The sound


by Jared Curtis


Adelitas Way, Rev Theory, Sick Puppies and Breaking Benjamin
Dec. 8


A surprisingly large crowd showed up at the Val Air Ballroom last week as Lazer 103.3 hosted its (Not So) Silent Night Bash. The worst snow storm since 1996 covered the city in white, but hard rock fans made their way in droves to blast Jack Frost out of town. Adelitas Way opened the show with a short but tight set, and singer Rick DeJesus did his damnedest to fire up the crowd with their hit “Invincible.” Rev Theory ripped through an impressive set of tunes more reminiscent to ’80s “cock rock” than the “radio rock” the three other acts favored. Lead singer Rich Luzzi stalked the stage, while lead guitarist Rikki Lixx was a showman. Luzzi and bassist Matt McCloskey (who switched to guitar) shared the stage for the heartfelt “Broken Bones,” and then the entire band rocked the crowd with their hit “Hell Yeah.” Sick Puppies followed and rocked hard. Less talk between songs by singer/guitarist Shimon Moore would have helped, but I did enjoy drooling over the slap bass stylings of the sexy Emma Anzai. A cover of Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” led me to tune the rest of their set out. The anticipation had finally reached its peak when Breaking Benjamin took the stage with a seizure-inducing light show. The group rocked hard through a set that included tunes like “So Cold,” “The Diary of Jane” and “I Will Not Bow.” Although temperatures were freezing outside, Breaking Benjamin sent the crowd home with a warm, rock-induced feeling. CV
— Jared Curtis


Breaking Benjamin at Val Air Ballroom
Photo by Jared Curtis

Rev Theory at Val Air Ballroom
Photo by Jared Curtis

Sick Puppies at Val Air Ballroom
Photo by Jared Curtis

Adelitas Way at Val Air Ballroom
Photo by Jared Curtis

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