​Crown The Empire and Friends Crush it at Their NJ Tour Date

By Rachel Meyers

Crown The Empire brought their tour through GameChangerWorld in Freehold, NJ on July 19, 2017. Accompanied by Out Came The Wolves, Palaye Royale, and I See Stars, these bandspacked the venue with fans of all ages (including a crowd surfing 8 year old!).

The night started out strong with the Minneapolis rockers, Out Came The Wolves. Led by vocalist Cameron Burns, the band got the crowd moving and rocking out! The music was flawless and although Cameron took a bit of a fall towards the end of their set, he rallied like a champ and finished out their set stronger than ever.

Following the outstanding openers were 2017 APMA nominees for Best Underground Band, Palaye Royale. This fashion-art rock band came on stage with truly unique style and kept the crowd involved as they performed their own music, as well as a cover of Teenagers by My Chemical Romance. Throughout their entire performance, Palaye Royale interacted with the audience, climbing over the barrier and leaning into the crowd, as well as vocalist Remington Leith completely entering the crowd for a verse of an original song.

I See Stars continued the night with their Electronic Hardcore music, beloved and well known by the vast majority of the crowd. While many fans wore I See Stars apparel, others moshed and crowd surfed to the band’s music, the first crowd surfer of the night being an 8 year old girl. This popular band incorporated their synth with their otherwise hardcore sound perfectly, making no mistakes throughout their performance.

Lastly, closing out the night were headliners Crown The Empire. Vocalist Andy Leo took the stage with unbelievable energy and kept that stage presence up throughout his entire performance. The crowd sang along, screamed, moshed and crowd surfed from the beginning to the end of Crown The Empire’s set. These Dallas, Texas natives played their new songs throughout their hour on stage, as well as including some of their previous hits. By the time this set was over, every single person was drenched in sweat and many had lost their voices.

It was a rowdy night overall, and a very fun one. Each band left their mark on the crowd and kept the fans moving. This was only the third date of their tour, so there is still plenty of time to catch them as these bands pass through your area! Find tour dates and tickets here.

Warped Tour Celebrates its 23rd Year as Summer’s Biggest Touring Festival

Written by Mario Corsaro, Photos by Rachel Meyers

Yet another Vans Warped Tour at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden is in the books, and what a day it was.

The Kevin Lyman founded festival, now in its 23rd year, was full of memorable moments.

Early in the day, the all-female California punk rockers, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, brought back the spirit of Warped Tours of the past, with their infectious stage presence and So-Cal skate punk sound. Tour veterans Memphis May Fire and newcomers I Prevail both had a nice early afternoon draw and were among the standouts of the metal acts on the day.

One of the largest crowds of the day was for Beartooth, a band that has seen rising success in their genre over the last few years. Fans rushed towards the Journey’s Right Foot Stage, turning the packed amphitheater floor into a sea of moshers and crowd surfers.

Another big draw was founder and vocalist of Black Veil Brides, Andy Biersack, and his solo project, Andy Black. Straying away from the hard rock and heavy metal roots of Black Veil Brides, Andy Black attracted a more diverse and younger crowd with their pop rock approach.

Municipal Waste, adding to already surprisingly loaded list of ,metal bands on this year’s tour, tore up the Hard Rock stage with their thrash sound, more comparable to bands one would not associate with Warped Tour such as Slayer, Exodus and Anthrax. After, the female-fronted New Year’s Day ripped it up on the Journey’s Left Foot Stage, combining their gothic, macabre look with raw guitar sounds and powerful vocals by Ashley Costello.

It was a homecoming for CKY,  natives of the West Chester/Philadelphia area. Known for drummer Jess Margera being the brother of skateboarder and reality star Bam Margera and their music being included in the likes of Viva La Bam and Jackass, many anticipated seeing the band play on the tour for the first time since 2000. Parents April and Phil were in attendance, watching from the side of the stage and receiving an ovation. Bam joined the band on vocals midway through their set to perform a cover of “Bite It You Scum” by GG Allin.

Silverstein, playing their eighth Warped Tour, had a nice surprise for the crowd at the end of their set. Beefcake the Mighty, bassist of shock rock legends GWAR, “killed” bassist Billy Hamilton, taking his place on stage.

As the sun set and Hatebreed took the stage, a strong wind began to pick up and following the band’s opener, “Destroy Everything,” a massive storm ripped through the area. As if the band had controlled the weather themselves, the pouring rain created an aesthetically pleasing sight of headbangers and circle pits, befitting of their aggressive, heavy sound.

One of the most unique acts of the day was GWAR. Those lucky enough to be in the front of the pit were baptized in fake blood, spraying from a stage prop designed after President Donald Trump. Accompanying the ‘execution’ of the president was a cover of AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood.”

The tour continues its summer trek across the United States. After Friday’s stop in Camden, many are already looking forward to next year’s tour. Let the speculation begin. Too soon?

Don’t miss the 2017 Warped Tour date near you! Tickets and dates available at http://vanswarpedtour.com/dates/

Reel Big Fish Take Their Beer Run Through Philly

By Rachel Meyers

On June 20th, Reel Big Fish and the four exceptional bands that opened for them left their mark on Philadelphia when they performed at The Fillmore. The night began with Philadelphia locals Dry Reef, warming up the audience for this incredible night. Tunnel Vision then took the stage with their surf-reggae music. These five guys created an extreme summer vibe, perfect for this time of year, and the audience clearly enjoyed it as they danced through the set.

Next up were The Queers, who switched it up for a while with some great punk rock. Although the band differed in genre from the others, the crowd didn’t miss a beat. Some audience members even started a mosh pit during some of the set. The Expendables took the stage as the last opening act and kept the crowd moving. This band’s music smoothly incorporates punk and metal into a primarily reggae sound. During their set, Geoff Weers (lead singer and guitarist) hardly went a second without moving and that energy was contagious. The audience had a great time dancing and singing through The Expendables’ set.

By the time the members of Reel Big Fish were ready to close the show, The Fillmore was filled with fans of all ages. The members each made their own lighthearted entrances as fans welcomed them with cheering. Reel Big Fish managed to masterfully play their much loved ska/rock music while keeping energy high and the mood lighthearted. Throughout songs, Billy Kottage (trombone), John Christianson (trumpet), and Matt Appleton (saxophone and vocal harmonies) ran around the stage, motioned to the audience, and acted out various lyrics in a hilarious way. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Aaron Barrett was extremely impressive as his vocals were flawless while he still kept high energy.

Overall, this show had great music and even better energy. Don’t miss your chance to experience The Beer Run tour while you still can! Find tour dates and tickets here.