The night could have been a disaster when support acts, Fit For A King, Northlane, and ERRA came to the rescue.
The tone was set early, when ERRA fans kicked-off the night with a mosh pit that consumed nearly three-quarters of the venue. Northlane followed suit with its chest-pounding beats and thunderous guitars while bodies on the floor continued to crash without orchestration. Fit For A King, whose Cincinnati show was essentially a hometown crowd, implored the frenzied concert goers to engage in an “old school” mosh. The resultant whirlpool of fans was both energizing and entertaining. What resembled a modern-day conga line with flailing arms would continue throughout the set, interrupted only by the intermittent surfer trying to reach its mark at stage-front.
Enter August Burns Red. Not five minutes before the band was scheduled to take the stage, ABR’s tour manager appeared and informed the packed house that lead vocalist, Jake Luhrs, had been ill (and vomitting) all day and wouldn’t be able to perform and that they would bare witness to “the most unusual August Burns Red show ever.” In his stead, members from supporting bands ERRA, Fit For A King and Miss May I would fill in and perform the set with the remaining band members of August Burns Red and direct help from the crowd, singing along. Perhaps it was an odd approach, but it worked. The enthusiastic crowd took up the charge, picked up the slack and helped each vocalist with each and every word, growl, snarl, and chorus. What could have been a major musical disaster turned into a resounding team win for the band and fans alike.
Photos by: Taylor Lynn Clare