I took Gracie to see Chevelle at Iron City Birmingham on May 4th, 2015. I’ve been to Iron City many times but this was Gracie’s first time. She loves Chevelle, which isn’t a surprise since I love them and I have excellent taste in music. E was out of town on a business trip so just we girls went. I’ll let Gracie review the concert in her own words and then I’ll add my 2 cents.
“The Chevelle concert was my first floor concert and I am grateful that I was able to see them. This was also the first time I’ve been to Iron City.
First off, the opening band, The Marmozets, were great. The songs were good and I enjoyed them. They were interactive with the crowd and had fun with it. We ended up buying their CD.
Finally, Chevelle was ready and began with a great opening. Chevelle was certainly my favorite. The whole band had fun with everyone, telling favorite memories, and pointing out the great people who helped with the concert. They invited everyone to sing our lungs out and clearly everyone had a great time. Pete (the lead singer) played new and old (songs), which kept us on our toes. What would they sing next?! They sang some of their best songs, my favorites, too! I hated to see them leave.
Although we didn’t stay for the whole act of The Used, we heard one song. I have only heard a few songs by The Used and I’m now finding new ones I like every day.
So in conclusion, I liked this concert and I’ll never forget it!”
It was a sold out show, which means that Iron City had about 1300 people inside it that night. I was nervous about having Gracie on the floor with me but she did great. She does have a “personal space” thing, though. She didn’t like touching anyone besides me but I finally got it through to her that it just happens when you’re on the floor of a sold out concert.
Chevelle is a great live band. I mean, anyone can sound good with mixing and all that shit they do in the studio, but I think a true sign of talent is when you sound just as good live. I didn’t think Pete Loeffler could pull off the same vocals live as I hear repeatedly on any given album of theirs but he did. He nailed the controlled, brooding rage that builds and explodes in the end to full-on rage, every single time. Pete and Dean Bernadini’s guitar playing were exactly like the album recordings. The sound I fell in love with listening to all their albums is exactly what I heard that night. It’s rare that that happens nowadays. I love them even more now.
Onto the girlier shit of my review, I get really pissed off when a band doesn’t even talk to the crowd or acknowledge where they are. I’ve vowed never to see Seether live again for this very reason. Pete knew where the hell he was that night, called us by name (Birmingham), talked to us throughout the set and seemed legitimately happy to be there. That means a lot to me, as a fan and a concert goer who paid money to see them live. I would most definitely pay to see them again the future.
Gracie and I were on the floor, to the right side of the stage. Both of us have a pretty big crush on Pete so when Chevelle came on stage, we were highly disappointed that Pete was on the LEFT side of the stage. No offense, Dean. Please forgive us. So, if you’re a huge Pete fan, go to the left side of the stage when you see them. Not stage left, the left to you when you’re looking at the stage, just to be clear.
We did not stay for The Used because it was past 11:00 when they came onstage and it was a school night. I know, I’m such a downer. I would have really liked to stay for The Used encore, which was a trilogy of Rage Against The Machine songs but it would have been well after midnight before it was over.
Gracie and I each bought a Chevelle tee and the Marmozets CD. The Marmozets, by the way, were pretty delightful. The lead singer is just a doll and she was so thankful to the warm crowd for their “friendliness”. Their songs were good, the lead singer could really belt out a good screamy hard rocking song and the crowd really enjoyed them. You can tell when a crowd just wants the opening act to get the hell off the stage but we were pretty into The Marmozets. They’re worth checking out if they come to your town.
Here are some great pictures from the night, taken by a local photographer.
Here are a couple pictures from my phone. This is all I have since I accidentally deleted all of them. Yes, I’m that stupid, apparently.
Here is a video of the live performance of “Take Out The Gunman” from Chevelle’s latest album “La Gárgola”. It’s my favorite song off the album. This is the best video from that night that I could find but hopefully this will give you an idea of their live performance.
And here is the actual official video for “The Red”. Fifteen years ago, this would’ve been the song you raised your lighter to when you saw them live. Now everyone just sings really loudly and badly and raises their cell phones in the air to take shitty videos. That’s why I didn’t post a video from the actual concert. They all sucked. It’s an anthem for anyone with rage issues. Don’t we all have them from time to time? This is also a great workout song, by the way.
I hope you all enjoyed my daughter’s first rock concert review. She is 13 years old, so I’m pretty picky about what she can see with me right now, but I anticipate lots of concerts together in the future.