Photos by: Kate Drexel
The mixed excited chatter buzzed throughout the venue as fans waited for Five Finger Death Punch‘s arrival. The roar of the crowd rang out as the crew began setting up the stage. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the band emerged from the shadows, not a moment was wasted as they began with one of their many hits, “Under and Over It”, followed by “Burn it Down”. By the beginning of the third song, “The Way of the Fist”, the madness that had been brewing before finally exploded into chaos; the crowd surfers rose from the sea of bouncing, fist-pumping bodies, plastic beer bottles flew into the air in the direction of the stage. There was a moment of peace when front man, Ivan Moody, made his way over to the young viewers, standing by the side of the stage with giant grins plastered on their faces. Moody gave them a very fatherly smile, then continued the set with “Hard to See” and the first single from their latest record, Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1, “Lift Me Up”. This was followed by a fantastic cover of Bad Company’s “Bad Company”, “Burn MF”, and Jeremy Spencer’s incredible drum solo.
Five Finger Death Punch was just getting warmed up as they moved their set along with “No One Gets Left Behind”, “Remember Everything”, and their new singe, “Battle Born”, the “knuckleheads” sang along wholeheartedly, horns pumping the air, and their eyes filled with such a strong passion. After “Never Enough” and “Coming Down”, Five Finger Death Punch then played another killer cover of LL Cool J‘s “Mama Said Knock You Out”, finishing their set with “Far From Home” and “The Bleeding”.
Overall, Five Finger Death Punch really knew how to start the weekend right! Be sure to check out future tour dates on their website (www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com) and be on the lookout for their next record, Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2, available for purchase on Nov. 19th.