If you’re a fan of post-hardcore, then the Rage on the Stage Tour is a must see! With a killer bill featuring I Prevail, We Came As Romans, The Word Alive, and Escape the Fate, there was no shortage of excitement and pure adrenaline. When the first band of the night can successfully get the crowd to rush at each other from opposite sides of the floor in a wall of death rather than having the audience roll their eyes, you know it’s going to be a good night.
Each time I’ve seen Escape the Fate live, it’s been nothing but a blast, screaming along to each song and jumping around. Every song is distinct and the crowd knows exactly which tune is about to be played by just the first note, and the energy is continually built. By the end of the set, the crowd is hyped and ready for the next bands.
The Word Alive was next, and I was especially looking forward to seeing them since I had never seen them live before, but I have always heard great things about the band. They did not disappoint one bit. Unfortunately, the vocalist Telle Smith fractured his leg during the last song. Like the badass he is, he won’t be missing any tour dates, but he will likely be performing in a cast. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!
I have never been more excited about a single show’s lineup than this time around, and I was stoked to see We Came As Romans perform. It had been roughly 3 years since I saw them last in LA, and the souvenirs from the last show were a drumstick and a giant bruise that was shaped like a t-rex (remember to pick people up if they fall in the pit, kids!) They were even better than I remembered, closing the set with “Hope” one of their biggest songs (and one of my favorites) off of their album Tracing Back Roots.
It was now time for the main event — I Prevail. With a black curtain draped to conceal the setup of the stage, the anticipation in the theater was built, and when it came time to drop the curtain and reveal the band, the crowd went absolutely nuts. Those that grew up watching WWE (or when I was younger WWF) were treated to a stage show by a group of guys that shared a fondness for the theater of wrestling. The drummer’s riser was a wrestling ring, and the show was complete with walkout songs, John Cena jokes, and some quality trash talking with audience participation. It was a great time all around, and if you have the chance, check out the Rage on the Stage Tour!
THE WORD ALIVE
WE CAME AS ROMANS