Is there anything better than doing
a couple shots of Jägermeister at a bar when you are out
with a couple friends? Usually the answer is no, but I have
found an exception
a night out at The Jägermeister
Music Tour featuring Breaking Benjamin, Systematic, Stereomud,
and co-headliners (hed) Planet Earth & Saliva.
With a show starting at 6:30, everyone knew they
were in for a long night
some not realizing just how long
it was going to be. To the dejection of many in the crowd, the
show already was slated to start 1 hour late with last band
Saliva not hitting the stage until 11:30PM
a long night
After missing the first two bands conducting our
exclusive interview with Saliva, we made it to the venue in
time as Breaking Benjamin was walking onto the stage. With their
debut CD, Saturate doing well on the modern rock charts
and this being somewhat of a homecoming for the northeastern
PA rockers, the crowd gave a big pop as the band launched into
their set. I'm the first to say that I do enjoy their disc;
it has been getting some heavy play in the office as of late.
The crowd was popping big as Breaking Benjamin ripped off "Medicate,"
"Polyamorous," "Skin" & "Home."
After a way too long set-change it was time for
(hed) Planet Earth to hit the stage. By the reaction of the
crowd it sounded as if this was the band a lot of the people
were here to see. People were going nuts by the time the band
launched into "Bartender," their hit song from 2001's
but that was nothing compared to when
the band launched right into Bob Marley's classic "One
Love." The rap/rock take on this classic had the energy
exploding out of the Electric Factory, and had us ready to run
home to check out their new release Blackout.
With another way long set change, it was finally
time for Saliva, now finally hitting the stage at a little past
midnight. The now thinned crowd worked up as much energy as
they had left when the sounds of "Click Click Boom"
hit the air and the band charged onto stage. The first thing
noticeable about the band is the sheer physical stature of lead
singer Josey Scott. At probably 6'3", Josey is a big fucking
dude on stage and just leads that physical presence to the band
as all members were running around the stage. This is a band
that has the stage presence that a lot of bands would kill for.
Ripping through the set of material from Every
Six Seconds & Back Into Your System, Saliva tried
the best to get every drop of energy from the remaining fans.
I was just impressed by the energy that the band was putting
into the set and sheer presence that they had on stage. Highlights
of the set included "Superstar," "Raise Up,"
"Weight of the World," "Always," "Your
Disease" & the anthem "Pride," which brought
a nice USA chant out of the crowd.
What a great night the show was that was unfortunately
hampered by the long set changes and the cramped sets. It would
have been nicer to cut a band or two and let the bands get a
better chance to put on their show. (hed) Planet Earth &
Saliva expectedly were the stars of the show; it's just a shame
that the full crowd was not there to see it. Its not a great
sign for the headliners to go on so late on a Thursday night
but Jägermeister really knows how to throw a party and
here is hoping that we too can become part of the Jägermeister
family, as it is the ONLY thing the staff of the EmpyreLounge.com
drinks when it goes out. We highly recommend and suggest you
do the same.
Agree or Disagree??? Let me know what you think,
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Click Click Boom
3. After Me
5. Dope Ride
6. Raise Up
8. Superstar 2
9. Musta Been Wrong
10. Weight of the World
11. Your Disease