Last night, Summit Music Hall was taken over by Papa Roach and accompanying mainstream rock Finger Eleven, Pop Evil and Denver’s own Novus Folium. The night was peppered with radio hits, but by no means was this a copy and paste rock show.
A last minute bump to the side stage might have disappointed locals Novus Folium, but the switch didn’t rattle the Denver natives’ set. Their performance was a statement, to say the least, and their intertwining of powerful rock vocals, melodic hooks and unexpected violin solos let the crowd know that they were there to fully represent, even if it meant belting it out from the back corner of the venue.
Pop Evil kicked things off on the main stage and once again proved that they are one of the most popular touring rock bands to hit our city — their pure rock and roll style is always a crowd pleaser and their set was a well-received start to a solid rock show.
Canada’s Finger Eleven held it down in the direct support slot, and hearing their mega-hit “Paralyzer” live made the over-priced parking and battling the rain more than worth the effort for the Tuesday crowd.
Papa Roach hit the stage just in time for the weeknight crowd to grab a round at the bar and prep for one of the more anticipated sets of the 2011 hard rock concert season. Not surprisingly, the seasoned rockers’ show was well executed, nearly flawless and front man Jacoby Shaddix attacked the set full on. They hit their most popular songs including “Getting Away With Murder,” which kicked off their set, as well as “Lifeline” and “Last Resort” — far and beyond the highlight of the set and the night.
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