Radio station Q103-FM celebrated the recent holiday with the “Thanksgiving Hangover Show” at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany.
Poughkeepsie natives Pipebomb started the night off, and their fans were out in full force. This hard-rock quintet tried out for Q103′s “Play for the Stage” back in July. They made it to the finals but came in second place – losing to Selfish Needy Creatures, who won the opening slot at SPAC with Godsmack – so Pipebomb was chosen to perform at the T-Day Hangover show for rocking so hard. Their loud and powerful, cohesive sound got the crowd going and set the mood for the rest of the night.
Tennessee rockers Egypt Central took the stage next. From the first moment on stage, they erupted with powerful energy and blasting sound. Both guitarists and vocalist John Falls were hyped up, moving and jumping around the stage, and drum sticks were often seen flying. At one point in the performance, frontman Falls screamed, “When we go crazy, we want to see YOU go crazy,” encouraging those sitting in the bleachers to get on their feet. The 45-minute set included crowd favorites “Taking You Down,” “The Drug,” “Kick Ass,” “You Make Me Sick” and “White Rabbit.”
At 9:45pm members from Q103 took the stage to announce the multi-platinum selling headliners, Staind. Frontman Aaron Lewis drew cheers from the crowd when he announced that he only lived 45 minutes away in Massachusetts. (Upon a chance encounter, I met his mom who had made the trip over to see the show!) Listed in metal magazine Hit Parader’s Heavy Metal’s All-Time Top 100 Vocalists, Lewis delivered a powerful performance. The hour-and-a-half set included many Staind classics, songs off their new, heavier, self-titled album and even an acoustic “Country Boy” from Lewis’ solo country album.
Throughout the night, the band often switched between electric and acoustic. There was something for everyone in the diverse crowd! One of Staind’s heaviest songs, “Mudshovel” was performed last, and then the crowd was treated to an encore performance of their hit “Something to Remind You”. A great ending to a night of hard rock, and the crowd was happy with their ears still ringing.
Review by Brian Tromans with assistance from Q103’s Q-Tease Jen
Photographs by Brian Tromans
NOTE: Photos of Staind were prohibited
STAIND SET LIST
Eyes Wide Open
So Far Away
Throw It All Away
It’s Been A While
Something to Remind You