“I may be surprised. But I don’t think I will be.” ― Andrew Strauss Goodreads
You go to a concert early to get a great spot and relax before the show. You hope the opening act is good, but you’ve done this enough to know that’s about a 50/50 shot. So what do you do when the opening act blows you away so hard it makes you think you’ve won the freakin’ opening act lottery??
You start telling people about it.
That’s what happened on October 3rd, 2017 at EXPRESS LIVE! in Columbus, Ohio when Ayron Jones and The Way opened for Theory of a Deadman. The show began when the 3-man band took the stage and started up the slow and steady pulse of a guitar riff that led to their opening line, “I already called the f****n police.”
Well, now. That got my attention.
From that point on, the Seattle-based band had the attention of everyone in that venue and never let go. From the rock beat of opening song “Boys From the Puget Sound” and closer “Take Me Away” to bluesy “Emily” and Take Your Time”, Ayron Jones on lead guitar, Bob Lovelace on base, and Ehssan Karimi on drums demonstrated exceptional talent that blended the best of rock, blues, hip hop and metal. The group played songs from newest release, Audio Paint Job and previous album, Dream. They kept the energy up and the audience engaged, especially when Ayron took the act to the floor to crowd surf while he played. The group also paid homage to the passing of musical legend Tom Petty, with a rocked-up cover of “Refugee” that had the audience singing along with raised glasses and pumping fists.
Main act, Theory of a Deadman kept the show going with high-energy performances of crowd favorites along with previews of songs on their upcoming release, Wake Up Call out on October 27th. That was no surprise.
The surprise was the performance of Ayron Jones and the Way and from the long line at the merchandise table, the number of handshakes given, photos taken, and CD purchased, I wasn’t the only one impressed.
Ayron Jones and The Way members: Ayron Jones (lead vocals/guitar), Ehssan Karimi (drums) and Bob Lovelace(bass).
Audio Paint Job released June 2, 2017 and Dream released February 15, 2015.