The Reckless and Relentless Tour Plays The Cannery in Nashville, TN Amid Controversy From Headliner
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The "Reckless and Relentless" tour, featuring headliner Asking Alexandria, is rolling forward despite being banned from Nashville venue Rocketown, and rolled right through The Cannery after a quick re-scheduling. The night of April 12th saw a flock of younger audiences out for the 6pm show, with an average age of about 16 years old. Unlike most other Nashville metal shows, they didn’t allow drinking and had thorough pat-downs at the doors. Nevertheless, the crowd sure looked like they had a good time. The bands backing Asking Alexandria were Chiodos, Emmure, Evergreen Terrace, Miss May I, and Lower Than Atlantis.
A prompt 6pm show messes with a 9-to-5-er’s day a bit and will occasionally make them miss a band if the show starts exactly at 6. I’m one of those cases. By the time I had gotten into the main area of the venue, Lower Than Atlantis had already finished their short opening set. At this point, the medium-sized venue was packed to about half capacity. Evergreen Terrace, despite being around since 1999, were forced into the 2nd slot of the night and made the crowd wake the hell up. They got the crowd to jump, wave their hands, run a few circle pits, start several push-pits here and there, and played a great ass-kicking set of metal/hardcore.
The crowd jammed in tightly near the stage as the venue packed to ¾ capacity, not wanting to give up their spots for the upcoming bands as gear was carted on and off stage in between sets. At this point, I had ran down the back stairs to the green room for an interview with Evergreen’s Josh James, missing most of Miss May I’s set. However, during the last few numbers, the band had gotten so much of the crowd jumping in the air that the speaker racks were wobbling while the floorboards of the entire area throbbed underneath their jumps.
Chiodos took the stage shortly after. If this teenage crowd was tired, they didn’t show it. All sorts of moshing was seen – windmills, picking up change, the Bruce Lee, the stomping mad, and of course gratuitous push-pitting. Emmure came on just before the headliners and changed things up a bit. Nearly every Emmure song section is a breakdown in itself, and they smashed the sound system quite a bit with frequent sub drops and tempo changes. The singer looked and acted like he would fit in better with an old school hip hop group.
Infamous for their crazy antics, Asking Alexandria took the stage surprisingly without much controversy. At some points, they’d talk with the crowd and give Rocketown a big middle finger for banning them, but they were otherwise just jumping around and rocking out. Most of the bands were glad to be playing The Cannery instead where they "can say things like FUCK." The temperature in the venue was burning up, but everyone seemed to be with it. Was the show Relentless? Most definitely. Reckless? Not so much. A good time? For sure.
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