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ASKING ALEXANDRIA, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, THE WORD ALIVE, NERV In Houston, TX With Photos!

By Lena Rayne, Houston Contributor
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 @ 12:08 AM


The "All My Friends" North American Tour Hits H-Town On April 13th

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All Photos By Lena Rayne Photo

As the lights dimmed and the crowd erupted into cheers, the stage came alive with the electrifying energy of THE WORD ALIVE, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, and ASKING ALEXANDRIA on their "All My Friends - North American Tour". This exhilarating night unfolded as the second show of the tour at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. Unfortunately, due to an accident on the freeway on my way in to the show I missed the opening act NERV.

THE WORD ALIVE kicked off the evening with an explosive set, igniting the stage with their signature blend of metalcore and post-hardcore sound. Opening with the haunting melodies of "2012", they seamlessly transitioned into "Nocturnal Future", setting the tone for an exhilarating performance. The crowd roared as they delved into hits like "Play the Victim" and "Hate Me", each song pulsating with energy. With a dynamic stage presence and infectious enthusiasm, THE WORD ALIVE left a lasting impression with their setlist, including crowd favorites like "Life Cycles" and "One of Us".

Setlist:

  • "2012"
  • "Nocturnal Future"
  • "Play the Victim"
  • "Unknown"
  • "Hate Me"
  • "Thank You"
  • "New Reality"
  • "Misery"
  • "Life Cycles"
  • "One of Us"
Next up, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE took the stage by storm, delivering a powerful performance that captivated the audience from start to finish.

As they launched into "Make Believe", the crowd surged with energy. However, amidst the frenzy, I found myself unexpectedly hit in the head with a broken drumstick, a momentary shock amidst the excitement. A dedicated fan on the barricade saw me drop to the ground to pick it up and shouted, "HEY!! PHOTOGRAPHER!! CAN I PLEASE HAVE THAT DRUMSTICK?!" to which I promptly ran over and handed it to him on the condition I could take his photo with it. He happily agreed, and we were both swept up once again by the band's electrifying presence and the captivating melodies of "Bleed Me Dry" and "The Old Me". During "The Old Me" guitar player Kellen McGregor threw his guitar pick to the youngest barricade-goer in the crowd, helping me capture a perfect moment for a young family. Each song resonated with the crowd, evoking a range of emotions and igniting a sense of unity. As the band unleashed hits like "Miles Away" and "No Ordinary Love", the audience sang along in unison, creating an atmosphere of solidarity that transcended the brief interruption. With their electrifying stage presence and heartfelt lyrics, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE left an indelible mark on the night, culminating with the explosive finale of "Blood & Water".

Setlist:

  • "Make Believe"
  • "Bleed Me Dry"
  • "The Old Me"
  • "Somebody"
  • "The Sinner"
  • "Vices"
  • "Chaotic"
  • "Miles Away"
  • "No Ordinary Love"
  • "Misery"
  • "Blood & Water"
Closing out the night with an unforgettable performance, ASKING ALEXANDRIA took the stage with an unmatched intensity and fervor. Launching into "Closure", they set the tone for a high-energy set filled with adrenaline-pumping anthems and infectious hooks. From the infectious groove of "Alone Again" to the rebellious spirit of "Into The Fire", each song ignited a frenzy of movement and emotion in the crowd. As they belted out hits like "The Violence" and "To The Stage", the audience was swept away by the sheer power and passion of the music. Ending on a high note with "Alone In a Room", ASKING ALEXANDRIA left the crowd exhilarated and craving more. Formed in 2008 in York, North Yorkshire, they gained prominence in the metalcore scene with their debut album Stand Up And Scream in 2009, featuring tracks like "The Final Episode (Let's Change The Channel)" and "Not The American Average". Known for their energetic live performances and dynamic stage presence, the band quickly garnered a dedicated fan base.

With their passionate lyrics, catchy melodies, and powerful instrumentation, ASKING ALEXANDRIA has solidified their status in modern rock music. Their electrifying performances and heartfelt songs leave audiences exhilarated and craving more, making them a standout act on any tour lineup.

Experiencing the electrifying energy of the "All My Friends - North American Tour" with ASKING ALEXANDRIA featuring NERV, THE WORD ALIVE, and MEMPHIS MAY FIRE was beyond incredible. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!

Setlist:

  • "Closure"
  • "Alone Again"
  • "Bad Blood"
  • "Down to Hell"
  • "Into the Fire"
  • "Where Did It Go?"
  • "Dark Void"
  • "Someone, Somewhere"
  • "Moving On"
  • "The Violence"
  • "Let Go"
  • "To the Stage"
  • "A Prophecy"
  • "The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)"
  • "Alone in a Room"
Remaining Tour Dates:
  • 4/17 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
  • 4/19 - Tampa, FL - 98Rock Fest ^
  • 4/20 - Orlando, FL - 101 WJRR Earth Day Birthday 2024 ^
  • 4/21 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
  • 4/23 - Richmond, VA - The National
  • 4/25 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
  • 4/26 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring
  • 4/27 - Worcester, MA - Big Gig ^
  • 4/28 - Harrisburg, PA - Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
  • 4/30 - McKees Rocks, PA - Roxian Theatre
  • 5/1 - Columbus, OH - The Bluestone
  • 5/3 - Milwaukee, WI - Hog Fest ^
  • 5/4 - Saint Paul, MN - 93X Twin City Takeover ^
  • 5/5 - Omaha, NE - Steelhouse Omaha
  • 5/7 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
  • 5/8 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
  • 5/10 - Portland, OR - McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
  • 5/11 - Garden City, ID - Revolution Concert House
  • 5/12 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
  • 5/14 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
  • 5/15 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues San Diego
  • 5/17 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues Anaheim
  • 5/18 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
^ Radio Festival Date (AA only)

Check out some more photos from the show!
All Photos By Lena Rayne Photo


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