Live review: Drowning Pool @ Summit Music HallBy Paige Montgomery | March 22nd, 2011 | 4 comments
Last Thursday, March 17, amidst a sea of green, T-shirt bearing, beer-drinking Denverites, Summit Music Hall played host to 106.7 KBPI’s Shamrocks & Shenanigans — a St. Patrick’s Day rock concert featuring veteran Dallas metal band Drowning Pool and a fresh-faced line up including Detroit’s Pop Evil, Austin’s Anew Revolution, Alaskan alt-rock band Static Cycle and KBPI’s Best Band in Denver, Novus Folium.
Novus Folium started things off and their well-received performance set the tone for an inspired night of rock music. Static Cycle, Trust Company and Anew Revolution all did their parts to entertain the festive crowd, but it was Pop Evil who stole the show.
The Michigan band’s fresh and in-your-face take on a classic rock sound with songs like “Hero,” “100 in a 55” and their latest, “Last Man Standing,” has made them a consistent crowd favorite. Judging by the response at their last few performances here in Denver, this band could more than hold their own in a headlining slot by 2012.
The night’s main attraction, Drowning Pool, have been a staple on the rock and metal touring circuit for the better part of a decade and they’ve solidified themselves as one of the most consistent bands in the game. That’s why it was no surprise that their performance was as solid as it gets — but also very predictable. (Front man Ryan McCombs did manage to throw the crowd off their guard, though, by walking his wireless mic up to the balcony and singing amongst the crowd at one point.)
Performances of “Tear Away” and “37 Stitches” were of course big crowd-pleasers, and ending the set with “Bodies” was the absolute highlight of the night and a fitting way to end the St. Patty’s celebration as the crowd enthusiastically belted out “Let the bodies hit the floor.”
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