Drowning Pool, who has been diligently touring for the better part of a decade, kicked off the show in front of a very respectable Wednesday night crowd. The Dallas-based metal band appears regularly on big name rock and metal shows but no matter how many times you see them, hearing “37 Stitches” and “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” never gets old.
Every band on the bill has a tremendous following in the rock circuit but there is only one band that can generate the energy and sheer excitement that filled the arena last night — Five Finger Death Punch.
Fronted by Denver’s own Ivan Moody, FFDP has a way of bringing out the metal-driven angst from inside each and every person in attendance.
The band wasted no time getting to what they are known for: powerful, in-your-face music. Beginning with “Burn it Down” and “Salvation,” the set was a steady mix of songs from their debut album “The Way of the Fist” and the more recent “War is the Answer.”
There wasn’t a moment throughout FFDP’s set that the crowd was not involved, whether it was proving that Denver could sing the lyrics to “White Knuckles” louder than Chicago, belting out the chorus to “Bad Company” or when Moody challenged people to crowd surf to the stage and shake his hand during “Dying Breed” (the first of whom was KBPI morning show host Willie B).
Godsmack, the show’s headliner, had a very tough act to follow but the veteran metal band more than held their own. Their set included fan favorites like “Keep Away,” “I Stand Alone,” “Voodoo” and their current single “Love Hate Sex Pain.”
With such a strong catalog to choose from, the set was full of songs that kept the crowd singing along with attention peaked. With the addition of an entertaining stage and lighting design, complete with a fire-blazing screen, it was a respectable end to a very solid rock show.
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