Review and Photos by Brad Goldring
This past Saturday, April 20th, Pop Evil brought their spring tour to The Fillmore Detroit. A rain evening in Detroit, Michigan, along for the ride was opener Messer, and direct support Memphis May Fire
Opening the evening, this Dallas based group welcomed incoming fans with a seven-song set, that blurred the lines of southern charm and heavy rock. Crisp and clean sounding, their music brought a warm welcome to the auditorium.
Memphis May Fire
This Nashville quintet crushed their set, coming out firing on all cylinders. Lead singer Matty Mullins spared no time getting the crowd pumped as they sang along with every word, and jumped and danced as the night progressed. The lighting for Memphis May Fire was amazing and continued on into Pop Evil.
Pop Evil hailing from Michigan, treated this as a hometown show. Opening with Boss’s Daughter, from 2011’s “War of Angels”, Pop Evil played a 17-song set, that included a 3 song encore, and spanned their entire career to date. Mixing newer songs like ”Be Legendary”, “Colors Bleed” and “Waking Lions” with old favorites “100 In A 55”, and “Ways To Get High” the setlist had something for everyone. Leigh and the rest of the band heavily engaged with the crowd, and Hayley Cramer on drums completely blew me away.
The performance tonight was well put together, and had something for everyone, the lighting was excellent and the sound was crisp and clear. So much so that Leigh took a moment to thank the sound engineer for being excellent.
Seeing as Detroit was the second last stop on this tour, anyone who missed them this time around should take a look at their official site, www.popevil.com and catch them on the next tour.