GIG REVIEW: HATEBREED, DEVILDRIVER & DEVIL YOU KNOW Live at the Marquee Theater, Tempe, AZ
On Monday May 23rd, The Concrete Professional Tour hit Tempe, Arizona at the Marquee Theater. The jam-packed tour featured Hatebreed, DevilDriver and Devil You Know. The line stretched past the venue and wrapped around the back, which was definitely a sign that there was a large crowd attending the show this night. I haven’t seen this venue packed like this in a while; it was nice to see people there, considering it was a Monday night. As the doors opened, the alcohol began to flow, cigarettes were lit, and the energy started to build up.
Devil You Know kicked things off, and their performance was definitely a killer one. The guys really had a lot of energy on-stage, and played a few fan favorites. The crowd was really getting into them, and they enjoyed their set.
DevilDriver was up next, and at this point, a lot of the crowd was intoxicated as the pit started. Every single time I have ever seen DevilDriver, their fans get very roudy. Dez Fafara really knows how to pump up a crowd as everyone was going crazy: cheering, yelling, and sticking the metal horns and middle fingers in the air. This was definitely a DevilDriver Show. They played a ton of amazing songs like “End of the line”, “I could care less” and “Clouds over California”. The guys also debuted new songs off their album ‘Trust No One’ live for the first time in Arizona. They played “Daybreak” and “My Night Sky,” and both songs seemed to go over well with the crowd as everyone was able to sing along a bit. From the headbanging to the crowd surfing, the swearing and overall craziness that occurred, they were amazing. Every time the guys play in Arizona, it’s always unforgettable.
Last up was Hatebreed. This is the second time I have seen them live, the first being in England a few years ago. The one thing I have noticed is that they really have some die-hard fans. Everyone continued with the same high energy from the previous set, and the pit became even more brutal. As their first song of the night “Destroy Everything” blared through the PA, the guys managed to do just that, and did a stellar job as expected. Their set was an endless collection of great songs, and Jamey sang each word of every track with a lot of passion and anger.
Overall, the show was great, with every band being more intense than the next. This was one of the heavier shows to pass through the Marquee Theater in a while. From the great turn-out and great atmosphere to the large crowd attendance, it was a perfect night!