The Sylvee, Madison, Wisconsin’s newest premiere venue was the place to be on Monday March 23rd. Fight the Fury, Underoath, Skillet and Breaking Benjamin packed the house from floor to ceiling for an experience fans would not soon forget from four bands that are setting a higher bar for live music shows.
Fight the Fury kicked the night off. Who is Fight the Fury? A fair question, because they’ve only been an official band for less than a year, but you’ll recognize at least some of their members. The band is comprised by Skillet’s John Cooper (vocals/bass) Skillet’s bad ass six string master Seth Morrison, Jared Ward on skins, and John Panzer, III, the other master axe man of the band. With members of such musical talent you can imagne that Fight the Fury is nothing short of WOW! Fight the Fury is harder/heavier/more metal than Skillet, so if you’re a fan of them but want your music harder, this is your band.
Underoath took the stage next. The set included everything you would expect in a Underoath show – circle pits, moshing and the metal melodies that the fans have come to know and love.
It was double duty for John and Seth when Skillet came to the stage. Visually, I was impressed with the hydraulic stage components, and musically, the addition of a live cello player in the set. Since the cello is only prevelant in a few of their songs, it would’ve been easier, and less expensive, to back track the cello parts. Props to Skillet for spending the money to bring fans a better live experience. You will have to come front and center to a Skillet show to see what I am talking about. The fans had fists up and rocked out to fellow “Cheeseheads” Kory and John Cooper of Skillet. John even did a Cheesehead chant.
Breaking Benjamin, the tour headliner, finished off the night playing new songs off of ‘Ember’, and of course throwing in the iconic oldies of the band. Ben and the gang we’re clearly enjoying themselves, as were the fans. One of the hallmarks of every Breaking Benjamin show is the fans who sing along to nearly every track they play, new or old. If you were there you left the show a bigger fan than when you came.
Tune in to the interviews filmed at The Sylvee with John Cooper of Skillet/Fight the Fury and Ben Burnley from Breaking Benjamin coming soon!
Written by Melissa “Michievous Mel” Anderson – Photo’s by Wes “Rockwell” Anderson