REVIEW + PHOTOS: HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD @ THE ROSELAND THEATER, OCTOBER 30 2017
Written by Tariq Abdellatif on November 1, 2017
FFO: Three Days Grace, Escape the Fate, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin, Skillet
The first to hit the stage was hip hop artist Demrick who I think was a perfect pick since headliners Hollywood Undead are a rap and rock collective and the 2nd opener were metal band Butcher Babies.
As soon as Butcher Babies hit the stage the crowd erupted with energy. With an amazing light show and more headbanging and windmilling than the most Metal of concerts, the band immediately won over the crowd. During the band’s fourth song fans began crowd surfing to the front of the stage for their opportunity to get a little bit closer to the stage. This was my first time seeing Butcher Babies live and even though they are one of the hardest bands to photograph because of their energy and light show, they delivered a performance that is in my opinion one of the best I’ve ever seen. It was even better because they were in their Halloween costumes.
Shortly after the main support act of the night left the stage, the 45-minute tear down of the light rigs and stage props began, this gave the crowd a bit of an opportunity to catch their breaths before the night’s headliners took the stage…15 minutes later than they were scheduled to.
When Hollywood Undead did take the stage, I think most of the crowd forgot they were at a concert because the energy in the room had disappeared, maybe in that hour of downtime fans in the crowd caught a power nap to kill time. It wasn’t until the band’s third song and one of their biggest hits, “Undead”, that the crowd began to become livelier. With a mixed set list of fan favorites and songs off the band’s latest release V, Hollywood Undead did deliver but they had to put in more work than they should have to get the energy levels back up after the long break between bands.
Overall, I highly suggest checking them out if you can. The bands are on tour through December when Hollywood Undead takes their show over to the United Kingdom and Europe for the start of 2018.