Being a fan of a band since they first came onto the scene is usually how I roll, especially if it’s a band that keeps making albums and writing killer songs, Theory of a Deadman is just that band.
It’s been a few years since I seen them live, and like the other bands that I follow, Theory has proved that they can keep up with the changing times, in the rock music world. They just released their fifth studio album entitled “Savages” and what an album it is. This was the only date they were coming near me, so I couldn’t miss an opportunity to see them and do VIP in the process it has been 10 years since we last had a photo opportunity, so why not.
Theory had two openers for this tour, 3 Pill Morning, and Black Stone Cherry. 3 Pill Morning is a little band from Minneapolis they have been on the scene since 2011 and put on a great little show. I will admit, I had never seen them before, they did play several songs off of their CD that was released in 2012 entitled “Black Tie Love Affair”. They did sing, “Rain”, “Loser” and “I want that for You”, for their set, I do need to get their CD, as they were hanging out afterward, but I wasn’t losing my “seated” spot for the opening act.
Black Stone Cherry was up next and I have to say their guitarist looks just exactly like Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters, he is a little maniac on that guitar. Ben Wells is his name, and he’s non-stop head banging, moving, shaking, rocking, he totally wore me out just watching him on stage, they put on a great set as well and got the crowd singing along.
I had never seen Black Stone Cherry until now, been to a show of theirs but left before they took the stage as I was there to see the opening acts. Black Stone Cherry, just recently released their 4th studio album, which is entitled “Magic Mountain”. They remind me of Seether a lot, as they have that guitar based songs, with a hint of redneck rock and roll. They put on a great set and sang several of their hits, that included: “Magic Mountain”, Me, and Mary Jane” “White Trash Millionaire” “Lonely Train”, and “Blame it on the Boom Boom”. Overall Black Stone Cherry did really well, and got the crowd involved as most of the crowd was their to see them, they do have a following in St. Louis for sure.
Theory of a Deadman was next, and they promptly took the stage at 10pm, with an hour and half set, that included new songs, and old favorites. This is the first time I’ve seen Theory do several acoustic songs in the middle of their show, and I loved it. I was able to get a couple on video. Theory opened with “So Happy” off of their third CD entitled “Scars and Souvenirs” with five albums under their belt, it’s hard to decide what to put on the set list. They did play their very first single, that got me hooked on them twelve years ago. “Nothing can Come Between us” that was the first song I heard and had me hooked from the get go. Tyler writes songs about relationships, struggles, and every day life. When I first heard them I thought, wow this dude hates women, but he really doesn’t, I feel like he’s been through those relationships, struggles and came out a better person, he writes what he knows and it works.
The Set list consisted of songs listed below, but not in that specific order, they did change it up a bit.
- So Happy
- Bitch Came Back
- Low life
- Nothing can Come between us
- All or Nothing
- Interstate Love Song (STP cover acoustic)
- No Surprise
- Santa Monica
- Not Meant to be
- Hate my Life
- Bad Girlfriend
I was able to get “Angel” and “Santa Monica” on video, the acoustics in the Pageant are amazing, and they videos sound spot on.
I did VIP for this show, so I gave up my front row spot which was fine. Getting to see Tyler and the guys again was worth it, shows how much we have changed in 10 years..
Dean Back is the Bassist, and after seeing this photo last night, I found the one that was taken ten years ago, it seemed only fitting that we reflect on the memories. Oh I know they don’t remember that night, heck I can barely remember it myself, I’ve been to so many shows over the years. It was a little bar in Wisconsin, and they hung out afterward, shows how times have changed.
Theory of a Deadman has proved that they can hang with the rock bands of today, and still come out on top, they have put out great music over the years, and with five albums under their belt, I’m sure Tyler and the guys will continue to do what they love.
It was a great show, I’m glad I made the drive and got to hang for a bit, and listen to some great music. The Pageant in St. Louis is an awesome venue, it’s one of my go to venues in St. Louis. The acoustics are great, and they just raised the curfew this year to 11:30pm, so that allowed for a good hour and half of live music from a great band.
Theory is on tour with 3 Pill Morning and Black Stone Cherry for the rest of September and the first part of October, then they are headed overseas for a trek. Hopefully they will be back around near me again either later in the year or next year, as I would love to hit up another show. Thanks again for the memories.