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Flyleaf – Pops Nightclub – Sauget, IL – 07-11-13

This was the first time that I have seen Flyleaf, so I can’t judge on who is the better singer Lacey or Kristen, but I do know that Kirsten can fill Lacey’s shoes and did an amazing job singing old songs, and brand new ones.

 

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Anyone that is a fan of Flyleaf knows the story, although I think several at the show last night did not. One girl made the statement, “that’s not flyleaf, you are some chick” well that “chick” is “Kristen May” and she does have a voice that resembles “Lacey Sturms” who did hand-pick her to replace her while she took a different route in her life to raise her son.  And Lacey should be proud, Kristen did an excellent job filling her shoes, and fans old and new shouldn’t judge based on the voice or who the person is, they sounded the same to me and they sounded good which is all the matters at a rock show.

 

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Flyleaf took the stage at Pops at exactly 9:30pm, and opened up with “Again” from their 2009 release, “Memento Mori” and they did sing several new songs such as “Something Better” off of their current EP.  Kristen said they were singing a brand new song, never been done live before, and honestly I’m not sure what the name of it was, but it was quite good. The set list below is a rough draft of some of the songs, it might not be exactly accurate, but the majority of the songs were song.  They did close with the two songs that put them on the map, “All around me” and “I’m so sick”, you could tell that Kirsten couldn’t get as high as Lacey on the verses in “I’m so sick” but she did an amazing job, and her voice sounded awesome, it fit in nicely.

  1. Again
  2. Call you out
  3. New Horizons
  4. Cassie
  5. Perfect
  6. Great Love
  7. Fire Fire
  8. Swept Away
  9. Bury Your Heart
  10. I’m sorry
  11. Sorrow
  12. Broken Wings
  13. Fully Alive
  14. Freedom
  15. Cage on the Ground
  16. Arise
  17. All Around Me
  18. I’m so Sick

During “Broken Wings” Kristen came out along the rail and sang with everyone, I did get to shake her hand which was nice. Overall Flyleaf did an amazing job, they are a “Christian Rock Band” if that’s what you want to call them, there songs are related to “Christian themes” and they do put on a good rock show. Flyleaf consists of : Kirsten May (vocals) Sameer Bhattacharya (lead guitar), Jared Hartmann (rhythm guitar), Pat Seals (bass and backing vocals), and James Culpepper (drums).  Pat the bassist was all over the stage, jumping off of the platforms, and really getting into the performance, which made the crowd get into it as well.

There was a couple of opening bands for Flyleaf, one was a band from Cape Girardeau Mo, they were called “Isabella” not a fan. Basically they were like every other “screamo” band on the Warped Tour. The lead singer mentioned that we needed to go vote for them on the “Battle of the Bands” to get to the Warped Tour and that he had never been, well, I wanted to say you need to go, so you can learn how to scream.

The other band was “Killer Me, Killer You” they are a local band from St. Louis whose lead singer is engaged to the Lux, the radio personality from 1057 the Point in St. Louis. They did a great job, at least you could understand what they were saying, and this is my second time seeing them live.

And of course Pops, the venue between two strip clubs never disappoints, love the place.

Evanescence 4-25-12: The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

Evanescence w/ Killer Me, Killer You and Weave The Fate 04/25/12

The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

Words/Photos by concertchk

Ten years ago during the Nintendo Tour, Evanescence front woman Amy Lee walked out on stage in a wedding dress. At this point they were the headlining act, and she was at her prime (or at least she should have been). Yet I wasn’t that impressed as I just stood there like and was like really.. a wedding dress? Please.

Fast forward to the year 2012 and a night at The Pageant in St. Louis. The Pageant is my favorite place to go in St. Louis, I fell in love with it way back when it first opened, and have been going to shows there for years. I’ve had tons of great concert memories there, and always love the atmosphere. I should own stock that’s how much I love the place as it’s one of the BEST concert venues in St. Louis. In fact, I have never seen a bad show there.

