It was a dark and stormy night....no really it was as All That Remains and friends came to Syracuse to invade the Westcott Theater on Saturday. The bands and fans were greeted by temperatures hovering around zero and a steady snowfall as the infamous Syracuse winter made its presence known.
After a minor glitch at will-call for my friend and photographer Natasha Lewendowski was cleared up with a phone call and my asking her to be my eyes and ears at the show on this night, from all reports it was a killer show. With an issue that was unavoidable keeping me away, I asked her for some thoughts on the nights show and her experience in the photo pit. She loved the photo pass and said:
With all the hard hitting snow and cold weather, that didn't stop people from packing the Westcott Theater to see All That Remains. Locals ERA (Oswego, NY), and Cry To The Blind (Rochester, NY) got the crowd started. Soil kept that energy up playing songs from their older albums. On the last song of their set, lead singer Ryan McCombs went into the crowd and sung with fans surrounding him. As All That Remains came on stage, the crowd went wild. The band played songs off their latest album 'A War You Cannot Win' as well as songs from previous albums. Crowd favorites, such as 'Two Weeks', 'For We Are Many', and 'This Calling' were played as well. As ATR's set came to an end, i didn't want it to. They make my list of favorite bands to see live! They put on am amazing show! - NL Photography
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Thanks Natasha and of course by now we know infamously that the bands bus had a fender bender on the New York State Thruway which sent singer Philip Labonte off on a bombastic thread on his Facebook page about the cops, rights, and more. Apparently the NYS Troopers asking for IDs from everyone on board was the wrong thing to do on this night. For the record, it seems that over 500+ comments were evenly split between agreeing with him and telling him he was off base. Especially my friend JP Voytko (nice one man).
Aside from the weather and drama, by all comments and reactions from people that went, it was a great night weather be damned.