On the evening of September 20, Adelitas Way came to my home town. This was a special event, in honor of a local DJ staying on the newest radio station for one year. Another reason why this event was special was because it was the thirty first birthday of Adelitas Way's singer, Rick DeJesus. So, just before starting to play one of his favorite songs that he has ever written ("Alive"), happy birthday was played and the crowd wished him a happy birthday.
The show was opened up by a local band called Before The Fire, and another local band, Dolt, followed their set. Both bands did wonderfully, though one thing that threw me off a bit was both of the opening acts were heavier than Adelitas Way. Complimentary, yes, but they were much heavier in sound than Adelitas Way ever is.
Dolt actually has not been together in seven years, and have only recently re-banded. I actually saw part of the band do an acoustic show back in April, but this was them as they normally are. Heavy, angry, metal music. (Please note that Immortal Music sucks at naming genres, so take all genre claims with a grain of salt.) Before The Fire is a hard rock band, that is pretty well loved around here. I had never actually caught one of their performances before this one, but was very impressed. They all had the stage presence of a fully established band, which is not something you see commonly in local bands. There's plenty of great ones, but the stage prescence isn't normally on the exact same level as well known bands. Its generally very close, but rarely the same.
All the bands did great, but unfortunately some technical difficulties drowned out their talent some. Everyone tried to fix it, but unfortunately, nothing worked out well. Such things happen sometimes, but this was pretty bad. You know its bad when people are wiping tears off their faces from ear piercingly high pitched guitar riffs. You want to hear and fear the music, you don't want it to threaten to pop your ear drums.
I can't fully speak for other people, but I was on the barricade, about three feet to the right of the speaker, and was barely able to hear anyone's vocals. As I said earlier, the bands did great, but everything was drowned out a bit.
This blog took so long to write because I didn't know what to say, I had a good time with friends and everything, but the sound was simply not good enough to truly deam it a 'great show.' Thank you, Before The Fire, Dolt and Adelitas Way for coming out and doing the show regardless of the difficulties. It was still fun!
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