Lacuna Coil – San Francisco – March 21st, 2014
Supporting: Kyng, Eve To Adam, Nothing More
Date: March 21st, 2014
Location: San Francisco
Tour: Dead And Rising Tour
I’ve been listening to Lacuna Coil since Comalies and this was the first chance I’ve been able see them live (and headlining). I must say, they certainly did not disappoint! I arrived a little early so I could buy tickets for another show at Slim’s while the box office was still open and uncrowded. While there, there was a guy hanging out, chatting with the few people in line. He seemed kinda familiar, and then it dawned on me. It was Andrea Ferro, the male vocalist for Lacuna Coil! As he started to head into the venue, I gave me a nod of acknowledgement and a “Oh, hey!” so he came over, shook my hand with a big smile, and made a little small talk. Really nice guy! After that, I wandered off to find some grub [DNA Lounge pizza = win]. Not wanting to give up my precious street parking, I decided to just suck it up and wait in line. Not too long after I returned to Slim’s, Andrea walked by again and said hi, but this time he was joined with Cristina! They headed in, and shortly after that they began their soundcheck. Fortunately, one of the staff members was kind enough to open the door so we could hear it. Definitely made it less of a bore to wait.
Nothing More was a very interesting performance. They were a little more wild and aggressive, and probably not what a lot of Coilers would listen to. To me, they were pretty good, but the look of “WTF is this” on the faces of some people around me was very amusing. The singer had a giant drum he used during some parts, and he definitely knew how to play it and make it visually appealing. He even reached back to hit the drummer’s cymbals with ease. Perhaps the most interesting part was some crazy instrumental section where they attached the bass to this weird contraption that was mounted on the singer’s drum. At first it was the bassist tapping, but then the guitarist joined in on the other side. Then they started spinning it around and swung it so it was locked with the head facing the crowd, at which point the singer jumps on top of his drum and starts playing the bass with his drumsticks along the other two! They even incorporated some barrel rolls! 3 guys, 1 bass. It was very impressive, I’ve never seen anything like it. Judging by the reactions in the crowd, nobody else has either, and we were all very impressed.
Eve To Adam was up next. Between Nothing More’s crazy bass section, and the length of time since posting this, I sadly don’t recall much about them. They were a little more mellow, and definitely pleasing to listen to, but I really can’t remember details.
Kyng on the other hand I distinctly remember, to put into one word, rocked. Very driven, very powerful. The vocals were a bit weak to me, but I think that was more my positioning and earplugs. The drummer was an absolute blast to watch, very technical and precise. They even threw in a cover of Hot For Teacher which the crowd loved!
Like I said, Lacuna Coil definitely didn’t disappoint. They knew how to manage the crowd energy, and Andrea and Cristina dominated the stage. I didn’t see much of the other guys, they seemed to be content hanging out on their sides and let the singers do most of the traveling. While I haven’t been a huge fan of the newer material, it definitely does take on a new life when you hear it live. Fortunately, they sprinkled in some songs from the middle of their career that I was more familiar with.
After the show, I cashed in on my Sick Puppies ticket from the merch booth for the meet and greet (which I think is an excellent idea and I wish more bands would do this). I had them all sign a Dark Adrenaline poster and said hi. I mentioned to Andrea that this was the third time we’ve said hi today and he sagely responded, “You know, it’s never enough.” Very well said! I also tried to not make a fool of myself when talking to Cristina, but thanked her and complimented her on her work on the latest Ayreon album. She was very grateful for that and said it was a really fun experience for her. I also did get a selfie with her, which was awesome. But it also reminded me why I don’t take selfies in the first place! Whoops!
Lacuna Coil’s Setlist:
●Trip the Darkness
●Kill the Light
●To the Edge
●Fragments of Faith
●Die & Rise
●I Don’t Believe in Tomorrow
●Heaven’s a Lie