Colorado Springs’ World Arena opened its doors Wednesday to the Rock Allegiance Tour with Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D, RED, Crossfade and Drive A. The seven-band rock show was stacked, and with the exception of new-comers Drive A, every band on the bill has a handful of Top 40 hits in their arsenal — which is why it was so disappointing to see the venue only half full.
The 4:30 p.m. start time on a Wednesday made for a slow beginning to a long night, but the peppering of huge radio singles throughout the show kept fans engaged. Live renditions of Crossfade’s “Cold” and RED’s “Breathe Into Me” brought the venue to life and acted as the perfect set up for P.O.D..
San Diego’s P.O.D. has been in the game for over 20 years and despite not having any serious buzz lately, they delivered one of the best hard rock performances of the year. The Christian-rockers threw down hit after hit including “Alive,” “Youth of a Nation” and “Boom,” to name a few. It was one of those sets that everyone from 16 to 45 was recording on their cell phones.
Puddle of Mudd has one of the most impressive discographies of the bunch, but their set was borderline forgettable. The Kansas City band was a huge part of the “grunge revival,” but sometimes the stripped-down style can be a little boring in a live setting.
Papa Roach was the star of the show, and with front man Jacoby Shaddix at the mic the band will always be. Their set was the crowd favorite and with a laundry list of singles like “Last Resort” and “Scars,” you forgot you had already sat through almost five hours of music.
Co-headliners Buckcherry closed the show and as one of the most consistent acts in the hard rock industry, they did their job as a headliner amongst headliners. Following Papa Roach might have been a detriment, however, because the only thing keeping the crowd on their feet and eyes towards the stage was the anticipation of when they would play “Crazy Bitch.”
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