lostprophets Live At In The Venue, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 10 November 2006
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United States of Americaby Jase Luttrell
Posted: 19 December 2006

For once, MySpace actually served a purpose. Jase noticed a bulletin the Welsh metal band lostprophets posted, saying that the first four people to email the band would receive two free tickets to its Salt Lake City show at In The Venue. He immediately shot off an e-mail and prayed to the concert gods for a quick response. Without being forced to make a sacrifice, he was notified he won the tickets. Here's what happened at the show.

lostprophets live in Salt Lake CityThe doors opened at 6:00pm on Friday 10 November for the lostprophets show I spent the entire week imagining. My friends and I arrived at a quarter to seven; it was cold out, and we didn't want to stand in line outside.

When we entered the venue there was some trouble because my name wasn't on the guest list, but the issue was resolved within ten minutes when the tour manager came up to tell the door people my name was on the list.

lostprophets had booked the show in Salt Lake City the week before as the band was travelling from Denver to Las Vegas and had a day off from its touring schedule. As a result, the venue was not crowded at all because of poor ticket sales. There was plenty of space to move around, and the audience was not packed in like claustrophobic sardines, as is usually the case.

We came in just as The Transit War finished its last song, so I can't comment on the first band. The second band, Take the Crown, put on a solid performance, though none of the songs were memorable. I have the feeling that this band is new, does not have a lot of performances under its belt, and is probably best experienced through its recordings, at least for now. The band showed some promise, and maybe I will hear from it again.

lostprophets live in Salt Lake City

By eight o'clock, lostprophets' gear was set up on the stage, and the band came out to loud applause, despite the meager size of the audience. The band announced its arrival in Salt Lake City with the song "To Hell We Ride", from Start Something. The song is fast paced and raucous, and got the crowd moving into the familiar rhythms of the mosh pit culture. True to the recordings, all of singer Ian Watkins vocals were distinguishable and enunciated. Backup singer and keyboardist Jamie Oliver was harder to understand, since he normally performs the screaming, growling, and guttural vocals found on the recordings. Though his lyrics were hard to understand, they were also true to the sounds found on the band's three albums.

lostprophets live in Salt Lake CityIan Watkins then said his hellos to the audience, to resounding applause, and the band broke into "New Transmission", sending the majority of the crowd spiraling into the mosh pit. "New Transmission" was followed by "We Still Kill The Old Way" and "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja", two rowdy songs the band performed with ecstatic and forceful energy.

As the familiar chords and guitar strums of "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" sounded, the audience screamed, and Ian Watkins invited everyone to sing and shout along. Instead of moshing, most people in the audience jumped to the beat of the song, more or less in unison, while shouting the chorus "everybody scream your heart out!". The band performed this song slightly faster than the recording, and with more distortion on the guitars, which added to the edge and grit of the song.

With an extended intro, the band played "Start Something", and the crowd recovered from the slower tempo of "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)", again breaking into the mosh pit. With a little encouragement from Ian Watkins the crowd moved at a fierce pace, and people began to shove each other across the sparsely populated room. Amazingly, this audience was one of the kindest, warmest, and welcoming pits I have ever seen. Anytime anyone fell or stumbled, all of the violent action would stop, and the fallen were picked up or allowed to recover before the violence began again.

When "Start Something" ended Jamie Oliver began playing some gentle improvisations on his keyboard using a piano sound, and the beginnings of "4:am Forever" could be distinctly heard to anyone who knows the song well enough. Immediately, the audience members put up their lighters and cellular phones, and swayed to the reserved, calm, and pensive rhythm. Ian's vocals were clear, perfectly in tune, and he sung with an emotion that proves this painful song about the death of a very good friend is one he penned for his own therapeutic needs. Bravely, he pushed through the song, changing the dynamic of the audience from raucous to respectful with ease and confidence.

After a quick exchange between Jamie Oliver and Ian Watkins concerning the sound of the new album (which Jamie says will be completely full of harsh growling vocal ramblings), the band broke into its wildly popular hit song "Last Train Home", also from Start Something. Just as with "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)", the audience bounced and jumped to the chorus and bridge in pure delight, led by Ian Watkins' own chaotic leapings.

lostprophets live in Salt Lake City

For "Everyday Combat", an extremely fast song, Ian Watkins sang the lyrics clearly, while also jumping into the audience and crowd surfing towards the end of the song. As he climbed back onto the stage and the final, hectic drumming echoed through the venue, he thanked the audience for coming on such short notice, and commented on how that proved that we in attendance were "true fans". Of course, this resulted in an explosion of applause, screaming, and whistling.

lostprophets live in Salt Lake CityBefore the explosion subsided, the band broke into its final song for the night, "Burn, Burn". Deep down, every person in the audience knew this would be the last song, so the mosh pit was especially chaotic and violent, but still respectful. Clearly, the band enjoyed performing for the small show just as much as the audience enjoyed the music, maybe moreso.

Unfortunately, the show was reserved for In The Venue, which is also, confusingly, the establishment Club Sound on certain days of the week. Friday night is the biggest clubbing night in the city, which forced the show to end at 9:30pm, enabling the crowd to leave the building in order for the venue to morph into the drunken haze of bad lighting and bad dancing. Because the venue had more capitalistic plans than a concert for 100-some people, everyone was forced to leave early and suddenly, and lostprophets wasn't allowed to play an encore that the audience hoped for. The lack of an encore is my greatest and only complaint of this show, but I know it was beyond the decision of the band. As a word of advice: try to avoid In The Venue for concerts on a Friday night, because they usually start and end early. However, if lostprophets is playing, go see the band any day of the week, at any hour. The show is rebellious and packed with high energy, and the band can deliver a show that is incredible.


Set List
To Hell We Ride
New Transmission
We Still Kill the Old Way
Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja
Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)
Start Something (with an extended intro)
4:am Forever (with an extended piano intro)
Last Train Home
Everyday Combat
Burn, Burn


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