Having seen gigs in Springfield Illinois and Milwaukee Wisconsin already this summer, Toyota Park in the suburbs of Chicago was my third stop on the Carnival of Madness Tour 2012. There is a difference in this review then all the others, as this review will be cut short, the weather had a factor with the show Sunday night, and was a major issue with the bands as well.

Having never been to this venue, it is a stadium for a MLS soccer team so you can guess how massive it is. My friends and I decided to get to the venue at 9:30am and we were ninth in line, as some friends of mine Cortney Meyer and Troy Jordan had a long haul and wanted to make sure we got great spots inside. This is what you do, friends help friends and we all managed to get on the rail in the front row, so it was worth the seven hour wait I must say.

It had rained on and off all day. Luckily we were under the entrance door area, so we weren’t too wet from the rain waiting to get inside all day. Yet the stadium itself didn’t have a roof, so praying the rain would end by 5pm was a given. Once the doors finally opened, we weren’t searched instead we just had our ticket scanned and off we went. Several of us managed to get in after our tickets were scanned, but some were held back because others were pushing so I managed to get in along with Troy and we headed down front to keep spots for the others. Everyone made it, barely, but thankfully the venue had a floor on the field. Had it not been for that floor, it would have been a major mud pit.

It started to rain on and off during New Medicine’s set and as always regardless of strep throat, Jake put on a great show, singing his heart out..

There was no disappointment, granted yes they have had their share of issues on this tour, but again New Medicine rocked the house. They played songs off of their current album”Race You To The Bottom” which is about drinking, and I did manage to get the drinking race on film.

It’s a highlight of the show, to see who can race to the bottom of the glass, either Jake or Matt usually wins, as you see Arejay from Halestorm was cheering them on as well. New Medicine is a great band, and for as many times as I’ve seen them in the last year or two I would go see them again in a heartbeat, great bunch of guys.

Cavo was next and with the rain stopping they put on an excellent performance. As I said in the past review, I need to get their CD and listen to it more to get the feel for them. They did play their hits, as well as “Circles” a new song off of their album “Thick as Thieves”.

By the time Cavo had finished it had started to rain again. Halestorm was taking the stage regardless of the conditions By the time Halestorm finished, they were as soaked along with the rest of us.

Lzzy Hale started of singing “Love Bites, So do I” and the rain started coming down real hard. It seems like the more they rocked the more rain came down, but despite them getting through their entire before the venue stopped the last song, which was “Here’s To Us.” As awlays they rocked the house.

During Halestorms set, Lzzy was able to do “Break In” on the piano and Amy Lee umbrella in tow to begin with, sang right along with her, Amy got rid of the umbrella, because there was no stopping getting wet at this show:

Halestorm did manage to finish with exception of the last song and by that time everyone was wet. Justin Wilk who is Halestorm’s equipment tech couldn’t keep the sound boards dry despite trying everything from plastic bags to wiping them off, It was madness and thus the show was cancelled.

Granted Chevelle and Evanescence didn’t make it on, but the venue is thinking about rescheduling it and they are¬†negotiating¬†when the best time will be. I know my ticket is soggy and so was my friends, but they are drying out as I’m typing hopefully it will be on a sunny weekend.

The show must go on they say but unfortunately on this night it didn’t. I wouldn’t change one thing, waiting in line for nine hours, getting soaked and having the time of my life. Granted the seats inside my truck are still soaked, it was an epic night and an epic way to end my trek of the Carnival of Madness Tour.

Concert goer, Network Engineer, Midwest dweller.
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