Kill the Noise Tour
Papa Roach, Hollywood Undead, Bad Wolves
March 9th, 2022
Liberty First Credit Union Arena
After two years of lock-downs, cancellations, and postponements, what we all need is a break. Just a few hours to forget about the stress of life. Something to take our minds off of those overwhelming feelings and focus on what makes us happy; live music.
The newly named Liberty First Credit Union in Ralston picked one helluva tour to kick off their return to hosting live music. Papa Roach’s Kill The Noise tour was the perfect chance for so many of us to be in the present and reconnect with some of our favorite bands. For one of the bands though, it was more of a re-introduction.
For a band, a lot can change in two years, especially if that band is Bad Wolves. I’m not going to rehash the band’s unfortunate drama from the past two years. What you need to focus on is that Bad Wolves have weathered the storm and come out of it better than they were before.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen Bad Wolves half-a-dozen times prior to the pandemic lock-downs, and I can say with complete certainty that I’ve haven’t seen the band this focused, this happy since their earlier days. Their main focus was putting on a killer live show, and they pushed the crowd to the brink of frenzy. Its been a long time since I’ve seen an opening band elicit such an amazing reaction from a crowd.
No one would have expected this being only the 6th time Bad Wolves played in front of a crowd with their new vocalist, Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz, the former guitarist of The Acacia Strain. Each member was in perfect harmony with the others, and worked the stage like it was their childhood home.
Bad Wolves weren’t the only band who were perfectly at home on stage tonight. Leading their set with “Chaos”, Hollywood Undead brought their best tonight and built on the energy that lingered in the arena. Though the band’s signature masks were left behind, Hollywood Undead continue to push the boundaries of what we’ve all come to expect from them. Loud and brutal, the band reminded us to never take a moment for granted and to enjoy what life has for us. Not without their comedy moments, Charlie Scene did take time to reflect on “the 20 extra pounds” he needs to work off from the last two years. As a special treat, tonight’s show would also likely be the last time “Day of the Dead” was played on this tour.
After a few hours of bouncing and thrashing, the crowd was ready for a break but that moment of rest was short lived once Papa Roach took the stage. Expectations are always high for Papa Roach’s live performance, and the band never disappoints. While I still think the band in underrated, even after nearly 25 years of touring and releasing music, they remain one of the most consistent bands currently active.