Hollywood Undead + Loathe @ O2 Academy Brixton

23rd April 2019

Review & Photography by Natalie Lloyd-Shaw

Launching the start of their UK leg of the tour at O2 Brixton, Hollywood Undead brought along Loathe to kick off the show.

Loathe

The UK heavy metal band Loathe definitely knew how to get things going. The power coming from the band was incredible, from the hair flipping to the guitar spinning, they certainly knew how to bring it. Their lead singer Kadeem France let the crowd know how much of an honour it was for the band to perform at the venue but before getting too soppy as this clearly wasn’t what the band wanted to be, far from that.

Loathe

With their dark atmosphere on stage and the occasional strobe lighting they really knew how to set the scene to match their powerful set. In their second to last song Kadeem told the crowd to, ‘Open it wide for one more pit’, and they were more than happy to co-operate by going wild in a mosh pit frenzy.

Loathe

To end their powerful set the lights slowly got duller until complete darkness. Loathe created even more clout by lighting the stage with the crowd’s phone lights, lighting up the stage more than it had been all night. Next up were the main guys themselves, Hollywood Undead, a band with multiple vocalists all wanting their time in the spotlight, which saw them coming on stage separately.

Hollywood Undead

First up was the drummer, walking onto a heavily lit stage and taking a seat at his drums in front of a towering Hollywood Undead sign. Before starting the show, he just sat there with his drum sticks in the air taking in all the screams of the crowd. With the fans high with anticipation, they started their set with Whatever it Takes.

Hollywood Undead

Hollywood Undead

Amidst each song, there were more and more pyrotechnics as the show went on, from sparkler-type fireworks to red flames. Really wanting to get the crowd more involved, they called out asking if any of them could play the guitar, and after lots more screams they invited a fan to play Comin’ in Hot with them.

Hollywood Undead

Not wanting to let the fans have all the fun, they even handed a mic to a security guard asking them to scream for them. You could see that the whole band had a great love for the fans as well as each other, even giving their drummer lots of time in the spotlight, from a drum solo to an air drum solo to lip sync of a snippet of Bon Jovi’s Living On a Prayer.

Hollywood Undead

Hollywood Undead

With a unique mix of rap and rock, Hollywood Undead really have a rare sound. Not wanting to slow down the surprises, they hit everyone with a great acoustic cover of Wonderwall.

Hollywood Undead

They ended the show with Hear Me Now, walking off leaving an unlit stage, the crowd certainly weren’t ready for this to be the end. Half of the crowd were chanting ‘Hollywood Undead’ and the others singing lyrics to Everywhere I Go.

Hollywood Undead

The lights come back up and over the speakers you hear the lyrics without sound: ‘Everywhere I go people always know……’, and the crowd go mad. They go on to finish the show with the rest of the song and end on Day of The Dead with some amazing lighting and even more fireworks, all with the added firing of gold glitter. Hollywood Undead really know how to put on an exciting show!

Hollywood Undead

Hollywood Undead

Set List:

  1. Whatever It Takes
  2. California Dreaming
  3. Undead
  4. Renegade
  5. Been to Hell
  6. Dead Bite
  7. Gravity
  8. Comin’ in Hot
  9. War Child
  10. Another Way Out
  11. Bullet
  12. Riot
  13. Bad Moon
  14. Broken Record
  15. Levitate
  16. Hear Me Now

Encore:

  1. Everywhere I Go
  2. Day of the Dead
Hollywood Undead

 

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