Last night Rise Against, Killswitch Engage, and letlive. were set to play the Central Park Summerstage. I arrived just before doors opened and there was already a massive crowd of dedicated fans waiting to get in. As more fans were still filing in, letlive. took the stage and were incredible as always. They are so energetic and fun to watch live. Jason Butler throws his body across the stage, rolls around on the floor, and jumps into the crowd while still being able to hit every note. Butler is great at screaming, but the fact that he can actually sing makes them even more impressive. If you’re planning on going to this tour, make sure to get there early because letlive. puts on a show that you definitely do not want to miss.
Killswitch Engage were arguably the heaviest of the three bands and not typically what I listen to, but I could really appreciate their craft. From the second that the came out and “Turn Down For What” was playing, they showed their sense of humor. While their songs might be heavy, they have lighthearted stage banter in between songs. The crowd was predominately there for Rise Against, but there were still plenty of fans who came out to see Killswitch Engage as well. They ripped through a great fifty-minute set full of fan favorites like “Fixation on the Darkness” and “My Last Serenade.”
Finally chants of “Rise Against” began and the band took the stage. After being around for over a decade and a half, Rise Against has become one of the biggest names in punk music. They opened with “The Great Die-Off” off their most recent album, The Black Market and continued with songs from throughout their career. Tim McIlrath is an excellent frontman and his voice sounded incredible live. With so much experience and practice over the years, the entire band sounded pretty much perfect as fans sang along to their favorite songs. Later in the set, they slowed it down a little and played two songs acoustically before coming back out for encore and closing with “Dancing for Rain” and “Savior.” It was an amazing show and if you missed them, don’t worry because they just announced a second leg of the tour this November!