I saw Gojira three times over the summer, once at Download festival during a rainy and muddy afternoon, the second time at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards ceremony in London, and the third one and more surprising show was at Hellfest in Clisson, France. I was surprised by how much love they received from their own countrymen, the crowd reaction at Hellfest was at the same level of bands like Ghost or Rammstein, it seemed that the French really love and are quite proud of the impact that Gojira have created on the metal scene in the last decade.
When I heard about them coming to Tempe, AZ, I definitely wanted to see them again, not only because the three shows that I saw of them were amazingly good, but because I wanted to experience their set in a more private setting. Believe me, they pretty much delivered a really amazing show to say the less. I arrived at Marquee Theater in the middle of UK’s supporting act Tesseract who played a pretty mellow show not something you might expect at a Gojira tour, but just a bit out of context.
Around 8:45 pm Gojira took the stage opening with Only Pain from their new album Magma, to be honest, I was expecting more material from the new album, but I think the variety of the setlist lit up pretty good the crowd’s energy. Along with Silvera and Stranded, which by the way was so good to hear it in a different setting, that song got me when I listened for the first time at Download, but it I really gained appreciation of it when I listened to it at Hellfest, the crazy crowd response to new song that wasn’t even out yet at the time it blew my mind at that time, but listening to it at Marquee was a comprehensive moment.
Even though, they didn’t play songs like L’Enfant Sauvage this Gojira show was a panoramic ride throughout their discography as they played epic songs like Backbone, Flying Whales, Toxic Garbage Island, Clone, and Vacuity. It was interesting to point out that Joe Duplanter had a good memory of Arizona as he mentioned last time the band was here with Mastodon in 2014, so that was a nice memory that fired up the crowd to scream Gojira!, Gojira!, Gojira! at any chance they got.
At the end of the night, it was an interesting show that delivered a small dose of Magma, but that injected a full dose of Gojira‘s classic energy into the crowd that was attended the show. If you are going to any of the shows left on this tour, you will have a great night, and if you are on the fence about going, better get those tickets quick as there might be another couple of years if not more before they come back as their popularity worldwide keeps growing and there is a lot of places that want to experience a Gojira show.
Here are some of the pictures we got of Gojira at Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ
Gojira 2016 North American Tour Dates:
07/16 – Chicago, Ill. @ Chicago Open Air
07/17 – Quebec City, Quebec @ Festival D’Ete De Quebec
09/21 – Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
09/22 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Electric Factory
09/24 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
09/25 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Tabernacle
09/26 – Orlando, Fla. @ Plaza Live
09/27 – Tampa, Fla. @ Ritz Ybor
09/29 – Austin, Texas @ Emo’s
09/30 – Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
10/01 – Dallas, Texas @ Gas Monkey Live!
10/03 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theatre
10/04 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Marquee Theatre
10/06 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern
10/07 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Warfield
10/09 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
10/10 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
10/11 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SoDo
10/13 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
10/14 – Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre
10/16 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Myth Live
10/17 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Ballroom
10/19 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore Detroit
10/20 – Toronto, Ontario @ Sound Academy
10/21 – Montreal, Quebec @ Metropolis
10/22 – Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium
10/23 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5