Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle & Three Days Grace Are Still Going Strong
Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Three Days Grace Tour 2019
You would think that after 20+ years of recording and touring that hard rock bands would fade out of the spotlight but for some reason they have refused to go away. The latest tour with Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle and Three Days Grace is a prime example of these 1990’s hard rock bands that still hold their value today.
The night started off with sets from 2 individual female hard rock artists that both held their own ground while also being unique to themselves. DIMANTE started off the show with a short set that included her 2018 breakout rock duet with Bad Wolves titled “Hear Me Now” which has accumulated over 46 million views on Youtube. 22-year-old Diamante Azzura Bovelli was spotted in a black leather Steampunk jumpsuit and her famous blue hair.
Following DIAMANTE’s set was a soulful performance from rock and blues from Dorothy. The LA-based band is led by vocalist Dorothy Martin whose voice reminds you of American country music’s finest. Her 6-song set included “Raise Hell, Flawless” and “Down To The Bottom”.
Three Days Grace came out with high energy and preformed a great set. The crowd rose from their seats as the band took the stage opening with “The Mountain”. Fans in the front row caught guitar picks thrown out left and right so it’s a good idea to get to the front of the pit if you’re a big fan. The original lead vocalist, Adam Gontier, has been replaced by My Darkest Days’ vocalist Matt Walst who is also the younger brother of Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst. He did a great job leading the crowd through the band’s biggest songs like “Home, Pain, Infra-Red, I Hate Everything About You, Animal I’ve Become, Never Too Late” before finally closing on “Riot”.
Chevelle delivered the best sounding performance of the night. The three-piece band from Grayslake, Illinois includes brothers Pete Loeffler on lead vocals and guitar, Sam Loeffler drums and Dean Bernardini on bass. Stage design included Four Mirrors behind the band with dynamic lighting. Chevelle didn’t speak much as they let their music do the talking. Stellar performances of “The Clincher, Vitamin R, Face to the Floor and Send the Pain Below” were delivered to satisfied fans. Pete talked about the upcoming release of their 10th studio album which should be out by the end of 2019. Pete said we’ve “been doing this for about 20 years” and he’s loved every moment of it. The band cleared the stage as Pete led into a solo first half of “The Red” before the group re-joined to help finish the song. Chevelle closed out with a powerful performance of “I Get It”.
Breaking Benjamin is touring in support of their sixth studio album Ember which was released in December of 2017. Their 16-song set left fans looking for a bit more music wise. At multiple points in the night, Benjamin Burnley spent time talking to the fans while also bringing some select children and VIP fans on stage. Their set included “I Will Not Bow” as well as the Halo 2 collaboration “Blow Me Away” which was a unique moment for fans of the popular Halo video game series. The show started with a curtain drop that revealed the Ember stage design with an “eyeball” backdrop and fire pyrotechnics. The band ended the show with their biggest hit “The Diary of Jane”.