The “Make America Rock Again” tour stopped at Gas Monkey Live recently, headlined by Scott Stapp (Creed), with local openers Messer, and touring bands Trapt, Sick Puppies, and Drowning Pool (Adelitas Way was not on this bill). This show packed one hell of a punch. So, if you missed out on the Dallas stop of the tour, here is what went down.
Kicking off the day was pre-show meet and greets with a few of the bands. However, headliner Scott Stapp did his meet and greet with fans after his set. Talk about a must for all fans of bands. When it comes to meeting them, you cannot beat the experience. This show was no exception. Now that you know the bonus, let’s talk about the meat of the experience, the bands taking the stage and ripping the roof off Gas Monkey Live.
Despite it being a hot and steamy Texas Tuesday, fans came out in force to put into practice “Make America Rock Again”, and yes, Gas Monkey Live was rockin’. I am sad to say that I missed seeing Messer and Trapt (Dallas traffic), so I will let you know which bands I saw instead.
Sick Puppies on stage offers an explosive rock set that live will puts the Rock in Rock & Roll. I had a chance to talk to a random person I met outside between sets who said that they were beyond impressed with the set that Sick Puppies delivered. I must say I agree.
Drowning Pool taking the stage in Dallas is them coming home. This world-renowned band made its name in Dallas before they rocked the rest of the world. In true Texas style, everything is bigger, and that includes the sound, the intensity and the experience that Drowning Pool gave to their fans.
Scott Stapp (known as the voice of Creed) proved once again that he still has what it takes to headline. The fans were treated to old songs but cuts from his new album “Proof of Life”. The crowd reaction included, but was not limited to, singing along, fist in the air, dancing… lots of dancing, and more.
For those fans who wanted the ultimate experience, they could become VIP’s for the night. The VIPs had access to an Exclusive soundcheck party, Meet and greets and photos, Limited edition signed laminate and a signed 8×10 lithograph. If that were not enough, Scott used his talents to raise money for ChildFund International. This organization helps kids in need all around the world. It was a win/win for the fans and the kids since part of the meet and greet proceeds were donated to this cause.
As you can see, the night was not just entertaining, but it was a time of giving back to those in need. This was just one more reason to come out and support live music.