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Concert Preview: REDvolution Tour

October 21, 2015

written by Brian Shesko

On Thursday, October 22, Student Activities will host The REDvolution Tour, featuring RED, with Tedashii, Capital Kings, and Wolves at the Gate, in the LaHaye Event Space starting at 7 p.m.

There are few certainties in life, but we know at least one: The LaHaye Event Space is going to get loud this Thursday. RED returns to Liberty for the second time in three years, this time headlining a tour with their very own name in it. And they deserve it. Red has been a staple of hard rock for around a decade now, having toured with many of the biggest names in hard rock/nu metal in that span, including Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, P.O.D., and Papa Roach, to name just a few. They are Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning, and the artists behind five, full length albums. Their latest release, of Beauty and Rage, is something more than full length, with 15 tracks and over a full hour of music. Bassist Randy Armstrong explains that the concept for the album deals with “the dichotomy of good and evil”, lead vocalist Michael Barnes adding that it is an exploration of “suffering and finding beauty in that”. This is the basis of the somewhat frightening imagery of the cloaked-and-plague-masked figures on the album cover and the art of the accompanying graphic novel. In terms of sound, you can hear many of the above-mentioned artists in their sound, but the new album adds the feel of some of Muse’s harder tracks, as well as hints of Sevendust and (look it up) Porcupine Tree.

To ensure none of you will ever, ever complain about not getting your money’s worth, three artists are accompanying Red on their tour. Likely the biggest name with them is Tedashii. His deep vocal tone fits perfectly with the rest of the tour, and with his latest release Below Paradise, we can hardly think of a rapper who fits better thematically, either. You also get up-and-coming dance artists Capital Kings, who should call to mind some of the sounds of Steve Aoki, maybe a little of the most recent Owl City, and maybe even a touch of LMFAO. Last, and certainly the loudest, you’ll also get Wolves At The Gate, who are going to probably going to set decibel-level records for the university. Their latest release, VxV, is a blast of metalcore a la Oh, Sleeper or early, heavier Thrice.

All in all, you will be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend $8 and/or your Thursday night. Tickets are still on sale, so be sure to head over to our website and get them before the price goes up at the door. It’s The REDvolution Tour, yet another great concert event brought to you by Student Activities.