‘Twas the night of Friday, December 9th, 2016 in Stafford Springs, CT and opening acts on The Not So Silent Night Tour 2016 had made their way to the stage. Leading off the night with a packed house was a local act named Hero. Their show review is here.
Next up, was Red Tide Rising, who is not only a heavy act, but has a mysterious vibe. It was intriguing. They donned masks similar to the likes of Hannibal Lecter, so I could only see their eyes. Heavy screaming through such masks reminded me of none other than Corey MF Taylor. A few songs in they removed their masks, revealing strapping young men with face melting intentions. At that point, I recognized their bassist, but couldn’t put my finger on it until later in the evening. His face was someone I knew. Not only was he incredible, he was playing double duty. It was none other than Jasen Moreno, lead singer of Drowning Pool.
Their music was not an act you could just sit back and relax to, they made you notice them. Whether you were in the bathroom, the bar, or outside having a smoke, you tuned in to find out who was on-stage. They played loud, proud, and with a short 30 minute set, which included an amazing cover of “Mad World.”
9Electric and Gemini Syndrome followed. You can find their show reviews here.
Drowning Pool, the headliner of this tour, made their way to the stage at 1130pm, much later than expected. The other bands had played longer due to the amazing crowd.
The audience was worried the venue would shut them down with a short set. We were told the town had a strict sound ordinance and shows needed to be completed by 11:55pm. Addressing the crowd before even belting out a note, Jasen Moreno (vocals) let everyone know he needed our help with singing.
This is when I recognized the bassist from Red Tide Rising was none other than Jasen Moreno. He had filled in on bass for RTR earlier in the night. Dealing with flu-like symptoms on this leg of the tour, he suffered through his parts, taking down cups of tea like they were pints of beer. Cup after cup, he continued.
Matthew Whiteman (Red Tide Rising vocalist) joined Moreno on stage for more than half of Drowning Pool’s show to assist the ailing front man. Due to throat problems on this tour, Moreno was helped by a few others as well. Erin Porter (singer/ songwriter and merch-sales for Gemini Syndrome) made her presence known with a strong female rendition of Drowning Pool’s “Tear Away.” To end their night, the members of all the opening acts were invited onstage for a group version of “Bodies.” It was unbelievable. With the singer’s admission that he wasn’t up for the task of screaming, his guests lifted and drove him to the finish line.
If you see tickets available for this tour, it’s not one to miss. Jump on it and “Let the bodies hit the floor.”