The Take Action Tour hit New York and took over Times Square at Best Buy Theater. The Take Action Tour brings bands together to raise awareness and help bring change to important issues affecting the world today.
Over the years, the tour has addressed issues such as depression, sickness, suicide prevention and this year benefiting the It Gets Better Project. The It Gets Better Project reminds teens going through tough times that they are not alone and that it will get better.
The show kicked off with progressive metal band Mindflow from Brazil. Some of the songs they performed were "Breakthrough" and "Break Me Out."
Next taking the stage was the post-hardcore band Crown the Empire. Their set started off with "Makeshift Chemistry" which ended in a crowd sing along. The high energy set continued with performances of "Memories of a Broken Heart," "Voices" and closed with "The Fallout."
Taking the stage next was metalcore band We Came As Romans. Their set had an insane amount of lights which went perfect with the up-tempo and heart pounding songs. We Came As Romans screamer Dave Stephens and singer Kyle Pavone perfectly blends screamo and soft vocals. Their set opened with "Broken Statues" and also included "Let These Words Last Forever," "Mis/understanding" and "Hope." They interacted with the crowd from high fiving crowd surfers to singer Kyle Pavone surfing the crowd while still singing "Let These Words Last Forever."
The band told the crowd to tweet the hashtag #IAmNotAlone as a way for everyone to know they are not alone and to unite. They could even search the hashtag and find other concertgoers who experienced tonight with them. The set closed with both Kyle Pavone and Dave Stephens crowd surfing while holding the mic out for fellow crowd surfers to sing along with "To Plant A Seed."
The last band to take the stage was alternative rock band The Used. The Used hit the stage with intense lights and fog which pumped up an already amped crowd. The bass kicked in and the band had the crowds full attention as they started off with "Listening." They went on to perform "Bird and the Worm” and "Put Me Out" before lead singer Bert McCracken stopped to wave at the excited crowd. He went on to let the crowd know that The Used hadn't been back to New York City in nine months and by the smile on his face he looked happy to be back. He informed them that they were going to play an old song which ended up being "I Caught Fire" from their second studio album "In Love and Death."
The Used continued their set with a mix of old and new songs, which made it enjoyable for a hardcore Used fan or a newcomer. The set included at least one song from each of their five studio albums. Some of the songs performed was "Hands and Faces," "All That I've Got," "Taste of Ink" and even a song they rarely perform live "Pieces Mended."
The Used's diverse library gives the crowd high energy mosh pit igniting songs and slow sway along ballads. The Used constantly interacted with the crowd from making hearts to wearing hats from crowd members while holding the mic out for them to sing along to instructing the crowd to split into a Wall of Death for "Pretty Handsome Awkward." The Used ended their high energy set with an encore performance of "A Box Full of Sharp Objects." The encore song really made the crowd give it all they had by singing, crowd surfing and moshing along to the song. The Used thanked the crowd before exiting the stage but I'm sure the crowd was just as thankful for such a killer set!
The Take Action Tour is the perfect way to see four great bands while supporting a great cause. The Take Action Tour will be touring through the US until March 1st so visit http://takeactiontour.com/ for tickets to this action packed show!