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Puddle of Mudd Concert Review The Palladium, Worcester, MA July 13, 2018

 

Puddle of Mudd Concert Review

The Palladium, Worcester, MA

July 13, 2018

By Nina McCarthy, Senior Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

What do you get when you put nine of some of New England’s best local hard rock bands in one venue with Inherit The Earth and Puddle of Mudd?  Besides lots of sweat, you get rocked hard, balls to the wall.  I was hesitant to use that expression, but upon researching the origin of the saying, it actually is an aviation term referring to the throttle levers of a military aircraft (which have a rounded ball on top) being pushed to their maximum...maximum effort, speed, energy, and without caution or restraint - a perfect definition of what took place Friday, July 13 at The Worcester Palladium, in Worcester, MA.

 

With doors at 5pm, you know you are in for a long night.  However, the selected openers were an amazing choice by the promoter and made the time fly by.  The bands included SPC, Algorhy+hm, Frenemy, Blind Revision, Carpathia, SiXteenX20, Without Warning, and Bad Marriage.  I was a little sad that I missed the first half of the bands, as I had to wait outside for the guestlist and photo passes to be available.  Luckily, most of the bands play often enough in my area that I had seen them at least once, and some several times.  I did finally get in, grab a quick Angry Orchard and was up front to catch one of my favorite female fronted bands on the upstairs stage, Blind Revision...a perfect warm up for me to be ready to rock.

 

Blind Revision

 

 

Jumping between stages with each band only having about 20 minutes was a task in itself, as well as trying to find the band members to say hello.  Early on I had headed up to the balcony where the merch is usually set up, and found it deserted.  I never found the time to get back there or hit most of the booths.  However, as a huge fan of supporting opening acts, it was a thrill to see my friends make the most of their 20 minutes of fame, opening for Puddle of Mudd. I had the chance to catch up with some of the bands after the fact and hear how they felt about the opportunity.  Ed Lawrence, frontman of SiXteenX20 said, “Although we would have rathered to be on the main stage, headlining the local stage was a nice surprise.  We are very grateful for all the support from stations like Boston Rock Radio and abroad.  The crowd was great and very receptive to all the bands and showed a lot of love for the local openers.”  Having seen SiXteenX20 many times, they were at the top of their game closing out the upstairs stage and I spent a while hanging with the band members enjoying the other sets.

 

SiXteenX20

 

Apparently I missed Carpathia, another must-see female fronted band out of Boston, but Samantha expressed her excitement saying, “Opening for Puddle of Mudd was one of the most exciting shows we’ve ever played.  We hope to continue these moments in our lives and cherish those who have helped us come this far.  Thank you to our fans, family, and friends.”  I’m sure they killed it up there and gained many new fans as they same to do at every gig.

 

Boston rockers Mammothor were just beginning their set with “Faith Healer” on the mainstage when I got down there.  These guys and gal are no stranger to supporting big acts, as they have toured with Saliva, opened for Smile Empty Soul, Trapt, Flaw, Jonathan Davis and have an upcoming tour with Hed PE. I joined the crowd up front and enjoyed the entire set, including new and unrecorded songs “Bury the Motive,” “Blacklight,” and “You Don’t Know Me.”  Summed up well by frontman Travis Lowell, “I’ve been a fan of Puddle of Mudd since Come Clean (“Drift & Die” is probably my favorite) so it was very cool to share the stage with them.  Glad to see Wes looking healthy and playing well.”

 

Mammothor

 

 

Down and dirty Boston hard rockers Bad Marriage, also no strangers to the arena sized stage, opening recently for Steel Panther, Buckcherry, and more, were the last of the locals before New Yorker’s Inherit The Earth provided direct support to the band that brought us all together.  I had never seen Inherit The Earth before and I thoroughly enjoyed their set and look forward to checking them out further.

 

Bad Marriage

 

 

 

Inherit The Earth  

 

 

Finally, Puddle of Mudd took the stage for the eager and sweaty crowd, including the die hards that stood up front holding their spot through all the supporting acts.  Wes, casually dressed in all black from t-shirt and baseball cap on backwards down to his sneakers, grabbed the mic and busted right into “Control” showing that he meant business.  The crowd sang along as the song melded into Sabbath’s “War Pigs” before reverting back to complete the opening song.  Wes’ voice sounded as strong as ever along with the backing vocals of band members, Matt Fuller on guitar, Michael Adams on bass, and the hard thumping of Dave Moreno on drums. The main floor of the Palladium was packed with enthusiastic fans jumping around and I even saw a crowd surfer or two, along with some gentle moshing.  The band had a setlist that ran the gauntlet including “Stoned,” “She Hates Me,” “Psycho” and ending the 16 song set with “Blurry.”  This show proved that Wes was looking and sounding good at 11 months sober, despite the stresses of the road.  I wish him continued success because this was the kind of show we all want to see.

 

Puddle of Mudd will be back in the area on July 28th for a more intimate sold out show at The Vault in the Greasy Lucky Pub in New Bedford, MA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puddle of Mudd Setlist                                  

 

 

Photos- Ariana Leo, Vivid Instincts Photography

             Michael LaFleche, ChillCat Studio

 

Full Photo Albums can be seen on the BRR website under “BRR Concert Gallery.”

 

 

©Boston Rock Radio 2018

Photos- Ariana Leo, Vivid Instincts Photography

             Michael LaFleche, ChillCat Studio

 

Full Photo Albums can be seen on the BRR website under “BRR Concert Gallery.”

 

 

©Boston Rock Radio 2018

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