Carnival of Madness Tour 2011

By Kaitlin Follmer

Published on Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Carnival of Madness tour has returned for a second year, and Kaitlin Follmer was on hand to check it out when it came through Baltimore. Check below for her impressions and photos from the performance.

Adelitas Way:

This band was a big reason why I wanted to cover the Carnival of Madness tour. I saw them for the first time just about two years ago on tour, ironically with Theory of a Deadman. When I saw them, I really had no idea who they were, but I was very drawn in by their charisma on stage.

As soon as they came on stage they never let up, the crowd responded so well to lead vocalist Rick Dejesus’s “in your face style.” During their last song “Invincible” Rick proposed any crowd surfer who made it to the front of the stage got to shake his hand. While the security guards hated him for it, the floor exploded with people flying through the air. Though the rest of the guys have a more subdued style they still made time to come to the front of the stage and show off for the crowd. This is definitely a band I would love to see again when they come around.

Black Stone Cherry:

I must admit I like Black Stone Cherry from time to time, they seem to be a more mainstream version of Buckcherry and their songs get lost in the mix for me. But they were a lot of fun on stage and definitely a challenge to shoot. They had barely any stage light except for a spot light on lead Chris Robertson, which was a shame because the most interesting part of their set were guitarist Ben Wells and bassist Jon Lawhon. These guys were running all over the stage switching with one another and planting themselves on the speakers for a little head banging. I would definitely like to shoot them again with better lighting but they aren’t a band you have to see more than once.

Alter Bridge:

Being a band that is almost completely derived from Creed, a lot of people have pre-conceived feelings about this band. Personally I like Alter Bridge, I think Myles Kennedy adds a lot of dimension to their sound and helps them stand apart. They were great performers, Mark Tremonti and Brian Marshall were very involved with the crowd and had great interactions with one another. All of the members of this band are very experienced in the public eye and know how to appeal to a crowd, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. As a band, Alter Bridge had a lot of success in the past but their set was somewhat average. There were barely any lights except on Myles Kennedy just like the bands before them. They guys themselves sounded great and were fun to watch, but I got bored with the set after the first couple songs.

Theory of a Deadman:

I have never been an avid fan of Theory’s but I first heard of them when they released “Gasoline” and really started getting into them when they released “Scars and Souvenirs.” The first time I saw them was in August of 2009 when they were on tour with Motley Crue for Crue Fest 2. I was incredibly let down by their performance, Tyler Connolly sounded out of tune during most of the set and frankly they weren’t interesting to watch. Then I saw them a second time around in January of 2009 on tour with Adelitas Way and Halestorm. Once again I left disappointed, this time because the vocals were turned down so low, I couldn’t hear Connolly over the loud guitar and powerful drums. Though they were a lot more interesting to watch in a more intimate setting.

Needless to say I didn’t have very high hopes coming into this show for Theory of a Deadman, I have always liked their music so I was hoping they would sound better than the last couple times I had seen them. I was pleasantly surprised when they came out with “Gentleman” I could hear Connolly and he sounded fantastic. As their set progressed I noticed they had pulled some of their old routines out, including drawing out “We Got it Made” into a call and response competition between the left and right side of the building. But overall I was thrilled that Theory sounded great this time around but I am worried about the inconsistency of their performances I have seen.

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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