Las Vegas natives, Escape The Fate, are no stranger to controversy. Since their start in 2005, the band has made several changes to within their lineup including lead vocalists, forcing them to cancel several tours. Although there has been prolonged drama surrounding the band, they have managed to maintain a solid fan base. The show at the Roseland Theater on April 17th was a testament to the masses that they’re here to stay.
The show started with dimmed lights, tempered silence and rolled into a thundering intro accompanied by the crowd chanting. It was obvious that their fans had missed them. They roared. Frontman, Craig Mabbitt poured himself into this show from the first notes of the first song. Countless times I caught Craig making eye contact with individual fans and waving to them while singing. The crowd showed a sudden burst of energy when Craig announced that the next song was an old one from the bands second release This Is War. The song, titled “The Flood” was clearly a fan favorite as they belted out every word in a chorus-like style. The energy of the band members both towards each other and their fans had an underlying tone of comfort and excitement; they were all enjoying themselves and each other.
Crowd participation was constant but may have peaked when the band played their songs “Something” and “You Are So Beautiful” one after the other. Overall, the feel of Escape The Fate’s set was that of a family reunion, including new and old fans alike. The lighting was nothing short of theatrical and only boosted the atmosphere of the music. Every instrument was tight and well coordinated in stage presence. Escape The Fate may have been absent for a while, but they’re back with a fury, only to be met by their faithful fans. If you’ve written this band off by now, you better “un-write” them off ASAP.
Words by Kasey Eldred. Photos by Kimberly Lawson. More on Flickr.