SEETHER, KALEIDO & THROUGH FIRE - TEMPE, ARIZONA

Seether visited The Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona on stop #26 of their Poison the Parish Tour. It was a packed house, that also included Omaha’s Through Fire, and Detroit’s Kaleido.

Kaleido recently released their 3rd album Experience last month, I say 3rd because they have two previous releases of 7 or more songs. Others call this their debut album. Kaleido stole the show, packed with songs that included “Die Tryin’” and “Unbreakable” to reggae infused pop track “Trouble in Paradise.” Continuing with “No More Little Miss Nice Bitch.”

Christina Chriss owned the night with her Gwyn Stefani-like personality and incredible vocals. The highlight of the set for me was a cover of “My Michelle” from Chriss’ favorite band, Guns ‘N’ Roses, with a short drum solo tossed in by Joey Fava for good measure. Zach Bolling and Ronnie Rosolino on guitars took care of the rest, effortlessly. If you weren’t at the show, you you need to check them out when they are in a town near you.

Through Fire took a break in between tours with All That Remains and Otherwise to grace us with their presence. The band, including former Emphatic songwriter and guitarist Justin McCain, recently held the #1 active song in the country with their hit, “Breathe,” which was one of the many songs from their debut album of the same name that they performed.

They opened it up with “Breakout” and “Where You Lie”, and closed the set with their first single “Stronger.” Blended in between were covers of Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” and Ellie Goulding’s “Lights.” “Blood on My Hands” and “Damaged” rounded out the set. Through Fire, which also features vocalist Grant Kendrick, guitarist Jesse Saint, bassist Kyle LeBlanc and drummer Patrick Mussack, is already building a strong following in Arizona. We hope to see them back very soon.

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Seether always likes to deliver a moody set, and they definitely did so tonight, performing mostly in shadows. I was extremely disappointed when I learned they were playing their shows as silhouette's rather than as the kick ass band they truly are. Fans and friends I talked to are all pretty much in agreement and considering the $50 ticket price after all of the fees, I personally feel the band owes it to the fans to be seen and not just heard.

The performance musically however was definitely stellar, with a set that included hits like “Fine Again,” “Broken,” and “Rise Above This.” They opened the set with “Gasoline” from their debut album, Disclaimer.

Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery shared the stage with the band as guest lead guitarist for the tour, and his dynamic performance added depth to tracks like “Country,” “Fake It,” “No Jesus Christ” and “Nobody Praying for Me.” The remainder of the set stayed energetic as did the crowd. I can appreciate a great light show, but I'd really like to see Seether come back through town with some front lighting and less 12 ft tall LED panels behind them.

Setlist - Seether

1. Gasoline 2. Truth 3. Nobody Praying for Me 4. Rise Above This 5. Save Today 6. Fine Again 7. Broken 8. Country Song 9. Words as Weapons 10. No Jesus Christ 11. Black Honey (Thrice cover) 12. Let You Down 13. Fake It 14. Remedy

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