With Benn Suede leaving Crown the Empire over a year ago, and Dave Escamilla taking a break after Warped Tour, Crown the Empire seemed a bit depleted on members, but that didn’t stop them from putting on a fantastic show for their first headline effort in support of their most recent album “Retrograde”, which dropped July 22nd.
Bringing Light Up The Sky, and Too Close To Touch opened up the show, followed by New Years Day. New Years Day is one of my favorite live bands, mainly because of their theatrics and stage make-up, with Jeremy Valentyne and Nikki Misery entertaining the crowed behind front woman Ash Costello.
Blessthefall followed, I was a bit bummed they didn’t play any of their older material, but they never disappoint, splitting their setlist with an even amount of songs from “Hollow Bodies” and their most recent release “To Those Left Behind”. Beau soaked the crowd with water early on in their set, setting up one of my favorite photos of 2016, which you can check out in the gallery.
Crown the Empire closed their show out, playing around an hour. Their setlist consisted mostly of material off “Retrograde”, with a few select songs off of “The Fallout” and “The Resistance”. Their light show was phenomenal, and so were the giant blow up astronauts on stage, giving their set a real spacey feel.
Crown the Empire setlist:
2. Are You Coming with Me?
5. Memories of a Broken Heart
7. The Fear Is Real
9. Weight Of The World
13. The Fallout