Fighting back the fangirl at The Fight For Something Tour
Words by Jaime Terry | Photos by Gianna Haley
My daughter and I go to tons of concerts together every year and we have since she was 13. It’s our thing; it’s what bonds us. We have been fans of all of the bands who played tonight for quite some time, seen them play many many times, this was number five for Set It Off and three for The Ready Set, and we even took part in Set It Off’s “Ancient History” video shoot. It started back in 2014, we saw Set it Off and The Ready Set both that year. Summer 2014 The Ready Set was at Warped Tour where we rocked front stage with them and then enjoyed a private acoustic set backstage. December 2014 I took my daughter to Black Veil Brides for her 16th birthday. Set It Off was one of the acts playing that night and we had not heard of them before that concert. Halfway through their first song, my daughter and I looked at each other like “whoa.” They put on a fantastic show and we have been hooked since. As I sat down to write this, I tried my best not to sound like a major fangirl. Here goes…
As the venue filled with loads of teens and their parents lined the walls and the bar, I wondered how the crowd would be tonight. Mild maybe? I was pleasantly surprised and so were the bands. As each act played, the crowd grew louder and packed in tighter; making for quite the show.
SayWeCanFly’s Braden Barrie is an acoustic singer and songwriter who hails from Lindsey, ON. This night, Barrie mentioned that he had been feeling unwell but one would not have known based on his performance. His dynamic voice has a fantastic range and it was on point despite sickness. He played a set with songs full of emotion and his live version of “Song of the Sparrow” is a must hear. At one point, as the crowd was feeling those emotions, the room all around us illuminated as everyone pulled out lighters and cell phone lights as they swayed and sang along.
Vocalist Jordan Witzigreuter, of The Ready Set, was accompanied by a full band for this tour. They played a good mix of old favorites full of peppy pop hits with catchy choruses that are so much fun and make for a great time. From “Higher” and “Freakin’ Me Out” to “Give Me Your Hand” everyone on stage looked like they were having just as much fun as the crowd was. Witzigreuter swung his green-dyed locks as he danced through the set.
We also got a taste of what’s to come on Witzigreuter’s new album as he sang “Disappearing Act” and “Good Enough.” Looking forward to hearing more from The Ready Set’s new album which will be available next week.
I stopped to chat up the super sweet merch girl at The Ready Set table (always buy merch at shows!), we recognized her from the merch table back in 2014. I was curious to know if what I read online was true about what’s coming for the rest of the year, more specifically, if Witzigreuter would return to playing Warped Tour this year. She said not this year, because The Ready Set will be headlining their own show through the summer. We hope to see guitarist Mike Naran join him again as he did this tour. Naran is a favorite of ours as photographer Gianna Haley and I have seen him play with The Ready Set and Against The Current in the past. Naran also makes an appearance in The Ready Set’s new video for “Disappearing Act” which came out the day after the concert.
Tonight Alive comes to us from Sydney, and includes members Jenna McDougall Vocals, Jake Hardy Guitar, Whakaio Guitar and Vocals, Cam Adler Bass, Matt Best Drums. McDougall is a spunky blond with a sultry Australian accent and vocals that soar. The band danced and interacted with the crowd the entire performance as they played songs off every album including their very first and their new album LIMITLESS. My absolute favorite was “How Does It Feel?.”
McDougall took time between songs to tell fans how important life is and to make it powerful and meaningful. Tonight Alive also played a song entitled “What Are You Scared Of,” noting that it is about making tough choices. I really like the fact that this band works in some importance and relevance to impress upon their fans, especially the younger generation of fans.
The set was just fire, full of feels that McDougall expressed head to toe.
Set It Off’s four members are all Florida natives: Cody Carson (vocals), Dan Clermont (guitar and vocals), Zach DeWall (guitar), and Maxx Danziger (drums). As Set It Off got into the first song, Carson yelled “HOLY SHIT North Carolina.” The crowd went insane from the first cord to the last note. Carson was shocked at how loud and amazing the crowd was. Fans jumped and sang their hearts out almost the entire set of songs making the venue floor bow and shake. I have never, ever felt a floor move like that at a show before. The emotion from the band and the fans was intense. Fans came out of the crowd to catch their breath as the venue became hot with the excitement of the show, some to sit down before passing out and a couple to puke (a puker narrowly missed my shoes, *insert barf emoji here*). Tonight, Greensboro fans gave their all and Set It Off absolutely killed it!
I think what touches Set It Off’s fan base most is their realness, the way they reach out to fans to let them know that it’s ok to be you. Before getting into the song “Dream Catcher,” Carson always makes it a point to expressed a bit of spoken word that includes a message of acceptance and reaching for your dreams, no matter what it may be and to forget what those around you tell you to be, listen to your heart. He also mentioned how they had played in NC in the past to “literally five people” and tonight was packed, he was so thankful for each and every one who comes out to see them play whether is be five or a packed house. My favorite quote of the night from Carson was “If you’ve been through a lot of shit, this is the best place to be, at a show.” I couldn’t agree more.
Shout out to everyone who came out to this tour and purchased VIP. So far, most venues were completely sold out, as well as VIP meet and greets for all bands, making this a very successful tour with a purpose. Profits from VIP sales are to go to cancer research. From The Fight For Something Tour website: **VIP profits donated to charities benefitting cancer research**
As a cancer survivor myself, I absolutely love that these bands are donating to cancer research. It is so important to contribute to research as I have yet to meet one person who does not know someone who has been affected by cancer.
This tour is only half way through, though most VIP is sold out, there are tickets left at various venues, don’t miss this show!!
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