August 28, 2015
Last month I had the opportunity to catch Saint Asonia and Buckcherry at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. To put it simply, it was one hell of a show. I saw Buckcerry two years ago at a festival and I was quite curious to see how it was in an intimate setting. As for Saint Asonia, I honestly had no idea what to expect but I have to say, I was incredibly impressed.
The fans pressed their bodies against the barricade, chattering excitedly and the occasional cheer escaped from their mouths as they saw the crew begin to set up for Saint Asonia’s arrival. It wasn’t too long before they appeared on stage with the mad man behind the drums, Rich Beddoe, formerly of Finger Eleven, the highly energetic bassist, Corey Lowery of Eye Empire, the incredible guitarist, Mike Mushok of Staind, and finally the legend himself, Adam Gontier, formerly of Three Days Grace.
Their greatly constructed setlist consisted of “Better Place,” “Fairy Tale,” Three Days Grace’s “Animal I Have Become,” “Blow Me Wide Open,” Staind’s “Mudshovel,” “King of Nothing,” “Dying Slowly,” Three Days Grace’s “I Hate Everything About You,” “Stand’s “For You,” ending with “Let Me Live My Life.” SA certainly brought the show to a whole new indescribable level, but the show was far from over.
Next to take the stage was headliner, Buckcherry. To say that the venue was packed to the brim by the time Buckcherry was about to hit the stage is a huge understatement. Buckcherry certainly knew how to get a weekend started on the right note as they kicked off their awesome set with “Lit Up,” “Rescue Me,” “Bring it On Back,” and their hits, “Next 2 You,” “Everything,” and “Sorry,” and the live premiere of “The Madness.” Fans threw their horns in the air, sang along whole heartedly, and head banged/danced to the songs. After “Sunshine,” Buckcherry played another live premiere of “Tight Pants,” then continued the set with “Gluttony,” “Somebody Fucked with Me,” a live premiere of “The Feeling Never Dies,” and a personal favorite of mine, “Crazy Bitch.” They ended their highly energized set with an Icona Pop cover, “Say Fuck It,” and “Tired of You.” Surely, one hell of a way to end a killer show.
Overall, it was a show that started the weekend on the right. Be sure to check out Saint Asonia’s and Buckcherry’s future tour dates, they both put on shows you do not want to miss out on!