Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
Austin Winkler- Vocals
Joe ‘Blower’ Garvey- Guitar
Mark King- Guitar
Mike Rodden- Bass
Cody Hanson- Drums
This was an interesting bill for the night, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Hinder, and Sick Puppies. One may categorize all these bands as Rock but they are all different types of Rock. For the two bands, Hinder and Sick Puppies, the crowd wasn’t as cheery as their normal crowd of fans.
We saw Hinder back in December at the House of Blues in Vegas. When those guys hit the stage the crowd roared and moved. You could see that Hinder was feeding off our energy and we we feeding off theirs. That wasn’t the case on Sunday. Austin hit the stage as his usual energetic, lively self, but the crowd didn’t respond to him. It was obvious that the guys were a little disappointed in the crowd.
It wasn’t until they played “Lips of an Angel” and “Get Stoned” that the crowd actually started singing and moving. I wish it was in a smaller more intimate venue because Hinder’s energy screams in those types of venues.
Their set was filled with my personal favorites such as Better Than Me. This one Blower starts off on acoustic and takes it home on his electric guitar. It is a great rock ballad. Their new single “Use Me” was in the set also. This is simply a fun rock song that’s best hear very loud in a car. They also played “Homecoming Queen” which is usually a crowd favorite for the time I saw them in concert, but no so much tonight.
Hinder is out on the road supporting their November 4th release of their sophomore album, Take it To the Limit. Watch for a co-headlining tour with Buckcherry in the future.
The Album Release party is, of course, in Vegas on October 30th. We will be there to bring you all the details, because it’s always a great party with Hinder.
Heaven Sent You – Off New Album
Better Than Me
Use Me – New Single
Lips of an Angel
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