Last Friday night Chiodos hit the Chameleon Club for day three of their headlining tour and day two of the Launch Music Conference being held in Lancaster. The band’s return marks a true beginning of a new era following the release of their new album Devil and the reformation of old friendships amongst the band. It is a well known fact that Craig Owens return to the band was one of the biggest happenings of 2012 and their subsequent reunion tour/Warped Tour run were both very notable talking points as well. With all of that I can safely say that 2014 is the year of Chiodos, they are more focused than ever and their music is more polished than it ever was in the early days of the band.
The Chameleon Club was packed to capacity which was expect just do the sheer volumes of fans who came out to see them in summer on Warped, not to mention that everyone wants to hear the new songs live too. Chiodos hit the stage just past 10:15PM to the echoing sounds of U.G. Introduction off of a Devil, a late night for some fans but in all honesty it wouldn’t be a rock concert if the headliner wasn’t going on late. With a screaming roar Craig Owens ran out on to the very cramped Chameleon Club stage and the rest of the band ran out along side him as they broke into Ole Fishlips is Dead Now causing mosh pits to spawn from side to side of the venue. Security seemed concerned that at any moment fans would lurch over the barricade and rush the stage but the cheap metal was holding for the time being, as were the wooden boxes they put on the floor to secure it even more.
Thomas Erak jumped up on top of a monitor with his guitar raised well above his head as the continued into their 3rd song, There’s No Penguins in Alaska and the crowd sang back just as loudly as they were playing. All in all it was a great turn out for the Chameleon Club, the multiple floor set up often scares fans away who don’t want to wait in line but you could see plenty of faces on all floors having a great time. What I enjoyed most was the range of ages in the crowd, you saw a good amount of fans who were in their early 30’s show up because they remembered Chiodos from way back and they were having as good of a time as the 16 year olds who were just finding out about Chiodos due to the most recent album. Despite the age gap you could feel that everyone was here from the same thing, to see their favorite band bring it. And brought it they did, in top form.
The setlist was full of new songs, which is sometimes risky because you never know how fans are going to react to them but there was no doubt that the fans did their homework because they belted out the lyrics like they hand been listening to these songs their whole life. For those who are interested, here is the list from the Chameleon Club show so you can see for yourself :
Ole Fishlips is Dead Now
The Undertaker’s Thirst for Revenge Is Unquenchable. (The Final Battle)
There’s No Penguins in Alaska
A Letter from Janelle
We’re Talking About Practice
Under Your Halo
The Words “Best Friend” Become Redefined
Expensive Conversations in Cheap Motels
Baby, You Wouldn’t Last a Minute on the Creek
Intensity in Ten Cities
If I Cut My Hair, Hawaii Will Sink
The security of the Chameleon Club had their work cut out for them with this show. From start to finish it was a sea of endless crowd surfers and Craig Owens even joined the crowd a few times. Despite these challenges I want to give a huge shout out to the security who kept everyone safe and still managed to let us photographers do our job when the chance arose. With out them there the night could have ended badly for a lot of fans and the band. The Launch Music Conference made a great choice when they booked Chiodos for this weekend because the show was sold out between attendees with passes and fans who got tickets via the band. All in all, Chiodos are back and the next time they come through Pennsylvania I would wager they will be playing a larger venue. This band is on the rise and has put the past behind them to embrace a new future of success.