Pierce The Veil: “Made to Destroy” the Newport
By: Amanda Langley
Tuesday, September 20th 2016, Journey’s brought their Made To Destroy tour to Columbus, Ohio. The concert was held at Columbus’ famous Newport Music Hall. It’s safe to say that Pierce The Veil have earned their spot among the long list of famous acts that have graced the Newport’s Stage in its 32 years; think AC/DC, twenty one pilots, and Queen. Also joining Pierce The Veil are newcomers I Prevail, and British pop punk band Neck Deep.
I Prevail started the show with a crazy amount of energy. The band members, especially lead singers Brian Burkheiser and Eric Vanlerberghe, danced, ran, and jumped all over the stage. It was obvious the crowd loved their music by the mass of voices screaming their angst filled lyrics to the ceiling.
The crowd was especially crazy during their song “Love Lust and Liars,” which Burkheiser dedicated to “all the shitty ex’s,” at which point kids started a mosh pit and began crowd surfing across the venue. The post-hardcore band left the stage, with the crowd begging them for more. I can’t wait to see what happens next time I Prevail takes the stage in Columbus.
For the Made To Destroy tour, Neck Deep brought their usual style to the Newport’s stage. With relatable lyrics, witty banter between band mates Ben Barlow and Fil Thorpe-Evans, and their edgy pop punk sound, the crowd, who were mostly seeing the band for the first or second time, had a great time with the British band.
They played a variety of songs, including fan favorites “December” and “Serpents,” mixed with a few older tunes like “Growing Pains.” For their last song of the night, Barlow got up close and personal with fans in the pit, as he sang the last verse leaning against the railing of the pit holding onto his fans.
The energy and excitement in the air, before Pierce the Veil took the stage, was palpable. If you hadn’t been excited during the night so far, you instantly felt the anticipation as soon as the curtain went up to block the stage from view. Fans went crazy, screaming “I Love You Tony” as well as the band’s name, before they appeared on stage.
There is no doubt as to why Pierce the Veil was chosen to headline this tour. They provide an amazing concert experience for their fans, complete with multiple confetti explosions (starting in the first song), amazing lighting, and as a whole they are extremely professional.
Vic Fuentes belted out multiple tunes throughout the night, including the band’s newest single “Circles.”
Tony Perry and Jamie Preciado rocked out on the guitar and bass respectively, while Mike Fuentes kept the infectious beat going all night long. During one point in the set,
Fuentes brought a young fan up on stage to sing with him, undoubtedly making the girls night one to remember. The band also did a few acoustic songs, and closed out the show with fan favorite “King For A Day.”
Overall, The Made To Destory tour definitely destroyed the Newport in the best way possible. The tour left fans leaving with a sense of excitement, happiness, and wishing they could relive every moment, song lyric, and confetti explosion all over again tomorrow.
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