On September 19th 2015, I was excited to witness the lineup of Wilson, Tremonti, and Trivium at The Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton New Hampshire. Awesome venue, good atmosphere and the sound is always spot on with easy parking even if the price of a beer is a little steep, but then again where isn’t it now a days? As far as the show itself goes, I want to state before we dive too deep into this, I wasn’t expecting much. I had never heard of Wilson, I only knew Tremonti as the dude from Creed, and though I do dig some of Trivium’s stuff, I was never a huge fan.
The first band took the stage and opened on a strong note. Good high energy music on the fringes of hard rock and heavy metal. Though somewhat repetitive at times, they were exactly what you would want to see from that type of band. One thing that really struck me as awesome about these guys was the ability to get a crowd largely unfamiliar with them (myself included) to sing along with their catchy choruses. I was banging my head and singing along to songs that I didn’t know. They are definitely an act worth checking out.
On to guitar maestro Mark Tremonti. Here, I don’t mind saying, I wasn’t expecting much. I went into it with an open mind, but Tremonti is a veritable guitar monster! This guy really knows his instrument and his passion for the music shines through above all other things. As far the music itself, that is where it gets interesting. The songs were all over the place. Songs were good rock tunes that would have felt at home alongside other hits on the radio, while some songs would have felt at home on an early Testament album. Tremonti most certainly lets all of their influences shine and do not limit themselves to any rock or metal label, but rather float somewhere in between while popping back and forth to really keep the attention of both demographics in the crowd. As with Wilson, I was pleasantly surprised again, but by the time they were done, I was ready for some melodic metal.
Trivium didn’t disappoint. This was my second seeing them. The first time I had seen them was when they opened up for Iced Earth on the Glorious Burden tour way back when they were just wee lads breaking onto the national scene. To say that they had matured would be an understatement, but to say that they have lost their edge in a live performance would be downright inaccurate. The energy exuded from these gentlemen was staggering. From the opening song to the encore, they never slowed down for a heartbeat. The music was spot on. They opened up with Silence in the Snow, which is by far my personal favorite of all of their songs both new and old, and it gave me Goosebumps when the entire (albeit less than impressive) crowd all joined in at the chorus. Throughout their set, they played a good balance of material from their early days to the present. The crowd sang along to every song and the pit was active throughout the entire set, so to say that the audience was attentive would be stating the obvious. Trivium puts on a high energy show while playing their material flawlessly. While I was not the biggest fan of Trivium before this show, the band really makes a good argument for paying attention to them in the future and giving their back catalog a closer look so that I too can sing along to every song next time they roll through town.