This was the youngest crowd of any show I have attended. It was even younger than the Never Shout Never/Metro Station concert at The Fillmore Silver Spring. There were preteens with their parents. It was kind of humorous seeing a gothic preteen girl and her normal forty-something parents.
Everyone was dressed up. There were lots of black clothes, chocker necklaces, red contacts, fingerless gloves, and black makeup. Andy Biersack is called the "gothic Springsteen" and his fans followed suite.
Colours opened for Andy. I was kind of looking forward to seeing Creeper, who was originally the opener, but Colours' was a very talented performer. He had a very strong falsetto, almost like a better Zayn Malik. The girls that stood in front of me loved him, they kept trying to get his attention whenever he looked over to our side of the stage (stage right, the same spot I stand for every concert at Baltimore Soundstage).
Andy Black performed next. The stage was left very bare for his set. There was a drum set up stage left and a keyboard up stage right and a microphone center stage, but the rest was clear. Andy Biersack's famous baritone filled up the entire space.
Andy is a very talented performer. He completely draws your in when he is performing. He opened his set with "Stay Alive" off of The Shadow Side. He also performed "Ribcage", "Beautiful Pain", "Put The Gun Down", "Drown Me Out", "Paint It Black", and "Louder Than Your Love" from his solo record. He also covered Billy Idol and Alkaline Trio during his set.
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The other highlight of the show was Andy spitting water at his drummer, after showing the audience how he had failed at it the night before. The guitarist also started doing this robot dance, and Andy made him come out from behind the synthesizer and do it for the audience. Andy then said, "It you thought the spitting was the lowest point in the show you were wrong, because I definitely think this is." Andy admitted that he did not know his guitarist's last name, so the audience made one up. They ultimately stuck with the one given the night before in London, which was, "Robotfuckingclown."
Ultimately, I will reiterate: Andy is an amazing performer. I am really glad I was able to see him sing and win over a crowd. I missed Black Veil Brides on Warped Tour, and now I wish I had seen them. I am in love with his solo album, The Shadow Side, and I highly recommend giving it a listen if you are fascinated by Andy Biersack's voice but are not a huge fan of metalcore like I am.
Andy Black's debut solo album The Shadow Side was released in March through Republic Records. It is currently #32 on the US iTunes Top Rock Albums. The album is available on iTunes and Spotify. Andy Black has a performance tonight in Philadelphia with Colours opening.