Coal Chamber and Fear Factory with special guest Devil You Know kicked off their Summer tour in Tucson, AZ at The Rialto Theater. I haven’t been to a concert at this venue in a while but they recently updated their outside sitting area which is quite nice now. There’s also good A/C and big fans which are definitely a must for the hot summer shows here.
I saw Devil You Know when they toured with Black Label Society so I was looking forward to watching them again. They played a great set of songs from their album The Beauty of Destruction and I really enjoyed watching Francesco Artusato on the guitar. He, as well as the other members, are all excellent musicians that have a lot of technical skill too. Howard Jones, the singer, is one of the most energetic people I’ve seen and was all over the stage for the entire show. Even people that were there to see the other bands seemed to really like them and got into their songs.
Next up was Fear Factory and everyone packed in when they started playing. While this was my first time seeing them, I’ve always heard how good they are live and was eager to see for myself. The crowd was very excited for the show to start and moshed for most of the set. One guy even unfortunately broke his leg. They played songs that spanned their entire career and a lot of fan favorites that got the crowd going like Demanufacture. Fear Factory also played the song Dielectric, from their upcoming album Genexus, live for the first time. I loved watching them play, they are a great group of musicians and I’ll definitely be at their next show.
The headliner for the night was Coal Chamber. I haven’t listened to their music much but was pleasantly surprised. Their songs are catchy and a lot of fun to listen to. They played with so much energy and know how to put on a great show for everyone. Their fans are very dedicated and had a great time at the show. Their set consisted of some older songs like Loco, Big Truck, and Sway, and a lot of songs from their new album Rivals like I.O.U. Nothing and Another Nail in the Coffin.