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On a warm evening at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, fans of alternative rock were treated to an explosive double bill featuring the post-hardcore legends, The Used, and the dynamic emo rockers, Pierce the Veil. Supporting acts were DeathbyRomy and Don Broco for The Creative Control 2023 tour. This unforgettable concert showcased the undeniable talent of all four bands, leaving the audience electrified and craving more.
DeathbyRomy opened the show by bringing her Cali, street goth fashion, and corpse-like makeup to the Nashville stage. Writing songs since she was 5, now the 22-year-old has released 3 albums and is quickly gaining popularity. She had the crowd moshing and jumping to all of her hits including “Problems”, “I Kill Everything” and “Beautiful Mayhem”.
The UK band Don Broco hit the stage wasting no time playing the hits from their most recent album. Vocalist Rob Damiani is no stranger to fashion. Wearing his baggy green pants it was easy to keep up with him as he ran from one side of the stage to the other hyping up the crowd.
The stage was set for an evening of high-octane music as Pierce the Veil burst onto the stage already pumped to give it their all. The seamless blend of intricate guitar riffs, thunderous drum beats, and the soaring vocals of lead singer Vic Fuentes set the tone for an adrenaline-fueled night.
As the band effortlessly transitioned from one hit to another, their performance reached new heights with each song. The crowd erupted with enthusiasm during crowd favorites like “King for a Day” and “Circles.” Pierce the Veil’s ability to balance heavy breakdowns with infectious melodies was on full display, captivating the audience from start to finish.
What truly set Pierce the Veil apart was their on-stage chemistry and engagement with the fans. Fuentes’ charismatic presence and powerful vocals resonated with the crowd, drawing them into the emotional rollercoaster that is their music. The band’s tight-knit musicianship and synchronized stage presence were a testament to their years of experience and dedication to their craft.
The lighting and visual effects further enhanced the band’s performance, creating a captivating atmosphere that complemented their intense sound. From the pulsating strobe lights to the mesmerizing projections, the visual spectacle added another layer of immersion to the concert experience.
Following Pierce the Veil’s electrifying set, The Used took the stage to a thunderous ovation. Led by the enigmatic frontman Bert McCracken, the band unleashed a wave of nostalgia with their signature blend of emo rock and post-hardcore aggression. The Used had the crowd singing along and jumping in unison.
Throughout their performance, The Used showcased their versatility, seamlessly transitioning between high-energy tracks like “The Taste of Ink” and heartfelt ballads like “On My Own.” McCracken’s raw and emotive vocals resonated with the audience, who passionately sang every word.
The Pierce the Veil and The Used tour stop at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville was an extraordinary display of emo rock and post-hardcore prowess. All four bands delivered performances that were equal parts captivating, energetic, and emotionally charged. From Pierce the Veil’s explosive opening set to The Used’s crowd-pleasing hits, the night was a testament to the enduring power of alternative rock music.
The show provided fans with an experience that was more than just a series of songs—it was a cathartic journey, a celebration of unity and self-expression. Pierce the Veil and The Used left an indelible mark on Nashville, reminding us all of the profound impact music can have on our lives.
PIERCE THE VEIL ON TOUR:
WITH THE USED:
5/23 — Austin, TX — HEB Center at Cedar Park^+
5/24 — New Orleans, LA — The Fillmore Harrah’s^+
5/26 — Tampa, FL — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino^+
5/27 — Boca Raton, FL — Mizner Park Amphitheatre^+
5/28 — St. Augustine, FL — The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre^+
5/30 — Atlanta, GA — Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre^+
5/31 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium^+
6/2 — Toronto, ON — RBC Echo Beach^+
6/3 —Baltimore, MD — Pier Six Pavilion^+
6/6 — Richmond, VA — Virginia Credit Union LIVE!^+
6/7 — Wallingford, CT — Oakdale Theatre^+
6/9 — Philadelphia, PA — Skyline Stage at the Mann^+
6/10 — Portland, ME — Cross Insurance Arena^+
6/12 — Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony Summerstage^#
6/13 — New York, NY — The Rooftop at Pier 17^#
6/15 — Bethlehem, PA — The Wind Creek Event Center^#
6/16 — Moon Township, PA — UPMC Events Center^#
6/17 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center^#
6/19 — Grand Rapids, MI — GLC Live at 20 Monroe^#
6/21 — Cincinnati, OH — The Andrew J Brady Music Center^#
6/22 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee^#
6/24 — Dallas, TX — Fair Park^#
6/28 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex^#
6/29 — Reno, NV — Grand Sierra Resort + Casino^#
7/1 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre^#
7/2 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Financial Theatre^#
^ With Don Broco
+ With Deathbyromy
# With girlfriends