Live review: Five Finger Death Punch @ the 1stBank CenterBy Paige Montgomery | October 24th, 2011 | 2 comments
If you are from Denver and do not know who Ivan Moody is, then itâ€™s time to expand your musical horizons.
Coloradans take great pride in claiming OneRepublic, the Fray and 3Oh!3 as our own, yet arguably one of the best frontmen in the game is flying too far under the mainstream radar — even though he has a Colorado past. But after selling more than 100,000 copies in â€śAmerican Capitalist’sâ€ť first week of release, donâ€™t expect anyone to sleep on Five Finger Death Punch (or the bandâ€™s frontman, Moody) much longer.
Every time Five Finger Death Punch rolls through town, there is an audible buzz amongst local hard rock enthusiasts. And Saturday nightâ€™s show at the 1stBank Center was no different as the Los Angeles band played a bill that included All That Remains, Hatebreed and Rains â€“ billed as the KBPIâ€™s Fall Brawl.
Perhaps influenced by a year in and out of Las Vegasâ€™ famed recording studio the Hideout, FFDP brought a little bit of Sin City to their set with an oversized LED screen touting images of Vegas-style billboards, MMA clips and corporate logosâ€”an unapologetic nod to the â€śAmerican Capitalistâ€ť album and the bandâ€™s mantra that capitalizing on success and selling albums doesnâ€™t make them a sell out.
FFDP didnâ€™t waste any time getting to their latest single, kicking off their portion of the show with â€śUnder and Over It.â€ť Their set was the best of their three-album discography, including â€śSalvation,â€ť â€śThe Bleeding,â€ť â€śAmerican Capitalist,â€ť â€śWhite Knucklesâ€ť and a cover of â€śBad Company.â€ť
Moody is known for his intense stage presence, and although he still had it in spades, he seemed a lot more playful this time around, trading in the Kevlar vest from the previous tour for a Nuggets jersey (Chris Anderson, of course) and a fresh blonde dye-job. He had an effortless rapport with the crowd. People were even urged to crowd-surf to shake his hand during â€śThe Bleeding.â€ť
The show ended with an encore performance of â€śBurn It Downâ€ť and a final â€śthank youâ€ť from Moody to his now completely exhausted, yet oh-so-satisfied hometown crowd.
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