Papa Roach + Seether Bring Standout Rock Show to Los Angeles’ Wiltern
Closing out the evening were co-headliners Papa Roach, who definitely know a thing or two about putting on a show. This finely-tuned hard rock machine seemed to be enjoying the moment and brought out the best in the crowd. From the moment Tony Palermo took his seat behind the drum kit, soon followed by the rest of his bandmates onstage, the energy level in the room was through the roof.
Opening with 'Face Everything and Rise,' a mini pit began to emerge near the stage. And with 'Getting Away With Murder' and 'Between Angels and Insects' following, the band and the crowd hit their groove. 'Scars' marked the first time you could audibly here the audience compete in singing along with the band. Meanwhile, 'Lifeline' found guitarist Jerry Horton starting the song on the front riser and Jacoby Shaddix hopping out into the crowd and getting into the show with those around the soundboard area.
Other standouts in Papa Roach's performance included a swinging version of 'Kick in the Teeth,' that had some serious ferocity from Palermo, some bass funkiness by Tobin Esperance before the fresh-sounding 'Hollywood Whore,' and a mini-cover of Sublime's 'Doin' Time' and the Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop' before and in the midst of 'Forever.' Finishing out the night was the song that started it all -- 'Last Resort.'
The good times were going well even before Papa Roach hit the stage as co-headliners Seether had fans rocking as well. 'Gasoline' kicked things off for their set and things started to really pick up with 'Needles,' 'Rise Above This' and 'Fine Again' shortly after. Taking things down a notch and getting moody, Seether delivered the ballad 'Broken' before giving the audience an unexpected and very solid cover of Deftones' 'Change (In the House of Flies).' Simply put, frontman Shaun Morgan nailed it. Drummer John Humphrey got the beat going strong on their 'Isolate and Medicate' favorite 'Words as Weapons.' Bassist Dale Stewart got the fans clapping along to 'Country Song' and the tracks 'Fake It' and 'Remedy' ended Seether's set on a high note.
Before the co-headliners, Kyng took the stage for a crushing performance. The heavy 'In the Land of Pigs' kicked off the set, and their recent single 'Electric Halo' went over well also. However, frontman Eddie Veliz singled out some audience members who weren't exactly the most welcoming of the band and went about winning them over. 'I Don't Believe' and 'Burn the Serum' started to connect, but their blistering cover of Van Halen's 'Hot for Teacher' with bassist Tony Castaneda delivering David Lee Roth's outrageous platitudes definitely won over the crowd.
Kicking off the night were Islander, who offered an energetic set featuring their current single 'New Wave' and the fan favorite breakout hit 'Coconut Dracula.'
Check out our photo gallery from the show below.