The opening acts for Evanescence were Killer Me, Killer You, and Weave The Fate. There was some sort of mix up when these bands went on. Killer Me, Killer You was out there, rocking, heavy, and the crowd was going nuts. The lead singer went into the pit and just got the crowd all pumped up and ready for a great night of music. Then Weave The Fate took the stage and all the energy died. I feel asleep as I couldn’t tell if they wanted to be rock or rap. Yes they had a DJ, but they were such a mishmash of music genres it made it hard to focus which made it hard to care. The crowd wasn’t motivated at all and they were just ready for it to end and Evanescence to begin.

Promptly at 10:05pm Amy Lee and company took the stage, that’s one thing I love about The Pageant is they do have a curfew and they make sure those artist get on stage and going in the time they have allowed.

Lee actually impressed me. Yes she did have help during a few songs as you could tell she was using backing tracks or some kind of auto tune, but over all she belted out new songs and old favorites with grace and her backing band (two of whom I know from past bands) sounded remarkable.

Amy Lee’s piano playing was excellent as I don’t remember seeing her play it ten years ago, like I said the whole wedding dress just ruined it for me. In fact, her piano playing skills are exceptional and far better than Lady Gaga I would have to say. I am always impressed when someone can play an instrument and belt out incredible vocals at the same time.


Lee also stated she wasn’t one to talk, she was more of just play the song type, and that’s what she did. With her doing this the show flew past despite being nearly 90 minutes in length. I was actually surprised that after the show ended, she did come out and autograph things for folks. There was roughly 150 people standing in line out by the bus, and I honestly didn’t except her to even make an effort. After about fifteen minutes, security came out and said, Amy will be only signing, there will be no photos, nor hugging, just straight signing as the band had an 18 hour drive ahead of them. Amy was super nice and I made sure to get my ticket signed after I mentioned that it’s been ten years since I had last seen her perform live. She smiled and thanked me and yes I just had to pat her on the shoulder. It was nice, she is after all human. Overall seeing Evanescence ten years apart was a good thing, it shows that artist really do improve with age.

 

 

Pointfest in the STL- 5/23/09

 Pointfest at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The first summer concert of 2009. Here was the the lineup: The New Translation, Street Dogs, Inimical Drive, Greek Fire, Parlor Mob, Framing Hanley, Hed P.E., Shiny Toy Guns, Cavo, Hurt, Anberlin, Blue October, Ludo, The Used, Sick Puppies, Taking Back Sunday, Chevelle, The Offspring and 11 local bands.

 

Here are the bands I watched:

Killer Me Killer You: Local band. The funny thing was my brother had given me their cd a couple of weeks ago, but i hadn’t gotten the chance to listen to them. I was surprised by how good they were. They play a cover of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like” that is as good as the original.

Sunday But Summer: Also a local band. I enjoyed their music and was impressed to find out that the band members are still in high school. It’s cool that they got the chance to play at a show like Pointfest.

 

Lead singer of Sunday But Summer

Lead singer of Sunday But Summer

Framing Hanley: I didn’t really know much of their music, but they were pretty good.

Hed P.E.: They put on a great show. They really got the crowd into it.

Shiny Toy Guns: My third time seeing them live. They were okay.

Anberlin: Very good live.

Blue October: My third time seeing them too. One of my favorite bands. They played a short set, but still amazing.

The Used: Only saw part of the set, but very good.

Sick Puppies: My fourth time seeing them. Great as always.

Taking Back Sunday: This was were the fun really began. About halfway through the set, a pit formed on the lawn and I had to join in on that. I must say, moshing on the lawn is more fun, it hurts less when you fall.

 

The pit during Taking Back Sunday

The pit during Taking Back Sunday

Chevelle: Very good live. Another pit formed. Me and my friend joined in on this one too, we were the only girls. We took down three 13-year old boys in the pit haha.

The Offspring: Didn’t stay for their whole set, but they were pretty good live.

 

This Pointfest ended up being better than I expected.

 





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