Author: Elizabeth Porch
On February 3rd, the The End Is Here Tour packed hundreds of St. Louis music fans into The Pageant for Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White, Issues, Dangerkids, and Dead Girl Academy. The show kicked off early with Dead Girl’s Academy. With no music formally released, few people knew what to expect from the six song set. The band’s vocalist Michael Vampire bombarded the night with much enthusiasm and proved that they’re going to be a group to keep an eye on in 2017.
DANGERKIDS followed suit, continuing to lead the crowd on a fast track for the evening. They kicked off their set with “Things Could Be Different”, a song off their latest album blacklist_. The five piece from Ohio fit right in on this tour. They knowing exactly how to interact with the crowd to keep the adrenaline rushing. Their short set left fans new and old wanting more. Concluding the set with “Kill Everything” this writer was definitely wishing they could have had their own encore.
Every show seems to provide some surprise, and this show was no different. In the moments before Motionless In White took the stage, it seemed like the entirety of The Pageant’s patrons didn’t know what to expect. That’s the fun part about seeing Motionless; nobody ever seems to know what kind of experience they’re in for. The band always leaves the crowd in anticipation of the next move, especially after this set where they were joined by a clown, a pumpkin king, and some water guns throughout their time.
The band started with their single, “570” that served as a quick reminder of why their set at Warped Tour this past summer had been so enjoyable. For this writer, there’s something different about the band’s sound, and it’s enough to keep interest. The group included a song off their latest album titled “Eternally Yours” that had every fan in the room singing along. The band always seems to hit the nail on the head with putting on some of the best performances this writer has ever seen.
The Atlanta rockers Issues opened with “Blue Wall”. As soon as the pit opened up it was obvious that everyone was in for a ride. After their latest album Headspace was released last May, the band’s set has mostly consisted of those songs. Issues has a way of ensuring that nobody leaves without having enjoyed themselves. With songs like “Yung & Dum” and “Flojo” in the mix, that was proven true, yet again. They closed their set with “Hooligans”, a standalone single that dropped between Black Diamonds and their self-titled. Fitting the title, things got good and rowdy encouraged by someone in a parrot costume that had taken up residence on top of their pirate ship stage prop.
As soon as Issues’ props had cleared the stage, fans of Falling In Reverse all chanted for the band to take the stage. Frontman Ronnie Radke bolted onto the stage the moment the lights dimmed, wasting no time by breaking into “Sink Or Swim”. They continued with “God, If You Are Above…” and “Rolling Stone”, which all seemed to be undeniable crowd favorites. The band’s lack of stage setup came across as odd in the beginning, but it all made sense when their set began. Falling In Reverse proved that you can put on a jaw-dropping show with nothing but lights and enthusiasm, and that’s exactly what they did.
Overall, The End Is Here Tour was more than a success! The show proved to be something that people would definitely talk about for months to come.