Sunday night meant one thing at Musikfest, it was time for a night of pure rock on the Sands SteelStage! Rock fans were treated to a line up the likes of which won’t be seen again for some time to come. The majority of the fans were there early, though they didn’t have to compete for line positions for this show because there was no pit. Doors opened early and the first band hit the stage around 5:30pm, kicking things off with a 1-2 punch of metal and rock.
The band went by the name of, We As Human, and they were very excited to be here in Bethlehem for Musikfest. This show may have been a one off for them before the upcoming Carnival of Madness tour but that didn’t mean they weren’t going to bring there all. Interestingly enough the band had a great stage presence and knew how to get the crowd going despite them being a very young band who hasn’t toured much. Were they the best rock band I have ever seen? Probably not, but they certainly offered a fresh take on the genre which is really needed right now. I just hope they get the exposure they deserve so they get the chance to become bigger.
The next band to hit the stage certainly wasn’t as prompt as We As Human was but they still delivered a solid performance despite their near half hour delay. Thousand Foot Krutch certainly have a flair for the dramatic, it can be seen visual in their unique logo branded jumpsuit’s that they wear on stage. I enjoyed seeing them on a large stage for once, last time I saw them we were crowded into the Chameleon Club in Lancaster and that didn’t go so well for anyone.
The only thing that came to my mind was, why is this band opening? Thousand Foot Krutch has just as big of a following as Skillet doesn’t so it probably should have been a co-headlining show which would have given the band a few songs on stage. Regardless, Thousand Foot Krutch made up for their tardiness to stage and got all of South Side Bethlehem jumping off their feet and warmed up for Skillet.
After being introduced by Matt Bishop from TheRockRevival.com, Skillet emerged with a stage set up that rivaled the greats of rock music such as Motley Crue or even Kiss. The amount of pyro that went off during the first song, “Hero,” was breath taking but the madness didn’t stop there. Each song was beautiful lit with a barrage of miraculous colors that ranged from deep blues all the way to vibrant yellows and the air around the venue was constantly being heated from pyro explosions that boomed louder than fireworks at times.
Now that we have painted the visual picture of the scene we can move on to how great the band sounded. Lead singer, John Cooper, really knows how to breathe fresh life into the songs when he is on stage because his vocal performance was spot on, even better than the studio recordings most of the time it seemed. The same goes for the entire band, each member moved around and made sure to give each side of their audience lots of love and attention.
Skillet is soon to embark on the Carnival of Madness tour with Shinedown, which is sure to be a phenomenal mix of talent for that tour. If you missed the show last night at Musikfest, I recommend that you purchase tickets soon for the Philadelphia stop with Shinedown. Sight of Sound Magazine has an exclusive photo gallery below as well as a formal review to help persuade you. Musikfest took a chance by booking this band and Skillet more than delivered for them last night.