Anthrax made a stop in Kansas City on their 40th Anniversary Tour with support from Hatebreed and Black Label Society.
First up on stage that night was the Connecticut-native metalcore group Hatebreed. A good amount of guests had filled in the floor area in front of the stage to watch Hatebreed perform. They played through several songs including some of their biggest hits like Destroy Everything, I Will Be Heard, and Looking Down The Barrel of Today. Fans headbanged and threw up their metal horns all throughout Hatebreed‘s wildly energetic set.
Up next was Black Label Society. Frontman Zakk Wylde is always a blast to see on stage. While it is difficult to make out exactly what he’s singing most of the time, that doesn’t seem to affect how much people enjoy BLS‘s music. The band played through a long set that included hits like Funeral Bell, Fire It Up, and Stillborn. If you’re a metal fan, you should definitely check these guys out!
Anthrax closed out the night at The Midland Theatre. These guys are the real deal. As mentioned earlier, these guys are on their 40th anniversary tour and they were more energetic and entertaining than several of today’s younger rockers. Joey Belladonna belted out the vocals throughout the night and Scott Ian and John Donais kept up the guitar work. Charlie Benante was wild on the drumset at the back of the stage and Frank Bello was an animal on the bass guitar, perhaps even the most energetic member of the band that night. Anthrax treated guests to several of their favorite songs including Caught In A Mosh, Madhouse, Bring The Noise, and Indians. After leaving the photo pit, I went to watch from the back of the room and witnessed one of the largest mosh pits I’ve ever seen at The Midland. It was quite a sight.
This tour is a must see for anyone who calls themself a metal fan.
Black Label Society
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