On November 1st, fans lined up at New Hampshire's Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom to see Bullet For My Valentine and Black Veil Brides. As the ballroom became full the opening band, Throw The Fight, entered onto the stage.
If you haven't heard of this band, you're really missing out. They started out with a heavy upbeat song that had the crowd going wild. The heavy guitars mixed with the complicated drum beats and some screams from the vocalist pumped up the fans and the first of many mosh pits opened up. Their stage presence kept the crowd intrigued. As they finished their set and exited the stage the crowd cheered and hollered for their outstanding performance. They then made their way over to their merchandise table to sign autographs and pose for pictures of the new fans they'd gained after their set.
Up next was Stars in Stereo. They started with a dimly lit stage with their star logo and "Stars In Stereo" on tall LCD screens. As the members took the stage, the crowd was shocked as Bec Hollcraft, the band's lead singer, entered the stage and blew everyone away with her incredible voice, which reminded some of Paramore's Hayley Williams. After a driving opening song, Bec surprised everyone again by showing more talent when a guitar was brought on stage to her. The crowd couldn't keep still, and again there were mosh pits opening up as well as crowd surfers. The band took it down with some slow, yet still fantastic ballads and the fans swayed their arms side to side, copying the bands actions. They too signed autographs and pictures at their table for the new fans.
Now those in the crowd couldn't contain themselves as Black Veil Brides walked onto the stage. The anticipation built while fans who call themselves the "BVB Army" waited for frontman Andy Sixx to appear. As he stepped into the light, screaming fans welcomed him. After a few songs, they played an excellent hardcore cover of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" that had even parents singing along. The band kept the original sound while adding double-bass drum beats and a heavy guitar sound and some screams from Andy. The crowd appreciated the cover and showed it by roaring even louder.
Throughout the performance, the amount of moshing and crowd surfing doubled. Black Veil Brides ended with their hit song "In The End" and had everyone singing the catchy chorus throughout. While Bullet For My Valentine played after them, I caught up with Andy outside the venue. Fans lined up outside of the tour bus and as I approached I noticed they were lined up because Andy Sixx, dressed in his leather jacket and smoking a cigarette, was signing autographs and allowing pictures, all with a grin on his face. It's clear he and the members of BVB appreciate their fans.
Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for; the infamous Bullet For My Valentine was about to play. A classical song chimed through the speakers as their intro before they finally entered the stage as fans filled the ballroom with cheers and screams.
Immediately, a mosh pit opened up and people began crowd surfing, one right after another. The band opened up with "Breaking Point and continued to keep the driving songs going, playing other great hits such as "Your Betrayal" and "Temper Temper". They played what the crowd thought was their last song, "Scream Aim Fire". The crowd cheered for an encore as the stage went dark. The band entered again to play an outstanding encore, ending with the band's most popular song "Tears Don't Fall".
Every fan left with a smile on their face raving about the show. Many had said it was well worth their money and one of the best shows they'd ever been to. All four bands impressed and won over the crowd and I'm sure Hampton Beach would welcome them all back again.