ASKING ALEXANDRIA ROCKS BOOTS OFF IN NASHVILLE
When you think of Nashville, Tennessee you automatically think of the home of country music. On February 13th, Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria too over Marathon Music Works to prove that the Nashville scene is also home to a huge rock fan base. Upon arrival, eager fans waited early in an incredulously long line that was nearly three blocks long. Everyone wanted to get there early to get as close to the rails as possible. The fans that lined the streets looked like a sea of black. There was an abundance wearing Black Veil Brides or Asking Alexandria shirts showing they were not first timers. The hardcore Black Veil Brides fans stuck out like sore thumbs sporting the face paint that Andy Biersack made prominent in their “Knives and Pens” video. Marathon Music Works is a very large warehouse industrial styled venue from the outside. Once inside the large capacity venue had fans spilling everywhere to see the bands that were about to take over Nashville!
Opening the show, Crown the Empire from Dallas, Texas took the stage. They are a unique four piece hardcore band with all four members taking a turn at lead vocals including the bassist and guitarist. When they were not singing lead vocals, they played their instruments, and backing vocals for the entire show. They brought a fist pounding start to the evening. Despite the enormous size of the venue they managed to make it seem like an intimate and hometown feel to the crowd. They kept the fans jumping and the highest levels of intensity throughout their entire hour long set.
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A quick set change, drum breakdown, moving equipment off and on the stage made preparations for the next band. Asking Alexandria is a four piece hardcore rock band from York, North Yorkshire England. Opening the show with “Into the Fire” Asking Alexandria fans went wild with their rock horns in the air and screams from deep within. The stage presence by Sam Bettley [bass], Cameron Liddle [guitar], Danny Worsnop [vocals], and backed by James Cassells [drums] was by far nothing short of amazing in being able to involve the entire crowd. Amidst the slight chatter in between songs, as soon as the riffs for “The Final Episode” radiated through the speakers and the bass chords streamed through, the crowd screamed “Oh My God!” just as the lyrics were written. It was discovered that Bettley didn’t want to let the Nashville crowd down by not performing at least one song acoustically, therefore, they did two in a row as a treat! Simple unification during one song led into the crowd coming together to sing along with “Vultures” and “Someone, Somewhere” acoustic. As all great bands leave the stage, the crowd is left to chant “one more song”! Asking Alexandria didn’t disappoint their crowd and offered them a two song encore. Worsnop closed out their evening with “Moving On” and “The Death of Me”. Checkout their latest video for “Into The Fire.”
The stage went dark and the house music played while the crowd seemed to march a little closer to the stage in anticipation. They knew that after a new drum set was assembled on stage, a quick check of the mics, and the band headlining this tour would soon appear. This band showed Nashville that Johnny Cash may be the “Man In Black” in town but there was a venue full of men & women in black ready for Black Veil Brides to rock this stage. The opening guitar riffs stemming from the fingers of Jake Pitts for “Faithless” caused the crowd to scream and rock horns fly to the air. Their stage presence made Marathon Music Works seem like such an intimate venue in which one would feel that they are on the same level as their audience.
Waving at the crowd, singing along with them, and sharing several smiles throughout the evening forced Black Veil Brides to be admired more by the crowd than ever. The crowd erupted singing every song at the top of their lungs, from the front row to the back, there was not a frown to be found on a face. Smiles, laughs and even some tears were shed in such a way the music industry and the artists know that they are reaching fans, one town at a time.
Asking Alexandria is very special to us here at @PlayitLoud Media Group! We highly recommend grabbing a van full of you closest friends and hit a city near you! There are many dates coming up! They are also hitting some of the huge stages during the Loudest Month Tour like Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, & Rock On The Range!
PHOTOS & REVIEW BY AMANDA NUTT
Ben Bruce – Guitar
Cameron Liddell – Guitar
Sam Bettley – Bass
James Cassells – Drums
Danny Worsnop – Vocals
CROWN THE EMPIRE
Andy Leo: Vocals @andrewcte
Brandon Hoover: Guitar @brandoncte
Hayden Tree: Bass @haydentree
Brent Taddie: Drums @brenttaddie
BLACK VEIL BRIDES
Andy Biersack – Vocals
Jinxx – Guitar
Jake Pitts – Guitar
Christian Coma – Drums