Yesterday, October 4th, Pierce The Veil stopped at Hammerstein ballroom for the Made To Destroy Tour in New York City along with opening acts Neck Deep and I Prevail.
The first opening act of the show was I Prevail. Never seeing them live before, they were completely energetic and knew how to please the crowd. Their unclean vocalist, Eric Vanlerberghe, would even wave/point to fans in the crowd who were showing the band some love or in other words, simply enjoying themselves. One of the coolest parts of their set was when they did a cover medley featuring songs like "One Step Closer" by Linkin Park and "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift just to name two. And we have to admit... that metelcore cover of "Blank Space" was startlingly impressive.
The second opening act was the punk pop band Neck Deep. Before their set, they had someone come on stage to talk a little about suicide prevention, so people know they aren't alone. It's such a simple thing to do, but the fact that the band took the time to have someone talk about this for about a minute or so shows a lot about the band. For this particular tour, Neck Deep sang a ton of new songs including their newest single "December" as well as "I Hope This Comes Back To Haunt You" and "Rock Bottom" off of their latest album Life's Not Out to Get You. One of my favorite parts was when they sang "Part Of Me" and had just the crowd sing along to the lyrics, "I was falling for a girl who would ask me to come over / Just for a day, when her parents were away." At the end of the set lead vocalist, Ben Barlow, even surprised fans by going into the crowd. Pretty cool huh?
The headlining act was of course, Pierce The Veil. Their set tends to always start with a giant cloth covering the entire front of the stage with the bands logo on it. For this show, the band had motioned artwork from their latest album Misadventures show up casted onto the cloth. Once the cloth went down, they opened with a song off that album, "Dive In," covered in fog and coming out of space suits in random locations on the stage.
After going on the Misadventures tour earlier this year and singing the full Misadventures album, this tour had a mix of old and new songs. The band sang new songs such as "The Divine Zero", "Floral & Fading", and "Circles" as well as older songs like "Bulls in the Bronx", "Caraphernelia" featuring Eric from I Prevail during Jeremy Mckinnon's part, and "Stained Glass Eyes and Colorful Tears." Pierce The Veil made sure to constantly connect with their fans by talking to the crowd and going close to the crowd, as well as giving out guitar picks, drumsticks, and the setlist at the end. Tony Perry, guitarist, even took the time to hand the security guard the setlist to make sure a specific fan got it, so that nobody would steal it from her.
With tons of memorable moments, there were three that stuck out to me. One of my favorite moments was when the lead vocalist, Vic Fuentes, picked a fan in the crowd to sing "Bulletproof Love" to. The look on the girl's face was priceless as she was filled with joy. Another one of my favorite moments had to be hearing "Kissing In Cars" live for the first time ever, since they've never sang it on any of their headlining tours before. The third moment that was one of my favorites had to be when Vic told the crowd to record (to post on YouTube) and say, "Hi mom and dad," to Vic's and Mike Fuentes' parents, since they couldn't make it to the show. He then told the crowd that he's always wanted to do that and, "I love you guys so much, thank you."
Pierce The Veil never fails to put on a great show. No matter what the setlist is, the songs on it are filled with tracks that explains someones memories. One song can explain a person's breakup while another song can explain someone else's motivation to keep going. The connection between the fans and Vic Fuentes, Mike Fuentes, Jaime Preciado, and Tony Perry, is truly something special, and you see that head on while at a Pierce The Veil show.
Written by Melanie Gomez // Photos by Melanie Gomez
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