Good Charlotte's Albuquerque Stop Was One of Their Last on the 'Generation Rx' Tour, But Also One of Their Best

By: Ryan Schultz

Good Charlotte's Albuquerque stop on their Generation Rx tour was a performance that fans won’t soon forget. It started with The Dose, who opened the night with a great showcase of their musical ability. With only two members- vocalist/guitarist Indio Downey and drummer Ralph Alexander- I was surprised and amazed at the fullness of their sound. With Indio covering the vocals and guitar and Ralph handling the drums and basslines using synth add-ons to his kit, The Dose had a sound that I would describe as a heavier Nirvana. They’re a group I would choose to see live over and over again.

Knuckle Puck.

Knuckle Puck.

Knuckle Puck was up next. Hailing from Chicago, this group was full of energy, and put on an amazing show. They even wore Lobos jerseys onstage to show support for our local sports team, which fans admired.

Unfortunately, Sleeping With Sirens had to cancel this stop due to personal reasons. So after Knuckle Puck, it was time for Good Charlotte to take the stage, and their set was amazing in a few ways. First, the visual and audio production was superb, and honestly one of the best-looking shows I’ve been to recently. Secondly, vocalist Joel Madden made it a point to interact with the crowd, giving small speeches between a few songs to talk about the band’s story and the meaning of some of their songs. The packed venue sang along to every song the group played, and the overall experience was something I would recommend to anyone who has been a fan of this band.

The Generation Rx tour wraps up in North America this month, but picks up again in Europe starting on February 1st. You can check out those upcoming dates here.

And if you’re curious about Good Charlotte’s recent Denver stop, check out our coverage of that show at this link.

-Ryan

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Sullivan King's 'Fight Back World Tour' Brought the Heaviest Bass I've Ever Seen

By: Ryan Schultz

Sullivan King's Albuquerque stop on his Fight Back World Tour was one of the heaviest bass events I've ever seen. The local opening acts all played great sets, but the one that stood out to me the most was Navallo's. His set was a very fine balance of heavy-hitting trap remixes and melody filled bass tracks.

Navallo.

Navallo.

Sullivan King's set was an epic fusion of crushing heavy metal riffs and massive dubstep basslines which shook the entire venue. He played his 7-string guitar along to his music, and he  sang on some parts, all while DJing.

Sullivan King.

Sullivan King.

Having never seen Sullivan King live before, I was blown away by his performance and would recommend anyone see him live if you haven't already!

You can still catch him on tour until December 22nd and keep up with him here.

-Ryan

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Parkway Drive's 'Reverence Tour' Stopped in Albuquerque & The Mayor Showed Up + Fans Went Wild

Mayor Tim Keller.

Mayor Tim Keller.

The Albuquerque stop of Parkway Drive’s Reverence Tour last weekend was awe-inspiring. The band, whose Denver stop we just covered, are currently on the road in support of their record Reverence. I entered the venue just in time to catch the last two songs of opener August Burns Red’s set, and the whole venue was already moshing like crazy.

After ABR’s set, Tim Keller, Albuquerque’s mayor and a heavy metal enthusiast, made an appearance on stage and actually gave a speech about Albuquerque’s metal scene and fanbase, which was enjoyed by fans and the bands alike.

Parkway Drive’s set followed and was insane. It had been seven years since they’ve played in Albuquerque, and the crowd was more than ready for their return. From front to back and side to side, the crowd had their heads banging and their bodies moving all set long. The production value of Parkway’s set (and of the tour overall) was big: their minimal, yet very effective lighting rig perfectly visualized Parkway Drive’s heavy and powerful sound.

Although I would've loved to experience Polaris’ and The Devil Wears Prada’s sets, I was very impressed by ABR’s and Parkway Drive’s performances and cannot stress enough that this Reverence Tour is an absolute must-see. You can catch the Australian leg of the tour starting October 25th, followed by their European leg starting in January 2019.

Keep up with Parkway Drive here.

-Ryan

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Godsmack & Shinedown's Current Co-Headlining Tour Is Explosive

By: Ryan Schultz

My first concert photo shoot as a BolderBeat photographer ended up being one of the best shows I've experienced. It was the first time I’ve seen all three of these bands live and they all had something crazy cool and unique to bring to the table. Like A Storm came all the way from New Zealand for this tour and started the evening off with heavy sounds and something new to me: didgeridoo metal! At one point, the band, who is comprised of three brothers and their good friend, even brought their parents onstage. It was a touching start to the night.

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Shinedown’s set followed with explosive style and energy and amazing stage presence. Every song made great use of the numerous firework launchers around the stage and an EDM-style laser shows added to their killer performance. Shinedown’s lead singer Brent Smith was incredible at interacting with the crowd and kept the entire amphitheater fully hyped. He performed two songs from the back lawn of the amphitheater, and even took the time in the middle of the first song to shake my hand in the pit.

Godsmack.

Godsmack.

Godsmack’s set was absolutely solid. Moving stage sets and a combination of fireworks and other pyrotechnics really made their show stand out. Their lead singer Sully Erna had comical interactions with the crowd between songs, keeping people smiling. Toward the end of the set, Godsmack played a full instrumental song with two full drums kits, the second one being played by Sully, and both drummers exchanged solos and showed off their technical skills to the delight of us all.

Overall, it was an absolutely amazing show and I would not hesitate to see any of these bands again. You can still catch Godsmack and Shinedown on their North American tour until October 13th. They then jump the pond and play Europe starting October 30th. Keep up with these tours here.

See the full concert gallery from this show here.

-Ryan

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