On December 5th, 2019, Five Finger Death Punch performed at Huntington Center, in Toledo, Ohio with Fire From the Gods, Bad Wolves and Three Days Grace as openers.
As this was my first time in this arena, I had no expectations about the size, stage setup or even the attendance. Being a Thursday night, at 6:30pm, only a couple of weeks before Christmas, I wasn’t sure this date would pay off.
Fire From The Gods
Newly a fan of these guys, I was really upset to miss most of their performance. Stuck in traffic and the show starting at 6:30, I didn’t make it on time to shoot the first three songs. I was hoping to hear their new hit ‘’Right Now’’ figuring it would be at the end of the set, but the band decided to play it half way through their set, which at 30 mins seemed too short. I caught the last few songs and as I thought, the atmosphere was great in the arena, but only a little crowd was in this early.
This was the third or fourth time I’ve seen Bad Wolves on stage this year. I don’t know if it was the stage setup and the lighting or the guys themselves, but it was probably my favorite performance from the band. Lead singer, Tommy Vext was smiling, jumping and talking to the crowd with a very contagious energy. Talking about the importance of friendship and mental health, he invited the crowd to hug the person(s) they came with, and asked us to let them know that we are there for them. Their hit ‘’Remember When’’ was a huge success, but their cover of ‘’Zombie’’ by The Cranberries without any stage lights, stole the whole show. Asking the crowd to light up the arena with cellphones, was a sight to see. Even though I was looking forward to see Five Finger Death Punch, that was definitely my favorite moment of the night.
Three Days Grace
At this point of the night, the arena was starting to fill up, but there was still enough room for the crowd who was getting more and more energetic to dance and mosh. The Canadian band invited the crowd to surf and mosh, specifically when they played their famous song ‘’Riot’’. Not too much interaction with the audience, just enough to keep the fans on their feet as they played their biggest hits, such as ‘’Pain’’, ‘’The Good life’’ and ‘’The Mountain’’. A good performance by Three Days Grace, as usual.
Five Finger Death Punch
I have to admit, I’ve been a fan of this band for years but I have never had the opportunity to see them live before. In the last year I’ve shot many metal, rock and even country bands but Five Finger Death Punch is on my top list of nicest bands to shoot. Posing for the photographers, talking with the crowd, inviting kids on the stage and throwing dozens of guitar picks to the fans, the band really show how much they care about their fans. Lead singer, Ivan Moody jumped on stage with the band a little after 9pm and did not stop until 11pm. For a little less than two hours, we heard 14 songs and 2 encores. The guys were literally everywhere on stage, so everyone in the audience could at least get a peek of them. Celebrating the sobriety anniversary of their bassist Chris Kael along with the hard and noble work of the American Troops, the band played their most famous songs and covers such as ‘’Sham Pain’’, ‘’Wrong Side of Heaven’’, ‘’Never Enough’’ and ‘’Blue on Black’’.
For these few hours, we forgot it was a Thursday, in December and was freezing cold outside. We were just a big group of old friends sharing a common passion. Leaving the daily routine and the Christmas craziness outside for just this evening. This is a form of therapy I’d recommend to everybody!
For more information about the 2020 Five Finger Death Punch tour go, visit their official website at here.