It was going to be the second time Three Days Grace came to Europe with their new frontman Matt Walsh and the first time that they were armed with an entire new album which is also the debut album for Matt Walsh together with Three Days Grace. On this tour, they brought We Are The Ocean with them.
We Are The Ocean hit the stage at 20:15 precisely.This band is a UK based rock band which reminded me quite a lot of Rise Against. Warming the crowd up for such an incredible band as Three Days Grace is tough.. very tough. We Are The Ocean played fourty-five minutes of epic rock tunes. Eventhough it was clear that the band was rather unknown to the crowd, the band played an excellent set. Except for the few slip-ups in the vocals on the first two songs, We Are The Ocean treated the room to catchy chorusses, sweet riffs and songs that have ended up on my personal playlist! If you're into Rise Against, you should definitely give this band a play! You'll like 'em.
Approximately thirty minutes later, the room went dark and Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name' was played after which Three Days Grace took the stage to open the what was going to be one the best nights of the year!
The band opened the night with a single off of 'Human', 'I Am Machine' which instantly caused the crowd to go insane.
Secondly, 'Just Like You' was being played. Three Days Grace sure knows their way around the instruments as the instrumental parts are a treat to all. Especially the bass in some songs echoed through the room tremendously. You don't hear that a lot when listening to their songs on the album, live however, it's executed perfectly.
Several hits were played such as 'Chalk Outline, 'So What' and 'Home'.
In the middle of 'Home' frontman Matt Walsh took a step back and let the band do their thing. A beautiful instrumental presentation was followed, again with the leading presence of the bass. This would go on for a while. Matt Walsh took the vocal duties on him again and the band finished 'Home' followed by a hauntingly beautiful interlude by the drums & keyboard. Of course, drummer Neil Sanderson then continued to show the crowd why he is the drummer of Three Days Grace in the form of a drum solo.
After the drum solo, the band took the stage again and the band played megahit and leading single 'Painkiller'. This was the first song the band released with new frontman Matt Walsh. You could see Matt's enthusiasm as he jumped down the stage and reached out to the fans from the photo pit. Chest pounded, Matt Walsh made his way back to the stage and the band continued the set with 'Fallen Angel'.
As the set continued, the end was nearing. Ending the set was megahit 'Animal I Have Become'. As the crowd continued to go nuts, the band played the last notes of 'Animal I Have Become' and departured from the stage. After several minutes of 'Three Days Grace, Three Days Grace' chanting from the audience, the band emerged again, giving the audience two more songs. 'The High Road' & 'Riot'.
As the band started playing 'The High Road' you could see the crowd already preparing for 'Riot' as the crowd usually goes complete apeshit on that song. As 'The High Road' came to an end, the mosh warriors summoned their last bit of energy and strength to tear the room apart for the last time of the evening. And they did.
Three Days Grace knows how to entertain the audience. There was an excellent crowd interaction from all the members of the band. Many fans left the venue feeling very lucky cause of the many guitarpicks that were thrown in the audience. If you ever get the chance to see Three Days Grace in concert, take the chance and experience one of the best live bands this scene has to offer.
We weren't able to acquire a photo pass for this event, however we did manage to make some photos to give you an idea! You can find them in the gallery below.
Written by Glenn van den Bosch
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