Review/photos by Mike Suicide
Niagara Falls, NY - The Rapids Theater in Niagara Falls was host to the Zippo Avalanche tour on April 16th 2012, featuring Shinedown, Adelita's Way and Art of Dying. I always enjoy the atmosphere of this club, as it has plenty of room, a huge bar and the stage lighting is always done well.
I didn't make it into the venue in time to see Art of Dying's full set but what I did see of them was impressive. They are a band hailing from the west coast of Canada, and they have been around a little while, with quite a following to the north. They tour pretty heavily and haven't released an album since "Vices and Virtues" in 2009…I'd say they're about due for one. They ran through singles such as "Sorry," "Die Trying" and "Get Through This." They were effective in getting the capacity crowd warmed up for a great rock show. I have seen these guys live a few times and they always put on a good show.
Adelita's Way was next to hit the stage. They seem like they are the 'young bucks' on this tour as compared to the age of the other two bands. They have a couple of popular songs in heavy rotation on the rock stations, "Invincible" being the most notable. As with Art of Dying, Adelita's Way have gained notoriety signing rights to their songs to the WWE. Singer Rick DeJesus is a capable front man who has good vocal range.
Shinedown hit the stage and I was immediately surprised by lead vocalist, Brent Smith's physical condition. I had the opportunity to see them at Rock on the Range a couple of years ago, and he was an easy 50 lbs heavier. It's nice to see Brent and the band slim, trim and ready to rock. The band has achieved multi-platinum status and their performance proved why they are worthy. It took me a while to warm up to this band, as I really have become somewhat fickle in my old age, but I really have to hand it to them. They slammed out one hit after another, much to the crowd's satisfaction. They played a 12 song set that included three songs off their March 2012 release, "Amaryllis," and another 4 songs during the encore. During the encore, they pulled out the ever popular Lynyrd Skynyrd cover "Simple Man." I see no slowing down for this band. Their latest release is tracking well on the charts, and the tour is selling out at multiple venues.
It was a great night of rock and roll with a group of bands that gave their audience 110%.
Sound of Madness
Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)
If You Only Knew
The Crow & The Butterfly
Fly from the Inside