Avatar’s headbanging seemed almost choreographed throughout their songs, and they pulled out every stop for their show. Their name was lit up in a huge light display, they were in full costume, and they brought along props and bubbles. Their set ended with “Smells like a Freak Show”.
The gargoyle lights watched on in glee as the audience took part in the musical ritual. The band gave all their energy, and the audience gave their own. It was a kind of ambiance only achievable at an older venue like this.
Fozzy is the brainchild of WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, and he brought every ounce of his bombastic WWE performance to the stage. The crowd was ready for this, cheering each member as they came out. Rich “The Duke” Ward brought his own brand of explosive energy to the show, moving around the stage enthusiastically. It didn’t slow them down one bit that bassist Pail Di Leo was not with them.
To revisit the start of this, this isn’t just a performance. It’s an experience. Andrea Gibson alternates between building us up, then exposing our deepest hearts to destruction. It is a family gathering where loud laughter and sobs are both welcome and even desired. To quote one of their other poems, “call my ring finger whatever finger I use to flip off the rules of how my feelings are supposed to supposed to feel”. The only rule here is that you allow yourself to feel honestly.
It has been many decades since Twisted Sister and Motley Crue played small, intimate venues. If you want to see a band with those vibes and a killer stage show, you need to make sure you catch Bobaflex live.
The melding of a historic venue with modern genres lends it a certain ambiance that is hard to duplicate. It would also be remiss to leave out just how vital Brojob and DeathCulture were to the show. The atmosphere would have suffered greatly to not have either of them. If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to see Whitechapel as they continue their tour!
Every once in awhile you get a tour that should not be missed for any reason. If you die before it comes to town, then you’ve gotta crawl out of your grave to make sure you’re there. This summer’s tour with Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, and Fleshgod Apocalypse is one such tour.