Someone should tell Asking Alexandria that a room full of angsty scenesters and sweaty metal heads might not be the best audience for a Justin Bieber joke. The headlining act of the Outbreak Tour had a set at the Ogden Theatre on Tuesday night full of awkward interactions with the crowd. But, despite a few bad jokes, several failed attempts to insight a mosh pit and a balcony full of fans shouting for As I Lay Dying (who should have headlined the tour) to come back on stage, Asking Alexandria’s devoted followers still belted out every lyric.
An energetic crowd and an impressive lighting design were the best parts of Asking Alexandria’s set. The worst part —Asking Alexandria. The British rockers lacked chemistry on stage and despite admirable efforts to sing through it, front man Danny Worsnop was noticeably hoarse. The band has publicly addressed internal issues among its members, particularly with Worsnop. Though, regardless of assurances that everything is OK, this was not the same Asking Alexandria that had a breakout year in 2011.
Chemistry issues aside, the set did have its high points. AA’s signature breakdowns produced some of the best musical moments of the night, and fan favorites “Not the American Average” and a set-ending “The Final Episode” brought the Ogden crowd back to life. The most poignant part of their set was a tribute to Suicide Silence vocalist Mitch Lucker, who tragically passed away on Nov. 1 after a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach. Worsnop gave praise to his peer before “giving him the stage,” — a touching moment in which the entire band exited the stage as Suicide Silence’s “You Only Live Once” played throughout the venue.
Suicide Silence was slated to be on Monster Energy’s 2012 Outbreak Tour along side Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire, I See Stars and Attila.
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