The weekend after Summerfest, July 14th, I saw Trapt at The Rave. I love this band. Hailing from California, they are a really great rock band who are probably most well known for their 2003 hit Headstrong. That's only one of many great songs they have. Before I continue, let me tell you a little about this great venue I see many of my concerts at, The Rave. It's not only a fantastic concert venue, but it is a Milwaukee landmark. The multi-story building is divided into six different rooms, making it possible to have six different shows going on at the same time. I have certainly been there when there have been shows going on in at least four of the venues. The largest of the venues is the Eagles Ballroom, a 25,000 square foot, oval, wooden dance floor with a balcony area as well. The fact that the floor does not have seats, makes it quite conducive to mosh pits and body surfing. Metal bands love to play there. On the night that Trapt played, they weren't in the Eagles Ballroom. They actually played in one of the smallest rooms in the building, with a crowd of about 200. A band called ERA9 opened and were followed by Candlelight Red. Both were pretty good, with Candelight Red obviously a more polished band. I was there to see Trapt though and I wasn't disappointed. They only played about a twelve song set, but included many of their greats like Contagious, Echo, Still Frame, Who's Going Home With You Tonight?, and one of my favorites, Black Rose. Great show! Check out the pictures.
That following Friday, July 19th, I saw what may have been the most epic gathering of metal bands that I've seen in a long time. I'm not going to say this was the best show I've seen this year yet, but it was pretty, freakin' awesome. This day, my friends, Gigantour came to The Rave with Megadeth, Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted, and Death Division. I remember it being so freakin' hot in The Rave that I was dripping with sweat no sooner than the first song started. They split the six bands up with the first four playing downstairs and the last two playing in the Eagles Ballroom upstairs. It was my first time seeing Death Division. They were decent. Apparently Dave Mustaine's son manages the band. Newsted killed it though. Jason's new band only played five songs, but he absolutely got that crowd primed for a night of heavy metal music. The second song was Soldierhead and they finished with a fitting cover of Metallica's Whiplash. Outstanding!
|Black Label Society Setlist|