Posted on 8/19/2012
Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson of Concert Blast were ready to see their New Zealand friends again when Like A Storm headed to Nashville, TN as the opener for Creed latest tour. The Brooks brothers (Chris, Matt, and Kent) of Like A Storm (along with a touring drummer) opened the night to get the Sunday night crowd at the Ryman Auditorium into a hard rockin’ mood for a night of fun as Creed ended the night on a “Higher” note. Here is Mike Arnold’s concert review of the night… ENJOY!
Written by Mike Arnold
Our photographer friend Sam (Samantha Shrader) called me on that Sunday afternoon to ask what time she should arrive at the Ryman Auditorium. Unfortunately I told her the wrong time. There were three bands on the bill that night and we thought Like A Storm was going to be the second band to play, until one of the road crew told me otherwise about 10 minutes before Like A Storm took the stage. I called Sam immediately to tell her about the lineup, but she was stuck in traffic due to a wreck on the Interstate and couldn’t get to the venue in time to take photos of our New Zealand friends performing their set. However, I made an attempt with my cheap camera.
The house lights went down at the Ryman as Chris Brooks took the front and center section of the stage blowing into his Didgeridoo (a huge flute type instrument that looks like a bong). This is their usual opener known as “The End of the Beginning”. This intro leads into my favorite Like A Storm song, “Chemical Infatuation”. Without a very long pause, the band continued with “New Life”.
The band stopped long enough for front man Chris Brooks to say, “How ya doing Nashville? Ready to have fun?” Fun is a good way to explain their set. The hard rockin’ brothers (with a touring drummer) gave Nashville a fun time as they continued with “Never Surrender”.
Guitarist Matt Brooks stepped up to the mic to take over by telling the excited crowd that they will be at their T-Shirt booth after their set and they want to meet each and every person. Bassist Kent Brooks reached down to the stage to start some type of programmable synthesizer to begin the song, “Just Save Me”.
Like A Storm performed a couple of new tunes from an upcoming release before continuing with getting the crowd chanting, “Hoi, Hoi, Hoi…” as they prepared us with their version of AC/DC’s “T.N.T.”. The crowd loved it! Matt took a picture of the crowd before ending their set with their angry style song, “Enemy”.
I enjoyed their performance this time more than I did a year ago as they performed in Nashville with Alter Bridge. Last time Chris Brooks used a lot of profanity and this year he used it only a couple of times. After their set we met up with the guys as they were meeting their fans in the lobby to say hello while marketing their merchandise, signing posters, and posing with fans during photo ops. It’s different to watch them rock out on stage and then talk to them in person to see how courteous and friendly they are.
These guys know how to handle a stage and work with their fans. All bands and musicians could learn a lesson from these three brothers on how to communicate with fans. On a Concert Blast Scale I will give their show an 8.0. I will always try to make a point to see Like A Storm in concert and I suggest you do also. I’m really looking forward to hearing the new record this fall.
Written By Mike Arnold