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4Who:  Evanescence w/opener The Pretty Reckless

Where:  The Palladium, Boston, MA

When: October 28, 2011

By Cara Demers

It’s apparent when an outstandingly stacked lineup has hit The Palladium Theatre, for a line stretching back and around the building, snaking through side-streets and into sidewalks, will start hours before the doors are even pinned open. Friday night, October 28th, was clearly no exception in Worcester, Massachusetts. The doors would open surprisingly on time, and immediately the undeniably huge crowd raced into the venue, both anxious and hyped up for a night of sold-out performances.

Some holding signs, others pushing their way to the front, a few restless fans began the kick-start chants a few minutes in to the scheduled start time. Though around 8:45, the lights dimmed and the music started. Although I wasn’t in the least bit familiar with the tour openers, Rival Sons was an obvious hit for the crowd. I found myself moving, regardless of the fact that I knew absolutely none of the words, and they were a standout band with a blues-meets-rock ‘n’ roll sound that was both unique and refreshing. As the four guys eased through their set, speaking to the crowd between songs in support of what was soon-to-come, it was obvious the newly acquired fans who, by the time they finished up, had made their way to the bands merch table at the other end of the room, a few with the bands self-titled in hand.

As expected, the overall excitement in the room was barely containable when a few minutes of set-up later, The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen took center stage. Her voice belting, the band (Ben Phillips on guitar, Mark Damon on bass, and drummer Jamie Perkins) opened with “Since You’re Gone,” and even within the first minute, Momsen’s obvious stage presence was crystal clear. Despite her young age, she looked as comfortable as a performer who might as well have been doing it for years, and her vocals were just as impressive in person as they are on the bands only release to date, “Light Me Up.” 1

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