How did you spend the holiday of love and romance? Did you go out for a meal, take a vacation, or surround yourself with chocolates, sweet treats and flowers? (Let’s face it if the chocolates didn’t appear on the 14th, they did the day after when everything went on sale). Whatever it may have been, I hope it was as great as you intended it to be, whether you chose to be simple and sweet, or do the traditional wine and dine over a sappy romantic comedy. Me? I chose to do something different. And by different, I mean I chose to throw myself into the pits of a concert and sing my heart out to one of my childhood favourites, the incredible Black Veil Brides at Norwich UEA.
Firstly, I would like to start off by saying I don’t think I could have asked for a better setlist if I tried. As a fan, old and new, I would have been content to hear them stick to any album era, so to watch them perform such a diverse song selection was a dream come true unto itself. Opening with one of the more recent tracks ‘Crimson skies’ Black Veil Brides were quick to have fans jumping, screaming, moshing and headbanging as we belted back the lyrics and raised our horns in the air. The band didn’t stop there though, as they swept the crowd into a wave of madness and mayhem with thunderous drum and guitar and unstoppable vocals, performing many of the incredible classics we have come to know and love. From ‘Coffin to Wake Up,’ to ‘Lost It All,’ ‘Wretched And Divine’ and even all the way back to the beginning with ‘Knives and Pens;’ Black Veil Brides reached out and touched the souls of every audience member in the arena, before concluding the night with one of the most powerful and epic concert endings imaginable as they performed ‘Fallen Angels’ and ‘In The End.’
The band were a phenomenal sight unto themselves, and I can definitely say the night was made so much better with their willingness to interact with the crowd members from beginning to end. Hydration check ins, dancing with the audience, and even just waving back at you from the stage. Seeing a favourite band is amazing on any occasion, but I think we can all agree that it’s made even more special when you know they are as happy to be there as you are.
Black Veil Brides is and always will be a band with such an untouchable talent that not even a decade of time could change or take it away. It’s been a long time since their beginning in 2006, and even though the members, fashion, and fanbase is ever evolving; the unrivalled uniqueness, passion and brilliance has and will always remain. It’s been nearly nine years since I first discovered this band, and to this day (and probably until I die) I still associate them as one of my sources of strength and comfort at a time when I was at my lowest. Seeing them live was like the thrill of riding the tallest and fastest roller coaster combined with the comforts and nostalgia of home. I screamed, I cried, I moshed, and I sang until my voice gave out. But ultimately I went home feeling like I had witnessed something otherworldly and knowing that 14 year old me would have been just as elated and overjoyed as I was at that very moment. I can easily say this is one of the best shows I have been to since my very first back in 2019.
Rebel Love Song
I am Bulletproof
Wretched and Divine
Knives and Pens
Lost It All
In The End
Support: Cemetery Sun, Lilith Czar
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