Falling In Reverse + Escape the Fate ‘Bury the Hatchet’ and Raise Hell in New York City
Fans certainly got excited when Falling in Reverse and Escape the Fate announced the ‘Bury the Hatchet’ tour, and now that it has begun, the two acts are truly living up the the trek’s name. There has been some animosity between the bands since vocalist Ronnie Radke was replaced by Craig Mabbitt in Escape the Fate while serving a prison sentence, but they set aside their differences and truly embraced each other during a sold-out show at Best Buy Theater in New York City on Thursday night (Jan 30.)
Love him or hate him, Falling in Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke is fearless onstage — whether he is taking risks with music and mixing various genres or wearing a trippy printed black and white kilt and tights during the show. The Falling in Reverse set was part rock, part hip-hop and part pop, with fans bouncing and dancing one minute and breaking out into a pit the next.
Their headlining set started out with a purposely cheesy opening credits clip which starred the band and used the ‘Full House’ theme song. From the clip, fans fell in love with the most handsome member of the Falling In Reverse family, their stud muffin of a pup named Charlie.
Falling in Reverse performed a balanced mix of tracks from their latest album ‘Fashionably Late’ and their debut record ‘The Drug In Me Is You.’ Radke and the gang kicked off their set with new track ‘Rolling Stone’ and played other new tunes like ‘Champion,’ ‘Born to Lead’ and the fan favorite ‘Bad Girls Club.’
They also performed singles from their first record such as ‘Raised by Wolves,’ ‘I’m Not a Vampire’ and ‘Good Girls, Bad Guys’ where the entire crowd yelled the hilarious last line “B—, you gave me the f—ing clap!” Radke also sang a self edited version of ‘Tragic Magic’ where instead of singing insulting lyrics meant for his former Escape the Fate members in the past, he presently pointed the insults to himself in a light-hearted way.
After ripping through ‘Alone’ and ‘The Drug In Me Is You,’ Radke was joined onstage by his former bandmates in Escape the Fate along with new singer Craig Mabbitt to perform the old favorite ‘Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché.’ After numerous ‘Situations’ chants from the crowd, Radke and Mabbitt were taken aback by the passionate crowd who yelled the words back at them. From the look on the faces of both singers, when ‘Situations’ began, it was evident that both bands have moved on and they truly did bury the hatchet — for not only themselves but also for the fans who love them.
Prior to Falling in Reverse’s set, Escape the Fate took the stage and kicked off their party with ‘Ungrateful’ as well as other new favorites ‘You’re Insane’ and ‘Live Fast, Die Beautiful.’ Mabbitt dedicated ‘Fire It Up’ to his “best friend” named Jack Daniels. Die-hard fans also bounced to ‘Ashley’ where one fan was brought up onstag,e as well as ’10 Miles Wide,’ ‘Gorgeous Nightmare’ and others.
During their last song of the set, ‘This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II)’ old school Escape the Fate fans went beyond the pit and crowd-surfing and split the crowd down the middle for a Wall of Death. Escape the Fate’s combination of catchy melodic choruses and unrelenting aggression provided fans with a highly energetic show from start to finish.
Earlier in the evening, Utah deathcore band Chelsea Grin brought the brutality and offered up some forceful gutturals. Experimental, electronic hardcore group Survive This opened up the memorable night with an energetic performance.
For a full list of remaining tour dates where you can catch all of these bands, go here.
Check Out Photos of Falling in Reverse + Escape the Fate Performing in NYC:
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