?)
Tonight I attended the Ill Nino, 40 Below Summer, Trivium and The Autumn Offering concert in Philadelphia, Pa at the Trocadero.
I must say I was pleased to see the fact that they’ve enforced metal detectors at the Trocadero. It made me feel a little safer after Dimebag being murdered by some mentally challenged nut case. However, there was a slight lack of security too for some strange reason there was only about ten bouncers as compared to their usual amount of about twenty. As I was walking into the venue I noticed a sign saying “NO: MOSHING, CROWDSUFRING, STAGE DIVING OR SMOKING.” I found it funny because it’s in Philadelphia there was no way there’d be no moshing going on, after all, we are notorious for crazy pits at our shows! Anyway, on with the actually show report itself, this is how the night transpired:
I got to the venue and went in about 7:15 and after like twenty minutes of waiting The Autumn Offering took the stage and I have never heard of them before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but they put on a great stage show and they really got the crowd into it. Their sound was clear and they were pretty damn impressive. They played about five songs or so and then the left. After about fifteen minutes or so of waiting for the crew to set up Trivium took to the stage and only to be plagued with sound problems, first having the soundman not turning off the music over the P.A. system, but then they really screwed it up by having the bass turned up too high and you couldn’t hear any of the guitars, but after 2 songs they fixed it. Trivium played about five or six songs and on the third song they said they wanted to see the pit and of course the crowd responded. Trivium have definitely gotten a lot better at getting the fans into their music and it’s great to see such young and talented people living the dream and loving it all. They ended their set with “Light to Flies” and the crowd went crazy from start to finish of that song.
Up next was 40 Below Summer and the second they came out the floor broke out into an enormous pit that would not let up for the rest of the night. They played everything from “Step Into the Sideshow” to “F.E. (a.k.a. Fuck Everything)” and so many other songs from both of their albums. They played about eight or nine songs and the crowd was going nuts as usual and the band was loving every second of it, you could really tell how into it they were. They ended their set in a great way, by doing a little tribute to Dimebag Darrell and covering some Pantera for all the fans in attendance. Then they exited the stage and Ill Nino started to set up.
After a good twenty-five to thirty minutes of waiting Ill Nino made their way onto the stage. They were also plagued with sound problems and it was really pissing off Christian (vocals), numerous times he apologized to the crowd because of it and he was so pissed at one point I even saw him throw something at the sound booth to let them know he was really pissed I guess. They played a wide variety of songs from “Te Amo (I Hate You)” to “God Save Us”, “Unreal”, “I Am Loco” and “How Can I Live?” just to name a few and from start to finish the crowd was really into it and jumping up and down and moshing all over the place. Towards the end of their set Laz (Bass) took the microphone and announced that he wanted to give Dimebag Darrell a moment of silence. So one fan decided to be an ass about it and scream, to which Laz said “Shut the fuck up!” and then we remained silent for a moment or so. Then I was expecting them to cover “Five Minutes Alone” as they did cover that on the 'Panther: A Tribute To Pantera' album a number of years back, however they ended with “Liar” instead, which is still a great song and the fans really went nuts one last time “for Dimebag” as Laz put it, when he said “everyone, this is your last chance to fuck shit up for Dimebag tonight!” and then they ended their set and left the stage.
A great show and a great line-up of bands so if this show is coming to a town near you, go check it out it’s WELL worth the money for the ticket!
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