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Maiden33
12-03-2011, 05:11 AM
Sadly I don't really have time to get into a detailed review now. This show came at the beginning of a very hectic and busy weekend. So for now I'll just leave the setlist, a couple pictures, and just say that this show was OUTSTANDING. This was one of the most fun, high-energy shows I've ever been to. Absolutely awesome, I'm so glad I went.

Seven Witches setlist:
01 Science
02 The Answer
03 Mental Messiah
04 Call Upon the Wicked
05 Apocalyptic Dreams
06 Deadly Sins
07 Dishonor Killings
08 Fields of Fire
09 Metal Tyrant / Heaven and Hell

Armored Saint Setlist:
01 Loose Cannon
02 March of the Saint
03 Nervous Man
04 Head On
05 Long Before I Die
06 After Me, the Flood
07 Last Train Home
08 La Raza
09 Raising Fear
10 Left Hook from Right Field
11 Reign of Fire
12 Chemical Euphoria
Encore:
13 Over the Edge
14 Can U Deliver
15 Mad House

Long Before I Die, Raising fear, and Over the Edge were selected in what was hands-down the coolest thing I've ever seen a band do. At 3 separate parts of the show, they picked one fan out of the audience to come onstage, pick the next song out of a list of like 11 songs (also included: Book of Blood, Dropping Like Flies, Tainted Past, Aftermath, Human Vulture + 2 or 3 more) and then spend the duration of the song onstage rocking out with the band. This was SO fucking cool of them to do.

Highlights of the show for me were Head On, Last Train Home, La Raza (which featured the band's drum tech on a various assortment of percussion), Reign of Fire, and Mad House.

I'll get to posting show pictures eventually (tomorrow night, probably) - but for now you'll have to live with these two, which sadly I had to take with my cell phone:
With Joey Vera:
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With John Bush:
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arvilla32
12-03-2011, 05:40 AM
Love Armored Saint...A U.S. tour would be sooooo cool.:rocker:

Sanitarium78
12-03-2011, 08:11 AM
Love Armored Saint...A U.S. tour would be sooooo cool.:rocker:

Yes, they do but they've got some rebuliding to do though. Coming out with a new album once every ten years doesn't help keep a fanbase. Hopefully they can get something new out next year and get on a decent tour to let people know that they're still around and introduce them to a new generation of fans. How long is this tour they're on now going for? I checked their web page about a month or two ago and it didn't have anything.

Anthrax and Armored Saint US tour next year, who's with me?:rocker:

jhdeity
12-03-2011, 08:37 AM
That is one of the coolest things a band can do. Nice choices too

BloodoftheKings
12-03-2011, 09:47 AM
Yes, they do but they've got some rebuliding to do though. Coming out with a new album once every ten years doesn't help keep a fanbase. Hopefully they can get something new out next year and get on a decent tour to let people know that they're still around and introduce them to a new generation of fans. How long is this tour they're on now going for? I checked their web page about a month or two ago and it didn't have anything.

Anthrax and Armored Saint US tour next year, who's with me?:rocker:

I remember when John Bush turned down the offer to return to Anthrax in 2009 he said he doesn't really wan't to commit to a band now and just be with his family. I think he just wants to do Armored Saint shows on occasion.

Onioner
12-03-2011, 12:24 PM
Glad to see you had a great time! Armored Saint never give a less than outstanding live performance.

Sanitarium, while I agree that it would be great if the band got another record out and did a full tour, John simply has no desire to. Joey also commented that a tour might mess with the really good relationships the band members have with each other right now.

MPF
12-03-2011, 01:18 PM
I'd much rather see Armored Saint over Anthrax one day.

Sanitarium78
12-03-2011, 05:57 PM
I remember when John Bush turned down the offer to return to Anthrax in 2009 he said he doesn't really wan't to commit to a band now and just be with his family. I think he just wants to do Armored Saint shows on occasion.

Yeah, I know about that. It just seems that if he's willing to come out from the west coast to play a show in Allentown of all places, he might be opened to getting on the road more. I think they eventually will do a full tour. Bush alone has too much passion in what he does for him to stay away from touring forever.

bobbie solo
12-03-2011, 10:18 PM
they played the small room at Webster Hall tonight and I had a prior engagement i couldnt get out of . im afraid i will never see them live :-(

Maiden33
12-04-2011, 06:28 PM
As promised, here are a few good-quality photos from the show:
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MPF
12-04-2011, 06:29 PM
I'm going to be jealous until I can see Armored Saint live.

:D

Maiden33
12-04-2011, 06:37 PM
Also as promised, a bit more of a detailed review and some thoughts:

The show turnout was decent. I can't say it was better or worse than expected, because I didn't really have any idea what to expect. I'd say there were probably about 300 people there. Relatively small I guess, but for a band who is barely "on the radar" at all anymore to people who didn't know about them from back in the day, I guess they can't complain - and they didn't. I guess that's also because the crowd was very enthusiastic, myself included - I was on the rail in front of Joey Vera, by the way.

The band's performance was very good. Maybe not the absolutely tightest band out there, but considering they only ever do this little runs of dates anymore, I wasn't expecting the cohesiveness of a band who tours constantly. What may have been lost in the occasional missed notes and whatnot was MORE than made up for in the energy of the band - most notably Joey Vera and especially John Bush. John is truly one of metal's most underrated frontmen. All over the stage, commanded the crowd very well, and just really performed with conviction - it was a treat to see these guys, it really was. This show really re-affirmed why I go to as many of these types of shows as I can. 7-8 years of going to concerts has taught me to appreciate the small-scale shows where you get to see down-to-earth bands play the heart out to their die-hard fans and then come out and have drinks and meet with them after the show. There's just nothing that tops these sort of experiences to me. Anymore, I don't even really consider paying to see shows (save for some obvious exceptions) unless I can get this sort of experience. Why would I pump $100-a ticket into these overblown tours for bands who don't even need the money and miss out on these types of shows?

bobbie solo
12-04-2011, 10:16 PM
i hate u