Metal’s fastest rising headliners completely sold out the Best Buy Theater in Times Square this weekend, packing in fist-pumping fans for 90 minutes of modern metal at its finest.
Ivan Moody and his bandmates in Five Finger Death Punch have rocketed up the charts since their 2008 breakout, headlining this summer’s Mayhem Festival main stage with Rob Zombie just a few months ago (read about Mayhem Fest ‘13 right here). The band’s arena-sized record sales meant that the New York fanbase was almost more than the underground Best Buy could handle, and fans spent the entire show crowdsurfing up front and spilling over the barricades to slap hands with Ivan as they ran past.
The band knocked out over 15 songs over the course of the night, mixing newer releases with old favorites like The Way Of The Fist and their epic cover of Bad Company. Fans sang along to every word, and none more enthusiastically than the few dozen girls who’d staked out front row positions early on in the night and fought to hold them for the entire show as crowdsurfers crashed through overhead.
Mr. Moody was his usual cheery self, engaging with the New York audience and demanding full crowd participation during the charismatic new track “Burn motherf*cker.” Highlights of the night included an extended solo from drummer Jeremy Spencer and a touching acapella version of Far From Home. Their new cover of Mama Said Knock You Out also surfaced towards the end of the show, and the band scorched through the crushing take on the LL Cool J classic.
Disappointingly, White Knuckles seems to have dropped from the setlist but that made little difference to the shirtless fans furiously moshing in the middle of the floor. The pits never stopped churning until the final moments of show-ender The Bleeding, and fans exited to a stunningly good-sounding recorded track of Death Punch’s yet-to-be released cover of House Of The Rising Sun, due out on the band’s next record.
Saturday night’s sold-out show proves that this band has grown too big for the club and theater circuit, and future shows are more likely to be at a ballroom like Hammerstein and Roseland, if not the local arenas. Love ‘em or hate 'em, 5FDP are here to stay and only getting bigger as they go.
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